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Apex Legends’ Ace explains why controller players have higher skill floor

Published: 22/Jan/2020 20:54 Updated: 22/Jan/2020 21:03

by Alan Bernal


NRG Apex Legends pro player Brandon ‘Ace’ Winn explained the inherent pitfalls that come with using a keyboard and mouse as well as a controller, comparing the skill ceilings and floors that the peripherals provide for players.

FPS and battle royale players have a long-standing debate on the pros and cons of using keyboard and mouse as opposed to a controller; some people consider both as viable options while others outright bash on the one they don’t use.

With the upcoming launch of the Apex Global Series (AGS), controller players like Jack ‘NiceWigg’ Martin and others are making the switch to keyboard and mouse since the league will be played on PC.

Bangalore aiming down a Devotion in Apex Legends
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Both Controllers as well as keyboard and mouse have their pros and cons in BRs like Apex Legends.

But pros still get asked by casual fans on which peripheral would be better for aiming, improving as a player, and the like. There’s ample room for discussion of the topic, but Ace gave a good summary of what opinions generally boil down to.

When asked if it’s easier to aim with keyboard and mouse on his Jan 21 stream, the pro gave a certain context to the limitations and allowances that both offer.

“Keyboard and mouse has a higher skill ceiling but a lower skill floor,” Ace explained. “You’re going to be worse, if you’re really bad but you can be very, very f***king sick.”

It’s true that keyboard and mouse gives players a certain freedom with their aim and micro-movements that can lend itself to finding a style of play that suits them.

That allowance gives good players unlimited potential to approach the game, but keyboard and mouse can be unforgiving for someone who’s struggling to grasp the basic concepts.

“While on a controller, the skill floor is higher because you have aim assist, but the skill ceiling is lower because you’re restricted via your movement,” Ace said.

Pathfinder looking down the sights in Apex Legends
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Even though keyboard and mouse gives players better control of their character, it could be damning for lower-skilled players.

The NRG star touched on aim assist’s effect on the skill floor; it lets players perfect other facets of their game like their positioning and rotations in a fight since the actual shooting is partially covered with the built-in system.

While that could be beneficial in firefights, when it comes to looting and on-the-fly decisions, the limitations of a controller are going to hold players back.

NiceWigg expressed similar sentiments on December 18 when controller players were making the switch to PC shortly after the AGS announcement, saying that while aim assist does “help you in close range gunfights” there are hurdles that PC players don’t have to contend with.

“[Controller players] have to overcome so many disadvantages — we can’t move while looting, we can’t choose our heals while moving, our creativity is hindered by our movement,” he said.

Keyboard and mouse are going to be used with all AGS players soon, but that could bring up more insight from the pros on the difference between controllers and KBM.

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Apex Legends leaker claims Heirloom weapon skins are coming

Published: 29/Oct/2020 17:50

by Daniel Cleary


An Apex Legends leaker has claimed that Respawn are planning to add a new tier of weapons skins for guns, at the same rarity as Heirlooms.

There is plenty of choice for players when it comes to customizing their favorite Apex Legends characters or weapons, and Respawn are always releasing new cosmetic items to keep the game fresh.

The cosmetics for characters and weapons are divided into classes, based on how rare they can be to find, and new leaks are suggesting that some more ultra-rare items could be coming.

Mirage's Heirloom pack in Apex Legends
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Gun weapon skins could be the next Heirlooms added to Apex Legends.

Heirloom weapon skins?

The Heirloom melee weapons for certain characters are the rarest items that can be unlocked in Apex Legends and, typically, there is only one of them released for a single Legend, each season.

However, while melee weapons are the only type of Heirloom cosmetics currently available, Apex leaker “SomeoneWhoLeaks” has revealed that ranged Heirloom skins for the different guns in-game might be next.

The leaker revealed that the rumor apparently stemmed from an investor inside EA before reminding Apex Legends fans that it has still yet to be confirmed by Respawn.

“Rumor has it that heirloom weapon skins are coming,” they explained, “this comes from some investors in EA, so take it with a grain of salt.”

The Apex leaker added that these would simply be released as ranged weapon skins but was unsure if they would be released through Heirloom Shards, similarly to the melee weapons that have already been released.

They also revealed that the timeline for when these potential Heirloom skins are coming is still unclear, which makes it unlikely that we will see them for the start of Season 7 on November 4.

While little has been revealed about these ultra-rare weapon skins, it is worth noting that nothing is set in stone and we won’t know for sure until Respawn officially release the rumored cosmetics.

SomeoneWhoLeaks has previously leaked Bangalore’s weapon heirloom, although we’re still to see this arrive in-game.