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Best legends to use in Apex Legends Shadowfall

Published: 18/Oct/2019 13:05 Updated: 25/Oct/2019 10:20

by Connor Bennett

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Respawn Entertainment launched Apex Legend’s Halloween-themed event Fight or Fright with the Shadowfall LTM, but who is the best legend to use if you want to win? Here’s what you need to know. 

The Shadowfall limited-time mode has been live in Apex Legends since October 15, letting fans test their hand at a new type of fight inside Kings Canyon. 

In Shadowfall, players are tasked with surviving until the end before attempting to leave the spooky Kings Canyon setting. If you die before the all-important top-10 is settled, you will become a Shadow Legend, and will have to hunt down any normal players. That may be a part of the fun, but there’s no better feeling than winning – especially considering how tough some have found the mode.

So, with that in mind, here are the legends you should be using if you want to win at Shadowfall. 

Fight or Fright is Apex’s way of celebrating Halloween.

Pathfinder

The most obvious answer of the bunch is Pathfinder because the robot legend has a zipline that increases a player’s mobility tenfold. Of course, the Shadow Legends have increased mobility themselves but they won’t keep pace with the legend until the late game.

At that point, though, Pathfinder’s zipline can be used to create an easy path to the Evac Ship that every survivor can use. 

Before you hit the late game, however, Pathfinder is best used to be on the offensive. Use that zipline to get around humans, or even use it to do damage. Just make sure you’re not cowering in a corner. 

Respawn EntertainmentShadowfall lobbies will be full of Pathfinder players.

Wraith

Similarly to Pathfinder, Wraith is another solid choice thanks to her speed and increased mobility ultimate that can benefit the whole lobby, not just herself. She can, of course, also become invulnerable and that works in Shadowfall too.

The Interdimensional Skirmisher is a much-used legend in the normal battle royale game type, but also an increasingly popular one in Shadowfall. She should be a top choice for anyone who wants to win, and win while on the front foot. 

Respawn EntertainmentWraith is a top choice in Apex Legends Shadowfall.

Mirage

Mirage may not have the brilliant mobility skills of Pathfinder or Wraith, but the bamboozling legend has an ace, or aces, up his sleeve too. 

Like the others, his superiority in the mode revolves around his ultimate. The decoys will confuse shadow legends and should they commit to one, you could find yourself heading for an easy escape.

Yet, if they don’t, Mirage can be easily gobbled up and end up on the other side. That’s why he’s best used in an opportunistic playstyle. Don’t overly push for kills but don’t sit in a corner either, that is Mirage’s key to success.

Respawn EntertainmentMirage, Captain Bamboozle himself, is a top choice for Shadowfall.

So, there you have it, the three best legends to use in the Shadowfall LTM. They won’t guarantee success, as that’s pretty hard to do, but they’ll put you in better standing than the others. 

Use them and follow our tips and tricks guide for the mode and you’ll have a better chance than most players.

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Apex Legends dev explains why “useless” Wattson won’t get more buffs

Published: 26/Nov/2020 5:27 Updated: 26/Nov/2020 5:29

by Isaac McIntyre

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Bad news Wattson fans… Respawn has no plans to buff the Apex Legends engineer again in Season 7, despite the fact much of the battle royale’s player base believes the Static Defender is “useless” in her current state.

Wattson who has been part of the ever-growing Apex Legends roster since mid-2019, was recently handed a buff in Season 7’s ‘Ascension’ patch; her signature ability, “Perimeter Security,” had its damage topped up slightly.

According to the Apex Legends community, however, the French defender is still relatively “useless” in the Season 7 meta. In fact, the view is so widespread that a Reddit thread simply titled “Buff Wattson please” racked up 15.1k upvotes, and more than 125 awards.

In the thread, ‘BaguettePaquette’ declared: “It’s time to radically remake Wattson. Not just +5 to fences, but the whole concept of a ‘defending legend’.”

Unfortunately, when an Apex Legends dev did finally arrive in the thread, it was to deliver bad news: there are no plans to give Wattson more buffs in Season 7, despite the defender’s low pick rate in public playlists and ranked lobbies.

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Wattson has been dubbed “useless” by the wider Apex Legends player base.

Wattson isn’t “useless,” says Apex dev

The reason, game designer Daniel Z. Klein explained, is twofold. The first is that Wattson is “all over the place” in pro play. According to the dev, who “rewound the final game,” four of the final six squads in ALGS finals included a Wattson.

The second was a rebuttal to the Reddit thread’s suggestion Wattson is “useless,” both on new map Olympus, and in all Apex Legends lobbies.

“I’m going to respectfully disagree… on Olympus, or elsewhere. You’re confusing two things; pick rate and effectiveness,” Klein said. “Yes, she’s lowest pick rate, but her win rate is very good. She’s is top 4 across most power metrics.”

The “fun” problem: why no one plays Wattson

The problem, he continued, is that Wattson “isn’t super fun for most people.” Her abilities are based around holding choke points, which Apex Legends players often shy away from.

“[That] means we can’t just put power into her until she’s more widely played, because she’s already very near the top of our power charts; on the other hand, it means that putting power into her won’t address the problem either,” he said.

“It’s not that people pick her and fail to be effective. Clearly the people who do run her have more success than on most other characters. There’s something about the FEELING of playing her that isn’t attractive, and power doesn’t fix that.”

Wattson Apex Legends screenshot
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The French defender is powerful, but fails to be “fun” in public lobbies.

Rework may be one possible solution

So, no more Wattson buffs in Season 7, especially as she continues to hit top scores on many of Respawn’s hidden metrics. A rework though? That’s another story.

“Your suggestion for a rework is most promising,” Klein admitted, but said there are two issues there; the cost ⁠— “reworks are incredibly expensive” ⁠— and two, she already fills an area “very needed” in competitive play: defensive strengths.

“I don’t think she should be 100% or near 100% pick rate in competitive… ideally we find a rework that makes at least part of her kit exciting in the moment, while not losing her identity as a structure giver,” the Apex developer concluded.

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Mirage (pictured) and Lifeline have both got reworks; could Wattson be next?

There was a glimmer of hope for fans of the French defender, however. Klein admitted he “could be convinced to buff her” in an effort to “throw a bone to Wattson mains,” but promised that “wouldn’t change the problems.”

For now, Wattson mains should hold tight. There’s a rework in the pipes that may eventually land, and more buffs are possible; it may just take a bit of begging!