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A ‘Blitz mode’ is exactly what Apex Legends needs

Published: 19/Apr/2019 14:07 Updated: 19/Apr/2019 15:02

by David Purcell


Respawn Entertainment hasn’t yet added a fresh set of playlists to Apex Legends, but there certainly seems to be a growing demand for them from fans. 

As is the case with many battle royale games, such as Fortnite Battle Royale, PUBG and others, the mid-game can tend to be a slow paced (some would say boring) period in many matches. 

However, a brand new ‘Blitz mode’ concept has been created by a member of the game’s online community and it might just fix the problem. 

Respawn EntertainmentSome Apex Legends fans would prefer to see more playlists, instead of more new characters.

The idea, which was posted to the Apex Legends subreddit by SmexyMillz, would change the speed of matches drastically and may prove to be a popular idea with other fans. 

“I believe this game should have a blitz mode playlist where the circle is smaller, only blue shields and above, with p2020 and Mozambique removed from the playlist,” the user posted. 

“I’m surprised new playlists haven’t been dropped yet,” the Redditor continued. “They could get away with not dropping any characters for a minute if they kept dropping wavey playlists.”

Blitz mode from r/apexlegends

Millz is not the only Apex Legends player that is surprised that new playlists haven’t been introduced to the battle royale game yet, and also suggested that the storm would do more damage to players in their Blitz mode, as well as Ultimate times being increased. 

The game might well have attracted over 50 million players since it first launched on February 4, but its developer might be pressured into upping their game with new content and playlists of this kind in order to keep up with other competitors in the BR market.  

Will new playlists be added in the future? We’ll have to wait and see. 

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Apex Legends dev defends Wraith nerfs coming in Season 8

Published: 28/Nov/2020 15:32

by Joe Craven


John Larson, Live Balance Designer at Respawn Entertainment, has defended the changes Wraith is set to undergo in Apex Legends Season 8, following comments from Daniel Klein. 

Balancing legends has long been a contentious topic in the Apex Legends community, with mains of various characters keen to see buffs. The admission, for example, that Mirage will never be a top-tier character irked many of the legend’s biggest fans.

The focus of the community is currently on Wraith, the Interdimensional Skirmisher who has long been in the upper-echelons of Apex Legends. However, comments from developer Daniel Klein about Respawn’s efforts to get Wraith “under control” in Season 8 led many to believe that she is set for significant nerfs. Unsurprisingly, this caused considerable discussion among Wraith players – and those sick of coming up against her.

Wraith with a gun smiling in APex Legends
Wraith looks set for a nerf in Apex Legends Season 8.

His comments generally revolved around fixing Wraith’s hitbox – rather than nerfing her equipment to any greater degree. However, many believe she has been nerfed enough and further weakening is not the correct response.

Redditor ‘QuikScopeDash’ is one who took this stance, joking that they would main Crypto because Wraith has been nerfed so significantly.

This prompted a lengthy reply from John Larson, a Live Balance Designer at Respawn. He prefixed his comment by explaining that he is a Wraith main and wants her to remain viable.

“Wraith’s kit has been nerfed and tweaked more than any other legend’s, but her win rate and encounter win rate has remained an anomaly,” Larson said. “The common argument is that mechanically gifted players are drawn to her kit, but when we filter by skill brackets (rank, average damage, you name it) she’s still head and shoulders above everyone. So what does this mean?”

John Larson comment Wraith nerf Respawn
Larson’s reply on Reddit.

Issues with Reddit moderation resulted in large portions of Larson’s comment being removed, but his point remained clear. Despite the various nerfs Wraith and her kit have suffered, her stats suggest she is still performing incredibly well.

He went on to compare Wraith with Pathfinder, explaining that “we never want to nerf legends to the point where they lose their identity.”

Many fear Wraith is approaching that point, and want the Voidwalker to remain as powerful as she’s always been.