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Apex Legends ‘Champion’s Bar’ would make winning games even sweeter

Published: 24/Mar/2019 1:18 Updated: 24/Mar/2019 1:24

by Alan Bernal

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Winning a game of Apex Legends can be thrilling as well as incredibly rewarding, and a new idea would actually give the player access to an exclusive part of the game made solely for Champions.

Respawn Entertainment’s battle royale has a fun lore attached to its premise: Contestants compete in the Apex Games to determine who is fit to be called a Legend.

So Reddit user ‘JR_Hopper’ suggested a Champion’s Bar be added to the game where recent match winners could socialize while watching other games currently in progress.

A cool feature idea I had for the game: Add a ‘Champion’s Bar’ in which players and squads can socialize and watch other matches in progress sports bar style. It can also double as a matchmaking lobby with features for checking your armory/skins. Players gain access for 24 hours by winning a match. from r/apexlegends

The idea would be a clever and simple way of showing off a player’s recent feats, since the Redditor’s suggestion would only let players enter if they’ve won a game in the previous 24 hours.

From this exclusive lobby players could meet up with other winners to either hang out or team up in a room filled smaller screens to view live matches.

Respawn EntertainmentThe Champion’s Bar could add another incentive to continuously grind out games for Champion screens.

JR_Hopper’s proposed Champion’s Bar would let players view matches through the perspective of every game’s Kill Leader, giving players currently in King’s Canyon a new spotlight to fight over.

The bar could also be used as a sort of matchmaking lobby which would let a player view their armory and skins while they wait to get into a game.

Other commenters were quick to throw in their ideas of what the Champion’s Bar could have, with one user saying there could be a way to bet on live matches with in-game currency.

While Respawn might not be too keen on letting players indulge in gambling through their game, the lobby could be a great way to add a bit more immersion into the game’s world.

Though Apex Legends players will probably be spending most of their time racking up kills in King’s Canyon, the Champion’s Bar could be another incentive to grind out more games.

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Apex Legends devs already testing more Octane changes after Season 7 buffs

Published: 19/Nov/2020 3:38 Updated: 19/Nov/2020 3:48

by Isaac McIntyre

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Respawn is already planning to ship more changes for speedster Octane in the next Apex Legends update, game designer Daniel Klein has revealed, despite the fact he just got hefty Season 7 healing buffs to “help him win more.”

Apex Legends’ fast-talking, fast-moving Adrenaline Junkie has long been one of the game’s most popular characters, but his win rate often lands a lot lower than his play rate.

This issue came to a head in Season 6, when Octane dipped to one of the lowest victory margins in Apex Legends. Respawn hustled to ship a “small buff” for the Legend in Season 7’s update, in the hopes they could stabilize his success. The Nov. 4 buff, shipped in the ‘Ascension’ patch, only targeted his “Swift Mend” passive. His healing doubled, up to 1.0 per second.

The buff had the desired effect; Octane was springboarded back into the mix in Season 7. Only, whatever changes Respawn made to the speedster seems to have broken his Jump Pad ultimate. The bug has created an “unintentional nerf.”

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Octane finally got his Apex Legends buffs, but they’ve “broken” his ultimate at the same time.

Octane buffs break Jump Pad ultimate

While Respawn didn’t notice the unintended change, multiple reports from concerned Apex Legends players have now tipped them off. Klein replied to one such report, confirming more Octane changes are being tested.

“Our plan is to give you [Octane players] access to that higher arc [on the Jump Pad] by default, and let you opt into the lower arc… but maybe make it longer, to be decided with playtesting,” the Apex Legends dev revealed.

“Using the jump pad normally will now [once the next patch goes live] always give you the higher, super jump arc. Crouch walking or sliding into the jump pad will give you an arc at the old normal height [pre-Season 7], potentially with a longer horizontal travel distance.”

Klein also added this Jump Pad rework wouldn’t be on its way just yet, with more testing still required. He said, “Don’t expect it to come any time this patch. Hoping to target next patch (January). No guarantees though!”

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Apex’s adrenaline-fueled speedster will find himself in January’s patch notes.

Respawn may also nerf Octane’s Swift Mend

The new Jump Pad rework isn’t the only plan Respawn has in their pocket for the speedster either, however. Klein has admitted the healing buff has handed Octane a huge surge in win rate, and fired him straight into ‘busted’ territory.

“Let me tell you, you may unironically be right,” Klein said, replying to a Apex Legends fan sarcastically joking that Octane needs a nerf. “The passive buff looks to be HUGE in data; to the point where I’m like, ‘Oh no, what did I do?’”

Klein has yet to confirm if Octane’s Swift Mend will be tweaked again in January, however. On that front, Apex players will simply have to wait and see.