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Apex Legends dataminer explains what the Capitol City ‘meteor’ could be

Published: 10/Jan/2020 3:28 Updated: 10/Jan/2020 4:14

by Isaac McIntyre


The Apex Legends community is in a buzz of excitement over the possibility of a Season 4 teaser finally starting, after a mysterious projectile detonated in Capitol City, and data-miner That1MiningGuy believes he’s solved the puzzle.

With Respawn’s third season of the battle royale rolling to a close at the end of the month, players are chomping at the bit to find out where Apex Legends is headed next after nearly four months battling on the much-maligned World’s Edge.

Apex’s new anniversary event the ‘Grand Soirée Arcade’ may have gone some way to whet appetites, but players are mostly keen to see what changes are coming in Season 4 — and the first hint may already be raining down on Capitol City.

Screenshot: TTeeckCorba via Respawn EntertainmentSome Apex Legends players believe a meteor landed in Capitol City, but That1MiningGuy believes there may be more to the “freaky” event.

While some have speculated the mysterious object could be a meteor, similar to Fortnite’s Season 3-ending event where Dusty Depot was wiped off the map, That1MiningGuy has another theory: one that may involve Gibraltar’s ultimate.

According to the popular data-miner, there’s a spot north of Capitol City where you can make Gibraltar’s Defensive Bombardment “fall through the map,” just near the gaps that lead from the hills into either The Geyser or Fuel Depot.

If pulled off correctly, the bugged Gibraltar ultimate will actually land on the game’s horizontal axis in the X, Y, and Z codes. This means the barrage would come in from the side of the screen, instead of from the sky as it’s supposed to.

“Likely what’s happening is, at a certain distance, the radius can crest the game’s ‘horizon,’ and allow the bombardment to actually launch horizontally instead of vertically, which would then cause what we see in the two videos,” he explained.

“It’s a rare and freaky bug… but I believe the randomization of the projectiles still uses the beacon’s location to determine what coordinate the bombardments can hit. Therefore, once it gets too far away, it would allow for some weird results.”

That1MiningGuy added the sound of the “meteor” players have been claiming to see was likely a variant of the “Wpn_DefensiveBombardment_Incoming_Mid” soundbite in the code, and could sound “strange” because it’s coming in sideways.

Not every part of the mystery was solved, however, with the data-miner admitting he had “never seen” the explosion he suspected was a “rogue” ult. Because not every element lined up, he added he wasn’t “100% sure” it was an ult at all.

“I’m still not 100% sure it’s a Gibby ult,” he said. “You can feel free to believe what you want, but with the above evidence, the only explanation to me is that if it’s not a bugged Gibby ult, they [Respawn] reused all those assets for the EE.”

Considering the data-miner spends a lot of his time digging through the game’s codes and audio files, he would definitely have a good idea if the ‘meteor’ was just another bug added to the ever-growing pile of glitches in the battle royale.

Read more: Apex’s Grand Soirée Arcade event: 7 new modes, skins, more

But, just like many of the players that first spotted the strange explosions in Capitol City, That1MiningGuy isn’t 100% sure what we’re seeing either — at this point, it may take Respawn developers actually wading into the discussion to put it all to bed, as they did when they shut down potential Revenant rumors earlier this week.

UPDATE: That1MiningGuy replied to Dexerto, revealing he had spoken to one of the developers at Respawn, who he would not name, who confirmed his initial theory on why the projectiles were going on rogue across Capitol City was “likely the case.”

“It’s awesome that people are hyped for stuff to start happening, but this ‘meteor’ isn’t it just yet,” he added.

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10 tips and tricks for dominating new Winter Express LTM in Apex Legends

Published: 25/Nov/2020 9:35

by Albert Petrosyan


There is a new Limited Time Mode called Winter Express in Apex Legends’ returning Holo-Day Bash event, and we’ve got 10 tips and tricks to help you dominate matches.

Launching on December 1 and running through until January 4, the Holo-Day Bash in-game event adds a lot of holiday-themed content in Apex Legends, one of which is the Winter Express LTM.

As you can probably guess from the name, Winter Express puts all of the focus on the in-game train, which was decked out in holiday decorations for this in-game event.

How does Winter Express LTM work?

In each match, three teams of three players each face off against each other with the objective of capturing the train.

The train can be captured in one of two ways – either by filling out the capture bar without being contested by enemies or being the last team alive. The match ends when one of the teams manages to capture the train three times.

There are, however, some aspects of this mode that are different from how regular Apex matches go:

  • Players spawn in with a pre-determined loadout of weapons and items, which are different for each Legend. Loadouts change on a daily basis.
  • Respawning is enabled. Once a player is eliminated, they can join back.
  • The radius of the train’s patch is reduced so that players are never too far from the action.
Respawn EntertainmentHow the new Winter Express LTM works.

10 tips and tricks for Winter Express LTM

1. Find the best loadout available

Each Legend has its own pre-determined loadout, so make sure to check them all out to find the one with the best and most powerful combination of weapons and items.

For a mode like this, prioritize the loadout over your preferred Legend of choice, because having a better setup is more important.

2. Mix and match attachments with teammates

Attachments can be dropped in this mode, so it would be a good idea to strategize with teammates and swap attachments to maximize all of the weapons’ potentials.

For example, the EVA-8 shotgun comes with a red-dot sight that would be of better use on another gun, or moving an extended mag to a Devotion LMG to turn it into a death machine.

Respawn EntertainmentEach Legend has their own Loadout, so make sure to scout them and pick the strongest one.

3. Use the Lifeline’s Care Package to get better loot

The Lifeline’s Care Package Ultimate Ability can be activated in this LTM, which means you and your team might end up getting access to powerful items that aren’t normally available, such as purple armor or thermal scopes.

4. Don’t forget about unlimited heals

For whatever reason, whether because of a glitch or intentional design, you have unlimited heals in this mode, even though your healing inventory will indicate only one syringe and one shield cell.

Make sure to take advantage of this feature because it can really make a difference between staying alive and getting eliminated.

5. You don’t have to land on the train

Most players’ initial instinct in this mode will be to land directly on the train, which is why a good strategy would be not to. Instead, aim to land on high structures near the train and pick off enemies from there.

Remember, there are three teams all fighting against each other, so you can always third party enemy players by getting the high ground and shooting at them away from the train.

Respawn EntertainmentUse Lifeline’s Care Package to gain access to better loot, like purple armor.

6. Stay close enough to stop teams from capturing

While not landing on the train right away is a good move, it’s also important to not be too far away from the action. If one of the two other teams gains control, it’s imperative that you and your team are close enough to jump down and contest the capture, otherwise you will lose the round.

7. Ditch the train after winning a round

In line with the last tip, it’s always a good idea to get off the train as soon as you win a round because most players spawning back in will go straight for it.

Treat the start of each round like a new match – aim for the high ground so that you can pick off gung-ho players who aggressively go for the train.

8. Attack from the front

Most players who are on the train will expect to be attacked from either of the two sides or the back, but never the front. They also forget that the front side of the train is now open.

This is why it’s a good strategy to land in front of the train, albeit a good distance away, and make your way towards it, shooting at the enemies on board who will most likely be looking the wrong way.

Respawn EntertainmentYou don’t always have to land on the train when spawning into a Winter Express match.

9. Play the stalemate game if necessary

When finding yourself in a situation where winning a round is too difficult to manage, focus your efforts on making sure the two other teams don’t either

Remember, each round is timed, and when the timer hits zero and no one’s captured the train, the next round starts. Sometimes the best play is to make sure no one captures by the time that happens.

10. Multi-task with jump pads

In order to help players reach the train quickly, a bunch of jump pads were placed at various points on the tracks. You can use these not only to get to the train quickly but also to reach certain areas of the map, especially high ground, positioning yourself to take down enemies below.

Furthermore, when using these jump pads, you are actually afforded enough time to pop a shield cell, so you can definitely save time by doing so.