Apex Legends dev hints at Gold Knockdown nerf after Ranked concerns

. 1 month ago
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Apex Legends Game Designer John ‘JayBiebs’ Larson has hinted that Gold Knockdown shields could be getting some sort of nerf in Ranked, following community feedback.

The Apex Legends community has been split on the inclusion of Gold Knockdown shields in Ranked since Season 13 began.

Even pro players like TSM’s Mac ‘Albralelie’ Beckwith have called for the removal of Gold Knockdowns in Ranked after much discussion around the issue.

Now it seems that the developers have listened to the feedback as Game Designer John “JayBiebs” Larson has tweeted out hinting that Gold Knockdowns may be getting an adjustment sometime soon.

Apex Legends dev responds to Gold Knockdown shield concerns

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A number of Apex Legends pros want Gold Knockdown Shields from not only Ranked but also Apex Legends as a whole.

Larson first tweeted that he had been “grinding ranked this week” to gather experience about the current state of Ranked Reloaded in Season 13.

After confirming he’d been watching streams and browsing social media to assure fans the team is listening, Larson tweeted “Self-rez feedback heard loud and clear.”

While Larson simply acknowledged that the team had heard the feedback, the wording “loud and clear” makes it sound as if the team is going to make some major adjustments coinciding with the community’s discontent with Gold Knockdown shields.

Whether this means an overhaul, some kind of nerf for Ranked, or outright removal from the game is yet to be confirmed.

Still, some players seem unsure of how best to deal with Gold Knockdowns with the current state of Apex Legends.

TSM’s Phillip “ImperialHal” Dosen responded to the tweet saying that some only think it’s become an issue due to “the influx of gold items from armories” suggesting the development team may simply want to adjust that instead.

Others, however, are more on the fence about a potential change with Twitter user @mjbnow saying that it’s simply “the loud minority complaining about it.”

Regardless, it appears the Apex Legends’ development team is fully aware of the unrest surrounding Golden Knockdown shields and will likely address it sometime around the next Ranked split.

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