Many Apex Legends players were hoping to see Respawn Entertainment add improvements to Mirage, particularly his ultimate, but were left disappointed when the v1.1.1 update went live. Now, a developer has revealed why he wasn’t buffed.
Respawn were eager to balance the legends in the latest patch with changes being implemented to the tank-like Caustic and Gibraltar – the update added to a fortified perk which enables them to take 10% less damage than other legends.
Apex players were pleased to see a number of weapon changes as well as bug fixes added but highlighted that Mirage may have been overlooked in the update with his ultimate ability, which deploys a team of decoys to distract the enemy, considered extremely underpowered.
Apex Legends players feel that Mirage’s ultimate ability is lacking compared to other legends.
Why wasn’t Mirage buffed?
An Apex Legends developer responded to calls to buff Mirage on Reddit, and explained why the development team felt that the legend was fine in his current state.
They revealed that the win rate for players using Mirage remained high compared to Caustic and Gibraltar, hence why the “thicc-boi” legends were buffed and confirmed that there would are no planned changes in the near future.
Respawn explain that Mirage’s win-rate is still fairly high – despite his underwhelming ultimate.
How could Mirage be improved?
Despite the dev confirming that no changes are forthcoming, that could all change if the data reveals a low win rate ahead of the new update.
Reddit users have been suggesting ways to improve the legend including a massive rework of his ultimate ability which would allow the decoys to randomly select a behaviour from a set of patterns, such as crouching aiming down the sight or rushing the opponent, to bamboozle the enemy.
Nevertheless, it seems Respawn Entertainment won’t be taking their feedback on board for the time being. It seems like if Mirage players want him to receive a buff – they will have to start losing more.
Apex Legends Season 8: Mayhem update is due to drop on February 2, and although patch notes aren’t expected until right before the update goes live, we already know of a bunch of confirmed changes and fixes coming. Here’s an early look at what the patch notes are expected to include.
But, the most exciting part of the patch notes themselves will be seeing how Respawn has adjusted the various Legends with nerfs and buffs, plus some of the quality of life changes planned.
Apex Legends Season 8: Early patch notes
New Legend: Fuse
Straight from Salvo, Fuse is an explosive Legend, and his abilities reflect this. He can shoot projectiles from his prosthetic arm, and his ultimate will shoot a mortar-like missile, which explodes into a ring of fire.
Fuse joins the Apex roster in Season 8.
New Weapon: 30-30 Repeater
We didn’t get a new weapon in Season 7, but we are in Season 8. Fuse brings the 30-30 repeater straight from Salvo. It’s a lever-action rifle that packs a punch.
The 30-30 Repeater will be added to the loot pool this February.
Kings Canyon map changes
The arrival of Fuse has obliterated Kings Canyon. Original POIs including Slum Lakes and Artillery have been destroyed, and there is a new hue to the map.
A massive explosion on Kings Canyon has completely changed the map.
New Season 8 Battle Pass: Mayhem
As always, there will be a fresh battle pass for the new season, which will include over 100 items.
We don’t know if there will be any changes to the battle pass system yet, like there was in Season 7.
Note: This is not a final list of all Legends that are getting changes in the Season 8 update.
Adding 45 health to her Amped Cover
Respawn say they are looking at changes to Wraith’s hitbox, to bring her in line with other Legends.
Respawn are looking at nerfs to her tactical ability, but haven’t confirmed the exact changes they’re making yet.
Respawn have been struggling to find a good buff for Revenant, but are looking at hitbox adjustments
Respawn are looking for ways to make Wattson more fun, without making her more powerful
Fix for decoys making footstep noise – this was originally in the Fight Night patch notes, but has been removed and will be coming in a future update, possibly with Season 8.
Caustic hammer breaking doors – this was also originally in the Fight Night patch notes, but has been removed and will be coming in a future patch, possibly with Season 8.
Horizon is due for a slight nerf in Season 8.
Quality of Life
In-game damage tracker added
Heirloom store not showing all Heirlooms
Players told they are buying Gibraltar’s Heirloom when buying Caustic’s Heirloom
Legend skins for Mirage and Bangalore affecting aim down sights
Errors relating to private matches
Players can’t hear each other in cross-play lobbies
A new Ranked Series will begin at the start of Season 8: Ranked Series 7. We expect that there will be two splits in the season again, with the first probably on World’s Edge. It’s unlikely that the new Kings Canyon features in Ranked, until players are used to the changes.
Season 8 Collection Event
Data miners have uncovered files related to an Anniversary Collection Event in Season 8. Although collection events typically start midway through the Season, this time it could potentially start earlier, given that the 2-year anniversary of Apex Legends is February 4 – two days after Season 8 starts.
That’s everything we know at the moment about what’s coming in the Season 8 update patch notes.
We’ll keep you updated with more changes as they come, and of course when Respawn releases the full patch notes.