Apex Legends: Dizzy and co. win Dr Disrespect's $25,000 Code Red tournament - recap and final placements - Dexerto
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Apex Legends: Dizzy and co. win Dr Disrespect’s $25,000 Code Red tournament – recap and final placements

Published: 2/Mar/2019 4:22 Updated: 2/Mar/2019 4:40

by Albert Petrosyan


NRG Esports pro players dizzy and KingRichard, along with former Overwatch pro Mendokusaii, have won the March 1 running of the Code Red tournament for Apex Legends, hosted by Dr Disrespect, BoomTV, and EsportsArena.

The trio, named King’s Canyon, edged out popular streamers Summit1G, JoshOG, and Iam_Chappie (The Big Weiners) in the grand final to secure the $13,000 first place prize.

The top three was rounded off with Reid’s Money Team, which featured vsns, chocoTaco, and HusKerrs who ended up losing to Summit’s team in the Loser’s Bracket final.

If you are unfamiliar with how Code Red tournaments work, make sure to brush up on the format before reading on with the rest of this recap. 

Code Red is a double-elimination tournament featuring eight teams of three players each.

Since custom matchmaking is not yet publicly available in Apex Legends, teams matched up against each other in the bracket had to separately load into three public matches each and try to score as many points possible, based on the following format:

– Wins = +8 points

– Kills = +1 point

Having won the Winner’s Bracket, King’s Canyon came into the grand final with a huge advantage, as they only had to win one of two matches, while The Big Weiners, who were coming from the Loser’s Bracket, had to win two in a row.

The match start off very tight, as dizzy and co. held a slight 28-23 lead after both teams won their respective games in map one. Map two very much followed the same trend, with both teams winning their games again, and King’s Canyon led 56-48 going into the third map of match one. 

The big separation between the two teams came during this map, as King’s Canyon put on a stellar 30 point performance while The Big Weiners only mustered one point, giving dizzy and his team the 86-49 victory.

The match win wrapped up the tournament victory, as dizzy and KingRichard have now won the first two Code Reds in Apex Legends. Their first victory came on February 16, although their third teammate at the time was Ninja and not Mendokusaii. 

With the March 1 tournament coming to a close, here are the full final placements along with the share of the prize pool that each of the top three teams received.

The full Winner’s and Loser’s brackets, including the aggregate scores of each match, can be found below the placements table. 

Placement Team Prize
1st Mendokusaii, dizzy, KingRichard $13,000
2nd JoshOG, Summit1G, Iam_chappie $7,000
3rd vsnz, chocoTaco, HusKerrs $5,000
4th Trainwreckstv, LyndonFPS, Rogue
5th-6th Anthony_Kon0…, Grimmmz, Shortyyguy
5th-6th xQcOW, OverpoweredOW, m0xyy
7th-8th imaqtpie, Shiphtur, Trick2g
7th-8th Dr Disrespect, TSM_Viss, RealKraftyy

Winner’s Bracket

Loser’s Bracket

About Code Red

Code Red is a tournament series put together by popular Twitch personality Dr Disrespect, livestream gaming platform BoomTV, and EsportsArena.

The series features competitions for several popular battle royale titles, such as FortniteCall of Duty‘s Blackout and now Apex Legends

The previous running of the tournament, held on February 16, was won by the team of Ninja, dizzy, and KingRichard – full recap

Make sure to follow us on Twitter @Dexerto to keep updated with the latest Apex Legends news, updates, leaks, and more! 

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Apex Legends dev explains why “useless” Wattson won’t get more buffs

Published: 26/Nov/2020 5:27 Updated: 26/Nov/2020 5:29

by Isaac McIntyre


Bad news Wattson fans… Respawn has no plans to buff the Apex Legends engineer again in Season 7, despite the fact much of the battle royale’s player base believes the Static Defender is “useless” in her current state.

Wattson who has been part of the ever-growing Apex Legends roster since mid-2019, was recently handed a buff in Season 7’s ‘Ascension’ patch; her signature ability, “Perimeter Security,” had its damage topped up slightly.

According to the Apex Legends community, however, the French defender is still relatively “useless” in the Season 7 meta. In fact, the view is so widespread that a Reddit thread simply titled “Buff Wattson please” racked up 15.1k upvotes, and more than 125 awards.

In the thread, ‘BaguettePaquette’ declared: “It’s time to radically remake Wattson. Not just +5 to fences, but the whole concept of a ‘defending legend’.”

Unfortunately, when an Apex Legends dev did finally arrive in the thread, it was to deliver bad news: there are no plans to give Wattson more buffs in Season 7, despite the defender’s low pick rate in public playlists and ranked lobbies.

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Wattson has been dubbed “useless” by the wider Apex Legends player base.

Wattson isn’t “useless,” says Apex dev

The reason, game designer Daniel Z. Klein explained, is twofold. The first is that Wattson is “all over the place” in pro play. According to the dev, who “rewound the final game,” four of the final six squads in ALGS finals included a Wattson.

The second was a rebuttal to the Reddit thread’s suggestion Wattson is “useless,” both on new map Olympus, and in all Apex Legends lobbies.

“I’m going to respectfully disagree… on Olympus, or elsewhere. You’re confusing two things; pick rate and effectiveness,” Klein said. “Yes, she’s lowest pick rate, but her win rate is very good. She’s is top 4 across most power metrics.”

The “fun” problem: why no one plays Wattson

The problem, he continued, is that Wattson “isn’t super fun for most people.” Her abilities are based around holding choke points, which Apex Legends players often shy away from.

“[That] means we can’t just put power into her until she’s more widely played, because she’s already very near the top of our power charts; on the other hand, it means that putting power into her won’t address the problem either,” he said.

“It’s not that people pick her and fail to be effective. Clearly the people who do run her have more success than on most other characters. There’s something about the FEELING of playing her that isn’t attractive, and power doesn’t fix that.”

Wattson Apex Legends screenshot
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The French defender is powerful, but fails to be “fun” in public lobbies.

Rework may be one possible solution

So, no more Wattson buffs in Season 7, especially as she continues to hit top scores on many of Respawn’s hidden metrics. A rework though? That’s another story.

“Your suggestion for a rework is most promising,” Klein admitted, but said there are two issues there; the cost ⁠— “reworks are incredibly expensive” ⁠— and two, she already fills an area “very needed” in competitive play: defensive strengths.

“I don’t think she should be 100% or near 100% pick rate in competitive… ideally we find a rework that makes at least part of her kit exciting in the moment, while not losing her identity as a structure giver,” the Apex developer concluded.

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Mirage (pictured) and Lifeline have both got reworks; could Wattson be next?

There was a glimmer of hope for fans of the French defender, however. Klein admitted he “could be convinced to buff her” in an effort to “throw a bone to Wattson mains,” but promised that “wouldn’t change the problems.”

For now, Wattson mains should hold tight. There’s a rework in the pipes that may eventually land, and more buffs are possible; it may just take a bit of begging!