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Apex Legends player discovers how Gibraltar counters Mirage’s invisibility

Published: 5/Jul/2019 18:34 Updated: 5/Jul/2019 18:50

by Alan Bernal

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An Apex Legends player found a brilliant way to snuff out an invisible Mirage with the help of a well placed tactical ability from one of the least popular characters in the game, Gibraltar.

Ever since Respawn buffed Mirage, there are some players who have been having a tough time countering the Legend when he ults to become invisible. While there’s some tried and true methods to thwart the Holographic Trickster some have been more effective than others.

But players still having a hard time consistently countering the character’s invisibility can have a simple answer to their problems by bubbling them in Gibby’s Dome of Protection.

Respawn EntertainmentMirage-mains will be baffled to known their ult doesn’t always make them completely invisible.

In a Reddit thread, user ‘Inked_Cat’ uploaded a video of Gibraltar and company in a heated battle near the circle’s edge when the enemy Mirage found himself in a precarious spot between the entire opposing squad.

With his teammates down, Mirage decided to ult out of there but made the fatal error of activating the Vanishing Act while in Gibraltar’s tac ability.

By doing so, Gibraltar and his team didn’t need to rely on hard to see dust kicking up as Mirage weaves his way through the fight. Instead, there was a very noticeable silhouette shuffling around the holographic decoys of the Legend that easily gave away his position.

Even though being invisible gives Mirage-mains a sense of security, the effects of Gibraltar’s Dome of Protection completely left the Trickster defenseless against the team that could easily trace his movements.

At that point it was a quick cleanup for Gibraltar’s teammate Wattson, who quickly downed the exposed Mirage and used a vicious finisher to do away with the pesky Legend.

How to counter Mirage’s ultimate?

As mentioned before, while Mirage’s ultimate makes him completely invisible after the effects of the v1.2 patch there are still reliable enough methods to see through his trickery.

The first thing players will want to do is listen for his ult’s activation which is pretty loud and obvious after getting used to the sound queue.

Respawn EntertainmentGibby players are ready to lay the smack down on Mirage players who think they can sneak around in the Dome of Protection.

After that its a simple matter of checking for dust tracks or splashes if on water, unless there’s a Bangalore or Caustic on the team.

Like Gibraltar, Bangalore and Caustic can use their respective tactical abilities to basically outline where Mirage is after he ults, making him easy prey.

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Apex Legends dev defends Wraith nerfs coming in Season 8

Published: 28/Nov/2020 15:32

by Joe Craven

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John Larson, Live Balance Designer at Respawn Entertainment, has defended the changes Wraith is set to undergo in Apex Legends Season 8, following comments from Daniel Klein. 

Balancing legends has long been a contentious topic in the Apex Legends community, with mains of various characters keen to see buffs. The admission, for example, that Mirage will never be a top-tier character irked many of the legend’s biggest fans.

The focus of the community is currently on Wraith, the Interdimensional Skirmisher who has long been in the upper-echelons of Apex Legends. However, comments from developer Daniel Klein about Respawn’s efforts to get Wraith “under control” in Season 8 led many to believe that she is set for significant nerfs. Unsurprisingly, this caused considerable discussion among Wraith players – and those sick of coming up against her.

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Wraith looks set for a nerf in Apex Legends Season 8.

His comments generally revolved around fixing Wraith’s hitbox – rather than nerfing her equipment to any greater degree. However, many believe she has been nerfed enough and further weakening is not the correct response.

Redditor ‘QuikScopeDash’ is one who took this stance, joking that they would main Crypto because Wraith has been nerfed so significantly.

This prompted a lengthy reply from John Larson, a Live Balance Designer at Respawn. He prefixed his comment by explaining that he is a Wraith main and wants her to remain viable.

“Wraith’s kit has been nerfed and tweaked more than any other legend’s, but her win rate and encounter win rate has remained an anomaly,” Larson said. “The common argument is that mechanically gifted players are drawn to her kit, but when we filter by skill brackets (rank, average damage, you name it) she’s still head and shoulders above everyone. So what does this mean?”

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Larson’s reply on Reddit.

Issues with Reddit moderation resulted in large portions of Larson’s comment being removed, but his point remained clear. Despite the various nerfs Wraith and her kit have suffered, her stats suggest she is still performing incredibly well.

He went on to compare Wraith with Pathfinder, explaining that “we never want to nerf legends to the point where they lose their identity.”

Many fear Wraith is approaching that point, and want the Voidwalker to remain as powerful as she’s always been.