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Apex Legends leak suggests Mirage will be getting heirloom in Season 5

Published: 14/May/2020 8:51 Updated: 19/Jun/2020 3:04

by Isaac McIntyre

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Mirage looks set to be the next Apex Legends character to get a limited-edition Heirloom melee weapon in Season 5, according to new datamined leaks.

Loba may be the new kid on block in Season 5, but Fortune’s Favor has been all about Mirage. The Holographic Trickster got a rework in the battle royale’s May 12 patch, and now it looks like he’s in line to get an heirloom next too.

Heirlooms are some of the rarest collectibles in Apex Legends. The battle royale’s cosmetic melee weapons drop from Apex Packs. They tell the backstories of Respawn’s ever-expanding cast of heroes and villains.

So far, launch legends Wraith, Bloodhound, Pathfinder, and Lifeline have been bestowed with the limited-edition items. Season 1 addition Octane also jumped the queue ⁠— fitting well with his character ⁠— to get an Heirloom too.

According to popular code-dipper ILootGames, Apex’s smooth-talking, recently-buffed hero Mirage would be the next legend to receive an Heirloom. Not only that, but the leaked code seems to point to exactly what his item will be.

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Mirage’s rumored Apex Legends Season 5 heirloom seems right up the Holographic Trickster’s alley.

Mirage to get self-centered Heirloom in Season 5

There were speculations the Holographic Trickster’s Heirloom would be something relating to his backstory. One fan suggested Elliott Witt would wield a mirror, while another believed he would battle with a cooked pork chop.

Unfortunately, neither of those amusing options will make it into the game, by the looks of things. Mirage’s Heirloom does still seem to fit though. According to leakers Shrugtal and Biast12, he could be wielding a mini-sized statue of himself.

“Well… check out our next Heirloom,” another data miner, iLootGames said, revealing the string related to the cosmetic: “MELEE_SKIN_MIRAGE_STATUE_NAME”. The leak does seem to lock in Mirage as the next legend to get a special melee weapon.

This leak does appear to blow holes in the theories Revenant ⁠⁠— who has a voiceline tied to a potential Heirloom item ⁠— and Crypto⁠— who has animations relating to his Data Knife in the code ⁠— would be next out of the gates for Heirlooms.

With any leaks, however, they can be taken with a grain of salt. For now, only Respawn knows exactly who will be getting the limited-edition weapons. It does, however, look like there’s a fair few planned for Season 5 and beyond.

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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

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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!