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Apex Legends leaks reveal new details for Mirage’s Season 5 rework

Published: 23/Apr/2020 6:11 Updated: 23/Apr/2020 6:57

by Isaac McIntyre

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Mirage could be set to become the very first Apex Legends character to undergo a rework, after new leaks revealed the Holographic Trickster’s impending buffs ⁠— confirmed by Respawn earlier this month ⁠— will be a pretty big overhaul.

Elliott Witt, the Legend in the Apex Games more commonly known as Mirage, has struggled to find his place in the battle royale’s meta since release. Apart from a few minor bug fixes in the last 14 months, he’s mostly been left out to dry.

The situation continued to worsen for the smooth-talking trickster as new roster debutants like Revenant and Wattson outshone him. Early favorites like Wraith and Gibraltar were also better picks, and Mirage dropped to a 2.40% win rate.

Now, Mirage mains have had enough. Their outcry across social media reached fever-pitch as they demanded Respawn “save” the loveable larrikin. For a time, it looked like the devs had simply decided to let him rot.

That is, until Respawn dev Carlos Pineda confirmed buffs were coming “real soon,” but didn’t reveal what they would be. Now, thanks to new leaks from data miner ILootGames, we know ⁠— a full rework is potentially on its way.

Mirage may finally be brought in from the cold in Apex Legends, if the rework rumors are true.
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Mirage may finally be brought in from the cold in Apex Legends, if the rework rumors are true.

Mirage rework could draw on Dummies Big Day LTM

According to the popular code-dipper, who revealed a handful of tidbits about the potential upcoming Mirage rework in a YouTube video on April 22, Respawn are planning to draw on the “Dummies Big Day” LTM for the overhaul.

“What I’ve been told… is that Mirage is going to get the ability of the Emergency Dance Party,” ILootGames said. He added it would make sense considering the “weird Mirage bugs” which had been plaguing King’s Canyon recently.

“Whether that’s a tactical ability or a replacement for his ultimate, I don’t know, but that’s what I’ve been told will be part of his rework. It’s not just going to be a buff, it’s going to be a rework. We’ll find out in Season 5 is my hope.”

Using the Dummies’ ultimate move from the short-lived Grand Soiree Event is no new idea ⁠— players have been demanding devs use the “believable” Dummies ability for Mirage for some time ⁠— and it certainly makes sense as a buff.

For mobile readers, the related segment begins at 3:48 in the video below.

When can Apex players expect the Mirage rework?

According to ILootGames, there’s nothing solid in the battle royale’s code relating to Mirage just yet. That means Respawn is likely still hard at work testing these changes on their internal servers at the moment.

When other big changes have come down the pipelines, they’ve come during major seasonal swaps. As such, Mirage’s big switch-up is, in all likelihood, penciled in for Season 5’s update. That means it should arrive on May 5.

Stop the clock - Mirage is finally in line for Apex Legends buffs.
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Stop the clock – Mirage is finally in line for Apex Legends buffs.

It is worth keeping in mind, the leaked Mirage updates are also, as always, subject to change. Respawn has proven they’re happy to switch direction ⁠— as seen with their Revenant-Forge trick ⁠— so we’ll see if this rework lands on live servers.

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Apex Legends dev reveals top 5 most played legends in Season 7

Published: 27/Nov/2020 10:08

by Connor Bennett

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Apex Legends developer Daniel Klein has revealed the five most popular legends from Season 7 – and it should come as no surprise that Horizon is right up there already.

As the Apex Legends seasons have unfolded, it’s been easy for players to chop and change the legends they use seeing as a new character is introduced which each major, season starting update. 

The new character always receives huge attention as players want to test out the new content, but sometimes, they don’t stick around and can immediately fall to the bottom of the pile once fans are seemingly bored with them. 

In the case of Horizon and Apex Legends Season 7, she has been able to stick around as one of the most played legends – even cementing her spot amongst some of the battle royale’s long-term favorites.

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Wraith still leads the way as Apex’s most-used legend.

Speaking on The Third Party: An Apex Legends podcast, Respawn Senior Game Designer Daniel Klein revealed how the list of most played legends in the new season had started to shape up.

“Wraith, Bloodhound, Horizon, Octane, and then Lifeline, that’s the pick order right now,” Klein told the podcast hosts in relation to the top five, noting that Horizon had started to settle in the top five after her initial explosion in use. 

Octane being so high might surprise a few players, and as Klein points out, he doesn’t “win a lot of games,” but he’s so fun to play because of his speedy abilities. Klein also noted that there is an “interesting situation” with Bloodhound because they have a high pick rate, but they don’t win a lot of games. 

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Additionally, the Apex developer revealed that Loba has also seen a rise in her trios win rate after her Ultimate received a bit of a shake up at the start of Season 7. Though, he didn’t note just how popular and used that she has become. 

As the season unfolds, some currently lesser-played legends might see a boost in usage after Respawn rolls out patches, so, we’ll have to wait and see as to whether or not the top five is shaken up or if it stays the same moving forward.