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Apex Legends: Most popular places to land revealed

Published: 19/Mar/2019 10:22 Updated: 19/Mar/2019 10:32

by Calum Patterson

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Apex Legends players have voted on their favorite ‘drop zones’ on the King’s Canyon map, deciding the most popular locations, and the not-so-popular ones too.

Choosing where to land in any battle royale can be a tricky decision, and it all comes down to personal preference and the direction of the landing ship that brings you into the map.

But, many players will have at least one ‘go-to’ spot, where they know the loot is typically good and that they know like the back of their hand.

There’s plenty of choice when it comes to dropping into King’s Canyon.

In Apex Legends, every game a ‘high-tier’ loot area is designated, indicated by a large blue circle on the map, encouraging players to maybe switch it up each time.

However, there are some areas that are simply better than others if you want to get fully kitted up before a fight, while others are best if you want to get into the action straight away.

The official Apex Legends Twitter account ran their ‘map madness’ bracket in March, allowing players to vote between two drop zones each round, until a winner was decided.

Most of the rounds were closely fought, but there were a few clear winners, such as Airbase beating nearby location Runoff by 76% to 24%.

Of course there could only be one winner though, and in the end it was a comfortable victory for Skull Town, who got past Bridges, Market and Artillery, before meeting Bunker in the final round, winning handedly, 67% to 33%.

Skull Town is often a very busy landing area, as it’s the closest King’s Canyon has to a ‘city’ like urban environment. 

That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best place to land though, as you will often end up fighting before you are fully kitted up with your weapons of choice, shields and healing.

Here’s our guide for the best (and worst) places to land in Apex Legends.

But, if you want to get into the action right away, there’s no better place than Skull Town.

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Respawn hope to bring Wraith “under control” in Apex Legends Season 8

Published: 27/Nov/2020 2:41

by Andrew Amos

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The debate around Wraith is still raging on in Apex Legends. Despite change after change, she’s still a power pick in a lot of situations. However, in Season 8, Respawn are pulling out the final straw to try and bring Wraith “under control” once and for all.

Wraith has been slowly tuned down over the 20-month history of Apex Legends from outrageously broken, to somewhat manageable. Despite being hit with a big set of nerfs in June’s Lost Treasures update though, she still reigns supreme in the Outlands.

However, Respawn aren’t giving up hope on finally bringing the voidwalker “under control.” In an interview on the Third Party podcast, developer Daniel Klein said that more changes are on the way in Season 8.

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Wraith could be getting a bit bigger if Respawn end up shipping their intended changes for Apex Legends Season 8.

While he joked about just straight up removing Wraith from the game, Respawn actually have a direction they want to take. They don’t want to hit Wraith’s kit any harder. They want to see if they can “fix” her hitboxes.

“I don’t want to hit her kit any more. We’ve pushed that to the breaking point where it’s barely still fun, but the extremely wind-up on her tactical ⁠— as much as it was necessary ⁠— it puts the ability more into the camp of cerebral power rather than satisfying in the moment power,” he said.

“With Wraith, our approach is going to be very similar to Pathfinder. We’re going to take a look at her hitboxes and see how much wiggle room we have there. With Pathfinder, it turned out that we had so much… that was a 20% increase in hitbox size.”

The Pathfinder changes were shipped in the Season 7 update earlier in November, and have made the grappling robot a bit easier to hit while dashing across Olympus and the other maps.

Despite Respawn’s hopes though, nothing is locked in. They’ve only just started scouting out the work to change Wraith’s hitboxes. Klein stated he hopes the changes will be enough that Respawn could even look at buffing Wraith down the line, but the solution could be a dead end.

Pathfinder flying across screen with grapple hook.
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Pathfinder was hit with a similar hitbox nerf in Season 7.

“Nothing is guaranteed yet, we haven’t started work yet. I’ve asked one of our technical artists to take a look at it. Whenever he gets around to it, we will know more.

“My earnest hope is that we can bring her under control with just hitbox changes, and then maybe even look at ways at making her more in-the-moment fun again, and find a balance point between her tactical now and what it used to be.”

They’re not willing to risk “giving Wraith more power” by shipping some changes early before they tackle her hitboxes, so don’t expect ability buffs soon. However, in Apex Legends Season 8, expect Wraith to feel a little bit different.