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Apex Legends player left infuriated with random teammate

Published: 30/Nov/2019 21:47 Updated: 30/Nov/2019 21:48

by Andy Williams

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An Apex Legends player was left seething after a random teammate exploited their efforts to open up a loot vault in World’s Edge – and the community felt their pain!

Respawn Entertainment incorporated a host of changes as part of their Season 3 update. Alongside introducing Crypto, they provided fans with an entirely new map in World’s Edge. With its varied climate, the new map provides enough of a challenge in itself. 

Sprinkle in some dynamic map elements with geysers and a freight train, alongside the all new ‘loot vault’ feature, and players have had plenty to acclimate as they adjust to life on Solace. However, it is the latter that appears to be providing one player some trouble.

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World’s Edge boasts a challenging environment for the best of Legends.

Loot vaults introduced a high-risk, high-reward element to Apex Legends. Should players be fortunate enough to find a vault key, it is usually the presence of enemy sabotage that is the prevailing nuisance. 

Yet one player appeared to learn that trouble can often rise from the inside, as their teammate exploited their efforts in obtaining a vault key. 

Posted to the Apex Legends subreddit, the player in question unlocks the vault with the containment ring about to close in. However, after unlocking the vault, their Octane promptly enables their Stim ability to navigate the room in quick time. 

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Given the 30% speed boost, the Adrenaline Junkie sprinted ahead and grabbed all of the loot before either Pathfinder or Wraith could get their hands on anything worthwhile. 

After the player came away empty handed, they vented their frustrations and exclaimed: “I go and get a f**king vault key and you literally come here and take every single item!”

Since they were sat on two eliminations, the vault key was likely hard-earned from an encounter earlier in the game.

The post received almost 18k upvotes within 24 hours — showing that the community clearly empathized with the Pathfinder’s encounter. 

As you’d expect, the player was annoyed that their endeavours weren’t rewarded this time. However, given the wholesome MRVN’s array of cheerful quips, they were likely upbeat and ziplining their way around World’s Edge in no time.

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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.”

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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!