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Apex Legends players claim Lifeline is “useless” after update

Published: 8/Apr/2020 22:52 Updated: 9/Apr/2020 8:58

by Alan Bernal

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Apex Legends players are concerned that the recent Old Ways Lore event update made Lifeline “useless,” despite getting a new Passive ability involving Blue Bins.

Even though the Combat Medic was once regarded as a top tier Legend in the battle royale, nerfs to her abilities along with overarching changes to the game actually dragged down her viability compared to other characters.

The April 7 patch “buffed” the Legend with a new Passive that allows her to search through specially-marked Blue Bins for additional health items, weapon attachments, and knockdown shields that others don’t have access to.

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Changes to Apex Legends have been taking away from the Combat Medic’s effectiveness.

However, this was overshadowed by another change – a nerf to Low Profile. A few Legends have this Passive, including Lifeline, which makes them more difficult to hit. To balance that, any damage that is taken gets increased by 5%.

In the Old Ways update, Respawn adjusted this ability so that limb shots on Low Profile characters “now deal as much damage as body shots.”

Needless to say, this tweak makes Lifeline susceptible to taking a lot more damage, and, as a result, players are concerned that the cons of using her now outweigh the pros.

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Lifeline was given a Blue Bins passive in Apex Legends’s Old Ways Lore event update.

“My least favorite part of these changes is that they are moving Lifeline from being a ‘Combat Medic’ to being a supplier of utility to her teammates,” Reddit user ‘StupidEnclave’ said. “At this point, her sole purpose is to make sure the teammates can fight, not yourself.”

What’s more – the buffs given to other Legends over the past few updates, like Gibraltar, have further pulled Lifeline down the pecking order.

“I made the switch from Lifeline to [Gibraltar] this season and haven’t looked back,” user ‘MrNiceDude’ said. “I’m actually a better healer now, I can res faster, protect from all angles [as opposed to Lifeline’s shield wall], and heal the whole team quicker… Lifeline is now useless and it makes me sad.”

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Some Apex Legends players feel that Gibraltar actually does Lifeline’s job better than she does.

The other Legends who have Low Profile – Wraith, Pathfinder, and Wattson – all have either a way to escape or defend themselves, so this change doesn’t impact them as much as Lifeline.

Wraith has her Into the Void tactical ability, Pathfinder can swing away with grappling hooks and ziplines, and even Wattson can at least wall off opponents and negate grenades.

Lifelife has D.O.C. and a Care Package, neither of which can help her from getting bursted down in a pinch, which can be even more deadly following the update.

It remains to be seen whether Respawn will consider this community feedback and give the Combat Medic a boost in the next patch. Until then, you’re probably better off not using her.

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What does Branthium mean in Apex Legends? Horizon & Ash Season 7 teasers

Published: 24/Oct/2020 17:35 Updated: 24/Oct/2020 18:06

by Calum Patterson

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Amid all the teasers for Apex Legends Season 7, one word has been on the lips of a number of characters: Branthium. But, what is this? A location, material, or something else entirely? Here, we’ll put together all the clues to get to the bottom of this mystery.

The first time we heard the word Branthium in Apex Legends, it came from Ash, at the end of the Season 5 Broken Ghost quest.

Ash is the villain from Titanfall 2, who was recruited by Kuben Blisk, before she “died” at the hands of Jack Cooper, was put back together again, her memory wiped, and then her head split into parts and spread throughout Kings Canyon.

Once the Legends put her head back together, she spoke to them, and, as part of an unintelligible message, said: “all roads lead to Branthium.”

Ash saying Branthium in Apex Legends
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Ash was the first time we heard ‘Branthium’ in Apex Legends.

What is Branthium in Apex Legends?

After the mention from Ash, in the first Twitter teaser for Season 7, Horizon (expected to be the next playable Legend), repeated the word “Branthium” in among all the static.

It later became clear that Horizon was repeating what Ash said – or, perhaps Ash was repeating Horizon.

Is Branthium a place?

The saying, “all roads lead to Branthium”, is undoubtedly a play on the common phrase “all roads lead to Rome.” Typically, this saying refers to “all paths or activities lead to the center of things” – it comes from Ancient Rome in the literal sense, when all roads started from the capital city.

So, at first, most theories believed Branthium was a place, possibly related to the planet Psamathe and its city, Olympus. Ash finished her monologue by saying “Welcome to Olympus.”

But, a spanner was thrown in the works of this theory by Horizon. In the latest Twitter teaser, Horizon says: “Just got to figure out how he can fuse the Branthium (or Brantium?) without critical mass.”

So, is Branthium actually some kind of element, or fuel, or material? This remains unclear, but it wouldn’t make sense for Ash (and Horizon) to say “All roads lead to Branthium,” if it was simply some kind of element.

This theory could line up though with the involvement of Hammon Robotics. The Planet Harvester which launched in Season 4 is being used by Hammond “to gather precious metals from the core of the planet for reasons unknown.” Is this metal Branthium/Brantium?

Perhaps, Branthium is both a place and an element, with the latter named after the former. Brantium could be a metal discovered on the planet Branthium? For now, we simply don’t know, but we’ll keep this post updated as more teasers emerge about this mysterious word, and what it could mean.

Season 7 is set to start on November 4 – a week earlier than initially planned – so we should learn a lot more then.