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Insane Apex Legends portal bug traps players in walls forever

Published: 26/Nov/2019 6:17

by Brad Norton


In a bizarre series of events, it appears as though Wraith’s Dimensional Rift ability led to a Diamond-ranked Apex Legends player being stuck indefinitely. 

Many Legends in Respawn Entertainment’s Battle Royale have an emphasis on movement-based abilities in order to traverse the environment in swift fashion. 

Wraith’s Dimensional Rift can be used to rapidly get from Point A to Point B or it can come in handy when fleeing from enemies in hot pursuit for instance. Unfortunately for this extremely unlucky Diamond squad however, the portal is what ultimately led to their demise. 

Respawn Entertainment - Apex LegendsThe Dimensional Rift ability is usually a get out of jail free card when it doesn’t bug out.

In a November 25 post, Reddit user ‘agarunov’ showcased how a poorly placed Dimensional Rift exit portal led to the end of his run throughout a Diamond-ranked match-up.

“This is literally crazy” the player expressed as his hopes of further climbing through the ranked system were crushed by a completely inescapable bug.

With only 32 players left scattered across World’s Edge, the squad was well on their way to reaching the late-game until disaster struck and the unlucky glitch trapped the Pathfinder player indefinitely. 

Stuck in wall after taking wraith portal from apexlegends

Thankfully, the odd glitch didn’t impact the entire team, as the two remaining members were able to carry on with their looting and engage in gunfights regardless of the sticky situation they were in.

Even attempting to use the Grappling Hook and the Zipline Gun to break free from the shackles of the extraordinary bug proved fruitless. There was simply nothing that the Pathfinder could do to get out of the wall that he was trapped inside of.

Jokingly responding to the portal-induced bug, Reddit user ‘Grimy_Buzzkill’ sarcastically stated that this isthe Pathfinder nerf we’ve been waiting for.”

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Should Pathfinder be the target of major nerfs in the next balance update?

A recently conducted survey of nearly 2,000 dedicated Apex Legends players indicated that a large majority of players view Pathfinder as the most overpowered character in the game due to his Grappling Hook ability.

Amusingly enough, Wraith was the second most powerful character in the game according to the study. However with a glitch as devastating as this, perhaps Apex Legends players will be reconsidering that stance in the very near future.  

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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


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!