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Apex Legends Preseason Invitational shows why Legend bans could be great

Published: 16/Sep/2019 23:48 Updated: 17/Sep/2019 0:43

by Alan Bernal


The Apex Legends Preseason Invitational has convinced people that maybe temporary character bans could be a worthwhile tactic to improve pro tourneys.

Respawn Entertainment and EA put together one of the biggest competitions for Apex Legends so far with the $500,000 event, but there were more than a few complications throughout the 3-day invitational.

While there were noticeable glitches highlighted by the official stream for the event, some of the more frustrating occurrences came at the hands of Wattson and her Perimeter Security as some players found clever ways to abuse the ability or glitches known to be in the game.

PlayApex TwitchWattson’s fences were really popular during the Preseason Invitational.

But after the dust settled, esports commentator Richard ‘TheSimms’ Simms said that he hopes Respawn “ban Wattson for future Apex tournaments.”

After discussing Wattson’s bigger flaws with Apex pro Lucas ‘Mendo’ Håkansson, TheSimms thinks that there could be a great way to evolve the meta by periodically removing troublesome Legends.

“I do like the idea that certain Legends could be banned during competitive play if they are OP or undergoing changes,” TheSimms advised in order to “keep the meta evolving as opposed to just slapping in new Legends.”

Since the roster of Legends is the game’s “strongest and core attribute,” temporary bans would facilitate a systematic progression to the overall comps that pro teams would opt into. The Preseason Invitational saw a lot of Wattson picks with players using her fences to completely claim a room or nestle on an elevated platform.

Moreover, Team Liquid’s star Mendo says that the Wattson’s “core problem is map design,” since her abilities can severely punish players walking into the narrow corridors and rooms seen throughout Kings Canyon.

While the former Overwatch pro wants to see meaningful updates to address these problems, he also thinks that teams should get a heads up on where circles will land in every match.

“I think for viewership it could be a good idea to show the circle patterns ahead of the game start so people can draft their compositions ahead of the game based on that,” Mendo said. “Otherwise we’ll always see one generalized comp be played.”

He thinks that simple change would add “something unique to the game (and) will help diversity in hero-picks.”

The Apex Legends Preseason Invitational made it clear that the esport still has a ton of room to grow, but it should start out with how they want to address Wattson’s OP mechanics in games.

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Respawn Senior Game Designer wants more “non-BR” modes in Apex Legends

Published: 28/Nov/2020 22:31

by Alan Bernal


Respawn Senior Game Designer Daniel Z. Klein is a big fan of Apex Legends’ non-BR modes, and would want the studio to experiment with a few more concepts after seeing how successful the Winter Express has been.

Admittedly, Klein isn’t a part of the game modes team at Respawn, but the senior developer gave his preference on which direction the battle royale could take from here. Previous modes like Hunt and the Winter Express tweaked Apex’s typical formula, giving players something different to get their hands on.

The team at Respawn has proven they can make modes that don’t feed into the normal BR format but still create products that resonate with their players. Klein would like to see more of this out of Apex in the following seasons, though has said there’s not much to reveal on that front as of yet.

“I really want us to try more non-BR things; I think Winter Express was a wonderful proof of concept that Apex can be super fun in non-BR modes,” he said on Reddit. “I think something Mario Party-like, like (League of Legends’) Nexus Blitz, would probably be a bit too much for a game like Apex, but there are LOTS of cool things we could do.”

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He isn’t wrong on that final point. Aside from being a solid battle royale in the bustling genre, Apex Legends has something unique that not many games can boast about: it’s incredible characters.

Respawn have injected a vast amount of lore and personality into their cast of 15 Legends, meaning they can produce nearly any mode they want without struggling with how it logistically fits into the game.

We kind of got a taste of that type of ingenuity with the Fight or Fright Collection Event, that showed Pathfinder teleporting into a night version of Kings Canyon which introduced the Shadowfall mode.

Now that there’s vehicles and loads of new gameplay mechanics in Season 7, non-BR modes like races, new PvE concepts, and more can be a frontrunner for possibilities to explore.

Like Klein said, there isn’t anything Respawn are ready to announce for Apex Legends as of yet, but players have loads of content to hold them over until they do.