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Apex Legends Season 5 update lets Mirage perform “aggressive revives”

Published: 16/May/2020 23:40 Updated: 18/May/2020 12:24

by Alan Bernal

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Mirage players are getting used to the Holographic Trickster’s new set of buffs from the Apex Legends Season 5 update that’s letting them pull off increasingly risky plays.

One such tactic that the Apex Games’ posterboy can now perform is an “aggressive revive,” described by user ‘stuey57’ who went stealth in the middle of an explosive fight by using the new passive for the Legend.

“Aggressive Revives are now a thing with the new Mirage buff,” they said, showing a clip of gameplay. In the middle of a scuffle, Mirage dropped down to take advantage of the chaos.

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Season 5 gave Mirage more tools to be a top tier pick in Apex Legends.

With the new buff, all they needed to do was start the revival for their downed Caustic and both would go imperceptible to the distracted players on their flanks.

An amusing part of the post is that it seems like the Mirage on the other team had the same idea as stuey57, although at the time there were only two of three members of their team on the scene.

This tactic was incredibly potent since stuey’s trailing Loba was able to arrive moments before the revival would be complete, which would have ended Mirage’s passive.

But she started shooting down at the opponents as the bar let up. You can see one player was inspecting nearby, but the reigning shots were enough to effectively distract the enemy

Aggressive Revives are now a thing with the new Mirage buff from apexlegends

Moments later, Mirage and the revived Caustic were able to mop up since the upward-facing foes were locked up on a different engagement.

“I like how, what was the worst Legend in the game, became a better medic than the medic,” user ‘A_Bad_Meme_lmoa’ said.

The same sentiment was expressed by a lot of players who were impressed by Mirage living up to Lifeline’s nickname the Combat Medic.

“As a day-one Lifeline main, I feel this Mirage rework just put the last nail in her coffin,” user ‘MrFlyingKitty’ said, noting how Mirage is much better at staying alive thanks to his tools while Lifeline has neither escape or mobility.

While players think its a healthy upgrade for Mirage in general, the clip showed how Apex Legends’ new Combat Medic can use aggressive revives in the heat of battle.

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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!