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Apex Legends v1.2 update gave Mirage an insane hidden buff

Published: 5/Jun/2019 22:51 Updated: 5/Jun/2019 23:05

by Alan Bernal

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Since the game came out Apex Legends players have been wanting Mirage’s ultimate to work without its dead giveaways, and it looks like they got what they want in a big way.

Respawn Entertainment has quenched their fan base’s thirst for new content when they launched a major update to their game on June 4 with the v1.2 patch.

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While that patch introduced an incredible new limited-time event, it also did a lot to fix some of the more burgeoning problems that players have been finding throughout the game since it released.

Respawn EntertainmentMirage players have been pleasantly surprised with what the v1.2 update has brought.

One of those problems lied in the underwhelming Mirage ultimate Vanishing Act that’s used to “deploy a team of Decoys to distract enemies while you cloak.”

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Even though it worked like it’s description, the invisibility part always left players wanting more out of the ability since Mirage was still readily seen if a player looked close enough.

Now players are loving the new change that “fixed (a) bug where cloaked Mirage was too noticeable,” and it’s been working in a major way.

The Mirage buff is ridiculous from r/apexlegends

“Mirage ult is REALLY good now,” Reddit user ‘ThundeeringClaaws’ said. “The ult bugfix is a huge buff, it makes him completely invisible now! It makes you entirely invisible, no obvious outline or anything, they called it a bugfix but it’s a MASSIVE buff…”

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Players were a bit confused when they first encountered the new bug fix and were impressed with how the change has made Mirage live up to his name as the “Holographic Trickster.”

“That is INSANE,” Reddit user ‘penguin_shit13’ said. “It’s funny because I completely forgot about it being buffed the first time I used it and I was in a situation where I just knew I was going to get killed.. but the damn Bangalore walked right past me.. I had probably 10 hp.. and blasted her in the back with a peacekeeper a few seconds later.”

Respawn EntertaimentTime will tell if the new buff will let Mirage stand with more popular legends in the game.

How to counter Mirage’s new buff

It looks like Mirage mains are amped that the new patch is going to give them a better way of causing mayhem, but to even out the scales there are things to look out for when the Trickster goes invisible.

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Players trying to defend against Mirage’s ult should have an ear out for when he activates his Vanishing Act. Once the sound queue goes off, it’ll be difficult but pay attention to the floor as he’ll still kick up dust and water depending on the terrain.

Mirage players will no doubt have a lot of fun in the near future now that his ultimate has given them a refined edge over their opponents.

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Apex Legends leaks reveal ‘Arena’ game mode finally on the way

Published: 15/Oct/2020 2:48 Updated: 15/Oct/2020 2:49

by Isaac McIntyre

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Respawn could finally be adding a new “Arena” game mode to Apex Legends as soon as Season 7, according to new datamined code added to the backend of the battle royale’s main menu in the recent Aftermarket update.

The datamined code in question details a new “Arena” mode, accessible through the Apex Legends main menu. These code strings, shared by Shrugtal on Oct. 13, seem to be linked to the battle royale’s playlist UI (user interface) in the loading lobby.

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“Code was added with the 6.1 patch to support UI slots on the “Play” Menu for a new “Arena” mode,” Shrugtal confirmed.

Right now, the string for “arenas_mode” is set to “false,” suggesting at some point in the future that option will be flicked on. There’s also an “if(DEV)” string in there too; meaning playtesters may already have their hands on the new mode.

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The question we’re left with in regards to the “Arena” mode is; what is it?

Shrugtal seems to offer up a few answers, which we here at Dexerto are inclined to agree with. If Apex Legends really is adding a ‘Team Deathmatch’ style playlist, it won’t be exactly like the Titanfall 2 playlists of old, we can assume.

Instead, it may be some variant of the new Flashpoint limited-time mode which debuted in the Aftermarket update.

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Shrugtal theorized⁠—and we should mention these were just suggestions, not more leaks⁠—it could be a “smaller squads mode”. It may also have some “Flashpoint-style healing” thrown into the “Arena” mix as well, to replace respawn stations.

The new Apex Legends 'Flashpoint' mode could be a percussor to the "Arena" playlist.
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The new Apex Legends ‘Flashpoint’ mode could be a precursor to the “Arena” playlist.

Skulltown to return in “Arena” playlist?

If Apex Legends really is adding an “Arena” playlist in the next few seasons, the battle royale is going to, of course, need some smaller maps to host the game mode on.

One perfect option is Skulltown, which the developers have admitted they do want to bring back in one form or another. The tight street area would be perfect for a fast-paced, smaller squads-focused Arena game mode, if Respawn went that way.

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Other good areas from across Kings Canyon and World’s Edge include Capitol City, which was destroyed in Season 4, or Apex’s ever-popular Sorting Factory. Slum Lakes, Market, The Train Yard, and more are also solid options for smaller maps.

Skull Town would make a perfect "Arena" map in Apex Legends.
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Skull Town would make a perfect “Arena” map in Apex Legends.

Considering this leak is only a small main menu UI update, however, there’s no clues to what the potential “Arena” game mode may actually look like. Right now, we’ll have to wait and see!

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As for when it could be released, that’s got a big question mark slapped on it, for now. It’s still in testing, so Season 7 is the earliest it could arrive. Season 8 may even be a more realistic prediction though, considering development time.

For now, sit tight Apex Legends fans; an “Arena” mode is finally on the way!