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Apex Legends “war on cheaters” is going to the next level with all-new methods

Published: 13/Jul/2019 16:18 Updated: 13/Jul/2019 16:42

by Connor Bennett

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Apex Legends after an increased number have appeared in Ranked play.

The long-awaited ranked mode for Apex Legends was finally added to the game with the start of Season 2: Battle Charge back on July 2. The mode allows highly skilled players to take on opponents of a similar caliber in a more competitive setting.

However, some players haven’t been wholly truthful about where their skills come from – with plenty of hackers worming their way in. It’s obviously something that the more honest players want the developers to crack down on, and their calls are being answered.

Abacus - Unboxing ChinaA huge number of players have already been banned for showcasing their exploits.

In their check-in post with the Apex Legends subreddit, the Respawn community team offered up a number of insights in some tweaks and fixes players can expect. Aside from bugs and the annoying Code Leaf errors, cheating played a big part in the conversation.

The developers used the thread to reveal how they’re beginning to crack down further on cheaters. 

Moving forward, Respawn will be utilizing machine learning to create behavior models that detect and auto-ban cheaters, as well as making matches that only connect detected cheaters and spammers – among other things.

A full look at Respawn’s efforts to take on cheaters.

The clamping down on cheaters is not solely specific to season two, as Repsawn has banned an extraordinary amount of players for one reason or another since the game’s release. 

Of course, ridding the game of cheaters is never a bad thing and it clearly appeases fans who may have their sessions ruined by hackers.

Apex Legends fans are still able to report any opponents they suspect are using an exploit through either the in-game or online messaging systems 

The in-game route will also be getting a revamp as developer Michael ‘thezilch’ Kalas revealed that players will soon be able to rotate through an opposing squad via the kill cam and report them.

It does help Respawn’s effort if proper evidence is provided, so try and capture some sort of incriminating video or photo before sending in those reports. 

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Apex Legends pro Snip3down’s best tips for controller looting & moving

Published: 29/Nov/2020 20:33 Updated: 29/Nov/2020 23:50

by Julian Young

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The Apex Legends community constantly disagrees on which input device is king: mouse-and-keyboard or controller. While both have their benefits and downfalls, pro Apex player ‘TSM Snip3down’ has shared three ways that controller players can compete with mouse-and-keyboard users by moving while they loot.

The controller versus M&KB debate has raged on in the Apex Legends community since the game’s release. With many controller players seeing great success on Twitch and in the competitive scene, the arguments over the fairness of using controllers on PC have not slowed down.

Both options offer players distinct advantages and also suffer from unique limitations. One issue for controller players is they are largely unable to move while looting, which is something mouse-and-keyboard users can do with ease.

In a video posted to his YouTube channel, Snip3down — a Halo veteran and one of the top controller players in the pro Apex scene — offered some advice for controller users to help avoid this limitation. Here are three ways that controller players can maintain their movement when looting death boxes.

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Snip3down joined TSM’s competitive Apex team in October 2020 and has been competing for them in the ALGS.

Foot pedal method

The first method mentioned by Snip3down in his video is the use of foot pedals. This piece of hardware is an additional tool players can use to assign various actions to another device outside of their controller or keyboard.

In Snipe3down’s case, his pedals are configured to allow extra movement options while looting. He has mapped the left pedal to the ‘A’ key, and the right pedal to the ‘D’ key on his keyboard, allowing him to move back-and-forth with his pedals while looting with his controller.

While this is Snip3down’s preferred method, he recognizes that not all players want to invest in extra hardware like foot pedals. To address this, he also provides two alternative methods that controller players can use to move and loot.

‘Open-while-moving’ method

The second option Snip3down lists for looting and moving involves some precise timing on the part of the player. For this technique, one needs to hold whatever button they use to open death boxes, and when the action is almost complete, start sprinting forward.

When executed properly, this method keeps the death box open and allows the player to pick up items until they move out of range from the box. Snip3down demonstrates this by snagging a few items while he sprints forward before the death box closes.

While this combination of movement and button-pressing requires specific timing and practice, players do not need to buy and use additional hardware to accomplish their goal. Although it takes more effort to perfect, this method is more easily accessible for most players.

Apex Legends Controller Settings
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Controller players can switch out some of the default button mapping to access additional movement options.

‘Crouch-when-looting’ method

The final technique Snip3down identifies in his video involves players remapping buttons on their controller.  While Snip3down clarifies that he does not use this method himself, he knows of other players that utilize it effectively.

If players are comfortable with changing their controller settings, they can swap the button used to melee with the button they use to crouch. Changing the button mapping in this way will allow players to crouch while looting death boxes.

Controller players on PC who feel they are at a disadvantage when it comes to looting can use any of these methods to level the playing field. Make sure to follow us on Twitter @TitanfallBlog for more Apex Legends tips, tricks, and news.