All the best Olympus landing spots in Apex Legends Season 7 - Dexerto
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All the best Olympus landing spots in Apex Legends Season 7

Published: 6/Nov/2020 6:53

by Isaac McIntyre

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Apex Legends has finally added its third battle royale map, Olympus, in Season 7, so we’ve put together all the best places to land on the floating cityscape, from the high-octane Bonsai Plaza, to loot-stacked Velvet Oasis, and more.

Season 7 is here, and with it has come the long-awaited debut of Apex Legends’ first real city map, Olympus. The floating citadel has been teased since Season 4, and it’s already living up to the hype in the early days of the new Apex Legends update.

Respawn has changed the game again with Olympus too. Vehicles ⁠— floating hover cars called ‘Tridents’ ⁠— have been added to Apex Legends for the first time, and all-new “Phase Runner” portals link up three POIs across the map as well.

Olympus is huge. There’re 16 POIs scattered around the new map, and even more unnamed zones to explore, meaning where you drop in Season 7 is crucial.

After getting our hands on the new Season 7 update, the Dexerto team has settled on five key places you’ll want to add to your drop zone rotation as you battle your way through this season ⁠— here’s the best landing spots on Olympus.

Olympus boasts more than a dozen POIs. Here's the five best to land at every game.
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Olympus boasts more than a dozen POIs. Here’s the five best to land at every game.

Rift Aftermath

We feel pretty comfortable calling the “Rift” the centerpiece of Olympus. The strange new dome of swirling darkness adds an interesting landmark to the map, and while it’s not right in the middle of the map, it’s certainly a key spot in the floating city.

The POI is sure to be a hot-spot across much of Season 7, so be ready for a fight if you’re landing at the new zone. That’s not why it’s such a great pick, however.

The main reason Rift Aftermath is a great early pick is the huge energy ball floating in the middle of the area. Once you’ve bagged some guns and loot, jump into the Rift and you’ll be sent flying across the map to one of three teleporter locations.

The ability to reposition across the map ⁠— even at random ⁠— is invaluable, and heck, it’s fun! Definitely drop Rift once or twice, even if you want to avoid the mayhem.

Rift Aftermatch on Olympus in Apex Legends Season 7.
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The “Rift Aftermatch” POI on Olympus.

Bonsai Plaza

Love Apex Legends’ close-quarter combat? Always scooping up that Peacekeeper or an R-99? Then boy do we have a spot for you: Bonsai Plaza, and its high-loot Reverie Lounge.

As an early tip, we can easily see Plaza becoming the new Skull Town of Olympus. There’s heaps of loot here, tight angles and corridors, and it’s already looking like the most contested zone in the floating city. A battle zone, start to finish.

That doesn’t mean you should avoid it, especially if you’re chasing kills in ranked. The key here is making it to Reverie Lounge first. This tight inside area in the upper levels of the Plaza boasts fantastic defendable areas, and top-tier guns and loot.

If you’re not so fast on the trigger, or prefer long-range sniping over dueling, maybe skip Plaza. Trust us, it’s a mess for the first 10 minutes every game.

Bonsai Plaza on Olympus in Apex Legends Season 7.
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The “Bonsai Plaza” POI on Olympus.

Hydroponics

Did you just think you might be skipping Plaza because you hate those early fights, and having to battle your way out of do-or-die situations with only a level-one Evo plate, an empty Alternator, and your wits? Then drop Hydroponics instead!

The first thing that comes to mind when dropping here is “underrated.” You won’t see many land out in this south-west POI, partly due to its distance from the action, but it’s still a great spot to drop. Think Kings Canyon’s Artillery, or Refinery from World’s Edge.

There’s not many POIs close by ⁠— only Elysium, similar to Refinery, is close ⁠— but there’s plenty of options here. Head north to Oasis (below), east to Plaza (above), or straight into the battle around Estates and Hammond Labs; it’s your call.

Hydroponics on Olympus in Apex Legends Season 7.
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The “Hydroponics” POI on Olympus.

Orbital Cannon Test Site

You’ll already recognize this POI right off the bat ⁠— Pathfinder, Mirage, and Rampart were gunned down by the huge orbital cannon as they arrived in the new Apex Legends Season 7 reveal trailer that Respawn dropped back in late October.

Don’t worry about the gun though; Orbital is a great drop zone for any match. Why? Well, it’s chock full of Tridents, meaning that its distance from the rest of the map doesn’t matter.

Even if you don’t want to add the south-east POI to your Season 7 rotation, it’s definitely worth checking out early. Like we said, there’s Tridents aplenty around the area, and that means you can give the hover-cars ago straight away.

Get one of your teammates to pick Rampart, slap her on the back of the hover-car with her turret Sheila, and rampage across the map in style. The most fun POI drop zone so far!

Orbital Cannon on Olympus in Apex Legends Season 7.
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The “Orbital Cannon” POI on Olympus.

Velvet Oasis

Here’s rule one for landing Oasis: aim right between the skyscrapers, just make sure you don’t fall off the map. There’s plenty of loot to be scooped up here, and the two towering buildings give plenty of cover as you land too.

The best part of Velvet Oasis is the gold loot that spawns around the area. Just in the last game the Dexerto team played, we collected a gold Wingman and a gold G7 Scout to add to our arsenal. Talk about some quality weapons right off the bat!

Oasis also has the added bonus of being fairly close to the center of the map. On top of that, it gives good rotation options north or south. If you get lucky with your gold guns, you should even be able to dominate any enemy squad you stumble upon early on.

The best spot to aim for at Oasis is the aquatic cafe. It’s chock full of loot, and is the center-point of the POI. If you get the guns first, pop enemies off for fun from there.

Velvet Oasis on Olympus in Apex Legends Season 7.
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The “Velvet Oasis” POI on Olympus.

So there you have it; all the best places to drop on Olympus now Apex Legends Season 7 has finally arrived. There may be a bit of a learning curve on the map, but that’s why Respawn has made it the only choice, for a little while at least!

Think we missed the best spot to land? Reckon you’ve found the best secret spot to land for loot and kills this season? Let us know on Twitter @TitanfallBlog!

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5 most underrated weapons in Apex Legends

Published: 24/Nov/2020 11:20

by James Busby

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The Apex Legends meta is constantly shifting and it can be tempting to use the overpowered Legends and weapons. Sometimes, though, it’s best to shake things up with some rather unconventional picks. Here, we break down 5 of the most underrated weapons you should be using.

Apex Legends’ Season 7 update has brought lots of exciting content to Respawn’s battle royale. Not only is there a new Legend that changes the way players handle combat, but there’s also a fantastic new map, Olympus. Using the best guns will certainly give you an edge, with, or against the new Legend and on the new map, but it won’t always guarantee you a win. 

Those that are willing to master a wide variety of weapons will usually be able to outgun any players that simply stick to meta. After all, every new update brings forward a wave of changes that bring certain guns into the top tier rankings. While the weapons below may not be the best in their individual categories, they do have a great deal of potential if you’re willing to give them a chance. 

M600 Spitfire

The M600 Spitfire in the Apex Legends loadout menu
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Don’t overlook the Spitfire in your next match.

Improvements have made the gun a much for viable choice as of today. This light machine gun has a huge magazine, and while it does have a lower rate of fire, it’s something that can aid in recoil when coupled with the accurate hip fire.

The magazine size can also be extended even further by using the level 3 Extended Heavy Mag, and benefits from the highest damage in one magazine. With a 2x headshot multiplier and high damage per shot, the Spitfire is a definite choice for players who are looking to break away from the current meta.

RE-45

RE-45 Gun in the Apex Legends loadout menu
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This pistol can be fantastic when equipped with the Quickdraw Holster.

A gun that initially saw very little favor in Apex’s primary season, Season 2 briefly introduced Disruptor Round Hop Ups. The addition took the gun to new heights and made it something that people had to take notice of. In season 3, however, this buff vanished. Ever since then, the RE-45 has never regained popularity amongst crowds who are looking to go with the meta and only use what’s most likely to get you a win. But with Season 7, however, this gun is definitely something that can be utilized well.

Season 7’s Quickdraw Holster can be utilized to push the gun further. With it, the gun can be raised and lowered faster, with reduced hip fire speed, and decreased ADS time. The other benefit is that unscoped shots will also hit for higher damage.

All of this means that the RE-45 is proving to players that it can be a viable choice again, and not something that’s discarded as quickly as it’s picked up.

EVA-8 Auto (Double Tap)

EVA-8 in the Apex Legends loadout menu
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This underdog shotgun can make short work of even the tankiest of foes.

The EVA-8 Auto is usually only used during the early-game when players are desperately scrambling for loot. In fact, this shotgun is barely seen at all during mid to late-game firefights. Instead, the majority of players often equip either the Mastiff or Peacekeeper when seeking out those close-quarters brawls. The gun is fully automatic, utilizing Shotgun Shells that fire 9 pellets in the shape of the number 8. 

With 0% leg damage reduction and a 15% drop in movement penalty when aimed, this shotgun is something underrated that can be taken advantage of. Combine this with the increased fire rate from the Epic Shotgun Bolt and two-shot burst from the Double Tap Trigger, and you have yourself an extremely powerful shotgun. 

Alternator

Alternator in the Apex legends loadout
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While it might be the weakest SMG in-game, utilizing it right can still provide you with an advantage.

Holding the spot of weakest SMG in the game for a while amongst many, this Light SMG didn’t receive any kind of buff in Season 7. Devs have recently stated that it’s in “a decent spot right now”. With a slow rate of fire, the gun does little in the way of DPS, and so it’s something many instantly drop as soon as they find a replacement. Though, for those learning the ropes of Apex, or for those who value a higher mag size, along with fantastic recoil – it’s a viable gun for those that aren’t consistently downing every enemy they come across.

When shooting, all you have to do with the gun’s recoil is drag it straight down. Coupled with fantastic spray control, it’s definitely something that can be utilized well if someone takes the time to engage and get used to it against the other weapons.

Sentinel

Sentinel in Apex Legends in the loadout menu

First arriving back in Season 4, this bolt-action rifle has a fantastic ability that allows it to consume two Shield Cells. This puts it into a temporarily overpowered state. With this state, every shot is a guaranteed 100 damage to shields. Charging for this takes 5 seconds, with each shot reducing the 120-second timer by 15 seconds.

With fantastic abilities, but underrated abilities like opening doors by shooting handles, the Sentinel is an ideal choice. Coupled with penetrating bullets that allow you to hit multiple targets with only one shot, and a high projectile speed, you’re guaranteed to be rewarded for taking the time to experiment with this rifle.


Add these 5 underrated weapons to your arsenal, you’ll secure more kills, no matter the meta. Make sure you follow @TitanfallBlog for all the latest Apex Legends news and updates.