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Best works so far from Apex Legends Fan Art Challenge

Published: 21/Mar/2019 21:12 Updated: 21/Mar/2019 21:14

by Albert Petrosyan


With the Apex Legends Fan Art Challenge being well and truly underway, there are already several high quality pieces of art that have been submitted.

In honor of the recently launched Season 1 in Apex Legends, Respawn Entertainment created a competition for fans to create and submit works of art based on their favorite Legend.

Once the contest ends on March 24, judges will look over all of the submissions and determine the best work of art for each of the nine Legends.

The winners, announced on Monday, April 1, will receive an Apex Legends t-shirt, a signed poster from the crew at Respawn, and the recognition from having their art featured on the game’s official Twitter account.

Those who are interested in submitting their creation into this contest can do so by tweeting it out with the tag @#ApexFanartChallenge and following @playapex on Twitter.

Seeing as how the submissions can be pretty much any medium, including cosplays, illustrations, videos, and more, there are a lot of amazing works of art that have already popped up on social media. 

Respawn have already began to recognize some of these best submissions so far by tweeting them out on the official Apex Legends Twitter account.

One of these recognized pieces is this Lifeline portrait drawn by @Pamadak, who says that the Legends is her favorite both aesthetically and for gameplay. 

Here is a dark and ominous image of the Bloodhound using his Beast of the Hunt Ultimate Ability.

This next drawing is of Octane, the new high-flying Legend in Apex Legends that was added at the start of Season 1. 

The next piece of art takes on a more humorous angle of Apex Legends, with Respawn saying that the picture “smells like poisionous gas and french vanilla creamer.”

The first recognized submission for the Bangalore is a black-and-white image of the popular Legend looking “strong, silent, and smoky” and getting ready to deliver a “world of hurt.”

This next artwork features the unmistakable silhouette of the Bloodhound and his raven against a large full-moon backdrop. The creator of this illustration says that he was inspired by the movie poster of Jin-Roh.

For full details about this contest, including the official rules, terms and conditions, how to enter, and more, make sure to visit the Apex Legends Fan Art Challenge webpage.

Remember, this contest will be ending on March 24 at 11:59 PM PT, so make sure to get your submission in on time if you want a chance at winning!

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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


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.”

Wattson Apex Legends screenshot
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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!