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“Cheap” Apex Legends trick gives players the first chance to loot

Published: 21/May/2020 23:22 Updated: 23/May/2020 8:49

by Alan Bernal

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A slick trick in Apex Legends can give players the pick of the litter when dropping into the map, especially if there’s a ton of verticality that can cut a jump short.

At the start of every match, players landing on the ground have a small delay before they get to their full-speed sprint. This brief pause isn’t detrimental enough to tilt off the map, but it can get really noticeable if an opponent already has a gun and you’re left scrambling to change up the plan mid-escape.

Eliminating the intentional slow-effect would give players a small leg up in one of the most important parts of a match – where skill isn’t as much as a determining factor for winning as much as it is to equip a weapon first.

Without introducing anything that stretches the competitive bounds of the game, Slader111 showed how someone can clip an object so that their Legend skins to a fall.

The collision will transition your character model from the jump formation, where the jets are on and they’re barrelling toward the ground face-first, to a fall animation – which is slightly more forgiving when landing.

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Clipping from high above can let Apex Legends players make a faster landing.

“When dropping into The Pitt if you scrape the side instead of flying straight down you’ll always be the first one to have a gun,” Reddit user ‘Slader111’ said. “Kinda cheap but I figured I’d spread the knowledge.”

Clipping from a high altitude would naturally give the player more time in first-person perspective to plan out what they want to do on the floor.

But more advantageous is the ability to call dibs on the loot below, if someone coming from a jump-dive animation landed nearby.

When dropping into pit if you scrape the side instead of flying straight down you’ll always be the first one to have a gun, kinda cheap but i figured id spread the knowledge. from apexuniversity

“I don’t think that’s cheap,” user ‘Jimmycjacobs’ said in response to the thread. “That’s just a strategy.”

Players noted that these kinds of strategies can be employed with skyscrapers and the like, as long as there’s an object-to-character hit from a decent ways away from the ground.

Competitive Apex Legends players are always looking for these bits of knowledge to get any edge on their opponents, and more people are bound to add this to their arsenal of tricks to take to the Arena.

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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.