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Clever Apex Legends tactic perfectly counters Wattson & Caustic campers

Published: 10/Jun/2020 22:23

by Alan Bernal


Coming across a team in Apex Legends who bunkers down with Wattson’s Interception Pylon and Caustic’s Gas Traps can be hard to play around. Luckily, there’s an incredibly effective way to go through them.

Twitch streamer and #1 ranked Apex Predator ‘FunFPS’ came across a team in their match who was determined to play the zone by camping in a nearby structure. At first attempt, the streamer and his team were vehemently denied access by the opponents’ web of Perimeter Security nodes and Nox Gas Traps.

After thwarting the attempts of nearby teams to ‘third-party’ them, Fun regathered his troops to lay a siege on the camping team.

“We’re literally going to break the Wattson relay and we’re just gonna nade-spam,” Fun said.

A straightforward approach, to be sure, but it was going to take a hard-commit from the team to pull off the strat since there were going to be a couple of people diving into the bunker to fend for themselves.

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The Toxic Trapper can excel at keeping Apex Legends players out of places too.

With the protection of his Revenant’s Death Totem, which was the key to this plan working, the streamer was ready to break the threshold to exploit the other team’s passive playstyle.

Not worrying about the broken door entrance, which was heavily fortified by layers of electric fences, the player ignored the Legends hiding in the building and focused on the true objective.

The first thing that had to go was the ticking damage of the Nox Gas trap nearby. After that, he destroyed the node that was preventing his teammates from entering the site.

Once the defense matrix was crippled, he peered through the activated gas to locate and take down Wattson’s Ultimate.

As soon as he gave the call that the anti-projectile barrier was offline, his team started to rain down Frag Grenades, Thermites, and Arc Stars – creating utter chaos for the team whose iron-clad fortress was now turned against them.

There are fun ways to outclass opponents and then there are smart ways to go about it. But sometimes, as FunFPS found, there can be a happy middle ground to overcoming an annoying strategy in Apex Legends.

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Respawn hope to bring Wraith “under control” in Apex Legends Season 8

Published: 27/Nov/2020 2:41

by Andrew Amos


The debate around Wraith is still raging on in Apex Legends. Despite change after change, she’s still a power pick in a lot of situations. However, in Season 8, Respawn are pulling out the final straw to try and bring Wraith “under control” once and for all.

Wraith has been slowly tuned down over the 20-month history of Apex Legends from outrageously broken, to somewhat manageable. Despite being hit with a big set of nerfs in June’s Lost Treasures update though, she still reigns supreme in the Outlands.

However, Respawn aren’t giving up hope on finally bringing the voidwalker “under control.” In an interview on the Third Party podcast, developer Daniel Klein said that more changes are on the way in Season 8.

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Wraith could be getting a bit bigger if Respawn end up shipping their intended changes for Apex Legends Season 8.

While he joked about just straight up removing Wraith from the game, Respawn actually have a direction they want to take. They don’t want to hit Wraith’s kit any harder. They want to see if they can “fix” her hitboxes.

“I don’t want to hit her kit any more. We’ve pushed that to the breaking point where it’s barely still fun, but the extremely wind-up on her tactical ⁠— as much as it was necessary ⁠— it puts the ability more into the camp of cerebral power rather than satisfying in the moment power,” he said.

“With Wraith, our approach is going to be very similar to Pathfinder. We’re going to take a look at her hitboxes and see how much wiggle room we have there. With Pathfinder, it turned out that we had so much… that was a 20% increase in hitbox size.”

The Pathfinder changes were shipped in the Season 7 update earlier in November, and have made the grappling robot a bit easier to hit while dashing across Olympus and the other maps.

Despite Respawn’s hopes though, nothing is locked in. They’ve only just started scouting out the work to change Wraith’s hitboxes. Klein stated he hopes the changes will be enough that Respawn could even look at buffing Wraith down the line, but the solution could be a dead end.

Pathfinder flying across screen with grapple hook.
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Pathfinder was hit with a similar hitbox nerf in Season 7.

“Nothing is guaranteed yet, we haven’t started work yet. I’ve asked one of our technical artists to take a look at it. Whenever he gets around to it, we will know more.

“My earnest hope is that we can bring her under control with just hitbox changes, and then maybe even look at ways at making her more in-the-moment fun again, and find a balance point between her tactical now and what it used to be.”

They’re not willing to risk “giving Wraith more power” by shipping some changes early before they tackle her hitboxes, so don’t expect ability buffs soon. However, in Apex Legends Season 8, expect Wraith to feel a little bit different.