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Concepts for Mirage heirlooms in Apex Legends keep getting wilder

Published: 21/Nov/2019 20:34 Updated: 21/Nov/2019 20:38

by Alan Bernal

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The heirloom sets in Apex Legends are extremely popular among players for their unique design and homage to the characters’ lore – and now the fan base are brewing one up for Mirage.

Respawn Entertainment launched their dive into heirloom sets with the launch of Wraith’s kunai that glows with a purple light around the edge. While there’s been significant backlash with the way players unlock the sets, they’re by far the one of the most sought after in-game items.

As the devs continue to develop their battle royale, players can expect more Legends in the roster to eventually get their own heirlooms seeing how Apex players are grinding hours on end to unlock them.

Respawn EntertainmentThe APex Legends community are having a ton of fun conceiving the best heirloom set for Mirage.

In anticipation of a Mirage heirloom sometime in the future, the Apex community are dissecting Mirage’s rich lore to see what an heirloom set for the Holographic Trickster might look like.

As players know, Mirage has an unhealthy love for his special pork chop recipe – naturally making it fan-favorite to be included as a melee item.

Along with a slab of killer meat, Reddit user ‘AidanTayTay’ also included an intro and kill quip that pays respects to the secret ingredient in Mirage’s recipe – which popular YouTuber BingingwithBabish put to the test.

A little Mirage Heirloom concept I made. This took a lot longer to make then it should’ve. from apexlegends

There’s a lot of defining characteristics about Mirage which range from his quick sense of humor to his humorously vain personality.

To that end, people have been thinking that a more fitting heirloom would actually be Mirage himself.

In the Apex Legends Season 3 Meltdown launch trailer, Mirage can be seen briefly appreciating his collectible figure after picking it up from the ground due to turbulence.

Respawn EntertainmentIt’s amusing to think about a Mirage chasing an opponent down with a figure of himself in his hand.

This interaction was all that players needed to conceive a world where Mirage would actually take that figure into action.

“I still like the idea of him having a miniature of himself more and it fits with his character and persona a bit more than using a porkchops that he loves to eat,” user ‘idontneedjug’ said.

Another player had a throwback idea of giving Mirage a butterfly knife comb, which he could whip and flip while going through the Apex Games.

“Personally, I think a cool heirloom for him would be a comb but like one of those butterfly knives combs that you can twirl around,” user ‘C_Williams25’ said. “It would be weird if you got killed by some dude with awesome hair and cool dance moves by getting smacked with a comb.”

If Respawn Entertainment ever think it’s time to give Mirage an heirloom set, then they’ll have no shortage of ideas thanks to the Apex Games community.

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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

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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!