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Dizzy calls for Apex Legends to remove SBMM in casual modes

Published: 15/Dec/2019 12:34

by Andy Williams


Popular Apex Legends player, Coby ‘dizzy’ Meadows, has called for the removal of SBMM from the standard ‘Play Apex’ playlist in Respawn’s battle royale.

Skill-based matchmaking (SBMM) has caused quite a stir across multiple online games — most recently among the Call of Duty and Apex Legends faithful.

While the notion of SBMM in a competitive first-person shooter is somewhat understandable, having it at the core of your multiplayer experience – in a game that revolves around ‘survival of the fittest’ – is another facet altogether.

EA.Players are often finding themselves grinding versus higher-ranked opponents in casual play.

Mere days after announcing his withdrawal from professional Apex Legends, dizzy has made his pitch for SBMM to be removed from casual modes within Respawn’s battle royale. 

Meadows’ Tweet simply reads: “Remove SBMM from the ‘Play Apex’ playlist please,” which was lapped up by his following. Albeit a simple message, dizzy’s thoughts run parallel to the community — which has previously stated that SBMM is ruining their multiplayer experience.

Meadows has now turned his hand to content creation, which will (for the most part) revolve around catering for a casual player base. 

However, should SBMM remain at the root of Apex Legends’ player selection, then dizzy will likely find himself grinding through matches as though they were Ranked games, which takes away from the ‘pub stomping’ aspect of gameplay which his fanbase tune-in for time after time.

Apex Legends’ rival battle royale, Fortnite, has encountered similar issues with SBMM. FaZe Thiefs reflected a similar sentiment to the Apex Legends’ community, in that a skill-based player filtering system is “ruining” the game, as it removes the fun aspect of gameplay.

EA.Players are being left disheartened after SBMM continues to ‘ruin’ Apex Legends’ experience.

While it is understandable why content creators and plenty of players want SBMM to be removed, a dev from Respawn aptly detailed why it caters for a large proportion of the game’s playerbase

Eric ‘Ghost’ Hewitt explained that “there is indisputable evidence (through data) that it helps out something like 80-90% of the community with retention,” while the remaining 20-10% can suffer.

Although this system seems logical to implement (as it makes player matchmaking more consistent and engaging), those looking to casually pub-stomp will no longer be able to do so, as they’ll be matched against players of a similar skill level (based on the algorithm’s calculations).

By this same logic, SBMM will likely take away from the very essence of Ranked matches. Since it looks like skill-based filtering is here to stay, there appears to be a need to define the bounds of how ‘strict’ the system categorizes players, in order to retain 100% (and not just the majority) of the game’s playerbase.

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Apex Legends hidden message reveals Mirage is related to Titanfall 2 characters

Published: 16/Jan/2021 17:53 Updated: 16/Jan/2021 19:41

by Julian Young


A secret lore drop found on the Mirage Voyage – brought back by Respawn in the lead-up to Season 8 – has revealed a close connection between the Holographic Trickster and two characters from Titanfall 2.

In a surprise move on January 15, Respawn threw the original Apex Legends’ map – Kings Canyon – back into the rotation for the first time in Season 7. This version of Kings Canyon features the Mirage Voyage airship, hovering over the remains of Skulltown.

While pro players and content creators largely criticized Kings Canyon in Season 6 – leading to its absence from the rotation in Season 7 – the announcement was met with support from the community, including praise for bringing the Mirage Voyage to Kings Canyon for the first time.

The airship is not the only new addition in Kings Canyon. A hidden voice message on a phone revealed a connection between the game’s loveable jokester Mirage and two characters from Respawn’s previous franchise: Titanfall 2.

Titanfall 2 6-4 Droz Davis Selfie
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A hidden voice message has revealed that Mirage is the nephew of two Titanfall 2 characters: Davis and Droz.

The message from Evelyn Witt – Mirage’s mother – begins with an imitation of Kuben Blisk (another Titanfall 2 character with ties to Apex Legends), then switches to a more personal tone. Evelyn covers a range of topics, including her on-going struggle with what appears to be dementia.

Halfway through the message, she drops a bombshell when mentioning her brother Droz, and another individual, Davis. Titanfall 2 fans will already be familiar with those characters: both were members of ‘The 6-4’ mercenary group and helped Jack Cooper defeat Titanfall 2’s antagonists, the IMC.

While it appears Evelyn is related to both of the soldiers, some fans are speculating that she is only related to Droz by blood, and Davis is more of a “brother in arms.” Regardless of the exact connection, it seems both Titanfall 2 characters had a close relationship with Evelyn and her son.

Mirage’s mother also says that the two would “always make me laugh, like Elliot.” Fans of Droz and Davis will certainly remember their funny banter during Titanfall 2’s mission ‘The Ark’, and it appears the two mercs passed their sense of humor down to Mirage.

Some Apex Legends players have already gone back and found other connections between the pair and Mirage. In a short clip posted to Reddit by ‘u/R0NiR’, Davis and Droz can be seen taking a selfie during a Titanfall 2 scene, something Mirage fans will be very familiar with seeing.

Mirage’s Uncles Droz and Davis ! They are from Titanfall 2 ! Now We Know Where His Sense Of Humor Comes From 😀 from apexlegends

This is far from the first tangible connection between Apex Legends and Titanfall 2, which share the same in-game universe. Previous hints from Respawn include a Jack Cooper crossover, Bloodhound concept art, and appearances from Titanfall 2 characters like the simulacrum Ash.

Respawn has previously shut down rumors regarding the development of a Titanfall 3, to the disappointment of many fans. Despite no confirmed plans for a new Titanfall installment, the Apex Legends developer continues to tease fans with new tie-ins between the two franchises.