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Dr Disrespect and shroud debate on how Apex Legends loot RNG can be improved

Published: 12/Mar/2019 3:14 Updated: 12/Mar/2019 5:35

by Albert Petrosyan

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Despite its explosive success, Apex Legends is far from a perfect game, and popular Twitch streamers Guy ‘Dr Disrespect’ Beahm and Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek have some ideas on how it can be improved.

On March 11, the pair engaged in a public discussion about Apex Legends on Twitter, and the topic they focused on was RNG.

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RNG, of course, refers to random number generation, a system commonly used in battle royale games to randomize in-game aspects such as loot drops, quality of loot, outcome of certain events, and more. 

The Doc believes that RNG should be eliminated from the game, which would be done by standardizing the loot. This means, essentially, that the same items of the same rarities would appear in the same places on the map every game. 

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According to the Doc, such a change would legitimize the pro scene, establish points-of-interest for loot, increase the risk/reward balance for specific high-tier items, and create a stronger narrative for casting and/or spectating. 

The Doc further expanded upon his idea by explaining how it would work in the early-game stages, which would become even more tactical and strategic since everyone would know where the higher-tier loot is located. 

“Maybe everyone drops in with a default, low-end loadout, or nothing at all,” he tweeted. “But with map experience, you would drop in an area with knowledge of what’s there already.”

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Shroud, on the other hand, wasn’t completely on board with Doc’s idea, contending that the loot aspect of the game could be balanced without the need to eliminate RNG.

“I think just get rid of Hot Zones in general and make every location have the same exact number of items spread out and drop percentage,” he responded. “Keep the BR RNG, eliminate everyone dropping in the same spot each game.”

The Hot Zones that shroud refers to is a unique feature in Apex Legends which marks a random location at the start of each match as the designated high-tier loot area, virtually guaranteeing it to be a very risky place to land. 

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While the concept of Hot Zones keeps all of the map’s point-of-interest relevant in the grand scheme of things, it does create an imbalance each game as a lot of teams understandably choose to land at the same marked location.

At the start of each match, one of the named locations on the Apex Legends map gets designated as the Hot Zone.

While each streamer’s suggestion does have its pros and cons, it seems very unlikely that Respawn Entertainment, at least for now, will opt to make such a fundamental and radical changes as the one that Doc proposed.

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However, considering that the game is barely a month old, it would be sensible to expect the developers to make large-scale changes down the line. 

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How to get Apex Legends Champion Edition: Release date, price, skins

Published: 13/Oct/2020 18:19

by Tanner Pierce

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The Apex Legends Champion Edition bundle is bringing a slew of skins, exclusive weapon charms, and more in Season 7. Here’s everything you need to know from the price to the release date.

Previous Apex Legends editions have included skins and cosmetics, plus Apex Coins. The Champion Edition goes a step further however, as it will unlock all the post-launch Legends leading up to Season 7.

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This is perfect if you’re just starting out in Apex Legends and want to get caught up, and it will also fit in nicely with the game’s release on new platforms like Switch and Steam later in the year.

Apex Legends Champion Edition price

The appropriately-titled Champion Edition, includes eight items, including some awesome skins, a weapon charm, and more, all for $39.99. While that is a pretty steep price compared to previous bundle editions, EA says what is included is worth $100, so relatively, this is a great deal.

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Players get a ton of content with the Champion Edition, including some extra character and weapon skins, free unlocks, and more.

Champion Edition content

Just by purchasing the bundle, players will have access to all legends that were released up to season 7 automatically, including the yet-to-be-announced legend coming with the aforementioned season. This means that if you’re a new player or you just haven’t played the game in a while, you won’t have to worry about grinding in order to unlock the Legends.

In addition to those free unlocks, the Champion Edition also includes seven legendary skins. Fans will be able to get their hands on skins for Legends and weapons:

  • 9 character unlocks (all Legends up to Season 7):
    • Caustic, Mirage, Octane, Wattson, Crypto, Revenant, Loba, Rampart, and the Season 7 Legend
  • 7 Exclusive Legendary items:
    • “Risen Queen” Wraith skin
    • “Forged Knight” Revenant skin
    • “Hallowed Spirit” Crypto skin
    • “Curse of the Awaken” Triple Take skin
    • “Slayer’s Lancer” Flatline skin
    • “Jaded Myth” Sentinel skin
    • “Emperor Nessy XIV” Gun Charm
  • 1,000 Apex Coins

Finally, players will also get a Golden Nessie weapon charm (based on the long-running Titanfall and Apex Easter egg), as well as 1,000 Apex Coins.

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Champion Edition Release Date

According to Respawn, the Champion Edition will release at the start of Season 7, which is set to start on November 10, 2020, if everything goes according to plan. This means that you only have to wait a month to get your hands on this bundle.

The bundle will be purchasable from both digital storefronts on PlayStation, Xbox and Origin, as well as retail stores in the form of a download card.