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First look at Octane’s healing buff in Apex Legends Season 7

Published: 2/Nov/2020 18:22

by David Purcell

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Octane is getting what appears to be a huge healing buff in Apex Legends Season 7, meaning the first time mains of The Adrenaline Junkie jump into the new Olympus map they’re going to have a new-found advantage. 

The character returns to his home planet in the new update, Psamathe, where the new map will be based. Upon his return will be a significant difference to the way he operates, healing faster than he ever has done before.

What this means is unclear in terms of shifts in the meta, but new footage of the Season 7 update in action shows things are looking up for the speedster.

We can certainly expect more of that patented speed, too, as his quicker recovery time from stims will only tempt his mains to sprint even more.

POI on Olympus in Apex Legends
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Apex Legends is moving to a whole new world in Season 7, Olympus, and it looks like there’s a welcome home treat for Octane.

Apex Legends Season 7 buff for Octane explained

On November 2, the embargo for early access content of Apex Legends Season 7 lifted – meaning creators and media outlets can finally show off new features. This might be classed as spoilers to some, but something to look forward to for others.

In a YouTube post from WiloGTX, a number of things were discussed. Previously confirmed changes to the loot pool and POI walkthroughs, but most notably – possibly above all else – was the speed of Octane’s HP recovery.

It has been doubled, according to the official patch notes, and Octane will now heal at 1.0 hp per second.

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New Octane buff explained

The doubled recovery will make a huge difference not only to those using Octane, who will be protected much better after going down, but also make it more difficult for enemies to take him down. Just hiding for a moment mid-gunfight will allow Octane to recover pretty promptly.

Not to mention how much faster his stim recovery will be, meaning you can run around just as fast as you could previously, though more often.

Again, it’s unclear how this will impact the Apex Games and whether or not he will become part of the meta for legends picks. We’ll just have to wait and see. Season 7 comes out on November 4, so there’s not much time left to wait.

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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!