Apex Legends players have got a clever trick that lets them use Crypto’s drone immediately and without the need to pilot it up into the sky.
Ever since Crypto was introduced back in season three, Apex Legends fans have been finding new ways to use the legend. It helps that the Surveillance Expert is pretty perfect for a number of playstyles as well. You can easily be offensive with his EMP Ultimate as well as being able to sit back and scout ahead with his drone.
Despite making a whirring noise and having a glowing outline that makes it visible to enemies, the drone is incredibly useful throughout the game until the final few zones.
The time it takes to load up when you’re down to the final few squads can be the difference between a win and a loss. Though, some players have got a neat trick that allows you to use it instantly without needing to sit through the small loading screen.
Crypto has a hardcore fanbase but not everyone has tried out the legend.
The genius tip was pointed out by Reddit user BlackJack0816, who noted that you can ‘drop’ Crypto’s drone in the blink of an eye and forego the whole loading screen by holding down the tactical button.
That’s right if you simply hold down the button you use to summon the drone – instead of just tapping it – the tactical ability deploy in front of you. The drone will just appear in hover mode and you’ll have the usual onscreen prompt to take control of it.
You don’t have to start piloting the drone, though, you can just leave it where it is to act as a camera.
Will the clever tip attract more players to use Crypto over legends like Wraith and Pathfinder? Maybe not, but it does add another string to the bow of Crypto mains – if they didn’t know about it, of course.
Apex Legends’ Wattson continues to struggle in the current meta, but an upcoming patch could see the Static Defender receive the buff she deserves.
Apex Legends is home to a lot of colorful characters and each one of them offers unique abilities that drastically impact the game. However, there are a few Legends that sometimes fail to make a splash. Whether it’s down to their weaker abilities or extremely situational ultimates, it can be difficult to tell how well a character will do in the current meta.
Respawn are constantly rolling out patches to ensure gameplay remains smooth, but sometimes certain characters can end up underperforming.
One legend that continues to polarize the Apex Legends community is none other than Wattson, the Static Defender. This electrifying Legend was added to Respwan’s Battle Royale back in Season 2 and since then, she has struggled to compete against the game’s more popular picks. Fortunately, it looks like Respawn could be giving Wattson a helping hand in a future update.
Possible Wattson buff
A possible buff could help ease Wattson’s current woes.
Many Apex Legends fans have been wondering whether Wattson will ever see a buff in the future, but a recent developer update discussion has players hopeful. “Pretty much every character we released post-launch was either weak on release or underappreciated by the community at large,” says Respawn game designer, Daniel Zenon Klein.
“I’m thinking Wattson here; she was always strong, but mostly played competitive only.” This certainly rings true for many of the game’s new additions. It’s often a coin flip between releasing a highly overpowered Legend that needs to receive a steady wave of nerfs or releasing a weaker Legend that requires a few buffs. It’s a job that often requires tremendous amounts of meticulous planning and fine-tuning to get right.
Of course, it can be difficult to get this balance correct and some Legends need a little more attention than others. However, when asked whether Wattson would be receiving a buff the Respawn Designer stated “I can’t say anything because I don’t wanna spoil the patch notes, but let’s say I concur with your analysis that she’s particularly useful only in high skill and could do with a little more power low skill. One would have to find a way to give her targeted power…”
The problem with Wattson
Wattson continues to find her place within lower tiers of play.
While Wattson is often a strong pick in the highest brackets of pro play, she continues to prove ineffective in the casual scene. Unlike most Legends, Wattson’s Tactical (Perimeter Security) requires a lot of setup and forward-thinking in order to use it to its fullest potential. Not only this, but the ability also requires players to constantly lookout for opportunities where they can potentially trap their opponents.
To make matters even worse, these shocking traps can often leave you exposed. Unless the enemy squad has to pass through that specific area, they’ll often bypass your traps entirely or effortlessly destroy them if you’ve not placed them in hard to reach areas. Wattson also requires decent squad communication and excels when her traps can be synergized with other abilities. For example, placing Caustic’s noxious traps and Gibraltor’s shield can make for an impenetrable defense.
Of course, all these points have led to her being one of the most underused Legends in the current game. However, this could soon change.
When is the Wattson update?
While it certainly seems like Respawn is eager to address the current problems surrounding Wattson, they have yet to give an official release date. We will likely hear more from the dev team in the coming months. For now, it looks like fans of the Static Defender will need to wait patiently before she gets the update she deserves.
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