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How good are barrel stabilizers and stocks in Apex Legends?

Published: 23/Nov/2019 12:02 Updated: 23/Nov/2019 12:31

by Calum Patterson

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One dedicated Apex Legends player has completed a series of tests to show the benefit of using barrel stabilizers and stocks for various weapons.

Apex Legends has a plethora of different attachment types that can be used, some of which are available on almost every gun and others more limited to specific weapons.

However, it’s not exactly clear how much of a difference each attachment makes, so users are left to simply test them all out in-game and see for themselves.

Respawn EntertainmentEveryone wants a gold barrel stabilizer – but how good is it really?

Thankfully, with the addition of the training mode area to Apex Legends, which is now complete with attachments, it’s possible to pit each against each other in direct comparison.

That’s exactly what Reddit user u/Sandix3 has done, providing a simple overview of how important getting kitted out with attachments can be.

For this first video, two of the most common attachments are tested, barrel stabilizer and stock (accidentally named ‘shaft’ in the video’)

Did some attachment tests here are the results: from apexlegends

The player also tries out different stock attachments, showing the fairly minor difference in weapon swap times, but in a tight gunfight this could make all the difference.

Of course, this isn’t a complete test, and more thorough examinations would include a look at the effect it has on different weapons, as LMGs might see a more pronounced benefit, for example.

There are also countless other attachments that could be tested too, such as shotgun bolts and Turbochargers, now that direct side-by-side comparisons are possible in the training mode.

Back in March, shortly after Apex was released, YouTuber ‘TheXclusiveAce’ did his own comparison of barrel stabilizers and stocks but, because attachments were not available in training mode, side-by-side wasn’t as simple.

A lot has changed in Apex Legends over the course of its lifetime through numerous updates and patches, meaning some of the information in Ace’s YouTube video may be out of date or inaccurate.

Perhaps we’ll see another dedicated player put in the long hours to directly compare all other attachments and hop-ups in the game.

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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!