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Kayyybearxo hits out at criticism following lewd Apex Legends Lifeline cosplay

Published: 6/Mar/2019 22:47 Updated: 6/Mar/2019 23:25

by Virginia Glaze

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Popular cosplayer Kayyybearxo received widespread approval for her Lifeline cosplay from Apex Legends – but some fans aren’t happy with her more risque take on the character.

Kayyybear uploaded a ‘lewd’ take on Lifeline to Twitter on March 4, which some critics took issue with due to cosplay’s NSFW theme.

Some accused her of merely ‘lewding’ characters for money through services like Patreon, while others called her cosplay “cringe” – leading Kayyybear to hit out at the mean comments in a series of pointed Tweets.

“People always complain when I post lewds, saying, ‘This isn’t even cosplay anymore,’” she wrote of the debacle. “Just for the record, I do the full cosplay of a character every time I do a lewd version.”

She went on to encourage other cosplayers to embrace their craft no matter their style, emphasizing the fun of dressing up as fictional characters.

“…even if I didn’t, it wouldn’t matter, because you can cosplay the way YOU want to!” she Tweeted. “Be it full armor, closet cosplay, lewd cosplay. It’s all cosplay and it’s all fun!”

Kayyybear created a true-to-form version of Lifeline on March 1, which received extensive praise across the internet – even earning kudos from Respawn’s CEO Vince Zampella in the process.

Kayyybear’s Lifeline cosplay is just one in a series of stunning portrayals of Apex Legends’ characters, which includes an impressive series of Wraith and Lifeline costumes.

Kayyybearxo, TwitterKayyybear’s initial Lifeline cosplay earned her widespread praise across the internet, with even the CEO of Respawn applauding her creation.
https://twitter.com/kayyybearxo/status/1101585542364520448

As Apex Legends continues to grow in popularity, more and more cosplayers are sure to come out of the woodwork with interpretations of the game’s characters – so keep your eyes peeled for more Apex cosplay in the future.

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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!