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Another Apex Legends ban wave just hit and the hackers are pretty upset

Published: 5/Apr/2019 15:37 Updated: 5/Apr/2019 17:47

by Matt Porter

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A large number of 50 million players in the space of a month, showing how quickly player’s latched on to the battle royale title.

With the incredible number of players jumping onto the game, it’s no surprise that a portion of players were attempting to cheat in search of a victory in King’s Canyon.

Some Apex Legends players have been using cheats to gain the upper hand over their opponents.

What did Respawn do to combat Apex Legends cheaters?

Over the past few weeks, Apex Legends players have been complaining about the frequency with which they were running into players using hacks or cheats to give themselves an advantage in the game.

In response, Respawn Entertainment released the v1.1 update on April 3 that included fixes and improvements designed to specifically take aim at those attempting to cheat – and appear to have issued a large number of bans to those who had been partaking in these activities, which violates the rules of Apex Legends.

How did Apex Legends hackers take their bans?

Unsurprisingly, not particularly well. In screenshots taken from an Apex Legends cheat forum, a number of players who have used the ‘Chams’ cheating program can be seen complaining that Respawn Entertainment have banned their account, and have moved quickly to remove any new accounts they may create. 

A Reddit user named ‘terere’ managed to gather a couple of images from the forum that shows their reaction. 

Apex Legends cheaters were complaining that they couldn’t create new accounts to play.

Others were upset after appearing to spend money on the program they used to cheat, with one lamenting that it was “$27 well spent”. It appears that the game is able to detect whether the Chams cheat program is installed regardless of if the program is online or not.

Another Apex Legends cheat was disappointed that he wasted $27 on the program.

How can players report Apex Legends cheaters?

For players who want to report Apex Legends cheaters, Respawn made it a lot easier to do so with recent updates. Before, players would have to go through the EA website to file reports against players and cheats.

While the lack of built-in reports has caused frustration among Apex Legends fans up to that point, an in-game reporting function has been added in with recent updates and update 1.1 allowed players to select ‘Cheat’ or ‘Other’ when reporting players on PC. The current number of banned players is currently unknown, but it’s possible that Respawn Entertainment will release the statistics.

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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!