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Ninja banned from Apex Legends and nobody knows why

Published: 16/Dec/2019 19:55 Updated: 16/Dec/2019 23:43

by Eli Becht


Update: Ninja got into contact with Respawn and was told to check his direct messages. It sounds like the issue is getting resolved.

Original story below.

On December 15 when Ninja tried to load up a match of Apex Legends, he discovered he was actually banned from the game, and didn’t have any idea why or how it happened.

Since Ninja’s move to Mixer, he has been branching out into playing more games outside of exclusively Fortnite.

While he’s stuck with mostly shooters, he has branched off into games such as Dead by Daylight – something he played quite a bit before discovering Fortnite.

NinjaNinja’s move to Mixer has let him try a variety of different games without worrying about view counts.

He decided to give Apex Legends another try – a game he hasn’t played a whole lot of outside of its initial release – and when he and Reverse2k tried to get into a match, they discovered Ninja actually couldn’t play.

On two separate attempts, Ninja was blocked from getting into a match before he finally gave up and switched to Dead by Daylight.

Ninja seemed pretty confused about the whole ordeal, and he didn’t have any idea why he was banned from the game. Considering he doesn’t play Apex Legends all that much, it’s not a huge loss, but it did hurt his night considering he had to download a sizable update before he could even start playing.

What makes the whole situation even stranger is the fact that Ninja himself presented the award for Best Multiplayer Game to Apex Legends during The Game Awards. It’s almost surely a mistake, but it’s tough to say for sure. Ninja hasn’t addressed the ban following his stream, and it’s unlikely that he will given how he was pretty confused about it already.

The Apex Legends subreddit tried to figure out what happened themselves, but they too were pretty stumped about what happened.

Ninja was one of the many streamers paid by EA to promote the game at launch, so it’d be pretty crazy to see him go from that to being permabanned.

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We’ll just have to wait and see if Ninja decides to give the game another shot in the future if he ever does get unbanned. After this sour taste in his mouth, it might be quite some time before he fires it up again.

If you’re looking to hop into Apex Legends and you aren’t banned, now would be a great time to do so as the Mirage Holo-Day event is currently going on. This event wraps up in January, and offers a new game mode for players to explore so there’s a lot of fun to be had there.

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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


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!