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Ex-Overwatch pro Seagull “triggered” by Apex Legends’ broken muzzle flash

Published: 12/Jul/2019 0:57 Updated: 12/Jul/2019 1:10

by Alan Bernal


Former Overwatch pro and Twitch streamer Brandon ‘Seagull’ Larned was dumbfounded after a gunfight in Apex Legends went completely wrong because of a absurd feature of the game.

Even though Apex Legends has been back on the rise with the launch of Season 2, there are still parts of the game that a lot of players think need a bit more polishing to get rid of all major annoyances

Players have been finding strange bugs throughout the battle royale that do everything from making Wraith damn near unkillable to abruptly switching characters after the Legend select screen.

Respawn EntertainmentApex Legends’ problematic muzzle flash perplexed Seagull during his match.

In a June 10 stream, Seagull was in a dire straight in The Cage when he jumped down from a higher level to help a fallen teammate, intercepting the efforts of an enemy Pathfinder to finish off the downed player. 

While it looked like it was an easy 1v1 for Seagull to take with his fully-equipped Devotion, it didn’t turn out so well for the streamer.

“I can’t see him, I can’t see him! That’s so dumb,” Seagull said. “He just two-tapped my teammate. I literally couldn’t see him… I have to show you guys why it triggers me so much hard in slow-mo. You literally can’t even see anyone. I hate muzzle flash so much in this game.

Bewildered by what just happened he slowed down the replay of the stream to demonstrate to his viewers how the Pathfinder seamingly disappeared under all of the game’s overlays: “There’s so much clutter, it’s worse than Overwatch’s clutter. At least Overwatch’s clutter only appears when everyone is hitting Q, this game it just happens when I aim at people. I get so triggered by it.”

Seagull TwitchSeagull paused at this screen asking his stream to find the Pathfinder under the screen’s “clutter.”

Seagull’s “pro-tips” for countering Apex Legends muzzle flash

The former pro said that there were a few ways he sees to effectively counter the persistent muzzle flash since “it’s actually impossible to see someone” through it.

One recommendation he had is to submit to the inaccuracies of hipfire, since it moves the ADS muzzle flash away from the center of the screen.

But for a different approach, he thinks tap-firing might be another way to prevent being bombarded by the flash of your own weapon being fired.

Since Respawn took away the ability to remove the muzzle flash via configuration files, players would definitely appreciate an update that lessens the effect on their screens.

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What does Branthium mean in Apex Legends? Horizon & Ash Season 7 teasers

Published: 24/Oct/2020 17:35 Updated: 24/Oct/2020 18:06

by Calum Patterson


Amid all the teasers for Apex Legends Season 7, one word has been on the lips of a number of characters: Branthium. But, what is this? A location, material, or something else entirely? Here, we’ll put together all the clues to get to the bottom of this mystery.

The first time we heard the word Branthium in Apex Legends, it came from Ash, at the end of the Season 5 Broken Ghost quest.

Ash is the villain from Titanfall 2, who was recruited by Kuben Blisk, before she “died” at the hands of Jack Cooper, was put back together again, her memory wiped, and then her head split into parts and spread throughout Kings Canyon.

Once the Legends put her head back together, she spoke to them, and, as part of an unintelligible message, said: “all roads lead to Branthium.”

Ash saying Branthium in Apex Legends
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Ash was the first time we heard ‘Branthium’ in Apex Legends.

What is Branthium in Apex Legends?

After the mention from Ash, in the first Twitter teaser for Season 7, Horizon (expected to be the next playable Legend), repeated the word “Branthium” in among all the static.

It later became clear that Horizon was repeating what Ash said – or, perhaps Ash was repeating Horizon.

Is Branthium a place?

The saying, “all roads lead to Branthium”, is undoubtedly a play on the common phrase “all roads lead to Rome.” Typically, this saying refers to “all paths or activities lead to the center of things” – it comes from Ancient Rome in the literal sense, when all roads started from the capital city.

So, at first, most theories believed Branthium was a place, possibly related to the planet Psamathe and its city, Olympus. Ash finished her monologue by saying “Welcome to Olympus.”

But, a spanner was thrown in the works of this theory by Horizon. In the latest Twitter teaser, Horizon says: “Just got to figure out how he can fuse the Branthium (or Brantium?) without critical mass.”

So, is Branthium actually some kind of element, or fuel, or material? This remains unclear, but it wouldn’t make sense for Ash (and Horizon) to say “All roads lead to Branthium,” if it was simply some kind of element.

This theory could line up though with the involvement of Hammon Robotics. The Planet Harvester which launched in Season 4 is being used by Hammond “to gather precious metals from the core of the planet for reasons unknown.” Is this metal Branthium/Brantium?

Perhaps, Branthium is both a place and an element, with the latter named after the former. Brantium could be a metal discovered on the planet Branthium? For now, we simply don’t know, but we’ll keep this post updated as more teasers emerge about this mysterious word, and what it could mean.

Season 7 is set to start on November 4 – a week earlier than initially planned – so we should learn a lot more then.