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Shroud explains why Apex Legends is “more balanced” after backpack update

Published: 10/Mar/2020 0:26

by Andrew Amos

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Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek is a big fan of the recent Apex Legends inventory update shipped in the System Override event, stating the new stack sizes are “more balanced” and will be “better” in the long run.

Apex Legends’ inventory system got a major update in the System Override event update. Hoarding tons of meds, grenades, and ammo was possible if you had a high-enough level backpack, but now, players have to be more cautious with what they pick up.

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While there’s more space in the backpack overall ⁠— with every level backpack getting an additional two slots ⁠— grenades, shields, meds, and ammo take up more space after their stack sizes were reduced.

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Gold backpacks now have 16 slots instead of 14 as of the System Override update.

With less utility on the board for players, mindlessly picking up items as you loot is out of the question ⁠— you have to be thoughtful about what you put in your backpack and what you leave behind.

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It’s a bit of a shock to the system for most Apex players, but for shroud, he hasn’t really noticed a major difference.

“Honestly, it’s not that different because look at how big my f**king backpack is,” he said in a March 9 video. “Yeah, the trade-off is I can’t hold as many ‘nades ⁠— that’s good ⁠— I can’t hold as many meds.”

“In reality, I’m still holding six batteries, my bullets, a couple of nades ⁠— it just feels more balanced this way. This feels balanced ⁠— gold inventory, two ‘nades, couple of syringes, a f**k-ton of batteries, and a Phoenix, this is a balanced inventory.”

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For mobile readers, the related segment starts at 3:56.

The streamer believed that before the update players could get away with having too much utility, so the changes were a pleasant surprise.

“Before, you just carried too much sh*t. I’m sorry, but I don’t think somebody should have 15 grenades and room for like 12 batteries ⁠— that’s too much,” he said.

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He even went as far to say, in the long run, the inventory update will add more teamplay. As utility gets split between players, teams will have to make sure they can hold enough goods for not just themselves, but their entire squad.

“Now there’s trade-offs, like do you want to be somebody that carries a f**kton of meds, or do you want to be somebody that carries a f**kton of ammo, or do you want to be somebody that carries a f**kton of nades? You can give more roles to people and teamplay which is cool.

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Shroud still manages to get a nice spread of utility even with the stacking changes.

“I think this whole inventory change is for the better, I just don’t think people see that right now.”

While shroud hasn’t been the biggest fan of the rest of System Override ⁠— he called the Deja Loot LTM “terrible” and is pushing devs to make changes to Evo Shields ⁠— the inventory changes are something he believes Respawn have gotten right.

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How to get super jump with Octane’s jump pad in Apex Legends

Published: 13/Oct/2020 16:19 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 16:21

by Connor Bennett

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Apex Legends players have got a trick that lets Octane jump seemingly higher than normal when using his launchpad, though, it might be quite situational.

Ever since being introduced back in Season 1, Octane has helped shake up Apex Legends thanks to his unique movement abilities. 

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The adrenaline junkie might not feature in every match in the same way both Pathfinder and Wraith do, but when he does, you can be sure to see him whizzing around the map using Stim or flying high with his jump pad.

Players have come up with plenty of movement tricks since his introduction, with Respawn going as far as tweaking the pad so that users can use a double jump. Yet, some players have gone even further, well, higher, than that. 

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Octane can regularly be found in Apex games, but not as much as some other legends.

It comes from Reddit user KILL2BKING, who pointed out that the tip might be pretty situational, but it should help you get the high ground over unknowing opponents. 

Quite simply, when an Octane jump pad is on the floor, you want to punch your way on it. Don’t run, or walk, use your melee attack right before you step on to it and you’ll start to bounce.

Now, if you really want to maximize the height advantage, let yourself float back down to the pad. You’ll then get a boost like it is a trampoline. Then, you can use your double jump to reach even greater heights. 

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  1. Place an Octane jump pad
  2. Melee attack right before stepping onto the pad
  3. Take a bounce up and down like a trampoline
  4. Double jump off to new heights

As noted, while this tip is pretty useful, it’s also quite situational. Given that you need to bounce up and back down again on the jump pad, it can make you vulnerable to enemy attacks. 

At the end of the day, though, if you need to reach a spot that could you give a leg up in a game, the movement trick is certainly worth mastering. At least until Respawn make legends changes.