Weapons comprise one of the most important pillars of Apex Legends, and thus it’s important for any player who’s aspiring to master the game to familiarize themselves with the ins and outs of each gun.
Shroud, who is universally considered to be among the top Apex players in the world, knows a thing or two about weapons, and has broken down which weapons he prefers and why.
According to the former CS:GO pro, the best weapons are the ones that allow the player to most freely move around side-to-side while aiming down sight and shooting.
“The best weapons are the weapons that are most mobile,” he said. ” That’s why the Wingman and R-99 are really good.”
He then contrasted this idea with the Spitfire, which is considered to be one of the more powerful weapons in the game.
Despite its potency, however, it’s lack of mobility means that it just doesn’t meet the cut for shroud.
“Spitfire is great, but you go up against anyone that’s half decent, that Spitfire is terrible,” he said. “You literally have to stand still. There’s no side strafes; you can’t side strafe with the Spitfire. You’re a fucking sitting duck, and you just die. It’s just a heavy weapon.”
(Conversation is in the first 25 seconds of the video)
It’s important to note that since Shroud made these comments, Respawn Entertainment did finally nerf the Wingman in the balancing update they rolled out on March 6.
Its rate of fire was reduced from 3.1 to 2.6, while the Skullpiercer headshot damage multiplier was lowered from 2.5 to 2.25. The base hip-fire spread was increased while the rate at which the hip-fire spread shrinks back down has been decreased.
Shroud has, of course, shared his thoughts about the changes, and after initially calling them “not the right nerf,” he later changed his mind and appreciated that the effectiveness of the weapon had been noticeably reduced.
However, despite the changes, it appears that the Wingman is still one of the more powerful weapons in the game, and its combination with the R-99 might still be the go-to for many of the top players.