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Shroud concerned about Apex Legends bunny-hopping being “fixed”

Published: 25/Mar/2019 14:34 Updated: 25/Mar/2019 15:34

by Joe O'Brien

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Michael ‘Shroud’ Grzesiek has weighed in on the debate around whether or not “bunny-hopping” should remain in Apex Legends.

Bunny-hopping is a technique that’s by no means unique to Apex Legends, cropping up in a variety of games for a variety of purposes. Bunny-hopping describes any technique which is carried out by continuously jumping, launching off immediately upon hitting the ground for a series of “bunny-hops”.

In Apex, bunny-hopping is used to move significantly faster while healing. Though you can still move when replenishing your health or shields, typically you’re slowed to a crawl while doing so. By utilizing bunny-hopping, however, it’s possible to keep up your momentum so you barely lose any speed.

Unfortunately for fans of the technique, Respawn Entertainment have stated they consider it a bug and as such will be “fixing” it and removing it from the game.

DreamhackThe former CS:GO pro has become the most popular streamer in Apex Legends.

Not all players are happy about this news, however, with many arguing that it’s an element that increases the skill ceiling, helping to differentiate between good players, who might simply have good aim, and those who have taken the time to master the game’s intricacies.

Among critics of the potential move is Shroud, who is arguably the face of the game as the most popular broadcaster of Apex Legends gameplay on Twitch. Shroud went as far as to say that he doesn’t know if he can play the game if the technique is removed.

“It’s such a good fucking feature, I’m praying the devs don’t [remove it],” he said.

Shroud isn’t the first notable player to have criticized Respawn’s decision to “fix” bunny-hopping, with former Overwatch pro and current Apex solo kill world record-holder Lucas ‘Mendo’ Håkansson among the most vocal dissenters.

Respawn haven’t yet actually implemented any changes to the way bunny-hopping works, so it remains possible that they could have a change of heart and decide to leave the technique in as a feature, rather than patching it out as a bug.

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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!