Apex Legends’ Evo Shields have divided the player base, and while some think they are overpowered, Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek says it's hard to justify getting them over a regular shield unless they make a few changes.
The introduction of Evo Shields into Apex Legends has given the regular body shield some competition. The new shields stack up in power the more damage you do, eventually getting to be more powerful than Gold armor.
While it doesn’t have the added benefits of increased healing, the Evo Shield can be good if you adapt your playstyle from rushing in and farming kills, to poking damage away from afar.
However, it’s a major adaptation from the style of Apex shroud likes to play. The FPS star loves to run in and style on his opponents, needing the instant impact more than anything else. On top of that, it’s been hard to compare the new shield to the old ones in the Deja Loot LTM.
After fiddling around with the new items a bit though, Shroud tweeted out his own recommendations on March 4 that would help the armor become more viable.
“Apex Legends suggestion: Evo Shield spawns [with] 50 health. 150 damage [upgrade to] Blue, 250 damage after that [upgrade to] Purple, 400 damage after that [upgrade to] Red,” he said.
“If you’re in ring one [upgrade to] Blue, ring two [upgrade to] Purple, ring three [upgrade to] Red.”
2/2 of EVO shields is utterly useless because of the fact of other shields being in the game. randomly thought of this, could be more interesting LTM?
— Michael Grzesiek (@shroud) March 4, 2020
Under shroud’s suggestion, the Evo Shield would upgrade after just one kill, if you manage to land all the blows on a target. On top of that, they would also scale into the late game, meaning passive players who lurk around safely will be rewarded for staying alive.
“It credits early fight wins, but by the end of the game everyone has the same shield,” the Mixer superstar added.
- Read more: Where to find Evo Shields in Apex Legends
It would also solve the issue of trying to figure out exactly how much damage you need to do to get the shield. Although the community has devised some rough estimates, shroud’s Evo Shield would look something like this:
- White: On spawn
- Blue: 150 damage dealt, or make it into the first ring.
- Purple: 400 damage dealt, or make it into the second ring.
- Red: 800 damage dealt, or make it into the third ring.
EVO shields needs a passive or something to be worth it to play with them. Idk, maybe earning a % of shield when you kill someone or deal some damage. Something else. But right now, they are completely useless
— Sina (@TehSinapsis) March 4, 2020
However, while shroud has these ideas circulating, he wants to test them in a vacuum — without the regular body armor — just to gauge how effective these new shields are.
“This ‘test’ of Evo shields is utterly useless because of the fact of other shields being in the game,” he said, before adding the LTM could have been better. “I randomly thought of this, could be a more interesting limited-time mode?”
- Read more: How the new Evo Shield works in Apex Legends
Other players have suggested various changes to the Evo Shield, including adding a mechanic that’ll allow players to regenerate the shield without using cells and batteries just by simply killing enemies.
Evo Shields are currently only available in the Deja Loot LTM as part of the System Override event. If you want to try them out for yourself, you’ll have two weeks to do so before they disappear, unless Respawn adds them to the game permanently.