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Shroud claims controversial Pathfinder nerf balances him in Apex Legends

Published: 14/May/2020 15:17 Updated: 18/May/2020 12:46

by Calum Patterson

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Many Pathfinder mains were bitterly disappointed to see their favorite robot receive such a severe nerf in the Apex Legends Season 5 update, but top streamer Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek believes it was the correct move as it will balance out his abilities with similar characters.

Shroud was one of the select few content creators to help Respawn in the development of Apex, and has returned to it for each new season to check out the changes. His fans and fans of Apex alike are always eager to hear the former professional CS:GO player give his verdict on the updates.

This time, there is no change more controversial than the Pathfinder nerf, which saw his tactical, Grappling Hook, given a hefty cooldown increase, significantly hampering his mobility.

Pathfinder using grapple in Apex Legends
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Pathfinder is no longer able to grapple around as often.

With this nerf, Pathfinder must wait a whopping 35 seconds before using his grappling hook again, an increase of 20 seconds over the previous 15s cooldown.

The ability is similar to Wraith’s Into the Void or Loba’s Burglar’s best friend, which both allow for quick escapes from trouble when in a gunfight.

Pathfinder now in-line with other Legends

Shroud explains that this is likely the reason Respawn chose to nerf Pathfinder’s grapple, as it brings him more in-line with the cooldowns of other Legends.

“I think it’s mainly because Loba and Wraith’s [cooldowns] are pretty high. They’re supposed to act the same, like you probably only get one of these [abilities] in a fight, but with Pathfinder you could get away with like two,” shroud explained during his May 13 Mixer stream.

Shroud argues that each legend should only be able to use their ‘escape’ ability once per fight, and having only a 15 second cooldown was allowing Pathfinder to use his grapple much more than once per fight.

Compared to the other Legends with similar abilities, this was much stronger, and led to Pathfinder becoming arguably the best character to use in the game overall. His advanced movement was not only unrivaled by other Legends, but also was available more frequently.

Revenant was another character intended to have incredibly advanced movement when he was added to the game, but players soon found he was no match for Pathfinder.

Of course, as Shroud’s teammate notes, it’s possible for Respawn to make adjustments to the cooldown if it really is too long, and bring Pathy back up to speed.

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Apex Legends actor reveals Bloodhound’s voice pre-edit

Published: 4/Dec/2020 14:26 Updated: 4/Dec/2020 14:27

by Ava Thompson-Powell

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With the recent arrival of Season 7, Apex Legends fans are jumping into Olympus with all of their favorite Legends. One voice actor of the non-binary Bloodhound recently shared what they sound like prior to vocal edits.

Arriving alongside the launch of Apex Legends back in 2019, Bloodhound was one of the first Legends available for players to utilize in matches. Billed as a legendary hunter, this Technological Tracker is the first non-binary character in the hit battle royale.

As the Apex seasons have progressed, the character has become increasingly powerful and seen their popularity grown.

So, in a peek behind the scenes, the voice actor behind Bloodhound has revealed how they sound before Respawn adds a few tweaks to make it sound as it does now.

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Bloodhound is, quite simply, one of Apex’s most popular legends.

The voice behind the mask

In a recent post to their TikTok account, voice actor Allegra Clark shared a clip of what the voice lines she records sound like prior to editing.

Stating that “what I do is only part of the vocal performance,” Clark details that a cool gas-mask vocal effect also pitches down her voice about two steps.

While the direction Allegra was originally given was that of an “androgynous, badass place,” she then goes on to share what Bloodhound’s iconic voice sounds like pre-editing. With a stark contrast to her regular voice, Clark’s vocal modulation and Icelandic/Old Norse accent instantly show off that recognizable cadence they have with their iconic lines.

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In b4 people tell me I haven’t been #bloodhound since records started in 2018. #bloodhoundapexlegends #apexlegends #voiceactor #voiceover #voiceacting

♬ original sound – Allegra Clark

The fans react

Shared on Reddit by IIIlandist, fans have been reacting to the non-binary character’s lines being heard without the filter.

One commenter stated: “when she said Mozambique here I felt that,” with another adding, “when she said Mozambique here I died.” Fans of the character were excited to hear how their vocal performance came about and seeing the effort of production that goes into creating the Legend.

It’s incredibly interesting seeing behind the scenes information regarding voice work and the like. This clip shared by Clark is no exception.