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Shroud demonstrates “how bad” Revenant is in Apex Legends Season 4

Published: 11/Feb/2020 0:53

by Albert Petrosyan


Back on his Apex Legends grind, Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek has come to the conclusion that Season 4’s new Revenant Legend isn’t so great, and he thinks it won’t take too long for most players to realize that as well.

Revenant is the new Legend introduced in Apex Legends Season 4 but his ultimate ability, called Death Totem, might not be as powerful as it was hyped up to be.

The Death Totem protects teammates from elimination by spawning them back at the location where its placed instead of allowing them to get downed.

Respawn EntertainmentRevenant’s tactical, passive, and ultimate abilities in Apex Legends Season 4.

However, there are some drawbacks put in place to balance out its effect. For one, those who spawn back at the Totem are only given one health to survive with. Also, when under its protection, players can’t use body shields to protect themselves, meaning that they only have 100 total health regardless of whether or not they have armor equipped.

Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, enemies can sabotage Revenant and his team if they find the ult’s location, either by laying a trap or waiting for easily take down the teammates as soon as they spawn back in with one health.

One player who quickly figured this out is shroud, who has been playing a lot of Apex since Season 4 launched, and he demonstrated these major issues with Revenant during one of his recent streams.

Respawn EntertainmentIf not used correctly, Revenant’s Death Totem ultimate ability might not be very viable.

Shroud: players will learn “the hard way” about Revenant

Playing in a match with Apex pro Matthew ‘WiKeD’ Robertson and girlfriend Hannah ‘Bnans’ Kennedy, shroud came across a team using Revenant’s ultimate and was easily able to take them down after realizing that their Death Totem was placed out in the open.

“People are going realize the hard way how bad Revenant is,” he said, laughing. “Everyone keeps doing it. We did it, everyone’s going to do it. It sounds good in theory and then you do it and you’re like ‘wait!'”

He’s referencing, of course, the temptation to use the Legend’s ult because of how good it sounds on paper, but in practice, it may end up hurting you more than helping.

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After their squad got the match victory, WiKeD gave a brief explanation about how the health aspect of Revenant’s ult makes it not really worth using.

“You have 100 HP each fight, that’s the problem,” he said. “You sacrifice 200 to have two separate 100s, that’s the issue.”

This is definitely true since under the Totem’s protection you can’t use your body armor, meaning you only have your 100 base health. If you get taken out and respawn back in, you now can use your armor’s 100 health’s worth of protection, but you only have 1 base HP under that until you can heal.

Respawn EntertainmentWhile Revenant’s abilities may seem very useful on paper, they can sometimes not be as effective in action.

The early indications are that, while Revenant may seem like a powerful Legend, he just doesn’t offer enough to break into the top-tier of characters, especially in the game’s competitive sphere.

However, that’s not to say that the Synthetic Nightmare is totally useless, as there are ways to better use his abilities, which we’ve outlined in our 5 important tips and tricks to mastering Revenant guide.

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Apex Legends dev defends Wraith nerfs coming in Season 8

Published: 28/Nov/2020 15:32

by Joe Craven


John Larson, Live Balance Designer at Respawn Entertainment, has defended the changes Wraith is set to undergo in Apex Legends Season 8, following comments from Daniel Klein. 

Balancing legends has long been a contentious topic in the Apex Legends community, with mains of various characters keen to see buffs. The admission, for example, that Mirage will never be a top-tier character irked many of the legend’s biggest fans.

The focus of the community is currently on Wraith, the Interdimensional Skirmisher who has long been in the upper-echelons of Apex Legends. However, comments from developer Daniel Klein about Respawn’s efforts to get Wraith “under control” in Season 8 led many to believe that she is set for significant nerfs. Unsurprisingly, this caused considerable discussion among Wraith players – and those sick of coming up against her.

Wraith with a gun smiling in APex Legends
Wraith looks set for a nerf in Apex Legends Season 8.

His comments generally revolved around fixing Wraith’s hitbox – rather than nerfing her equipment to any greater degree. However, many believe she has been nerfed enough and further weakening is not the correct response.

Redditor ‘QuikScopeDash’ is one who took this stance, joking that they would main Crypto because Wraith has been nerfed so significantly.

This prompted a lengthy reply from John Larson, a Live Balance Designer at Respawn. He prefixed his comment by explaining that he is a Wraith main and wants her to remain viable.

“Wraith’s kit has been nerfed and tweaked more than any other legend’s, but her win rate and encounter win rate has remained an anomaly,” Larson said. “The common argument is that mechanically gifted players are drawn to her kit, but when we filter by skill brackets (rank, average damage, you name it) she’s still head and shoulders above everyone. So what does this mean?”

John Larson comment Wraith nerf Respawn
Larson’s reply on Reddit.

Issues with Reddit moderation resulted in large portions of Larson’s comment being removed, but his point remained clear. Despite the various nerfs Wraith and her kit have suffered, her stats suggest she is still performing incredibly well.

He went on to compare Wraith with Pathfinder, explaining that “we never want to nerf legends to the point where they lose their identity.”

Many fear Wraith is approaching that point, and want the Voidwalker to remain as powerful as she’s always been.