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Shroud explains how new Legend Wattson will change Apex Legends meta

Published: 9/Jun/2019 11:28 Updated: 9/Jun/2019 12:02

by Marcus Banks

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Respawn Entertainment finally confirmed that Wattson would be the tenth legend added to Apex Legends, and Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek feels her introduction could seriously shake up the game’s current meta.

Revealed at EA Play on June 8 after weeks of speculation, the new legend was confirmed to be added in Season 2, alongside an eagerly anticipated ranked mode which will allow players to compete against the best of the best, and a much-improved battle pass.

Wattson was confirmed to be an electricity-based legend who primarily uses defensive tactics to gain the upper hand on her enemy – her abilities enable her to defend a certain area, making her ideal for players who aren’t aggressive.

Respawn EntertainmentWattson will be added to Apex Legends in the next season.

Shroud watched the announcement live with his viewers and responded to claims from his chat that the new legend seemed overpowered.

The former CS:GO pro disagreed with his viewers’ assertions, stating that he felt Respawn had done a good job of balancing the latest addition, but admitted it may favor campers.

“She’s not OP,” he said. “She’s balanced very well. Unfortunately, if you’re a camper, you’re going to love it. But if you’re aggressive, you’re going to hate the campers.”

Her defensive abilities make her ideal for bunkering down in an area and shroud – who is known for his run and gun approach – feels her skills could make aggressive players change the way they play.

The Canadian added: “If you’re a defensive player, she’s going to be great and you’ll probably love her.

“But if you’re aggressive, she’s not going be that good for you.”

Players will have to wait just over a month to test out Wattson’s strengths for themselves with Season 2 confirmed to be released on July 2.

Whether her excellent defensive abilities results in a swift meta change to a more conservative approach remains to be seen.

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Apex Legends dev shares 4 top tips to instantly improve

Published: 21/Nov/2020 17:16

by Joe Craven

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Mike Cook, a Senior Technical Artist at Respawn Entertainment, has shared his top four tips to improve at Apex Legends, as new players are joining the Titanfall-inspired BR in Season 7.

As more and more content is added to Apex Legends, the game’s learning curve for new players steepens. While skill-based matchmaking will go some way to protect newer players from domination, it can still be a difficult acclimation period.

One Apex Legends player shared their experience of the first 60 hours on the battle royale, summarising that they “just don’t think it’s working for me.”

“I don’t know how everyone is so good at shooting in just silver. Every game I either lose or get carried with lowest damage/kills,” the Redditor said. “I’ve practiced in the firing range and no change. The recoils are brutal, I’m moving to make it harder to hit me, the enemy is doing the same, and I hit maybe 2 shots before I go down… I’m thinking that shooting games are just not for me.”

Triden vehicle in Apex Legends Season 7
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There’s a lot of new content in Season 7 – such as The Trident vehicle.

The player in question finished by asking if there was a guide to help them. As it turned out Mike Cook, a Senior Technical Artist at Respawn, chimed in with his view, offering four major tips to improve at Apex.

Cook stated that it will just take practice, and said good aim comes down to four major points. The first and second relate to understanding a weapon’s recoil and range, for which he recommended the game’s Firing Range. The last two tips were to predict enemy movements and target your shots into an enemy’s upper body when in a close-range engagement.

Apex Legends dev tips

  1. Understanding the recoil pattern of the weapon. Firing range helps a lot with this. Once you understand the recoil you can counter it while you fire to keep the bullets going as straight as possible.
  2. Understanding your engagement distance and bullet drop off. Firing range helps with this as well. Knowing how far your enemies are and aiming higher to counteract the drop off so they land where you want.
  3. Predicting player movements. If someone is running to your left and they jump, you can guesstimate where they will land and aim there instead of aiming directly on them. This gives you a split second to predict, aim, and shoot.
  4. Where to aim: If you’re up close, aim right below peoples necks, recoil makes your weapon kick upwards and you can get some headshots in.

But, the dev admits that even with practice, some of it comes down to natural skill, and even those with great aim can still do poorly due to their position.

He reiterated how important both positioning and cover are in any gunfight. “You can have potato aim like me, and still pull off good plays based solely on your positioning,” he continued. “Having plenty of cover to mask most of your body is key. Don’t be afraid to peek out, shoot, then take cover. The harder you are to hit, the less damage you take.”

The player responded to thank Cook for his detailed response, and took it as encouragement to stick with Apex for some time longer. Whether they experience a turnaround in fortunes remains to be seen but, if you’re also struggling in Apex, check out the Respawn developer’s full advice.