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Shroud explains why Apex Legends has been feeling “boring” lately

Published: 21/Mar/2019 2:22 Updated: 21/Mar/2019 2:23

by Albert Petrosyan

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Michael ‘Shroud’ Grzesiek has been grinding Apex Legends since even before it was released, and yet the superstar streamers has found the game to be a bit boring as of late.

There is now doubting the notion that Shroud is one of the biggest reasons for why Apex Legends experienced an explosion of success following its release.

His popularity on Twitch, combined with uncanny ability in battle royale games, made his Apex sessions must-watch, each stream producing a highlight reel of its own.

However, the ex-CS:GO pro has found the game less entertaining than usual lately, and one of his reasons is simply that way too many players are getting eliminated way too early in the match.

“Part of the reason for why the game is feeling so boring recently, is because everyone fucking dies at the beginning of the game!” he said.

Shroud believes that too many players are hot-dropping, which is causing them to die off and make the rest of the match boring for others.

Shroud blames these increased levels of eliminations in the early stages of matches on the fact that so many are “hot-dropping,” or landing at areas of the map that are known to have higher tier loot, which leads to a lot of early-game battles and deaths. 

One example of this are Hot Zones, which are areas on the map where the likelihood of finding higher tier loot is massively increased. At the start of each match, one named point-of-interest is randomly chosen and designated to be the Hot Zone for the rest of the game. 

“The hot drops are stupid as hell!” he said. “Everyone is hot dropping but they don’t realize how dumb it is to hot-drop.”

It’s not hard to understand that Shroud is actually making a very valid point as to why he feels Apex Legends has become more boring recently.

With so many players cleaning each other out in the early stages of matches, the middle phases, which are already long as it is, become even more drawn out and less full of action.

Could balancing out the map in terms of loot make the game less boring?

While there may be no direct solution, there are steps that Respawn Entertainment can take to mitigate this issue, such as raising the total player count past 60.

They can also balance out landing tendencies by removing Hot Zones and hot-dropping from the game entirely, which can be done by making each location have an equal balance of high, middle, and low tier loot.

Whatever the developers do decide to do, they should think fast, because if a genius like Shroud is calling the game boring, then so are many others. 

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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.”

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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!