Hot-dropping is a term in Apex Legends that refers to the practice of landing on certain areas of the map that are known to attract a lot of players from the get-go.
A lot of players like to hot-drop because not only does it increase the likelihood that they will find the best loot, such as in the designated Hot Zone, but it also gives them a chance to get into some early gunfights.
Shroud, however, does not believe that this is an effective strategy. In fact, the former CS:GO pro contends that hot-dropping is actually “stupid” and makes no sense.
“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.”
As for why Shroud has such a negative opinion of hot-dropping, he explained that the two main reasons for why players hot-drop are possible to achieve without having to land at locations infested with players.
“There’s no reason to hot-drop in this game at all,” he explained. “There’s loot everywhere, right? It’s all about the same. And each game lasts 15-20 minutes long, it’s not like a fucking hell of a commitment. You’re going to find action regardless.”
“If you hot-drop, you’re going to waste more time trying to get your good action than actually just fucking playing the game,” he went on. “Hot-drop works in PUBG because PUBG takes three million years.”
Prior to breaking down why hot-dropping is not the brightest strategy in Apex Legends, Shroud revealed that his main issue with the concept is that it’s been causing the game to feel “boring” lately.
Since so many players choose to hot-drop, many end up falling in the early stages of each match, causing the middle phase to become both drawn out and devoid of any action.