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Shroud reveals why Season 5 makes him want to return to Apex Legends

Published: 11/May/2020 12:45

by Joe Craven

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Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek has revealed why he’s excited to get his hands on Apex Legends Season 5 and its multiple new features. 

One of the major strengths of the former CS:GO pro that sets him apart from a host of streamers is a versatility and ability to dominate multiple titles at once. Despite not being a professional player in any game since Counter-Strike, he has demonstrated an unprecedented adeptness at multiple titles, including Respawn’s Apex Legends.

Following its release back in early 2019, shroud spent a lot of time playing the Titanfall-inspired battle royale. He has not spent too much time with it recently but, going off his comments in response to Loba’s official gameplay trailer, he’ll be back playing it soon.

Loba in Apex Legends trailer aiming
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Loba is the new legend being added for Season 5.

In a recent Mixer stream, Shroud seemed intrigued by the game’s new Quests and Treasure Packs, as well as responding positively to the new Ultimate-charging feature. In the trailer, Gibraltar can be seen earning his ‘Defensive Bombardment’, a change shroud appeared to enjoy.

“Damn, he got his ultimate from that? That’s cool,” he exclaimed. In response to Loba’s finisher, the Mixer streamer said: “That’s a cool finisher. That was cool. It actually looks kinda dope, not gonna lie. That actually looks kinda dope. It’s in 4 days? I think I’ll play it.”

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While most of shroud’s recent streaming has been on Valorant, it sound like he’ll be making a return to World’s Edge.

“Is this Skulltown?” he asked, curious about the map changes teased in the Season 5 trailers. “It’s weird looking at it from this angle… this actually looks pretty cool. You have this thing right here that gives your ult. This is an ult charge thing – that’s pretty cool.”

Season 5’s launch has been geared around shaking up Apex’s established formula and introducing new features for players to dive into. Shroud appears to be excited by a number of the new changes, namely Loba and the new Ultimate-charging devices, indicating we’ll see him back on Apex when Season 5 drops on May 12. How long he remains on the game, is another thing altogether.

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Respawn hope to bring Wraith “under control” in Apex Legends Season 8

Published: 27/Nov/2020 2:41

by Andrew Amos

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The debate around Wraith is still raging on in Apex Legends. Despite change after change, she’s still a power pick in a lot of situations. However, in Season 8, Respawn are pulling out the final straw to try and bring Wraith “under control” once and for all.

Wraith has been slowly tuned down over the 20-month history of Apex Legends from outrageously broken, to somewhat manageable. Despite being hit with a big set of nerfs in June’s Lost Treasures update though, she still reigns supreme in the Outlands.

However, Respawn aren’t giving up hope on finally bringing the voidwalker “under control.” In an interview on the Third Party podcast, developer Daniel Klein said that more changes are on the way in Season 8.

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Wraith could be getting a bit bigger if Respawn end up shipping their intended changes for Apex Legends Season 8.

While he joked about just straight up removing Wraith from the game, Respawn actually have a direction they want to take. They don’t want to hit Wraith’s kit any harder. They want to see if they can “fix” her hitboxes.

“I don’t want to hit her kit any more. We’ve pushed that to the breaking point where it’s barely still fun, but the extremely wind-up on her tactical ⁠— as much as it was necessary ⁠— it puts the ability more into the camp of cerebral power rather than satisfying in the moment power,” he said.

“With Wraith, our approach is going to be very similar to Pathfinder. We’re going to take a look at her hitboxes and see how much wiggle room we have there. With Pathfinder, it turned out that we had so much… that was a 20% increase in hitbox size.”

The Pathfinder changes were shipped in the Season 7 update earlier in November, and have made the grappling robot a bit easier to hit while dashing across Olympus and the other maps.

Despite Respawn’s hopes though, nothing is locked in. They’ve only just started scouting out the work to change Wraith’s hitboxes. Klein stated he hopes the changes will be enough that Respawn could even look at buffing Wraith down the line, but the solution could be a dead end.

Pathfinder flying across screen with grapple hook.
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Pathfinder was hit with a similar hitbox nerf in Season 7.

“Nothing is guaranteed yet, we haven’t started work yet. I’ve asked one of our technical artists to take a look at it. Whenever he gets around to it, we will know more.

“My earnest hope is that we can bring her under control with just hitbox changes, and then maybe even look at ways at making her more in-the-moment fun again, and find a balance point between her tactical now and what it used to be.”

They’re not willing to risk “giving Wraith more power” by shipping some changes early before they tackle her hitboxes, so don’t expect ability buffs soon. However, in Apex Legends Season 8, expect Wraith to feel a little bit different.