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Shroud reveals why he wanted Apex Legends’ Octane nerfed before release

Published: 19/Mar/2019 9:25 Updated: 19/Mar/2019 10:05

by Joe O'Brien


Popular streamer Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek has shared his thoughts on new Apex Legends character Octane and suggested that Wattson may not be far behind.

Season One of Apex Legends is finally due to launch on March 19, bringing with it the game’s first Battle Pass and the first new Legend to be added to the game post-launch – Octane.

While Octane’s abilities have long since been leaked, most players haven’t yet had hands-on experience with the new character. According to Shroud, however, who helped test and give feedback on the game prior to launch, both Octane and Wattson, another leaked Legend, have been in a playable state for quite some time.

Shroud revealed that he played both Octane and Wattson in his very first testing session of Apex Legends nearly a year previously.

Respawn EntertainmentOctane has been confirmed for the start of Season One.

Of Octane, Shroud revealed he was so much fun that he couldn’t stop playing him all throughout the day he was testing the game, but that he expects Respawn to have adjusted him slightly in the months since as Shroud himself advised that he was too fast to be entirely balanced.

Notably, Shroud also stated that Apex developers Respawn Entertainment were intending for Wattson to be released within the game’s first season.

While he declined to give any further details about Wattson’s character or abilities, Shroud not only confirmed the veracity of the various leaks that identified Wattson as a future Legend, but also added weight to the theories that they will be joining the game within the first season.

So far, Respawn have not so much as confirmed the existence of Wattson, but it increasingly seems that a reveal may not be too far off. While it’s very possible they could have changed their minds in the months since Shroud was testing the game, it appears their original intention at least was for Octane not to be the only new Legend releasing in Season One.

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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.

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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?”

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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.