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Small Apex Legends buff would make Crypto’s drone much more useful

Published: 15/Mar/2020 17:19

by Connor Bennett

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Apex Legends players are still holding out hope that Respawn will answer the calls and make a simple but effective change to Crypto’s drone that would allow him to become much more useful in a trio.

Crypto was introduced as the newest part of the Apex Legends roster back at the start of season three, giving players another recon legend to use in their lineup.

Since then, the Surveillance Expert has become a key part of the game’s meta and you will find plenty of Crypto’s stalking World’s Edge and Kings Canyon in hopes of giving their squad some key information. However, some fans are hoping that, alongside the rumored buff of being able to use survey beacons like Pathfinder, Crypto’s drone will get a long-awaited change to help squads even further.

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Crypto has become a key part of the Apex Legends meta since arriving in season three.

When the drone is in the sky, Crypto is able to scan the champion banners around the maps to see how many teams are within a 200m range of his position. As of now, only he can see it, but this simple idea would change that.

Redditor atuka26 asked the Apex Legends subreddit if Respawn Enterianmnet could make it possible for Crypto to be able to ping the banners and give his teammates the extra slice of information. This would mean that anybody who solo queues, or searches for random teammates and doesn’t use a mic, would still be able to relay a warning to their squad. 

We should be able to ping the banners to let our squad know if there are enemy’s near by with the crypto drone. from apexlegends

As long-time fans pointed out, it is a change they have been begging to see implemented for quite some time, with some questioning why the developers haven’t put it into place yet.

“Honestly, I still don’t know why they haven’t added this yet,” commented chiefcow007. Another poster, Bartalon9, added: “I wouldn’t mind if this was just his straight-up passive. Like, have a wraith-like prompt to tell your teammates the number of squads entering the area.”

Of course, any legend changes come from Respawn themselves and in-game balancing has to be taken into account before any tweak goes live. But, it’s not secret that Crypto is generally believed to be one of the lower-tier Legends.

Whether or not they’ll make something like this change happen in the future, though, remains to be seen.

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Mirage is getting some “scary” buffs in Apex Legends Season 7 update

Published: 22/Oct/2020 7:24 Updated: 22/Oct/2020 9:13

by Isaac McIntyre

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Mirage will be getting even more Apex Legends buffs when the Season 7 update finally rolls around, Respawn has confirmed, after the Holographic Trickster’s rework in Season 5 didn’t work as well as the devs were hoping.

The Holographic Trickster has had a rough ride of it since debuting in Apex Legends all the way back in the battle royale’s surprise launch.

The main issue Mirage has faced is his “gotcha!” tactics only work on those who are not prepared. Once Apex Legends players became used to the trickster’s fake holograms he took a steep dip in overall win rate. His play rates soon followed too.

Respawn tried to help, shipping a rework in Season 5, but he still floundered.

The issue has gotten so bad for Mirage that the developers are taking another look at the way his ultimate works, just two seasons after patch 5.0 shipped live. Luckily, they think they have a way of pumping some power into his ability kit.

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Mirage’s decoys have fallen off in impact since Apex Legends’ launch last year.

Apex Legends developer Daniel Klein was questioned on Mirage buffs ⁠— which Respawn has been teasing for a long while now ⁠— and confirmed they were indeed “on their way” in patch 7.0.0.

The Respawn developer said he didn’t want to “spoil stuff,” including the Mirage changes, but did touch on some of the testing they’d done for the Apex Legends trickster. These included new buffs for his ultimate, ‘Life of the Party.’

One fan suggested Mirage’s ult could “fire blanks,” but Klein shot down that idea straight away. “Decoys firing blanks is a nuclear option,” the Respawn designer said.

“I have no doubt it would be effective, and powerful. The amount of damage it would do to combat readability and just sheer confusion, scares me. I’m trying something different for 7.0 ⁠— [still scary], but not as bad as decoys firing blanks.”

Mirage will be getting more "fun" Apex Legends stories in Season 6.
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Respawn is hoping the new Mirage ultimate buff will shoot him into the Season 7 meta.

These Mirage changes won’t be included in this week’s Halloween update, unfortunately. Instead, they will be added to the battle royale when patch 7.0 ships live in November.

Good news though ⁠— the Season 7 update is actually coming a week sooner than Apex Legends fans were expecting. Respawn appears to have moved the release forward a week, up to November 4, and cut the Season 6 Battle Pass short.

That means it’s only a 14 day wait, from time of publication of course, until Mirage mains will get their hands on the “scary” new buffs for Apex Legends’ trickster.