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Strange Apex Legends bug lets Mirage decoys ruin Octane’s ultimate

Published: 18/May/2020 11:27

by Connor Bennett


Apex Legends players have been encountering a strange bug that allows Mirage’s Decoys to completely ruin Octane’s jump pads simply by running near them.

After weeks of waiting, Apex Legends season five finally launched on May 12 – giving fans the chance to finally play as the new legend, Loba. There were also plenty of match changes and character updates, but a few bugs have been rearing their head.

Since the launch, players have been reporting problems with climbing fences and being unable to loot deathboxes, but there also appears to be a new issue that allows Mirage decoys to sacrifice themselves in order to wreak havoc with Octane’s jump pad.

Mirage fist bumping decoy in Apex Legends.
Mirage’s decoys often bamboozle their enemies.

The problem was pointed out by Reddit user  TheLordOfTheTubas, showing that if a Mirage player sends their decoy out towards an Octane jump pad, the decoy will be sent skywards and the jump pad will be destroyed.

This isn’t a one-time problem, though, as the Redditor showed that it could happen again pretty instantly with their decoy destroying a second jump pad just moments after the first example.

Warning to Mirage and Octane players; Decoys will destroy a jump pad on contact from apexlegends

Players who use both characters noted that they’ve seen the problem in their matches but didn’t realize that it had become so widespread. One commenter, driverofdeath503, even pointed out that they’d seen Octane’s Gauntlet missing jump pads because of the problem.

Now, the only people who can rectify these issues are Respawn and as of writing, they have responded to the bug on Reddit or added it to their Trello board of problems. Though, there are working on another problem that allows Mirage’s decoys to float in the air.

That fix is being worked on alongside other problems like hit registration, reconnection issues, and the Ninja button layout not working as intended. 

Whether or not things will be straightened out anytime soon, remains to be seen, but both Mirage and Octane players will be hoping that they don’t think too long to sort out.

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Apex Legends dev shares 4 top tips to instantly improve

Published: 21/Nov/2020 17:16

by Joe Craven


Mike Cook, a Senior Technical Artist at Respawn Entertainment, has shared his top four tips to improve at Apex Legends, as new players are joining the Titanfall-inspired BR in Season 7.

As more and more content is added to Apex Legends, the game’s learning curve for new players steepens. While skill-based matchmaking will go some way to protect newer players from domination, it can still be a difficult acclimation period.

One Apex Legends player shared their experience of the first 60 hours on the battle royale, summarising that they “just don’t think it’s working for me.”

“I don’t know how everyone is so good at shooting in just silver. Every game I either lose or get carried with lowest damage/kills,” the Redditor said. “I’ve practiced in the firing range and no change. The recoils are brutal, I’m moving to make it harder to hit me, the enemy is doing the same, and I hit maybe 2 shots before I go down… I’m thinking that shooting games are just not for me.”

Triden vehicle in Apex Legends Season 7
Respawn Entertainment
There’s a lot of new content in Season 7 – such as The Trident vehicle.

The player in question finished by asking if there was a guide to help them. As it turned out Mike Cook, a Senior Technical Artist at Respawn, chimed in with his view, offering four major tips to improve at Apex.

Cook stated that it will just take practice, and said good aim comes down to four major points. The first and second relate to understanding a weapon’s recoil and range, for which he recommended the game’s Firing Range. The last two tips were to predict enemy movements and target your shots into an enemy’s upper body when in a close-range engagement.

Apex Legends dev tips

  1. Understanding the recoil pattern of the weapon. Firing range helps a lot with this. Once you understand the recoil you can counter it while you fire to keep the bullets going as straight as possible.
  2. Understanding your engagement distance and bullet drop off. Firing range helps with this as well. Knowing how far your enemies are and aiming higher to counteract the drop off so they land where you want.
  3. Predicting player movements. If someone is running to your left and they jump, you can guesstimate where they will land and aim there instead of aiming directly on them. This gives you a split second to predict, aim, and shoot.
  4. Where to aim: If you’re up close, aim right below peoples necks, recoil makes your weapon kick upwards and you can get some headshots in.

But, the dev admits that even with practice, some of it comes down to natural skill, and even those with great aim can still do poorly due to their position.

He reiterated how important both positioning and cover are in any gunfight. “You can have potato aim like me, and still pull off good plays based solely on your positioning,” he continued. “Having plenty of cover to mask most of your body is key. Don’t be afraid to peek out, shoot, then take cover. The harder you are to hit, the less damage you take.”

The player responded to thank Cook for his detailed response, and took it as encouragement to stick with Apex for some time longer. Whether they experience a turnaround in fortunes remains to be seen but, if you’re also struggling in Apex, check out the Respawn developer’s full advice.