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Team Liquid explain why they’ve dropped Blackout for Apex Legends

Published: 8/Mar/2019 17:06 Updated: 8/Mar/2019 17:16

by Joe O'Brien

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Team Liquid have announced that they are closing their Blackout division, with the players instead turning their attention to Apex Legends.

The organization’s Blackout line-up, which consisted of Tanner ‘Rogue’ Trebb, Gage ‘Caliburn’ Meyer, Thomas ‘Flanker’ Cook, and Brendan ‘Casper’ Marino will remain, and the team will also be looking to expand its Apex roster via a “Proving Grounds” initiative, through which skilled players can apply.

Fans of the former Blackout players may have already noticed that their focus has been Apex Legends recently, with Rogue taking fourth place in the March 1 Code Red tournament.

In the wake of the move, Rogue has explained why the team chose to refocus on Apex Legends, citing Respawn’s vocal support of esports compared to silence on the matter from Activision and Treyarch for Blackout.

EAMore than 50 million players have already dropped into Apex Legends.

“The first thing would be that there wasn’t any interest from the devs for hosting any events or focusing on anything esport related for Blackout. It was mainly just third parties doing things on their own and supporting the scene. The devs never said anything, they hadn’t shown any interest, so when Apex Legends came out, and Respawn came out and said they would support the esport scene, most of the competitive Blackout players switched over.

It didn’t help that Blackout is kind of struggling on PC either. Call of Duty has never been a big game on PC really, it’s always been primarily thought of as a console game, other than when it first came out back with Big Red and stuff like that. So there was no really big player count to hold over Twitch viewers and games would be dying out by 6pm or take forever to start, so it was a pretty easy switch for everybody.”

When Blackout released, many considered it a revelation in the battle royale genre – more polished than the titles that helped popularize the mode originally, like Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, and a more classic first-person shooter compared to the third-person perspective, building mechanics, and other features that, while making Fortnite unique, might turn off players looking for a more traditional FPS take on battle royale.

Unfortunately, after the initial wave of excitement, Blackout struggled to maintain its momentum. Comparatively, Apex Legends continues to break records at a remarkable pace, hitting 50 million players just a month after release – almost four times quicker than Fortnite did. It’s little wonder, then, that players are making the jump across to the new battle royale.

Team Liquid aren’t the only major organization to invest in Apex Legends. While exactly what the game’s competitive scene may ultimately look like remains a mystery, the likes of NRG Esports, 100 Thieves, and Cloud9 have also signed top players in the wake of the game’s explosive popularity.

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Apex Legends is adding a no-guns LTM in Season 7: Olympus Preview

Published: 30/Oct/2020 18:52

by Tanner Pierce

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If you saw the new Apex Legends map called Olympus and thought to yourself “I’d like to explore that without having to deal with annoying enemies”, then Respawn Entertainment has the perfect solution: a no-weapon LTM called Olympus Preview.

With the start of Season 7, Respawn Entertainment is adding a brand new map to Apex Legends called Olympus. After being rumored for quite a while now, the developers finally confirmed the news during the Season 7 trailer, and gave fans an even deeper dive into the map during the gameplay reveal.

While that’s all well and good, being forced to jump into a map that you don’t know and immediately fight other players trying to experience the same thing is always a bit annoying in battle royale games. Luckily, the developers seem to have a solution, and it’s a cool concept.

With the start of Season 7, Respawn will be including a new limited-time mode called Olympus Preview, which will allow players to explore and experience everything the new map has to offer without having to deal with other opponents that immediately try to kill you.

Apparently, the new 30-player mode will give fans an opportunity to jump in to the map and test it out to their heart’s content. They’ll even be able to test the circles.

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Soon players will be able to jump into the new Apex map thanks to a weapon-free mode called Olympus Preview.

When a new map gets added to a battle royale game, not just Apex Legends, a lot of players just want a few matches to explore and experience it before having to fight others, so this helps solve that problem. It also helps fans familiarize themselves with it so that they aren’t jumping in completely blind.

It’ll be interesting to see Apex continues this trend as time goes on. Obviously that would require them to keep adding new maps but, nevertheless, it’s a fun concept to say the least.