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These new Ping options in Apex Legends would drastically improve team play

Published: 8/Apr/2019 0:49

by Albert Petrosyan

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The Ping system in Apex Legends is one of the most fundamentally important aspects of the game, and some players have come up with ways on how it can be further improved.

How does the Ping system work in Apex Legends?

The release of Apex Legends introduced mechanics into the world of battle royale that had never been seen before in the genre, one of which was the Ping system.

The system allows players to mark, or “ping,” weapons, items, directions, locations, enemies, and pretty much anything else on the map, allowing teammates to coordinate a lot better among themselves. 

This system is especially useful for players who have queued with less than a full squad to communicate with others they may have been randomly matched with.

Respawn EntertainmentThe Ping Wheel is a key part of the feature that gives players a variety of different pinging options.

Ideas for improvements to the Ping system

Over the past few days, Apex Legends players have posted some ideas and concepts for how the Ping system could be further expanded and improved.

There have been two very popular proposals on Reddit, the first of which suggests that options be added to the Ping wheel that would instruct teammates to hold their fire or retreat.

This would allow teammates who are unable to communicate via voice chat to advise each other to avoid shooting at enemies and giving the team’s position, or perhaps even retreating from a gunfight so that they can heal up and regroup. 

Dear Respawn, Can we have a “Hold your fire” ping? from r/apexlegends

The next popular concept was the addition of feature that would allow players to Ping the status of their Legend’s Ultimate Ability for teammates to see.

Many of the Ultimate Abilities compliment each other well, and teammates often rely on each others’ Ult’s to help out the entire team. This way, players would be able to share the progress of how much their Ult has charged, or even to let teammates know that the ability is fully charged up and ready to go. 

Reddit u/Xero0911This concept would allow players to share how much is left for their Ultimate Ability to charge, or if it’s ready to go.

Considering the fact that both of these ideas got a good amount of upvotes on Reddit, it would probably be safe to assume that not many players would mind if they were added to the game as new features.

However, the big question is whether Respawn Entertainment is willing to make changes to their Ping system, although considering that the game is still so young, there’s definitely a possibility. 

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Apex Legends pro Snip3down’s best tips for controller looting & moving

Published: 29/Nov/2020 20:33 Updated: 29/Nov/2020 23:50

by Julian Young

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The Apex Legends community constantly disagrees on which input device is king: mouse-and-keyboard or controller. While both have their benefits and downfalls, pro Apex player ‘TSM Snip3down’ has shared three ways that controller players can compete with mouse-and-keyboard users by moving while they loot.

The controller versus M&KB debate has raged on in the Apex Legends community since the game’s release. With many controller players seeing great success on Twitch and in the competitive scene, the arguments over the fairness of using controllers on PC have not slowed down.

Both options offer players distinct advantages and also suffer from unique limitations. One issue for controller players is they are largely unable to move while looting, which is something mouse-and-keyboard users can do with ease.

In a video posted to his YouTube channel, Snip3down — a Halo veteran and one of the top controller players in the pro Apex scene — offered some advice for controller users to help avoid this limitation. Here are three ways that controller players can maintain their movement when looting death boxes.

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Snip3down joined TSM’s competitive Apex team in October 2020 and has been competing for them in the ALGS.

Foot pedal method

The first method mentioned by Snip3down in his video is the use of foot pedals. This piece of hardware is an additional tool players can use to assign various actions to another device outside of their controller or keyboard.

In Snipe3down’s case, his pedals are configured to allow extra movement options while looting. He has mapped the left pedal to the ‘A’ key, and the right pedal to the ‘D’ key on his keyboard, allowing him to move back-and-forth with his pedals while looting with his controller.

While this is Snip3down’s preferred method, he recognizes that not all players want to invest in extra hardware like foot pedals. To address this, he also provides two alternative methods that controller players can use to move and loot.

‘Open-while-moving’ method

The second option Snip3down lists for looting and moving involves some precise timing on the part of the player. For this technique, one needs to hold whatever button they use to open death boxes, and when the action is almost complete, start sprinting forward.

When executed properly, this method keeps the death box open and allows the player to pick up items until they move out of range from the box. Snip3down demonstrates this by snagging a few items while he sprints forward before the death box closes.

While this combination of movement and button-pressing requires specific timing and practice, players do not need to buy and use additional hardware to accomplish their goal. Although it takes more effort to perfect, this method is more easily accessible for most players.

Apex Legends Controller Settings
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Controller players can switch out some of the default button mapping to access additional movement options.

‘Crouch-when-looting’ method

The final technique Snip3down identifies in his video involves players remapping buttons on their controller.  While Snip3down clarifies that he does not use this method himself, he knows of other players that utilize it effectively.

If players are comfortable with changing their controller settings, they can swap the button used to melee with the button they use to crouch. Changing the button mapping in this way will allow players to crouch while looting death boxes.

Controller players on PC who feel they are at a disadvantage when it comes to looting can use any of these methods to level the playing field. Make sure to follow us on Twitter @TitanfallBlog for more Apex Legends tips, tricks, and news.