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Top Apex Legends players accused of cheating in ranked play

Published: 13/May/2020 18:26 Updated: 18/Jul/2020 15:58

by Daniel Cleary


Competitive Apex Legends players are not happy after some of the top Predator-ranked Xbox players were supposedly caught teaming in ranked play, seemingly to boost their MMR.

Since the release of Apex Legends’ ranked play in July 2019, many hardcore fans of the game have been aiming to reach Predator rank and unlock that prestigious badge that comes with it.

However, it is very challenging to climb through the ranks, as there are plenty of players who are also looking to prove themselves in the arena as some of the best in the world.

Apex Legends is designed to be played in squads of three, and requires players to make the most out of their Legends’ kit to win the game, although some highly-ranked Predators had other ideas on how to remain on top of the ladder.

Many fans of the battle royale were disappointed after it was revealed, on May 12, that some of the top Predator players had been teaming together in ranked to boost their MMR.

The #1 and #2 Apex predators Xynoa and Skittles caught 6 man teaming on EU servers from apexlegends

A clip of the incident was shared by u/kaleinrm on the Apex subreddit, claiming both Xynoa and Skittles, who currently hold the number one and two spots on the ranked ladder across all platforms, were teaming with an enemy squad to secure a strong finish.

All six of the players involved received massive backlash, with many calling on Respawn to punish those who were teaming for ruining games and potentially costing others their hard-earned rank.

Unfortunately, they were not the only Apex Predators that had been apparently cheating on May 12, as another clip surfaced only hours after. This one featuring 6 other highly-ranked players who had done similar, with one supposedly threatening to DDoS anyone who planned on exposing them.

6 Predators Teaming on Xbox. Take action immediately so legit players can earn a rightful spot. Multiple of them are even top 10. One threatened to boot me offline. More below. from apexlegends

“This is “Need a Soda”, who was #5, threatening to get my IP address and boot me offline after I called him out,” Reddit user MittnXBL claimed, later sharing screenshots of the back and forth.

Update, May 14, 4:19AM EST: Respawn has now responded to the allegations, confirming that they are investigating the claims and will take appropriate action.

It’s unclear what kind of punishment the players might receive. Teaming is certainly against the rules, but the severity of the punishment for it may depend on a number of factors.

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Apex Legends dev reveals brutal finisher they scrapped from the game

Published: 30/Oct/2020 10:03

by Connor Bennett


Apex Legends dev Moy Parra has revealed a finisher for Bloodhound that was scrapped before the launch of the battle royale – and it might be the most gruesome one we’ve seen.

With each new season in Apex Legends, Respawn Entertainment releases a new legend, tonnes of skins and cosmetics in the battle pass, and as we’ve seen more recently, quest lines to further the story of the Apex Games.

These new legends, skins, and items, as we’ve seen before, are typically in development way before they are released and end up finding their way onto the internet either through leaks or official reveals from Respawn themselves. 

However, there’s also a lot that gets left on the cutting room floor. Ideas for the legends that don’t quite fit, or skins that maybe don’t quite match some of the extravagant looks that already in-game. 

Bloodhound in Apex Legends
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Bloodhound has become one of Apex’s most powerful legends over the last few seasons.

The same goes for animations surrounding things like finishing moves. Typically, this can be because they cause bugs and other issues, but sometimes it can be because a move is way too over the top. 

Apex Legends dev Moy Parra, who has revealed some scrapped content before, showed off one of the scrapped finishers for Bloodhound that went a bit over the top. 

The dev showed that one of the initial ideas for Bloodhound would have the legend finish enemies off by sticking a pole into their head. If you think that sounds bad, it gets worse. The technological tracker would also pull on the pole, seemingly beheading their downed opponent. 

As Parra notes, that type of execution might have stuck around if Apex received a similar mature rating as Titanfall, but instead, the battle royale is only a Teen rated title. 

There might be some scope to add more finishers for each legend in the future, but they certainly won’t be as explicit as some of the first ideas that Respawn had.