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Unique Apex Legends character idea would rival Octane

Published: 16/May/2020 17:03

by Andy Williams

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With Loba bringing a welcomed shift to Apex Legends meta in Season 5, this clever Octane-inspired character concept would add a little rocket fuel into the action.

The Apex Legends meta changes from season to season. With new Legends and weapons becoming a regular occurrence, players need to adapt in order to stay on top.

One Legend that has fallen to the bottom of the pile is Octane. After being introduced to the fold in Season 1, the Adrenaline Junkie is relatively underpowered when compared with the likes of Gibraltar and Mirage — who have both been buffed over time.

Octane in Apex Legends.
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Octane is Apex Legends’ most agile character, but offers very little in terms of utility.

Since Octane is arguably underpowered, one fan has taken the bones of the adrenaline-fueled character and transformed them into an entirely new Legend.

Meet ‘Rocket Boy’. Equipped with a Jump Kit, the young Legend comes with ties into the Titanfall universe as a Salvager in the Frontier.

Indeed, it’s his Jump Kit which all of Rocket Boy’s abilities revolve around. Just like Octane, the Legend is focused on agility, yet this concept packs a bit more of a punch.

Their Passive Ability ensures that they’re a whip hand when it comes to drawing their weapon, giving them the upper-hand should enemies be close-by when landing.

Their Tactical would allow for temporary protection from all angles while emitting damage to nearby enemies — ideal for if you get swarmed by an enemy team.

To top things off, Rocket Boy’s Ultimate would give them the ability to propel themselves into the air – akin to Octane’s Launch Pad – which would be perfect for a quick escape, providing enemies don’t shoot you out of the sky. All of the Legends abilities are detailed below:

  • Passive: Coming in Hot — Instead of slowing his descent gradually, Rocket Boy prefers to give his modified Jump Kit an extra twist of the throttle — meaning he lands slightly faster than other Legends. The extra burst of fuel kicks-up a flash of heat that damages opponents caught in the blast radius.
  • Tactical: Blast Shield — Rocket Boy’s modified Jump Kit emits a constant stream of extreme heat and pressure making him temporarily invulnerable and damages enemies in his immediate vicinity.
  • Ultimate: Ad Astra — Rocket Boy can launch himself straight into the sky and glide back down to earth without the need of a Jump Tower or Geyser.

While some fine-tuning would be needed (such as the radius for Blast Shield), the Legend would definitely rival Octane as the most agile in the game, while still having a few nimble tricks up their sleeve.

Even if Rocket Boy isn’t implemented into the Apex Games, perhaps Respawn could draw inspiration from their Jump Kit should they decide to rework Octane — which could potentially see him mixing with the likes of Wraith and Pathfinder in seasons to come.

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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.

Apex Legends ALGS
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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.