Who is dizzy? How the NRG pro rose to success with Apex Legends - Dexerto
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Who is dizzy? How the NRG pro rose to success with Apex Legends

Published: 15/Mar/2019 18:13 Updated: 15/Mar/2019 18:39

by Alan Bernal

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Apex Legends brought with it a revitalized formula to battle royales which has made millions of players fall in love with it since it’s February 4 release. One of those players has risen in popularity almost as fast as the game itself.

NRG’s Coby ‘dizzy’ Meadows has been one of the brightest stars to emerge from the popularity of the newest battle royale, but not many people know much about the young talent.

Dizzy’s introduction to the pro scene didn’t start with Apex. He had previously been a part of Mythic and Selfless Gaming’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive squads before landing with his current org, NRG.

Though his stint on the CS:GO pro circuit was short, it didn’t matter since full-time streaming was his dream. Until Respawn Entertainment unexpectedly dropped Apex Legends.

“…Full-time streaming was my dream, and not only that, I want to be a competitive player and compete in Apex Legends,” dizzy said in an interview with Forbes. “This is only the beginning for me.”

Like many other players, dizzy fell in love with Apex Legends upon release. Unlike many other players, he had committed an insane amount of time to the brand new title immediately after it launched.

Code Red TournamentThough the game hasn’t been out for more than two months, Dizzy is already taking an early lead in Apex Legends wins.

“…When Apex Legends came out I fell in love with it.” dizzy said. “I put 100% into it the first day the game came out. I streamed it for 21 hours, I had so much fun enjoying a fresh battle royale.”

Though he had an early affinity for Respawn’s game, it wasn’t until the first Twitch Rivals series for the battle royale where his talent was put to the grindstone.

Some would expect a no-name talent to fade away into obscurity with a squad consisting with the likes of Ninja and KingRichard. But not very many expected the young gun to hard-carry during many instances in the game’s first sponsored tournament.

Even after securing the first two tournament wins in Apex Legends, dizzy hasn’t stopped pushing himself forward in the battle royale. He currently has over 12,600 kills on his main Wraith, while touting about 2-and-a-half million points of damage done.

Though mystery still shrouds the rising talent, audiences are sure to familiarize themselves as he racks up tournament wins in his favorite battle royale.

As the game mature’s and competitions evolve, it seems like dizzy will be a mainstay in Apex Legends tournaments to come.

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Apex Legends dev explains why “useless” Wattson won’t get more buffs

Published: 26/Nov/2020 5:27 Updated: 26/Nov/2020 5:29

by Isaac McIntyre

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Bad news Wattson fans… Respawn has no plans to buff the Apex Legends engineer again in Season 7, despite the fact much of the battle royale’s player base believes the Static Defender is “useless” in her current state.

Wattson who has been part of the ever-growing Apex Legends roster since mid-2019, was recently handed a buff in Season 7’s ‘Ascension’ patch; her signature ability, “Perimeter Security,” had its damage topped up slightly.

According to the Apex Legends community, however, the French defender is still relatively “useless” in the Season 7 meta. In fact, the view is so widespread that a Reddit thread simply titled “Buff Wattson please” racked up 15.1k upvotes, and more than 125 awards.

In the thread, ‘BaguettePaquette’ declared: “It’s time to radically remake Wattson. Not just +5 to fences, but the whole concept of a ‘defending legend’.”

Unfortunately, when an Apex Legends dev did finally arrive in the thread, it was to deliver bad news: there are no plans to give Wattson more buffs in Season 7, despite the defender’s low pick rate in public playlists and ranked lobbies.

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Wattson has been dubbed “useless” by the wider Apex Legends player base.

Wattson isn’t “useless,” says Apex dev

The reason, game designer Daniel Z. Klein explained, is twofold. The first is that Wattson is “all over the place” in pro play. According to the dev, who “rewound the final game,” four of the final six squads in ALGS finals included a Wattson.

The second was a rebuttal to the Reddit thread’s suggestion Wattson is “useless,” both on new map Olympus, and in all Apex Legends lobbies.

“I’m going to respectfully disagree… on Olympus, or elsewhere. You’re confusing two things; pick rate and effectiveness,” Klein said. “Yes, she’s lowest pick rate, but her win rate is very good. She’s is top 4 across most power metrics.”

The “fun” problem: why no one plays Wattson

The problem, he continued, is that Wattson “isn’t super fun for most people.” Her abilities are based around holding choke points, which Apex Legends players often shy away from.

“[That] means we can’t just put power into her until she’s more widely played, because she’s already very near the top of our power charts; on the other hand, it means that putting power into her won’t address the problem either,” he said.

“It’s not that people pick her and fail to be effective. Clearly the people who do run her have more success than on most other characters. There’s something about the FEELING of playing her that isn’t attractive, and power doesn’t fix that.”

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The French defender is powerful, but fails to be “fun” in public lobbies.

Rework may be one possible solution

So, no more Wattson buffs in Season 7, especially as she continues to hit top scores on many of Respawn’s hidden metrics. A rework though? That’s another story.

“Your suggestion for a rework is most promising,” Klein admitted, but said there are two issues there; the cost ⁠— “reworks are incredibly expensive” ⁠— and two, she already fills an area “very needed” in competitive play: defensive strengths.

“I don’t think she should be 100% or near 100% pick rate in competitive… ideally we find a rework that makes at least part of her kit exciting in the moment, while not losing her identity as a structure giver,” the Apex developer concluded.

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Mirage (pictured) and Lifeline have both got reworks; could Wattson be next?

There was a glimmer of hope for fans of the French defender, however. Klein admitted he “could be convinced to buff her” in an effort to “throw a bone to Wattson mains,” but promised that “wouldn’t change the problems.”

For now, Wattson mains should hold tight. There’s a rework in the pipes that may eventually land, and more buffs are possible; it may just take a bit of begging!