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Why Apex Legends’ L-STAR may have passed R-99 as Season 4’s best weapon

Published: 7/Feb/2020 22:00 Updated: 7/Feb/2020 22:18

by Albert Petrosyan

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The shuffling of the meta in Apex Legends Season 4’s update may have resulted in the L-STAR EMG being the battle royale’s premier weapon, even better than the R-99.

Introduced in Season 2, the plasma-fueled energy light machine gun known as the L-STAR has had an interesting journey in Apex Legends.

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Despite its powerful stats, the weapon quickly became marginalized by the fact that it was only available in crates, which means that players could not find it in any of the floor loot on the map.

Respawn EntertainmentThe L-STAR was added in Apex Legends at the start of Season 2.

That’s all changed now following the Season 4 update, which implemented major nerfs and buffs to a variety of weapons, none more so than the L-STAR.

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In fact, since the R-99 was nerfed as part of the patch, there is some belief that the energy-based LMG challenges it, and may even supplant it, as the best weapon in Season 4.

Below, we take a look at some of the reasons why this could be the case, including the major changes to the weapon, how its stats compare, and more.

Major changes to the L-STAR

Respawn EntertainmentThe L-STAR is no longer a crate-exclusive weapon and can now be found in floor loot on the Apex Legends map.

There were two massive changes made to the L-STAR in the Season 4 update – it was changed from being a crate-only weapon to one that can be found in regular floor loot and its reloading was removed, replaced with an overheating feature that disables the gun after a period of sustained fire.

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The first change obviously is as big as it gets because now the powerful EMG is found much more commonly on the map and thus used a lot more frequently.

As for the new overheating mechanic, it has its pros and cons. The positive side is that now you don’t ever really have to reload the clip of your gun as long as you have a good overall amount of energy ammo.

And while, yes, it can be a nuisance in gunfights, it’s an obstacle that can be easily overcome. All you have to do is fire it in bursts; around eight shots at a time will allow you to get the most rounds out while avoiding overheating.

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In order to balance out these changes, Respawn also reduced both the rate of fire and damage per shot, although that hasn’t really deterred its viability, as we explain in the next section.

What makes the L-STAR so good?

Respawn EntertainmentDespite the nerf to its stats, the L-STAR continues to devastate the Apex Legends battlefield with high damage and fire rate.

While its stats may have been nerfed in the Season 4 patch, the weapon continues to inflict high amounts of damage at a high fire rate – a devastating combination.

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It now does 18 damage per shot, decreased from 19, but that still comes out to an impressive 184 damage per second (DPS). In contrast, the R-99, which is widely considered to be the best weapon in the game, does 200 DPS.

However, you have to take into account that the L-STAR is a more versatile weapon in that it can be used viably at more ranges than its SMG counterpart.

Also, because the L-STAR is an LMG, it has a much greater headshot multiplier than the R-99 – 2x vs 1.5x. This means that the more shots to the head you land with it, the more its DPS gets closer to and surpasses the R-99, even if the number of headshots is the same.

The Gaming Merchant - YouTubeThe L-STAR’s DPS stats compared to the R-99, taking into account the headshot multipliers.

The L-STAR also has some unique qualities to it that further elevate the weapon above most of the others. For one, according to the unofficial Apex Legends wiki, it shoots larger projectiles that are “barely affected by gravity,” so there’s a better chance of them making contact with the target.

Furthermore, it doesn’t have a short warm-up like the Devotion, the other powerful energy-based LMG in the game, so you can start firing it right away.

Speaking of the Devotion, some might argue that it’s still a stronger option than the L-STAR. While that may be true in some regard, it’s a pointless comparison because it was made a crate-exclusive weapon in the latest update, so it can no longer be found in floor loot.

An in-depth visual look at why the L-STAR might be the best weapon in Season 4 can be found in the video below, courtesy of popular Apex YouTuber ‘The Gaming Merchant.’

Of course, judging a weapon’s viability really comes down to personal preference and the situations a gun is being used. There are obviously some scenarios where an R-99 will be the better gun to go with than the L-STAR, and vice-versa.

At the end of the day, there will always be those that still side with the R-99, which isn’t necessarily wrong, but there’s no doubting that the L-STAR jumped a tier or two following all of the recent changes.

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When is Apex Legends Season 7? New Legend Horizon, weapon leaks

Published: 15/Oct/2020 18:00 Updated: 15/Oct/2020 18:59

by Isaac McIntyre

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Apex Legends Season 7 is now fast becoming a reality, as Respawn prepares for the second anniversary of their mega-popular battle royale. Here’s everything we know so far, including a potential new map, the upcoming Legend, and more.

There was plenty of new content added in Apex Legends Season 6, but now that we have had the chance to experience the new Rampart, the Volt SMG, the World’s Edge update, and more, eyes will, as per usual, turn towards the next season again.

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Season 7 certainly seems like it’s set up to be a banger too. Fans could finally head to a third battle royale map, if teasers are correct, and the new Legend has officially been revealed by Respawn as well.

Without further ado, here’s everything we know about Apex Legends Season 7, from the new guns, to Legends, maps, and when the update is expected to arrive.

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Horizon is expected to be the new Legends for Season 7.

When is Apex Legends Season 7?

Season 7 of Apex Legends will begin on Thursday, November 10. This seasonal start-date is based on the Season 6 battle pass duration, which is already set to expire on the same day. Season 6 rewards will also be unavailable after this date.

That means this season will run for 85 days, or around three months. That is the usual length for Apex Legends seasons, super-long Season 4 notwithstanding. For the remainder of the season, there are still a handful of LTMs and events left to be added.

After the developers pushed Season 6’s launch date back a week, many fans were concerned that it may affect the following seasons too. However, as of now, there has not been any mention of a delay from Respawn devs in the run-up to Season 7.

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Who is the Season 7 legend?

There were plenty of leaks regarding possible legends for Season 7 in recent months, with all signs initially pointing to the rumored character “Nova” making an entrance in Apex Legends.

However, Respawn have now confirmed Horizon will arrive in November, after releasing a teaser of the new character in Firing Range.

Horizon greeted players with a new set of challenges, but little is known about the mysterious Scottish legend, other than the fact she has a drone called “Newt.”

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Apex leaker shrugtal has since revealed an early look at what Horizon’s abilities could like, although Respawn has yet to give any clues about her playstyle.

New Weapon in Apex Legends Season 7?

The biggest frontrunner for the Season 7 gun is the newly-discovered “Predator” machinegun found in the code after the August 18 update. At the moment it’s just string codes, so there’s nothing we can show you, unfortunately.

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We do know it’s going to be a big gun though. The code references “shell drops,” which could mean it’s similar to Rampart’s new Sheila mounted turret. There are also references to “second shots,” meaning it could have two modes of fire.

Eagle-eyed Apex Legends fans also spotted a strange composite bow in one of the early S6 trailers too. The odd bow was seen again in an official image shared by Respawn, which has since been deleted by the developers.

This compound bow could be the next Season 7 weapon, and would certainly be exciting if it was. Apex Legends has yet to add any truly out-of-the-box guns or weapons to its arsenal. We think a combat bow would be pretty damn cool!

Will there be a new map in Season 7?

There are two options Respawn may have for a potential Season 7 map to add to the battle royale’s battlefield picks alongside Kings Canyon and World’s Edge in November.

The first is city-scape “Olympus,” which has been regularly teased in the title since the start of Season 4’s promos. The other is the newly-discovered “Tropic Island,” which appeared in the code after an update on August 18.

If we had to tip one, it would definitely be Olympus. The city on Psamathe has been mentioned far too many times for it to be a simple easter egg for Titanfall 2 fans. We have to end up there, one way or another.

Respawn has yet to officially comment on anything regarding Olympus. That means players only have the hints laced into the lore to go off. That said, when you combine the teasers — which the devs love to make use of ⁠— it does add up.

Titanfall 2 multiplayer map Angel City on Psamanthe.
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Apex Legends could be moving to Olympus on Psamathe in Season 7.

How much will the Season 7 battle pass cost?

The battle passes for all previous Apex Legends seasons have cost 950 Apex Coins. You’ll probably be able to pick up 1,000 from the store for $9.99/£7.99 in the seventh season too.

You can keep hold of the free currency claimed through Season 6’s battle pass progression and use that too, if you haven’t already spent that on other Apex store goodies.

You can also pick up the new Champion Edition when Season 7 starts, which will include exclusive Legendary skins, plus unlock every post-launch Legends (including Horizon).


So, while not everything has been announced just yet, there’s all that we know about Apex Legends Season 7 so far. We’ll keep this article updated as new leaks emerge and Respawn drops more hints and news throughout season six.