The recent buffs given to Revenant in the Apex Legends Old Ways Event update have the potential of turning the lesser-used character into a top-tier force.
Despite all of the hype and fanfare surrounding the introduction of Revenant at the start of Season 4, it didn't take Apex Legends players long to figure out that the Synthetic Nightmare was simply not worth using.
His abilities weren't really close to being on par with some of the other, more powerful characters, and his Death Totem Ultimate had the tendency to be more detrimental than beneficial to the team using it.
In response to this, Respawn Entertainment rolled out a bunch of buffs for the Legend as part of the recently-released Old Ways Event patch. In fact, looking back at the entire history of the game, it's hard to find an update that upgraded a single character as much as this one did for Revenant.
His Silence Tactical ability now has two charges instead of one, increased duration from 10 seconds to 20, and it disables Gibraltar's Gun Shield.
As for the Ultimate, the Death Totem now respawns players with 50 health instead of one. Last but certainly not least, he no longer has Low Profile, which means he functions the same as most other characters when it comes to getting hit by shots.
Even on paper there's no denying that these buffs are significant, but once you actually try Revenant in-game, you get to actually experience how viable he is now.
For one, the Death Totem upgrade means it can be used more strategically, such as intentionally downing yourself with an explosive so you can respawn at a more advantageous position. Yes, you do lose 50 points of health if you do this, but you still keep all your armor and can effectively teleport to bamboozle enemies.
The boosts given to Silence can't be overlooked either; the ability to throw two Silence grenades and have them last for 20 seconds each effectively doubles the chaos that you can cause, especially if Gibraltar is involved, as his Gun Shield can't be used if he's within the radius.
What may lowkey be the biggest buff is the removal of the Low Profile perk. Respawn nerfed the Passive by making limb shots do the same damage as body shots, and with so much of Revenant being his limbs, this can really cut down on the damage you take if enemies are shooting at you as opposed to if he still had the perk.
For a demonstration of how powerful and usable the character has become following these changes, popular Apex Legends YouTuber The Gaming Merchant put together some gameplay showcasing all of these upgrades in action.
While Revenant may still not be in the same class as the highest-tier meta Legends like Wraith and Pathfinder, there's no doubt that these buffs have moved him up several notches in Apex Legends.
Don't forget that he still has his Stalker Passive ability, which while not getting touched in the recent patch, is still very potent and now only further compliments the rest of his upgraded kit.
This means that players should expect to run into the Synthetic Nightmare more often now on World's Edge and Kings Canyon, and don't be surprised if the character finds a niche within the competitive meta as a wild card, especially if people start figuring out clever and creative ways of putting his boosted abilities to use.