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Why Revenant’s buffs could make him high tier in Apex Legends

Published: 11/Apr/2020 22:56

by Albert Petrosyan

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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.

Respawn EntertainmentDespite all the anticipation, Revenant quickly proved to be a flop in the early days of Apex Legends Season 4.

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.

Respawn EntertainmentRevenant’s Death Totem Ultimate ability is a lot more usable now following the Apex Legends Old Ways Event update.

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.

Respawn Entertainment.Revenant’s Silence Tactical ability can now cause twice the havoc following the Apex Legends Old Ways Event update.

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.

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What does Branthium mean in Apex Legends? Horizon & Ash Season 7 teasers

Published: 24/Oct/2020 17:35 Updated: 24/Oct/2020 18:06

by Calum Patterson

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Amid all the teasers for Apex Legends Season 7, one word has been on the lips of a number of characters: Branthium. But, what is this? A location, material, or something else entirely? Here, we’ll put together all the clues to get to the bottom of this mystery.

The first time we heard the word Branthium in Apex Legends, it came from Ash, at the end of the Season 5 Broken Ghost quest.

Ash is the villain from Titanfall 2, who was recruited by Kuben Blisk, before she “died” at the hands of Jack Cooper, was put back together again, her memory wiped, and then her head split into parts and spread throughout Kings Canyon.

Once the Legends put her head back together, she spoke to them, and, as part of an unintelligible message, said: “all roads lead to Branthium.”

Ash saying Branthium in Apex Legends
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Ash was the first time we heard ‘Branthium’ in Apex Legends.

What is Branthium in Apex Legends?

After the mention from Ash, in the first Twitter teaser for Season 7, Horizon (expected to be the next playable Legend), repeated the word “Branthium” in among all the static.

It later became clear that Horizon was repeating what Ash said – or, perhaps Ash was repeating Horizon.

Is Branthium a place?

The saying, “all roads lead to Branthium”, is undoubtedly a play on the common phrase “all roads lead to Rome.” Typically, this saying refers to “all paths or activities lead to the center of things” – it comes from Ancient Rome in the literal sense, when all roads started from the capital city.

So, at first, most theories believed Branthium was a place, possibly related to the planet Psamathe and its city, Olympus. Ash finished her monologue by saying “Welcome to Olympus.”

But, a spanner was thrown in the works of this theory by Horizon. In the latest Twitter teaser, Horizon says: “Just got to figure out how he can fuse the Branthium (or Brantium?) without critical mass.”

So, is Branthium actually some kind of element, or fuel, or material? This remains unclear, but it wouldn’t make sense for Ash (and Horizon) to say “All roads lead to Branthium,” if it was simply some kind of element.

This theory could line up though with the involvement of Hammon Robotics. The Planet Harvester which launched in Season 4 is being used by Hammond “to gather precious metals from the core of the planet for reasons unknown.” Is this metal Branthium/Brantium?

Perhaps, Branthium is both a place and an element, with the latter named after the former. Brantium could be a metal discovered on the planet Branthium? For now, we simply don’t know, but we’ll keep this post updated as more teasers emerge about this mysterious word, and what it could mean.

Season 7 is set to start on November 4 – a week earlier than initially planned – so we should learn a lot more then.