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Why the Peacekeeper needs to be nerfed in Apex Legends

Published: 17/Nov/2019 11:49 Updated: 22/Nov/2019 22:01

by Andy Williams

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Apex Legends’ Peacekeeper shotgun is one of the more powerful weapons in the game. After Patch 3.1 it received an unwarranted buff, leading to some calling for the weapon to be nerfed.

Apex Legends Season 3 has been a big hit among fans. With the injection of a new character and map, Meltdown brought a welcomed change of pace.

On top of Crypto and World’s Edge, Season 3 saw the introduction of the brand new Charge Rifle and a number of Hop-Ups. 

As you’d expect, new weapons and modification options brought with it a new meta to the battle royale. However, since the fuss surrounding the Charge Rifle has simmered down, its energy-based counterpart is having its time in the spotlight.

Respawn Entertainment.The Charge Rifle was dubbed to be the most overpowered weapon in the game, until it was eventually nerfed.

The Peacekeeper has sat proudly at the top of the shotgun podium since Apex Legends’ release. With its unprecedented value in close-quarters engagements, and its ability to be just as effective at long-range with the Precision Choke Hop-Up, players will often race to find the weapon early doors. 

Nonetheless, Patch 3.1 ushered in a shotgun update that affected each weapon within the class. As per the update, “all shotguns will have projectiles with a small amount of width,” meaning that shotguns suddenly become more accurate. 

Combine the aforementioned buff with the Precision Choke and you have got yourself a weapon that is equally destructive across all ranges. Apex Legends pro, Coby ‘dizzy’ Meadows, aptly exposes this in a video posted to his YouTube channel on November 9.

Moreover, it is not just pro players that are highlighting the new Peacekeeper meta. Multiple users have voiced their concerns on the Apex Legends subreddit, with some going to the liberty of uploading gameplay to prove their point.

Peacekeeper OP? from apexlegends

Since weapon balancing is such a pivotal part of Apex Legends, Respawn will be looking to incorporate the feedback of the community. 

Regardless, the current state of the Peacekeeper and its sheer dominance in-game has been accurately shown (albeit jestingly). The post – which received over 12k upvotes in less than 24 hours – shows the Peacekeeper with a sniper optic attached to underscore the issue.

bosstroller69 (Reddit).A fully loaded Peacekeeper is the new meta in Apex Legends.

Although the Peacekeeper is a current go-to for most in World’s Edge, the weapon’s ‘high risk, high reward’ mantra is still as prevalent as ever.

Due to the relatively slow fire rate, the shotgun relies largely on player accuracy in landing those hard-hitting shots. As such, a call for a nerf is somewhat balanced by the skill required to pull off the money shots.

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Apex Legends Holo-Day Bash 2020: Start date, skins, Winter Express LTM

Published: 1/Dec/2020 10:47 Updated: 1/Dec/2020 10:48

by Calum Patterson

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It’s almost that time of year again, and Apex Legends’ second holiday season is about to get into full swing. Holo-Day Bash is set to return for 2020, with all new skins, and a rerun of the Winter Express LTM.

To keep up with the yearly festivities, the first event of Apex Legends Season 7 will be holiday-themed – this we know thanks to some badges that have already confirmed the 2020 Holo-day bash ahead of an official announcement from Respawn.

The exact same thing happened with this year’s Fight or Fright event, for Halloween, which was also revealed early due to in-game badges that couldn’t be unlocked yet.

So, if you’re wondering when Holo-day Bash 2020 starts and ends, what kind of cosmetics will be available, and what mode to expect, here’s everything we know so far.

When is Holo-Day Bash 2020 in Apex Legends?

The Holo-Day bash will start on December 1, and run through until January 4.

Holo-Day Bash 2020 update time

The update is expected to go live at 10AM PT / 1PM ET / 6PM GMT. There’s no patch to come with it, so there won’t be any big downloads to worry about.

Holo-day bash 2020 badges
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Badges for Holo-Day Bash 2020 are already visible in Apex Legends.

Unlike last year though, this is not a Collection event. Instead, like Fight or Fright, Holo-Day Bash 2020 is just a Themed event. That means there won’t be a new Heirloom to unlock, whereas last year,  Pathfinder’s boxing gloves could be unlocked by completing the collection.

Apex Legends Holo-Day Bash 2020 trailer

On November 24, Respawn Entertainment revealed a brand new trailer for the event.

Holo-Day Bash 2020 skins

Just because it’s not a collection event though, doesn’t mean there won’t be new skins and cosmetics to get your hands on. The trailer showed off nine in total, from what we could see.

These skins will be available in bundles in the Item Shop from December 1, seen below.

Apex Legends Holo-Day Bash skins Apex Legends Holo-Day Bash skins Apex Legends Holo-Day Bash skins

There’s also an event prize tracker, which you will be able to complete through challenges.

Winter Express LTM

Speaking of challenges, you’ll want to complete these in the “new-and-improved” Winter Express LTM.

Winter Express LTM 2020
Screenshot via Biast12
Winter Express will return in the Holo-Day Bash 2020 event.

For those who didn’t play last year, Winter Express takes place on World’s Edge, with Mirage as the game announcer. The objective is to win control of the train over three rounds. And there’s no loot – instead, Legends are given preset loadouts.

On the event, they said in a blog post: “This year, when your squad respawns after a round has finished, you will spawn on your own supply ship as it follows the train. From here, your squad will be able to survey the battlefield and skydive into combat as the train arrives at its next station and the objective unlocks. The squad that won the previous round will respawn directly on the train.

“This year, when your squad respawns after a round has finished, you will spawn on your own supply ship as it follows the train. From here, your squad will be able to survey the battlefield and skydive into combat as the train arrives at its next station and the objective unlocks. The squad that won the previous round will respawn directly on the train.”

Respawn Hover Tanks

In the trailer, new Respawn Hover Tanks could also be seen, seen below.

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New Hover Tanks will be added in the seasonal event.

These will follow along with the train, and your team will respawn and jump from these back down into the action at the start of each round – unless you won the previous round, in which case, you’ll start on the train.