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Apex Legends: Binging with Babish takes on Mirage’s “unpalatable” recipe

Published: 30/Oct/2019 1:10 Updated: 30/Oct/2019 1:51

by Alan Bernal

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YouTube cooking star Andrew Rea, known for his show ‘Binging with Babish,’ jumped into Apex Legends’ recipe for Mirage’s glazed pork chops – which didn’t start out too well.

Babish experienced a meteoric rise through the saturated YouTube cooking content market after launching his film-and-TV-inspired recipe videos in 2016. Since then he’s been one of the most successful content creators on the site by mixing pop culture, humor, and easy-to-follow instructional videos to great effect.

Though since his rise to fame, the YouTuber has been exploring recipes from his other passions in entertainment which covers video games and Respawn Entertainment’s mega-popular battle royale.

Apex Legends recipe in real life

In his October 29 video, Babish took on Mirage’s recipe for glazed pork chops which was “sneakily included in one of the game’s loading screens.”

Like many of his recreations, Babish starts out with a dish that’s true to the source material before giving his spin on the plate in hopes of improving it.

Though he found the first version of the recipe suspect since it required “15 grams of ground cloves.” He marched on to eventually tasting Mirage’s “unpalatable” dish which needed major upgrades.

Fortunately, Senior Writer at Respawn Entertainment Manny Hagopian had a “confession” about the original recipe.

“Confession: Mirage gave me this recipe in a dream,” Hagopian said. “But I screwed up [conversions] to metrics on the first run – thanks for the redemption call out [Babish]!”

With revised recipe in hand, the second run went much better – seeing as the YouTuber was actually able to swallow a bite and even complimenting the flavor combinations. But improvements could still be made.

To start, Babish made a sweet potato puree to accompany the pork chops, along with the peppery-pineapple blended sauce for glazing.

After taking the piece of air-sealed meat out of its sous vide bath and preparing it with the glaze and puree, the 32-year-old cooking star was astounded with how the dish turned out.

Binging with Babish YouTubeThe third iteration of the recipe looked a lot better after Babish gave his twist to the dish.

“Somebody better call Ugly Delicious, because this [dish looks] ugly but oh my god it is delicious,” Babish said. “It ranks among, maybe, in the top 5 dishes I’ve ever made.”

With a few improvements, it looks like Babish was able to make a great dish from the Apex Legends recipe.

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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.”

Wattson Apex Legends screenshot
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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!