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Apex Legends 1.71 update patch notes: Arenas abandonment penalty, pride badges, more

Respawn Entertainment has fixed the Arenas mode, as well as introduced other changes to Apex Legends in the 1.71 update patch notes.

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Apex Legends 1.71 update patch notes

The Apex Legends 1.71 update has finally fixed some of the issues in the Nintendo Switch version of the game and re-enabled Arenas leavers penalties. Here’s everything included in this new patch.

Respawn Entertainment often brings various updates to Apex Legends to make the game feel fresh. These tend to include new weapons, characters, and various bug fixes in the update patch notes.

The 1.71 update re-enables abandonment penalties for those who leave games early in Arenas. Respawn is also celebrating Pride Month by adding Pride badges that you can wear in the game.

Here’s everything in the update patch.

Apex Legends 1.71 update patch notes

Apex Legends Season 9 arenas

The Apex Legends update went live on June 3, 2021. This is a relatively small one, so there are no official patch notes for it. The developers have brought a few small additions to the battle royale.

The 1.71 update mainly focuses on fixing issues with the game’s Arenas mode and the Nintendo Switch console version of the battle royale. You can take a look at these changes in the tweet below.

Re-enabled Arenas abandonment penalty

The 3v3 Arenas mode was one of the most notable additions in the Legacy update, but there was an exploit that kept players that abandoned games from losing their win streaks, much to the chagrin of other players.

Respawn responded to this by introducing an abandonment penalty similar to the one “applied in Ranked BR games.” However, this was also applying to players that were accidentally disconnected from games due to a bug.

This came to the attention of the developers, who then made a few changes to the penalty system before re-enabling it in the 1.71 update. Now, leaver penalties can take up to 24 hours to activate.

Pride badges for players

Respawn Entertainment has decided to celebrate Pride Month with this new update by providing players with a neat-looking Pride badge. This will be available to you the next time you log in to the game.

Quite a few of the Legends are from the LGBT community. This includes Gibraltar, Loba, Bloodhound, Mirage, and Valkyrie.

So, this login reward has is a nice little addition that has been mostly well-received by Apex Legends players. Respawn also showed off a Bangalore banner with this badge on Twitter.

Pride badge and Bangalore banner in Apex Legends

Voice chat fix for Apex Legends on the Nintendo Switch

Two years after its subsequent release, Apex Legends finally made its debut on Nintendo’s dual-function system near the start of Season 9. However, it had a messy launch, with players labelling it as “unplayable” due to performance issues.

Some of the most prevalent issues on Nintendo Switch consoles were with the voice chat. Fortunately, the developers have issued a fix for this in the latest update, and this problem won’t persist from this point onwards.

Apex Legends on the Nintendo Switch

That covers everything that’s included in the 1.71 Apex Legends update. Hopefully, these changes will provide a more pleasant experience for players in the 3v3 Arenas mode, as well as to Switch users.

For more on Apex Legends, check out the best team comps for Ranked in Season 9 Legacy, and stay tuned to Charlie INTEL!

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Who is the most popular Apex Legends character? Season 14 pick rates

Apex Legends Season 14 is here, but which Legends are dominating Season 14 of Respawn’s battle royale so far?

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Season 14 of Apex Legends has tons of characters to choose from to enjoy its several maps. But who has the top Season 14 pick rates in Respawn Entertainment’s battle royale shooter?

Apex Legends hit the ground running when it launched with eight different characters to choose from in its battle royale offering. The game suffered a notable lull when Call of Duty: Warzone launched, but with many popular streamers such as NICKMERCS and Dr Disrespect continuing to support the game, Apex has grown expeditiously.

There are now a whopping 22 different Legends to choose from, giving players a headache before each game. With Season 14 now here, the new Legend Vantage has already knocked some fan-favorite characters out of the running.

Let’s see how the current roster’s pick rates are looking to give us an idea of the most popular Legends in Apex Legends Season 14.

Apex Legends Season 14 pick rate ranked list

This is our complete list of every character pick in Apex Legends, and we’ve ranked them in order to let you know which are favored.

Here is every Apex Legends pick rate in Season 14 ranked, as of August 12, 2022, according to Apex Legends Status:

  1. Vantage – 11.7%
  2. Octane – 10.1%
  3. Wraith – 9.3%
  4. Bloodhound – 7.8%
  5. Pathfinder – 7.8%
  6. Valkyrie – 6.8%
  7. Horizon – 5.5%
  8. Bangalore – 4.5%
  9. Lifeline – 4.3%
  10. Seer – 3.9%
  11. Loba – 3.5%
  12. Fuse – 3%
  13. Ash – 3%
  14. Mirage – 2.6%
  15. Mad Maggie – 2.6%
  16. Newcastle – 2.3%
  17. Caustic – 2.3%
  18. Revenant – 2.2%
  19. Wattson – 1.9%
  20. Gibraltar – 1.9%
  21. Rampart – 1.6%
  22. Crypto – 1.3%

Most picked Legends in Apex Legends Season 14

5. Pathfinder – 7.8%

pathfinder giving a thumbs up in apex legends

Pathfinder has consistently been one of Apex Legends’ top five picks at 7.8%, and counting, for quite some time now.

As a Recon class, Pathfinder simply excels in movements and traversing the game’s various maps. His Grappling Hook and Zipline Gun are simply invaluable assets that will help any team in a pinch – either because of the circle or a third-party situation. He consistently manages to stay in the top 5 as a result.

4. Bloodhound – 7.8%

apex legends bloodhound character

Again, with the influx of new Apex Legends players, Bloodhound is a great character to use for new players in Season 14.

Bloodhound nearly always stays in and around the 8-11% mark the seasons go on, and they have dropped slightly to 7.8%. Don’t let that put you off though, as they are easily the top Recon class to use in Apex Legends, thanks to their tracking tools and incredible skills, plus, their Beast of the Hunt Ultimate is priceless.

3. Wraith – 9.3%

apex legends wraith character

Another starting Legend, Wraith has been a consistent pick throughout Apex Legends’ lifetime, and she has taken the number three with a 9.3% pick rate in Season 14.

Wraith’s stand-out features are her ability to get out of trouble very quickly – teammates included. Her abilities allow her to sense danger, become temporarily invulnerable, and create portals to escape predicaments. It’s easy to see why Wraith continues to be an absolute fan favorite in Apex Legends Season 14.

2. Octane – 10.1%

apex legends octane character

With a 10.1% pick rate, the speed demon has been dropped to the number two spot but continues his reign as one of the most popular Legends in Season 14, fluctuating between the top two places.

Aside from his amusing quips, he is the perfect balance of offense and defense. Despite being regarded as an offensive Legend, Octane can greatly increase his sprint speed which is useful for both attack and running away.

But most Octane users thrive on his Launch Pad Ultimate which can send him, and friendly players, high up into the air.

1. Vantage – 11.7% – Most picked Legend in Apex Legends Season 14

Vantage and Echo in Apex Legends

Of course, it’s the brand-new Legend Vantage that takes the top spot in Apex Legends Season 14. With an 11.7% pick rate, Vantage has stolen the show from other top Legends such as Octane and Valkyrie.

Vantage’s incredible popularity is probably due to her being new, but she’s not to be trifled with either. Her Sniper Rifle is an incredibly strong weapon, she’s able to wall run, and has a direct counter to Mirage.

How her pick rate will change throughout Season 14 remains to be seen, but she’s well-worth using on the overhauled Kings Canyon.


That covers all the picks in Apex Legends Season 14. As always, buffs and nerfs will come and go throughout the season, altering the game’s meta, and subsequently, Legend pick rates.

We’ll be sure to keep this updated regularly so you can stay on top of the in picks and don’t forget to check out why Mad Maggie has climbed up the rankings this season.

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Dr Disrespect explains why Apex Legends isn’t close to dying out

Top streamer Dr Disrespect had high praise for Apex Legends and its devs, explaining why it won’t “die out” any time soon.

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Apex Legends has been going strong since its launch in 2019 and even hit its highest Steam player count yet with Season 14. Top streamer Dr Disrespect weighed in on its longevity, believing that it won’t “die out” any time soon.

Apex Legends hit its 14th season in August 2022, bringing a brand-new Legend, increasing the level cap, and overhauling the original Kings Canyon map. With the game reaching its highest Steam player count yet and Season 15 arriving later this year, Apex is showing no signs of slowing down.

Alongside developing his own game, top streamer Guy ‘Dr Disrespect’ Beahm keeps coming back to Apex Legends, and has explained why he doesn’t believe it’ll die out.

Doc returned to Apex to try out Vantage and all of the other Season 14 changes, and a member of the Champions Club donated and asked Doc if Apex Legends “will die out soon,” and he immediately responded: “absolutely not.”

“They’re tapped in and they have a great developer group working on the game,” he explained. “The game’s constantly evolving and it’s literally, probably the most competitive battle royale out there — I mean it has to be. Not even close.”

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Both Warzone and Fortnite have competitive scenes, with the World Series of Warzone 2022 kicking off on August 15. But the grind for Apex Predator is always a big event for competitive players and Apex streamers alike whenever there’s a new split.

Dr Disrespect then considered whether Apex Legends is “fun to watch,” and he concluded that viewers who don’t play typically won’t watch it, but those who are invested in the game will always be tuning in.

Will Warzone 2 and a potential ranked mode be able to knock Apex Legends off its pedestal? We’ll need to wait and see when it releases later this year.

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Apex Legends players frustrated that Mirage’s abilities are “useless” against Vantage

Mirage players are frustrated that Vantage’s abilities make the Legend “useless” in Apex Legends Season 14.

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Mirage in Apex Legends

Apex Legends Season 14 introduced the new Legend Vantage, and players feel that she’s making Mirage’s abilities feel completely “useless” in combat.

Every character in Apex Legends has their own unique set of abilities that are useful in different situations, and Mirage can help you make a quick getaway from overwhelming enemy opposition.

He is able to deploy decoys that will distract your enemies, giving you time to reposition yourself. However, the new Season 14 Legend Vantage has the perfect counter for that, and Mirage mains are extremely frustrated about this new development.

Reddit user ‘PRIYANSHUC15’ shared a clip in the Apex Legends subreddit, and it showed them using Vantage’s Spotter’s Lens and Sniper’s Mark abilities to spot the real Mirage among the decoys.

This irritated the Redditor, who then claimed that Mirage’s abilities are “useless” after Vantage’s arrival. Other players in the thread agreed with this sentiment and expressed their frustration.

Many of the comments explain that it’s pointless to leave out decoys if enemy players have the ability to instantly find the real one. As a result, Vantage’s arrival may make things unbalanced.

One user stated: “As a Mirage main we’re very used to getting shafted to high hell every season so this is nothing new.”

A few players suggested that Vantage being able to spot the real Mirage might be the result of a bizarre glitch. One of the players claimed that they dropped into the game earlier and their passive only scanned the Mirage decoys.

However, another player replied: “It tells you it’s a decoy though so it scans the target and shows it’s a fake”. They then added that it was probably an intentional feature meant to nerf Mirage in the new season.

At the time of writing, it remains to be seen if Respawn Entertainment will respond to these complaints by either buffing Mirage’s ability set or nerfing Vantage. We’ll be sure to let you know if there are any new changes implemented.


For more Apex Legends content, check out this Firing Range change players want after the Season 14 update and why players feel that Mad Maggie is “too good not to use” after her Season 14 buffs.

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