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Apex Legends dev details Olympus changes & Icarus POI for Season 9: Legacy update

Apex Legends developers have released a blog featuring details on the new POI and some smaller map changes coming in Legacy.

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As we edge closer to the Apex Legends Legacy update, Respawn Entertainment’s lead level designer provided fans a more detailed look into Infested Olympus and the new POI, Icarus.

Respawn Entertainment has been pumping out news around Apex Legends recently, with the official gameplay reveal of the new season, Legacy.

On top of a whole new mode, weapon, and Legend, Apex Legends has also just released a walkthrough of all the changes coming to Olympus in Apex Legends: Legacy.

Apex Legends Legacy Icarus

Apex Legends: Legacy is set to be the biggest season released by Respawn Entertainment since its launch back in 2019. Legacy isn’t just bringing meta changes, a new Legend, and the Arena mode, it is also bringing a huge change to Olympus with Icarus.

Last week players saw ships in the sky on Olympus, teasing what’s to come in Legacy. Apex Legends developer Dave Osei has officially revealed the details behind these invading ships and how they will be changing Olympus.

Dave Osei starts by stating their goals for Olympus in Legacy, and how they wanted to change it for the better: “we knew Olympus launched with fewer points of interest (POIs) than our previous maps, so we wanted to tackle that first and lay the seeds for future content.”

This is also something that we saw with World’s Edge, as after its introduction in Season 3, we saw a huge amount of updates to the map, adding numerous POIs and content through the following seasons.

Apex Legends Legacy: Icarus POI

The Icarus POI will be located between Bonsai Plaza, Solar Array, and Orbital Cannon, replacing the unnamed smaller buildings the developers are calling “Crossroads.”

This location is currently a bit of an odd spot, as it almost acts as a stop-off point in between the surrounding locations, sometimes spawning a beacon for survey characters to scan.

The Apex Legends developer doesn’t fully explain why they chose this location specifically, however, it seems they may have felt Crossroads had too many long lines of sight to multiple locations.

The Icarus will block most of these lines of sight, perhaps reducing the number of third parties in the area, although players will still be able to take advantage of the height outside of Bonsai Plaza.

Apex Legends Legacy bridge Keycard

The Icarus will house an abundance of loot, with “four large rooms” full of items. On top of this, the Icarus will also feature a locked room at the front of the ship filled with high-tier loot much like the vaults in World’s edge.

To access this room players must find the “Bridge Keycard”, which will spawn randomly on one of the leftover scientist’s bodies aboard the Icarus.

Inside this room, players will also be able to gain a great vantage point over Solar Array, allowing squads to plan their rotation effectively. Dave Osei does warn players that the keycard can be stolen from your deathbox, so be wary of ambushes.

Smaller changes to Olympus

Dave Osei also went through some of the smaller changes they decided to implement for Olympus in the Legacy update, including the removal of certain redeploy balloons.

The devs feel as if the Trident, Olympus’ exclusive vehicle, is a powerful rotation tool allowing them to remove some of the redeploy beacons in an attempt to reduce third parties.

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The redeploy beacon outside of Gardens has been removed as David describes it as “too powerful of a rotation option with few drawbacks,” allowing players to drop on unsuspecting enemies in multiple locations.

The other balloon to get removed is the one outside of Orbital Cannon, which is in light of the new POI Icarus, as it has increased its potential in terms of rotating to a third party. This balloon was considered fine when the map still had Crossroads in it, but since the Infested Olympus change the devs wanted to get players focussing on the two Tridents located there rather than the redeploy balloon.

Lastly, the redeploy balloons at Solar Array and Energy Depot have been reduced in height to again reduce third-partying and increase intentional rotations.

For more on Apex Legends Legacy update, stay tuned on Charlie INTEL and check out our article on the Season 8 ranked rewards and split dates for Legacy.

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Who is the most popular Apex Legends character? Season 10 pick rates

Apex Legends Season 10 is well into its stride, but who has dominated the pick rates for Season 10 of Respawn’s battle royale?

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Season 10 is one of Apex Legends’ biggest ever seasons, and it’s welcomed the popular character Seer. But who has the highest pick rates in Season 10 of Respawn Entertainment’s battle royale shooter?

Apex Legends hit the ground running when it launched with eight different characters to choose from in its rival battle royale offering. The game suffered a notable lull when Call of Duty: Warzone launched, but with many players now jumping ship to Respawn’s game, Apex Legends Season 10 is arguably its biggest ever!

There are now a whopping 18 different Legends to choose from, giving players a headache before each game. The newest one is Seer, and after a dominating start to Season 10, the 1.78 update has seen him receive a significant nerf. This has completely changed the game’s pick rates and made the Season 10 meta open again.

Between the Arenas mode and Ranked Leagues to compete in, thousands of matches have already been logged in Season 10, and we will break down and find the Legends with the highest pick rates in Season 10.

Apex Legends Season 10 pick rate ranked list

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

Here is every Apex Legends pick rate in Season 10 ranked, as of September 24, 2021, according to Apex Legends Status:

  1. Octane – 14.6%
  2. Wraith – 11.4%
  3. Pathfinder – 9.9%
  4. Bloodhound – 9.1%
  5. Lifeline – 8.4%
  6. Valkyrie – 5.2%
  7. Bangalore – 5.1%
  8. Horizon – 4.6%
  9. Seer – 4.4%
  10. Rampart – 4.3%
  11. Loba – 4.2%
  12. Fuse – 3.7%
  13. Caustic – 3.5%
  14. Mirage – 3.2%
  15. Gibraltar – 2.7%
  16. Revenant – 2.6%
  17. Wattson – 1.6%
  18. Crypto – 1.6%

Best Apex Legends pick rates in Season 10

5. Lifeline – 8.4%

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Just clocking in at the number five spot is Lifeline. Everyone’s favorite healer takes up 8.4% of the Apex Legends’ picks, and for good reason too.

One of the big things that separates Apex Legends from other battle royale games is its lenience towards reviving – specifically Knockdown Shields. It provides lots of time to revive teammates and Lifeline can take advantage of this.

Her Drone of Compassion (or D.O.C) abilities can heal players over time and even revive them without needing Lifeline to do it. Her Care Package Ultimate is a bit weak, but overall, she is a great addition to any team.

4. Bloodhound – 9.1%

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Again, with the influx of new Apex Legends players, Bloodhound is a great character to use for new players in Season 10.

With nearly a 12% pick rate at the beginning of Season 9, Bloodhound has dipped a bit to 9.1% but still remains the third-most picked Legend. Their pick rate is rising slowly thanks to the alterations to Seer, meaning that Bloodhound is the top Recon class to use in Apex Legends.

Their tracking tools and skills are incredible, and the fleet of foot provided by their Beast of the Hunt Ultimate is priceless.

3. Pathfinder – 9.9%

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A beneficiary of the Seer nerfs, Pathfinder has become a part of Apex Legends’ top five picks at 9.9% and counting.

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.

2. Wraith – 11.4%

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Another starting legend, Wraith possessed a very high pick rate of nearly 14% during Season 9 and is still currently well-selected backed at 11.4%.

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 10.

1. Octane – 14.6%

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The king is back on his throne as the game’s number one pick. Although his pick rate isn’t quite in the 20% region like in Season 9, his still undisputedly the primary selection, and rising, at 14.6%.

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.

You can use this to sneak attack players, reach high-up spots for beacons, escape battles, or use it as a way to get back into the playing zone.


That covers all the picks in Apex Legends Season 10. As always, buffs and nerfs will come and go throughout the season, affecting 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 our tier list of every Apex Legends weapon. Also, read about the potential incomings in Apex Legends Season 11.

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Apex Legends Mobile Beta Team Deathmatch mode might be coming to console & PC

Apex Legends new Team Deathmatch mode in the Mobile Beta could also be seen in the console and PC version according to leaks.

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The latest updates to the Apex Legends Mobile Beta have brought a new 6v6 Team Deathmatch mode, which some players are suggesting will also release on PC and console in the future.

Apex Legends Mobile Beta was released for even more regions on September 24, allowing those who registered to enjoy early access to the battle royales mobile port.

The extension to more regions also brought some new features for the game, such as an upgrade system for Legends and a new Team Deathmatch mode.

The new Team Deathmatch mode may be seen in the PC and Console versions of the game in the future according to code found by dataminers, which may not arrive in Season 10, but rather sometime down the line.

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Recent leaks surrounding Apex Legends have revealed various future content such as Wattson’s Heirloom, a new map for Season 11, and an interesting new Legend that was found in the code.

Although the console and PC versions of Apex Legends have suffered since the Evolution Collection Event, with a recent update supposedly fixing all the server issues, the game’s Mobile version is developing nicely.

As well as being able to play the standard battle royale mode and Arenas on Apex Legends mobile, players will now also be able to hop into a Team Deathmatch mode.

The mode features two teams of six, spawning into similar-sized maps as Arenas, with Artillery being the current map available to the mode.

If you’re lucky enough to be participating in the Mobile Beta, you will be able to play this exclusive mode. However, dataminers may have uncovered code that suggests its arrival on PC and console in the future.

Thordan Smash‘s YouTube video regarding Team Deathmatch coming to Apex Legends features Shrugtal, a popular dataminer who has found code suggesting there will indeed be a team-based game mode arriving in the future.

This team-based game mode could either be Team Deathmatch or what Shrugtal is calling “Control,” a point-based mode similar to that of Domination in Call of Duty.

Further, Thordan also featured an interview with someone he claims works for EA, where the employee confirms that there will be a variety of team-based modes coming to Apex Legends in the future: “there will be a bunch of other modes, like capture the flag…or the bomb one.”

These rumors and leaks seem more viable now that the mobile version of Apex Legends has a Team Deathmatch mode in its Closed Beta.

However, it could be a while until we see these modes on PC and console, and they may also be slightly different from the 6v6 Team Deathmatch on mobile.

That’s all for Apex Legends Mobile’s Team Deathmatch mode possibly coming to console and PC. For more, check out everything you need to know about the Apex Legends Halloween Event.

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Every Apex Legends Mobile Beta region

The Apex Legends Mobile Beta is live in multiple regions after its initial release in India, here’s all the current areas it’s available in.

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The Apex Legends Mobile Beta is now live in various regions, if you’re interested in getting involved and trying out the mobile version of the battle royale, here are all the details you need to know.

Apex Legends Season 10 has added a heap of new content since its launch, and meanwhile, Respawn Entertainment has also been hard at work developing Apex Legends for mobile gamers.

The mobile beta was originally only available in India. However, as of September 24, the Closed Beta became available for those registered in Mexico, Colombia, and Peru. The beta has also been announced for even more regions in the future, so let’s get into it.

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Apex Legends has made its mark in the battle royale genre and is considered one of the best purely because of its gameplay, great developer communication, and constant updates.

The latest update saw many changes in the patch notes. However, Apex Legends on console and PC isn’t the only thing the developers have focused on, as the mobile version will be released by the end of 2021.

Apex Legends Mobile beta regions

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The Apex Legends Mobile Beta is currently available in five regions for those who registered through the Google Play store to experience the battle royale on Android. Here are all the regions it is currently available in:

  • India
  • the Philippines
  • Mexico
  • Colombia
  • Peru

There are currently only a few Legends available in the beta, with maybe more releasing when the game officially launches. The beta will also feature mobile-exclusive maps and even the new 3v3 Arenas mode.

It seems to have been a success, with the beta now coming on October 6 for Turkey and Egypt.

Be sure to register as soon as possible, as if you miss it or were too late and don’t receive an email from EA. Unfortunately, this is a Closed Beta, and you will not participate.

However, having said that, Apex Legends Mobile is set to be released by the end of this year, and the beta is becoming available in more regions as long as things go smoothly.

If you’re interested in participating in the beta, or even when the full game releases, you can stay updated about the Apex Legends Mobile version through this page.

For more on Apex Legends, stay tuned on Charlie INTEL and check out our recent article on the most popular Legends in Season 10.

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