The Hammerpoint is a hop-up for the Mozambique in Apex Legends, and Respawn made the decision to vault it for the upcoming Season 9. Now, one of the devs has explained the reason behind this decision.
Respawn Entertainment have a ton of content planned for Apex Legends Season 9 when it goes live on May 4. This includes the new Legend Valkyrie, and a permanent 3v3 game mode mode called Arenas.
The game will also get two new hop-ups, Shatter Caps and Deadeye’s Tempo. However, the devs will vault the Hammerpoint hop-up in the new season, which has led to many questions from fans. Now, Respawn have addressed this change.
Respawn’s decision to vault the Hammerpoint in Season 9 caused a ton of questions to pop up from the Apex Legends community. One of the developers took to Reddit to explain that this is because they’re buffing Mozambique in Season 9.
They decided that they wanted to avoid making the Mozambique “overpowered” by keeping the Hammerpoint in-game. Another reason was that they wanted to make room for the new Bocek Bow hop-ups.
“Long story short, because of buffing the base weapons, we would have to nerf the hop-up’s power so it wasn’t OP… the hop-up only really works as a high-risk high reward item, so it just didn’t work well anymore,” said the dev.
The Hammerpoint Rounds hop-up work increases the damage that the Mozambique can deal against unshielded enemies in Apex Legends. This helps make the weapon ideal for close-range engagements.
While the Mozambique will not be as effective without the hop-ups, hopefully, the new buffs they have planned will make the gun more formidable in the long run.
The devs have made it clear that they’re open to exploring some changes for the Hammerpoint in the future, so we might see it return in a future season.
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Apex Legends leak drops major hint at game’s next Heirloom
An Apex Legends leak has revealed new details about the upcoming Season 14’s release, including a major hint about the next Heirloom that may arrive in the game.
Now, some new leaks have reportedly revealed information about the next Collection Event in the game, including potential details about the next Heirloom that will be added for players to unlock.
Apex Legends data miner ‘SenosApex’ on Twitter claims to have discovered new Legend and weapon skins that will be featured in a Season 14 Collection Event with the codename ‘HunterPredator.’
They then tweeted screenshots revealing rarity skins for the Legends Fuse, Gibraltar, and Revenant as well epic weapon skins for the CAR SMG, Hemlock, and Wingman in Apex Legends Season 14.
Collection Events bring new Heirlooms to the game, and the leaker added that they had found code for the next Heirloom. They tweeted: “I believe this is the Collection Event for the xxxx Heirloom.”
This has caused speculation among fans about exactly which character will receive an Heirloom when Apex Legends Season 14. It’s possible that the developers will finally add one for Loba in the Collection Event.
Twitter user Psamatheh claims that notable Apex Legends leaker ‘Ezra_RC’ has hinted at the arrival of a decorative folding fan heirloom. However, since these are just leaks, we recommend taking this information with a grain of salt.
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Who is the most popular Apex Legends character? Season 13 pick rates
Apex Legends Season 13 is well underway, but who has dominated the pick rates for Season 13 of Respawn’s battle royale so far?
Season 13 of Apex Legends has tons of characters to choose from to enjoy its several maps. But who has the top Season 13 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 21 different Legends to choose from, giving players a headache before each game. With Season 14 on the horizon, players are set to gain yet another Legend in Vantage, making the decision even harder.
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 13 before the new Legend arrives to shake it up.
Apex Legends Season 13 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 13 ranked, as of August 5, 2022, according to Apex Legends Status:
- Octane – 11.3%
- Wraith – 10.1%
- Valkyrie – 9.5%
- Pathfinder – 8.6%
- Bloodhound – 8.5%
- Horizon – 6.1%
- Bangalore – 5.4%
- Lifeline – 4.8%
- Seer – 4.4%
- Loba – 3.8%
- Fuse – 3.6%
- Ash – 3.2%
- Mirage – 3%
- Caustic – 2.9%
- Wattson – 2.6%
- Revenant – 2.6%
- Gibraltar – 2.5%
- Rampart – 2%
- Mad Maggie – 1.8%
- Crypto – 1.6%
- Newcastle – 1.6%
Most picked Legends in Apex Legends Season 13
5. Bloodhound – 8.5%
Again, with the influx of new Apex Legends players, Bloodhound is a great character to use for new players in Season 13.
Bloodhound nearly always stays in and around the 8-11% mark as a season goes on, and they currently stand at 8.5%. 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.
4. Pathfinder – 8.6%
Pathfinder has consistently been one of Apex Legends’ top five picks at 8.6%, 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.
3. Valkyrie – 9.5%
Despite false nerf rumors, Valkyrie is the third most popular Legend for Season 13 with a 9.5% pick rate. The movement Queen’s Jetpack Passive allows players to escape any kind of situation, which is crucial to surviving.
As well as her Passive, her Skyward Dive Ultimate is also great for mobility. This ability is the best rotational tool in all of Apex Legends, as it allows her and the team to relocate from a bad position or situation, into a good one.
Lastly, Valkyrie’s Tactical is also extremely useful for being aggressive and getting enemies out of camping spots, so long as you have enough room above you to launch the Missile Swarm.
2. Wraith – 10.1%
Another starting Legend, Wraith has been a consistent pick throughout Apex Legends’ lifetime, and she has taken the number two spot with a 10.1% pick rate in Season 13.
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 13.
1. Octane – 11.3% – Most picked Legend in Apex Legends Season 13
With an 11.3% pick rate, the speed demon takes the number one spot again, continuing his reign as one of the most popular Legends in Season 13, 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.
That covers all the picks in Apex Legends Season 13. 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 our guide on the best Legends to choose in Season 13.
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Apex Legends Charge Rifle set for nerf — but not in Season 14
Apex Legends Season 14 will see a variety of buffs and nerfs, but it seems the Charge Rifle is not a priority for the devs.
The Apex Legends devs have revealed information regarding the Charge Rifle, which is set for a nerf, but not in Season 14.
Apex Legends Season 14 is set to bring a variety of changes to the game, including various buffs and nerfs to weapons and Legends. This has players excited, with Apex pro ImperialHal even feeling like Season 14 will be “broken” but in a good way.
While the long-range playstyle of Vantage gave the devs some fears, during a press event, Senior Game Designer Eric Canavese also touched on the Charge Rifle and its strength, mentioning that nerfs for the weapon are in the works.
According to The Loadout, Canavese said that there are “no plans to do anything about the Charge Rifle in Season 14.”
Eric Canavese also made it clear that the developers are looking at the Charge Rifle and keeping tabs on its strength:
“We understand some of the issues with the Charge Rifle… We know how it spikes a bit differently… So, we are thinking about it, we’re working on it, but we have nothing to announce and no plans we can talk about at the moment.”
Clearly, there are no Charge Rifle changes coming in Season 14, but it does seem like it’s on the developer’s radar, as Eric states they are “working on it.”
Perhaps the introduction of Vantage will be the breaking point for the Charge Rifle, as her Passive is greatly beneficial when using Snipers, so we may see it used more.
Only time will tell, but for now, check out why NICKMERCS wants Call of Duty: Warzone to copy Apex Legends.
Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment
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