A Senior Game Designer at Respawn Entertainment has responded to calls for a Mirage buff – but it’s not good news for Mirage mains. The dev explained that he is a Legend who is unlikely to ever be a top tier character in Apex Legends – and that is “fine.”
Mirage has been in Apex Legends since the game’s launch, but never rose to the top of the ranks, even after a total rework of his kit.
Despite boasting solid if unspectacular abilities, the Holographic Trickster has not been able to make a name for himself in the upper echelons of Apex Legends’ character pool.
Mirage was buffed in the Season 7 update, seeing his decoys given 45 health to better cloud an enemy’s knowledge of the real Mirage. However, bullets will still pass through his decoys so players cannot take cover behind them.
While this buff was welcomed by some Mirage mains, many have argued it has not done enough to make their favorite trickster viable in competitive Apex Legends. Unfortunately, this seems to be a decision from Respawn who have accepted that Mirage will never compete at the highest levels of Apex.
In response to a clip of a player’s best Mirage play, one player questioned whether the buff will have any impact on above-average players.
Designer Daniel Klein responded to say that the changes were not targeted at any particular skill level and that “Mirage can never be viable” in competitive Apex, without some serious drawbacks.
“Nah the buff didn’t target any skill levels,” he explained. “Mirage can never be viable at the highest of high levels without becoming super confusing and unfair for the low levels, and that’s fine. It’s okay for some legends to just never be played in the ALGS.”
he news was not particularly well-received, with the response sitting on minus points at the time of writing. One Mirage player responded to say: “It feels like you’ve just said “After careful analysis of Mirage’s potential abilities or buffs to bring him in line with the other legends such as Wraith, Pathfinder, Bloodhound etc. We’ve determined that Mirage mains will just have to f**king deal with it.”
And on the Mirage Mains subreddit, dedicated to players who love the character, there was more disappointment, with one player even describing it as “insulting.”
Respawn could alter their approach to Mirage in the future but, going off this response, we wouldn’t hold out too much hope.
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Apex Legends Season 11 gameplay trailer reveals details on Storm Point, Ash, and C.A.R SMG
The latest gameplay trailer from Apex Legends reveals brand new details regarding the new map, Legend, and weapon coming in Season 11.
The Apex Legends Season 11 gameplay trailer has revealed the first official in-game look at the brand new map, Legend, and weapon, which all looks amazing.
Apex Legends‘ players have been anticipating Season 11 ever since news broke about there being a new tropical-themed map filled with wildlife. As many will know, Respawn has given players three maps to battle it out on, which is great for keeping the battle royale fresh and fun.
Now, with the brand new Apex Legends Season 11 gameplay trailer, players have finally been given an in-game look at what Storm Point has to offer, as well as the new Legend Ash and the C.A.R SMG.
Here are all the details you need to know about the Apex Legends Season 11 gameplay reveal.
New map: Storm Point
“It may look like paradise, but danger lies within: wild prowlers and venomous spiders roam, and storms gather overhead. Now the Legends are here to make this place their own.”
Located on the planet Gaea, Storm Point is a long-forgotten IMC research base and is now home to the Apex Games. It’s our largest map to date, about 15% bigger than World’s Edge, our previous map-size record holder.
It features a wide variety of diverse locations, from tropical island hopping to giant mountain slides that allow you to play higher than previous maps. There is a lot to see and a lot to talk about, so let’s dive in.
Nearly all the redeploy balloons are gone. In their place are the Gravity Cannons and they’re an excellent method to outrun the ring. Step inside of one and it will launch you in a pre-determined direction.
While traveling through the air, you have pitch control and can land to the sides of the receiving points of the Gravity Cannon to avoid traps and other dangers. You also have complete control of your weapons, grenades, tactical abilities, and ultimates when traveling through the air.
Into the Wilds
On Storm Point, players will be dropping into a world that is teeming with dangerous wildlife. Wildlife Nests are exciting new combat encounters that offer strategic looting options for squads as they plan their paths through to the mid-stages of a match!
Prowlers are aggressive creatures that hunt in packs and can be found patrolling their Prowler Dens across Storm Point. If they spot you, they’ll be sure to warn you that you’re getting too close and aren’t too friendly to uninvited guests. Keeping your distance leaves the option to engage in your hands. Watch out though, if you choose to engage, more will emerge from the Prowler Dens to defend their territory.
Prowlers aren’t the only things living on Storm Point. Spider eggs are scattered across the map. Causing damage to these eggs will disturb the spiders inside, hatching a swarm of critters that will happily have you for lunch.
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These large arachnids are ranged, web-spitting enemies that choose to engage with their potential meals from afar before sinking their teeth into them. While squishier than prowlers, these enemies are quick and scurry around to reposition themselves frequently.
Look to the sky to reap the rewards carried by Flyers found soaring or preached high above. Flyers are spawned individually across the map and their positions are randomly selected from a predetermined list of possible spawn locations each match.
Rules and trophies of the hunt
Wildlife Nests are denoted by the red markers on your minimap. All nests are static and finite, meaning every match they are always in the same place, with the same type of wildlife and only small variations in their numbers. Wildlife respects their Nests’ boundaries and are aggressive only to trespassers that enter into their domain. Once a Wildlife Nest is cleared, it is removed from the map and your squad can reap the rewards.
Now a bit more on the types of rewards you’ll gain from battling the fauna of Storm Point:
- Smart Loot Drops: On death, Prowlers and Spiders have a chance to drop attachments and ammo for your squad based on your weapon loadouts, in addition to a few consumables and other goodies.
- EVO Points: A small percentage of all damage dealt to wildlife is rewarded towards your EVO Armor. This includes Flyers
- Crafting Materials: Clearing a Nest rewards a lump of crafting materials which are divided evenly among each squad member in the nest at time of completion.
Points of interest
Let’s look at some of the larger drop locations: the Barometer, the heart of Storm Point. A spinning platform with a honeypot of loot is overlooked by a research tower that gives a height advantage but is challenging to defend against attackers.
Built inside of the mountain, the Command Center is a massive complex that’s rich in loot and which allows players to dive into its heart from the dropship. It is also an excellent method for getting to the top of the mountain while protected by using a network of the longest ziplines in the Apex Games to date.
The Antenna is a drop location divided by a network of catwalks positioned above a massive communications dish. Make your way across these catwalks or slide to the bottom of the Antenna to zipline your way up to the center.
Lightning Rod is a landing position located at the pinnacle of the mountain and is divided into two halves by a focused and intense bridge. The station’s top is the highest position on the map and is a crucial stronghold if the ring ends there.
Suspended over a large area, Storm Catcher is an interior location with a focus on close-quarter combat. Position yourself on its exterior balconies to open up long-range combat against strong, defendable bases on either of its sides.
The North Pad is a launch site that contains a network of protected trenches that allow safe passage over a wide range of rolling hills. Separating these trenches are underground bunkers and small watchpoints with loot.
The remnants of the original survivors of Storm Point, Shipfall, is all that remains of the doomed vessel. Eroded over decades, the engine section is still intact and is a stronghold if you can fight your way through it.
A secure network of coral reef caves, the Cenote is the most isolated section of the map and is filled with valuable loot and power positions. Located at the southernmost western corner, it is also a critical path between the Barometer and the entire western half of the island.
Highpoint is the home to the only redeploy balloon on the map, sits at the top of the longest hill, and is a vital chokepoint to the top of the mountain. In a standoff look around, you may discover hidden tunnels that allow you to flake around it.
A gateway to the top of the mountain, its interior is a tightly focused close-quarter combat area with a Gravity Cannon that allows for quick access from the bottom of the mountain and a quick escape, if needed.
A dense cluster of buildings placed near the waterfall, Cascade Falls acts as a focal point of the map due to its proximity to the map’s center, making it the most traveled point of interest. Take that into account before deciding the land there on the initial drop.
The Launch Site sits in an alcove at the river’s end and is a large area identified by two distinct landing zones: the outstretched landing pad and the control building. Try landing on one of its three distinctive outstretched pads and loot your way towards the control building.
A chain of islands separated by open water, the Fish Farms is a large area with a clean separation between the lootable buildings. Cross the open water cautiously, or use the Trident to hover along the waterways.
A sibling landing location to the Fish Farms, Gale Station acts as a divider between the island’s center and the southern section. What it lacks in loot quantity makes up for loot quality and its power position over the Fish Farms.
Spill-off Camps: Ddesign talk
There are 17 named locations total on the map, but if you pay close attention, you will notice near these drop locations, there are smaller camps. When you’re dropping at the start of a match and see a drop location overwhelmed with other players, look around. You may notice a smaller camp nearby with great loot.
There are many more locations to discover, all with unique and diverse gameplay styles designed for the competitive and casual player. Storm Point is the sum of two years of design work and a close study of how Apex Legends plays in public. There are hundreds of micro-decisions built into the map to address bad third-party encounters, optimal loot flow, and combat engagement for a better gameplay experience.
New Season 11 Legend: Ash
The gameplay trailer gave players a great look at what to expect from Ash, including a look at how her abilities will work in-game.
Ash seems like she fits the aggressive playstyle of a hunter, tracking down one enemy, then finding others through scanning their death box. Further, she can move fast and traverse areas with her Ultimate ability, which allows her to teleport to the desired location.
This means Ash will be great at hunting enemies down and moving fast and effectively, as well as being able to slow enemies with her Arc Snare Tactical Ability.
- Tactical Ability: Arc Snare
- Passive Ability: Marked For Death
- Ultimate Ability: Phase Breach
For more details on her abilities, check out our post on Ash’s Legend Kit.
Along with a new gameplay trailer showing off the new Legend Ash’s abilities, we also got a biography for the Legend in a brand new blog that details some lore and background information.
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Just like every Legend, Ash also has her very own title: “Incisive Instigator.”
“See your imperfections in your enemies — then crush them.”
- Real Name: Dr. Ashleigh Reid
- Age: 121
- Home World: Unknown
The C.A.R SMG was also revealed, and it seems like the weapon will be able to take both Heavy and Light ammo. The exact differences between the two have not been confirmed, but by the trailer, it seems pretty minimal.
The weapon looks like it is going to be fairly easy to control as well, especially from hip-fire, as it is shown to be very accurate mid-air during the trailer.
There you have it, from beachy coves to muddy mountains full of foliage, Storm Point is set to give players a brand new map experience unlike any of the settings we’ve previously seen in Apex Legends.
If you’re excited for Season 11 and want more on Apex Legends, stay tuned on Charlie INTEL as we’ll be covering it all.
Source: Respawn Entertainment
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Apex Legends Season 11 Storm Point map will feature loads of wildlife
Apex Legends Season 11 will bring a brand new map, Storm Point, which will feature an abundance of wildlife for players to interact with.
The new Apex Legends Season 11 Storm Point map will supposedly contain an abundance of wildlife that players will be able to interact with.
Apex Legends Season 11 isn’t far off for players now, as Respawn has officially revealed the new season through two recent trailers.
The trailer featured a variety of wildlife, from things we’ve seen in the past like Flyers and Prowlers, to new animals we’ve never encountered.
This isn’t the first time a map will feature wildlife, as we’ve seen Prowlers on World’s Edge and Flyers on Kings Canyon.
Having said that, some of the leaks reported by Thordan Smash surrounding the wildlife on Storm Point suggest that the new Season 11 map will have way more variety of these animals, as well as perhaps deeper interaction with them.
Prowlers aren’t new to Apex Legends, however, Storm Point may feature a more tropical version of the creature.
In the video, Thordan states that Prowlers will have their designated area, and will not be free to roam the map. This will most likely be similar to Trials on World’s Edge, where players fight off Prowlers for rewards.
Although it was quite unexpected, the new launch trailer also showed off some new wildlife we haven’t seen before, spiders. For those with arachnophobia, you may not like this, but there will also be a portion of the map in Storm Point where spiders will spawn.
The spiders will not be roaming the map freely and will be restricted to a certain location. There will also be a maximum of twelve spiders allowed in this area so don’t worry about being overrun.
Code has also revealed that players may see spider eggs, which will burst with some of the critters jumping out and chasing players down.
Storm Point will also host a Goliath, a massive animal that is almost like an alien Ape, twice the width of Gibraltar.
Once again, this Goliath will have its own “pit” which the creature will be restricted to. Players will most likely have to fight this beast to gain rewards, and it may not be that easy considering the animal’s size.
Finally, we have the Flyers, which are also not new to Apex Legends. Players have seen Flyers cruising around the skies of Kings Canyon often holding Deathboxes with loot. Players can shoot the Flyers for them to release the Deathboxes.
Perhaps they will be similarly returning to Storm Point, or maybe players will be able to interact with them differently. There will be a maximum of 54 Flyers on the map at one time, which is a hell of a lot!
One thing Thordan is certain about is that players will be rewarded for their interactions with the wildlife, especially when it comes to the Goliath. Players will likely be rewarded with high-tier loot when taking on these creatures, so regardless of your fears it will be worth it!
There you have it, the new Apex Legends Season 11 map, Storm Point, just may have more in store for players than we expected.
Of course, these are all leaks so take this information lightly, but we do expect to see all these types of wildlife in some compacity.
If you’re interested in more about Apex Legends Season 11, make sure you check out our piece on new Legend Ash and her abilities.
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Apex Legends Ash abilities revealed by Season 11 leak
Players are more excited than ever for Apex Legends Season 11 and the latest leaks have revealed the abilities for the new Legend Ash.
Season 11 has officially been revealed for Apex Legends, and although information concerning the new Legend has been sparse, new leaks have revealed Ash’s abilities.
A lot was revealed in the Stories from the Outlands trailer regarding the lore and character of Ash, however, not a lot has been revealed regarding her abilities.
This latest leak has given players a glimpse into what her kit can do, and it’s pretty interesting the range the Apex Legends Ash abilities look like they will cover.
The latest Apex Legends launch trailer for Season 11 wasn’t gameplay of the new season, but rather an action-driven cinematic showing off what players can expect.
This trailer did show some of what Ash can do, but the new leaks revealing the descriptions and names of her kit have provided further details on the abilities.
Apex Legends YouTuber Thordan Smash revealed the Apex Legends Ash abilities in a recent video, showing off the Passive, Tactical, and Ultimate for the Season 11 Legend.
Apex Legends Ash abilities
The Apex Legends Ash abilities are as follows:
- Passive: Marked for Death
- Ash’s map reveals all deathbox locations. Click on a deathbox to mark surviving attackers.
- Tactical: Arc Snare
- Releases a slow-moving snare of charged electricity that tethers people and does damage to those who get close.
- Ultimate: Phase Breach
- Tear open a one-way portal to a targeted location
Her Passive sounds very useful, as being able to mark the remaining enemies of a team will allow teams to get fights off much faster without being third-partied while trying to find the rest of the team.
The Tactical sounds like something players can throw at enemies behind cover, doing slight damage to them to either down an enemy with very low health, or just as an annoyance.
Lastly, the Ultimate could just put Wraith out of business, as it’s similar to her portal but much fast and more direct. Further, we’ll know more about it when the season officially launches, but if you can do this through walls, this will be very powerful for relocating and rotating with your team.
That’s all for the Apex Legends Ash abilities in Season 11. Remember, these are leaks about the Apex Legends Ash abilities so take them with a pinch of salt, but if they’re true, Ash is definitely a Legend to look out for.
If you’re interested in more on Apex Legends Season 11, be sure to check out the new gameplay leaks for Storm Point.
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