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Apex Legends dev responds to calls for Wattson to be reworked

The Apex Legends community have asked for legend Wattson to be reworked and made more viable, but a senior developer shut down that idea.

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The Apex Legends community has called for playable legend Wattson to be reworked, but one of the game’s developers has explained why that’s unlikely to happen any time soon.

Wattson came to Apex Legends in its second season and must be purchased through either 12,000 Legend Tokens or 750 Apex Coins. If you’re new to Apex or are missing some legends, she is also included in the Champion Edition of the game.

As her name might suggest, Wattson’s abilities relate to electricity. She is a defensive legend who can create electric Perimeter Security Fences that deal damage and reveal the enemy’s location as they try to pass through. Ultimate Accelerant fully recharges her Ultimate Ability, which allows her to place an Interception Pylon that blocks incoming ordnance and repairs damaged shields over time.

While Wattson is effective in Competitive Apex, the community feels she needs a rework in public matches.

“Buff Wattson please”

Reddit user ‘BaguettePaquette‘ gave feedback on Reddit asking the developers at Respawn to “Buff Wattson.”

In this post, which has gained almost 15k ‘upvotes’ in its first 24 hours, BaguettePaquette made the case that the legend is “completely useless” in public matches. They believe that with many of the other legends being buffed and reworked, she has been left behind and is no longer a viable pick.

“Her fences are useless,” the post read. “They are too noticeable to trick someone.” It then went on to explain how her abilities are easily countered by most other legends.

As many other Legends have had complete reworks in the past, BaguettePaquette asked Respawn to do something similar for Wattson. “It’s time to radically remake Wattson,” it read. “Not just another +5 to fences but the whole concept of a ‘defending’ legend.”

Respawn’s response

Senior Game Designer Daniel Klein gave a detailed response to the feedback.

The first part of the post that Klein took issue with is when BaguettePaquette said that Wattson isn’t often picked in competitive play. The Reddit post claimed that in the ALGS Grand Finals, there wasn’t a single Wattson. Klein responded by saying that Wattson was in four of the final six sqauds.

“Not saying that she shouldn’t be buffed in normal play,” said Klein. “But let’s please base our assessments on reality. She is still dominant in pro play.”

Next, the developer respectfully disagreed that Wattson is useless, saying: “You’re confusing two things: pick rate and effectiveness.” While Wattson has a low pick-rate, she has a high win-rate.

The reason Wattson has a low pick-rate is that most prefer to play for fun, rather than for the win. Wattson’s defensive abilities aren’t as exciting for most players as some of the offensive choices. The success of her ability creates a lack of action (e.g blocking enemies from entering a building), which isn’t as fun for most casual players.

A complete rework for Wattson would be costly and take up time that could be put into new legends and seasons. Klein says that ideally, they’ll find a rework in the future that makes her more exciting in the moment without changing her role.

“I could be convinced to buff her here and there just to throw Wattson mains like yourself a bone,” Klein concluded. “But with absolutely no hope that any such buff would change any of the underlying problems (low pick rate and lack of satisfaction).”

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Secret Octane change added to Apex Legends Season 10 update

Apex Legends Season 10 is set to shake up things in Respawn’s battle royale, and the update is also bringing a secret update to Octane.

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Ahead of the Apex Legends Season 10 launch, a secret change to Octane has been revealed that should make the Legend’s Launch Pad easier to hear in Season 10 Emergence.

Octane continues to be an insanely popular Legend to use in Apex Legends, and Season 9 was no different. Now, it’s the time of Season 10, and Emergence will be adding a new Legend in Seer, a wave of buffs and nerfs for various Legends, amongst other cool stuff.

Respawn Entertainment released a full list of updates for Season 10 but forgot one small detail in the patch notes. It concerns Octane’s Launch Pad and aims to address one commonly discussed problem with it.

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Director of Communications at Respawn Entertainment Ryan K. Rigney was informed that an important update hadn’t been mentioned in the Apex Legends Season 10 patch notes.

He said: “Just heard from a dev about an Emergence update change that didn’t get tracked in the patch notes: The audio triggered by players’ landing impacts should be louder when they’re coming in from a jump pad.”

Depending on the severity of the change, this could be huge news as Octane is statistically the most used player in Apex Legends, according to Apex Legends Status.

Players have wanted this to be looked at for some time as it’s possible for Octane players to glide into a location relatively silently to jump another player.

Not everyone is confident the fix will properly amend the issue, with one reply to the Tweet saying: “should.”

Ryan was quick to respond to this doubt by saying: “This is game development, something can always go wrong.” This will just be one change amidst a sea of alterations in Apex Legends Season 10, so even if it’s not the absolute fix that people want, there’s still a lot of new content and changes to embrace.

Also, check out when Apex Legends Season 10 starts.

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When does Apex Legends Season 10 start? Emergence update release time

Apex Legends Season 10 will be here very soon, so here is the release time for the Emergence update when players will be able to jump into the action.

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Apex Legends Season 9 is here, but when does Season 10 startHere is everything we know about the Apex Legends Season 10: Emergence update release time.

The Legacy update gave Apex Legends players plenty of exciting content to enjoy, including Arenas modeValkyrieInfested Olympus, and the Bocek Bow.

Now, the devs are preparing fans for the Emergence update that will mark the start of Season 10 for the battle royale game.

Here is when the Apex Legends Season 10 Emergence update release time will be taking place so that players can know exactly when they will be able to experience all of the exciting new content the game will be adding.

Apex Legends Season 10 Emergence update release time

When does Apex Legends Season 10 start?

Generally, a new season of Apex Legends lasts for three months, and the next update launches the following day. The Legacy update will end on August 2, 2021, with Season 10 launching on August 3.

Apex Legends Emergence update release time

Based upon the previous schedules for new updates in the popular battle royale game, the release time for the update will be taking place at 10 AM PST/1 PM EST/ 6 PM BST on August 3, 2021, barring any delays for the Apex Legends update release time from Respawn Entertainment.

We will update this piece with any new developments regarding the Apex Legends Season 10: Emergence update release time if any are made official.

There is no doubt that the community is extremely excited to see everything new that will be coming to the fan-favorite game become available for them to experience.

From the new character known as Seer to a new Rampart LMG and updates to the World’s Edge map, there will be plenty of content for the community to dive into and enjoy on August 2, 2021.

A new battle pass will also be added to the game when the game’s new season starts, and it contains a treasure trove of unique and exciting cosmetic items players will be able to earn when playing.

Apex Legends Season 10 Emergence update release time

For more Apex Legends, check out the early patch notes for the new season or the upcoming hitbox nerf for Wattson, and stay tuned for future news and guides.

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Dr Disrespect explains why he hates Apex Legends: “It’s boring! Shooting shields, I don’t like it!”

Popular streamer Dr Disrespect recently gave his thoughts on Apex Legends while playing and explained why he is a not a fan of the battle royale game.

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Apex Legends is one of the most popular battle royale games in the world, but high-profile streamer Dr Disrespect recently explained why he is not a fan of the first-person shooter.

The past couple of years has seen Apex Legends rise to become one of the most popular video games globally. The battle royale game has become a staple in the gaming community thanks to its action-packed gameplay and mechanics.

However, as with every multiplayer game, some players do not enjoy what Apex Legends offers. One player who still has not been bitten by the Apex Legends bug is Dr Disrespect, who recently explained while streaming why he hates the game.

After being eliminated in a match, Dr Disrespect began to explain his frustrations with Apex Legends and what he does not enjoy about the game. A great deal of his criticism focuses on the large number of bullets it takes to down enemies and how the shield healing aspect of Apex legends.

“I hate this game! It’s boring! Shooting shields, I don’t like it. A full spray and the f**king clip is never enough to knock a guy. Right?”

Dr Disrespect then went on to explain why the high time to kill in Apex Legends is why he believes the battle royale has not risen to be a more popular esports game.

That’s why no one wants to watch this game competitively. Nobody wants to! You can’t create that one shot,” Dr Disrespect continued.

“That’s why it didn’t do good in esports. No one wants to watch it! At the end, everyone is camping out with bubble shields on, camping doors like this: opening and closing, opening and closing. Just to shoot someone’s purple or gold shield twice and then have the gas kill everyone…I Just don’t know, man.”

There is no doubt that Apex Legends has a much higher time to kill than other battle royale games like Warzone, which has been seen as a positive and a negative in the video game community.

However, while Dr Disrespect’s latest remarks focused on why he doesn’t enjoy Apex Legends. he has not been shy about his frustrations with Call of Duty: Warzone and other games in the past.

With Dr Disrespect having explained his optimism for Battlefield 2042 in the past, it looks as though that will be the next game the popular streamer will be trying out with Apex Legends and Warzone not quenching his gaming thirst at this time.

For more Apex Legends, check out all of the latest Season 10: Emergence update patch notes, and stay tuned for future news and guides.

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