After Apex Legends players were unhappy with the upcoming War Games event, Respawn Entertainment’s Design Director addressed their concerns.
The next Apex Legends event, War Games, is set to release on April 13. Rather than releasing a separate limited-time mode (LTM), this event will take over the entirety of the game. Over the course of War Games, five modes will take over the normal ‘Play Apex’ playlists and introduce a variety of new mechanics.
However, LTMs aren’t for everyone, so fans are worried about how this event will affect the game. In a detailed Twitter thread, Respawn Entertainment’s Design Director, Jason McCord, addressed players’ concerns about the new event.
“Let’s chat quickly about the War Games event that’s coming next week, and ‘Takeover’ modes,” he began.
He said that for the most part, these Takeover modes keep their matchmaking healthy. “More people jump in to try the modes, earn the cosmetics, etc. – and they all play in the same queues,” McCord explained. “This means you get faster matches at better quality for more hours of the day.”
“Having more players playing in the same queues does amazing stuff to the game ‘feeling’ better,” he continued. “Separate LTMs just split people off. Those queues are smaller, which makes them take longer to start and the matchmaker can’t do its job as well.”
What we learned: Takeovers are best when they change the game in positive ways for the player. This seems obvious, but designers like to make new challenges for you to overcome. Like big ring flares! Ring Fury would have made a better LTM than a Takeover, I think.
We looked over the schedule of the War Games event after we heard feedback on Ring Fury. Here’s what we did:
- Remove Flare Up from the event. It was another variant of Ring Fury.
- Removed another mode from the event that wasn’t fulfilling the goals.
We discussed removing Killing Time, because the reduced round timer can be surprising, but we think this mode is important to test. It aims to solve oddly paced games, and it’s something I’ve wanted to try since we launched.
McCord encouraged players to try out each of the new modes and let the devs know what they think. He also reminded players that if they don’t enjoy the new modes in the War Games event, “Ranked is still classic Apex.”
If you’re keen to grind Ranked while the War Games event takes place, you can check out our guide for the best weapons to use in Ranked Apex.
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How to earn every Apex Legends Arena badge
You can earn various different badges when jumping into the new Arenas mode in Apex Legends Season 9, Legacy.
Arenas is the new 3v3 game mode that was introduced in Apex Legends Season 9, Legacy, and it lets you earn plenty of neat badges to show off on your banner, so here’s how you can do that.
This new mode is different from the main battle royale component, as you’ll jump in with a specific loadout that you purchase at the start. You’ll have the opportunity to earn four badges to display on your banner.
How to unlock all badges in Apex Legends Arenas
The biggest difference between Arenas mode and battle royale component in Apex Legends is that you won’t find any random loot to collect after hopping in. Instead, you’ll stick with loadouts purchased at the start of each round.
There also aren’t any respawns, or third parties in Arenas, and the stats are completely different from the battle royale. You can unlock a total of four badges in this game mode, and we’ll go over each one.
As the name implies, you’ll earn this badge after racking up several wins in a row. An improved version of this was awarded to players that successfully completed the Arenas teaser in Season 8.
Players had to find all the holosprays and then activate the teaser in the Firing Range before meeting Ash. If you didn’t complete the teaser, you will still get to keep the Win Streak badge, but it won’t be as luxurious.
This next badge is also another win tracker, but the difference is that it’s specific to the Legend you’re playing as. You’ll get to earn this by winning various games in a row while playing as the same character.
Each Legend has different tiers in this badge, and you’ll get to progress through 5, 20, 50, 100, 500 wins.
If you can get through an Arenas game without getting eliminated at all, then you’ll get to keep the Arenas survivor badge. You won’t have to worry about playing as a specific character, as it’s usable with every Legend.
The Shutout badge is a reward for winning an Arenas match 3-0. If you can overcome your enemies throughout three quick rounds, then you’ll face no trouble unlocking this badge quickly.
That covers all the a badges that currently available within the new Apex Legends Arenas mode. We hope that more will be added as the new season progresses, including rewards for dishing out a ton of damage.
Ranked Arenas is set to arrive in future as well, so we’ll probably see Respawn add even more badges in that. Once they do, we’ll be sure to update this article.
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Apex Legends Legacy: Valkyrie guide, tips & tricks
Apex Legends Legacy has arrived, along with the Legend Valkyrie, so we thought it would be a good idea to put out a guide on her abilities.
Valkyrie hasn’t been out for long, but players are already finding great ways to use her abilities, so we compiled a guide. Valkyrie is a great addition to the Apex Legends roster, adding a new dimension to the game.
As well as Arenas, Apex Legends Legacy also introduced a new weapon, a fresh Battle Pass, and of course, a new Legend. Valkyrie is a great addition to the game, adding a certain verticality to the game, but her abilities can be somewhat difficult to master.
Although Valkyrie has only been out for a short period of time, players are already discovering the best situations to use her abilities in. Valkyrie’s abilities can be useful in many different ways, so let’s get into the guide.
How to unlock Valkyrie in Apex Legends
Valkyrie can be unlocked right now in the Legends section of the lobby menu. You can either purchase her with Legend Tokens, which are passively earned through playing the game, or Apex Coins, which is the Apex Legends currency that players can purchase with real money.
- 12,000 Legend Tokens
- 750 Apex Coins
Apex Legends Valkyrie guide: VTOL Jets
Valkyrie’s passive is by far the most attractive and exciting thing about her kit. The VTOL Jets allow her to take to the skies, hovering with a set amount of fuel to gain an advantage on the enemy.
Although the jets are very advantageous, they can also lead to a players elimination if not used correctly.
VTOL Jets tips & tricks
- You can change the VTOL Jets from Toggle to Hold in the settings, which makes it much easier to control. This allows for a bunny hop-type of movement to gain speed by turning the jets on and off.
- The VTOL Jets can boost you in any direction you are facing, allowing Valkyrie to quickly turn corners or do a fast 180, this is great for dodging bullets and evading enemies.
- Try not to use her VTOL Jets too much, as they run out fairly quickly and are also very loud, try using them to gain an advantage over enemies rather than for convenience.
- You can be very crafty with the Jets, for example, you can fake out opponents by dropping off an edge and flying straight back up behind them.
Valkyrie’s Tactical Ability: Missile Swarm
Valkyrie’s tactical is a swarm of missiles that damages and causes stun on the enemy much like an Arc Star.
The Missile Swarm is surprisingly strong, although it only does 28 max damage, it can still be very useful as it stuns enemies on hit. The Missile Swarm has a 30-second cooldown, which is fairly long for a Legend’s tactical.
Missile Swarm tips & tricks
- Think of the Missile Swarm as more of a stun that can lead to a push, rather than trying to use it to do damage.
- Valkyrie’s tactical is extremely useful for getting opponents out of cover, especially when they retreat to heal up.
- Combo Valkyrie’s Missile Swarm with the VTOL Jets, as it allows her to stay in the air longer and get a better angle for placing the tactical.
- Try saving her tactical for the right situation, as it isn’t very hard for players to escape before it actually hits. Using it when the opponent isn’t aware of your position, or is distracted is the best time to release the Missiles.
Valkyrie’s Ultimate Ability: Skyward Dive
Skyward Dive is a useful rotation tool that can be used both offensively, and defensively. Valkyrie’s Ultimate allows her and the team to rise up and redeploy much like a redeploy balloon.
Although it takes a while to charge up, and the initiation animation takes a few seconds, leaving you open if used in the right way it can be very powerful.
Skyward Dive tips & tricks
- Valkyrie can scan enemies while skydiving, which can be utilized with her ultimate, gaining knowledge on a push, or while escaping to know exactly where enemies are.
- The time it takes to initiate the launch can leave you open to enemy fire, so try activating it behind some cover or even a Gibraltar Dome of Protection.
- Save Valkyrie’s ultimate for dire situations rather than using it for convenience, use it to rotate and get to a better position before the enemies do.
That’s all for Valkyrie’s abilities, hopefully, they will help you become a winged menace and lead you to victory. If you like this guide and want to check out more Apex Legends content, keep it locked on Charlie INTEL and check out our article on the best way to spend crafting credits in Arenas.
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Apex Legends Season 9 brings new option to report players for “smurfing”
With the Apex Legends Season 9 Legacy update finally underway respawn introduced a new option for reporting smurf accounts.
With Apex Legends Season 9 finally here, Respawn brought a ton of new content to the battle royale, including the option to report other players for ‘smurfing.’
Respawn Entertainment is also using the new update as an opportunity to crack down on cheaters. One of the new changes is a new function to report ‘smurfing’ in games, which will help them identify foul play.
If you suspect a player of cheating in a match of Apex Legends, you can call out their offense by bringing up the “report” menu. This will give you various different options to choose from, including smurfing.
It’s likely that the true purpose of this feature isn’t to clamp down on smurfs, and is instead used to filter them, from full-blown cheaters. Other games also include the option to report others for smurfing, letting the devs investigate.
Respawn may have introduced this option because Apex players kept reporting suspected smurfs in their game with the ‘cheating’ option.
Having smurfing under a separate category from cheating might cause some controversy, as some players believe that the two should be treated as one and the same.
Other players believe that playing on different accounts isn’t a big deal, so it shouldn’t be prohibited. We don’t know for sure what action will be taken against accounts that have been reported for smurfing.
For more on Apex Legends and the Legacy update, stay tuned on Charlie INTEL and check out our articles on Fuse’s Season 9 buff, all of the epic and legendary skins for the new legend Valkyrie, and the best settings to get high FPS.
Image credits: Respawn Entertainment
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