Mike Cook, Respawn Entertainment’s Senior Technical Artist, gave four helpful tips on how to improve for struggling players.
Apex Legends is an always-evolving game, with new weapons, heroes, and even maps added each season. When you add balance changes to the mix, it becomes difficult for casual players to keep up with the meta and most relevant tips.
Who’s better to give players tips than the people who developed the game in the first place? One lucky Apex player was able to get a guide directly from the source.
Redditor, u/NightWillReign, created a post on the r/Apex Legends subreddit, asking for help after 60 hours of playtime. “I don’t know how everyone is so good at shooting in just silver,” they wrote. “Every game, I either lose or get carried with the lowest damage/kills. I could stand right behind an enemy and shoot first, miss everything, and they turn around to kill me … Now I’m thinking that shooting games are just not for me, or maybe there’s a guide somewhere that could help me in this.”
Senior Technical Artist for Respawn, Mike Cook, saw this post and gave some tips to the struggling player. He added some general tips on positioning and which weapons to choose, but the bulk of his input came in the first four points he made.
Tips from an Apex Legends developer
- Understanding the recoil pattern of the weapon. Firing range helps a lot with this. Once you understand the recoil you can counter it while you fire to keep the bullets going as straight as possible.
- Understanding your engagement distance and bullet drop off. Firing range helps with this as well. Knowing how far your enemies are and aiming higher to counteract the drop off so they land where you want.
- Predicting player movements. If someone is running to your left and they jump, you can guesstimate where they will land and aim there instead of aiming directly on them. This gives you a split second to predict, aim, and shoot.
- Crosshair placement: If you’re up close, aim right below people’s necks, recoil makes your weapon kick upwards and you can get some headshots in.
One of the most difficult parts of Apex Legends is learning which weapons you like and which you don’t. You can ask people for recommendations, but some players like certain weapons more than others. There’s always going to be a best-in-slot choice, but player preference plays a big role, here.
After giving these general aiming tips, Cook moves on to talk about positioning – arguably the most important element in a game like Apex Legends. “Positioning is key!” he wrote in all-caps. “You can have potato aim like me, and still pull off good plays based solely on your positioning.
Apex Legends isn’t the easiest Battle Royale game to pick up and play, but that’s part of the reason we love it. Mastering the game is difficult, and there’s always some way that you can improve through your experience.
Hopefully, these tips from Mike Cook helped this and other struggling players get some more kills, wins, and see a path forward to Apex Predator. If not, we have plenty of Warzone articles you may want to read.
All Kings Canyon map changes in Apex Legends Season 8
Kings Canyon has returned to Apex Legends in Season 8 with major changes, so we break down everything new on the classic map.
After being devastated by powerful explosives, Kings Canyon has returned in Apex Legends Season 8, but not as we know it.
In the launch trailer for Apex Legends Season 8, the arrival of the new Legend, Fuse, was disrupted by his rival, Maggie, blowing up the Apex Games.
However, the show must go on, and Apex Legends will be returning to the classic Kings Canyon map in Season 8 but with significant changes. Much of the map has been reshaped, and there are new landmarks to explore, Explosive Holds to loot, and Observation Towers to climb.
Here we break down all of the significant map changes for Kings Canyon in Apex Legends Season 8.
New Kings Canyon locations
Kings Canyon is rarely favored over the two other maps, World’s Edge and Olympus, but with the new season, Respawn Entertainment are hoping to change that.
Gone is the annoying orange tint plastered over Kings Canyon, the map has now been made far more visually appealing with its removal. In a blog post, Apex Legends devs detailed everything new added to Kings Canyon.
A massive gunship has crash-landed in Kings Canyon, opening up an entirely new area of the map. The door to Artillery has been burst open, which has opened up a pathway to this new location. Crash Site itself will have the ship in the middle, which is covered in scaffolding, giving a “jungle gym” feel to the location.
This crash has spilled toxic waste into the water supplies, so ECHO (Ecological Cleanup and Hazard Outreach) have set up camps around the map to clean up the mess.
- Read more: Everything in the Season 8 gameplay trailer
The tunnel by Artillery has also been burst open, which leads to Crash Site as well as expanding the northern regions of the map.
Respawn Entertainment hopes that these new areas will “create all-new gameplay scenarios as teams explore the Northern section of Kings Canyon.”
The explosions that hit the Kings Canyon map have completely wiped Slum Lakes off the map and Spotted Lakes has taken its place, “which attributes its name to the unusual spots found in the flooded, contaminated waters.” This location has a dam in the middle with an ECHO camp on either side.
It was previously difficult to rotate in and out of Slum Lakes, but the explosions have opened up new ways to get around. Part of the mountainside was destroyed, uncovering ancient leviathan bones and revealing a new pathway.
Also new to Kings Canyon are Explosive Holds. These work the same as loot vaults on the other maps which contain a plethora of high-tier loot if you can get inside.
Check out our guide for everything you need to know about these Explosive Holds and how to open them.
Inside the ECHO camps are all-new Observation Towers. These are sniper’s nests that must be activated for them to be raised above the ground. These towers will be high risk, high reward with all players nearby being able to see and hear you activate it.
As long as you’re careful not to get sniped, you’ll be able to use the significant height advantage to control the area.
Further Kings Canyon map changes
In a bid to create more diversity and reduce third-partying on the map, Respawn have made several more changes to Kings Canyon.
The Farm, which they describe as a “sweaty chokepoint,” has been removed to allow players to move through this area without having to worry about campers. When we get to fully explore the map, Respawn have confirmed that several more locations have either been changed or removed.
Once the new version of Kings Canyon releases on February 2, we’ll know just how well these changes have improved the classic map.
Image Credit: Respawn Entertainment
How to open Kings Canyon Explosive Holds in Apex Legends Season 8
Respawn Entertainment have added new Explosive Holds filled with rare guns and ammo in Apex Legends Season 8, so here’s how to open them.
With Apex Legends Season 8 just around the corner, Respawn Entertainment have confirmed plenty of map changes for the battle royale, such as new Explosive Holds filled with powerful gear on Kings Canyon.
Apex Legends Season 8, Mayhem, is scheduled to drop on February 2, and we can expect a ton of exciting new content in the new update. This includes the new Legend, Fuse, the 30-30 Repeater, and various other features.
One of the most notable new additions is the reshaped Kings Canyon. Fuse’s arrival was sabotaged by Maggie, who then set off explosives across the map which damaged the location. The upcoming Season also will also bring other new map changes.
The Kings Canyon Explosive Holds provide a great looting opportunity, since they’re filled with powerful weapons and gear, so here’s how you can access them for yourself.
How to open Apex Legends Explosive Holds in Season 8
Respawn stated in an official blog post that “when the ship came crashing down, several mobile armories that were being stored in its cargo bay were lost and scattered across Kings Canyon.”
This means there are rare guns, ammo, and useful attachments that are ripe for the picking. Although these Explosive Holds require security clearance to open them, you can also access them with some well-placed ordnance.
Here’s how you can open the Explosive Holds in Kings Canyon:
- Jump and land near the Explosive Holds in King Canyon.
- Collect grenades from your surroundings.
- Throw a an explosive item at the door, like a Frag Grenade, Thermite or Arc Star.
- Enter via the new opening that the explosives will create for you.
That sums up everything you need to do in order to access these locations. You won’t face too much trouble finding them either, as they will be dotted around the map, so you can directly land near one after you jump at the start of the match.
The Explosive Holds will replace the bunkers that were around the map, and will also have a lot in common with the loot vaults on Worlds Edge. However, you’re not going to be the only one looking for them, so, be ready for a fight.
Other players will also have the idea to land near these since they’ll also want some quality gear at the start of the match. For that reason, you’ll have to make sure that you have sufficient shields and weapons to defend yourself.
Despite the inherent danger, it’s still worth raiding these Explosive Holds for some impressive gear that can help you come out on top. We haven’t learned how many of these can be found on the map, but we’ll update you once we do.
Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment
Apex Legends Season 8 gameplay trailer: new Legend, Battle Pass & more
The gameplay trailer for Apex Legends Season 8 has finally dropped, which gives us a taste of all the new content coming February 2.
The gameplay trailer for Apex Legends Season 8, titled Mayhem, has finally been released which showcases the new Legend Fuse, as well as significant changes to the Kings Canyon map.
Apex Legends Season 8, Mayhem, is set to be released on February 2, 2021. This comes just before February 4’s second anniversary of Apex Legends, so expect this season to be one of the most content-rich.
On January 26, Respawn Entertainment premiered the gameplay trailer for Season 8, which showcases new map changes, upcoming cosmetics, as well as new Legend Fuse’s abilities in-game.
Apex Legends Season 8 gameplay trailer
In this1980s action-movie themed trailer, we get a taste of what to expect from Apex Legends Season 8.
New Legend Fuse
This trailer introduces the new Legend, Fuse, who we have already seen through the ‘Stories from the Outlands’ trailer and the Season 8 launch trailer.
Now, we get a look at his abilities and finisher in action. As showcased by what we’ve seen of him so far, Fuse deals with explosives. He shoots what he calls a ‘knuckle cluster’ which appears to temporarily stun the enemies.
His abilities have previously been leaked, but we’ll know his kit for sure when Apex Legends Season 8 releases.
Kings Canyon Map Changes
Season 8 brings Apex Legends back to the classic Kings Canyon map, but with some significant changes.
Following Maggie’s attack on the Apex Games in the Season 8 launch trailer, Kings Canyon has been destroyed. In the new gameplay trailer, we see the obliterated remnants of the very first Apex Legends map. Explosions have created new areas, and many buildings you have come to know and love have been blown apart.
Season 8 Battle Pass
The trailer gave us a taste of the new items coming in the Season 8 Battle Pass. It’s confirmed that we’ll be getting new outfits for both Bangalore and Lifeline, as well as a new Legendary skin for the Longbow DMR.
Check out Charlie Intel when Season 8 drops for a rundown of the full Battle Pass.
New 30-30 Repeater Rifle
With Apex Legends Season 8 comes the new 30-30 Repeater Rifle. This single-action repeater appears to be capable of killing enemies in only a couple of shots and can be used at almost any range.
The trailer also showed the rifle being charged up for a more powerful shot, meaning it either has a secondary fire mode or can be fitted with a Hop-Up.
The trailer showcases the new Gold rarity magazines which come as part of Season 8. While you have these magazines equipped, your weapon will automatically reload while holstered. As they are Gold rarity, expect these magazines to be ultra-rare.
Once the new season releases on February 2, check back on Charlie Intel for everything new in Apex Legends Season 8.
Image Credit: Respawn Entertainment
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