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Apex Legends dev reveals reason behind unpopular Caustic buff

Apex Legends has introduced a controversial buff to Caustic’s abilities in the new update, and a dev has explained the reasoning behind this.



The launch of Apex Legends’ Fight Night event is bringing a host of changes to the game, but developers have been forced to explain why they buffed Caustic after complaints from the community.

The Apex Legends Season 7 Collection Event is almost here. Fight Night will go live on January 5, and Respawn will introduce a plethora of content in the new update, such as cosmetics, LTMs, and a Town Takeover in the form of a Pathfinder boxing arena.

We will also see some bug fixes along with a few balancing tweaks for some of the Legends. Rampart will get an amped cover buff, and Caustic’s gas trap cooldown will be reduced in the new patch.

Some of these changes haven’t sat well with fans, and they’ve expressed their worries about them online. Senior Game Designer Daniel Klein took notice of this and discussed the changes on Twitter.

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Apex Legends dev explains reasoning for Caustic buff

Many Apex fans have taken issue with the buff for Caustic. One of them tweeted at the developer “Nobody asked for a caustic buff. At what point did the office decide this?”

Another user then stated that implementing this change without altering any mechanics was relatively easy compared to the work they put into Gibraltar’s arm shield. Daniel Klein then verified this, saying that it only took about 10 minutes and a few play tests to get it done.

He then continued to elaborate on why they felt it was necessary to improve Caustic, stating that they consider him to be “one of the weakest characters in the game” so they decided that the change was necessary.

A few users made it clear that they don’t agree with this statement. They referenced different scenarios in which they played as Caustic such as during ranked and unranked games, and then asked why Klein feels that the Legend should still get buffs.

The developer then stated that the character had been performing “extremely poorly” throughout the year, and he stuck to what he said about him being weak. Pro player Eric ‘Snip3down’ Wrona replied to Klein by stating that it’s important to understand why Caustic’s performance is weak at times.

“Caustic is weak in open fields and on unorganized teams,” explained Snip3down. “How about we take away his ult gas after he’s killed so all end games aren’t 4 caustic ults.”

Klein continued to stand by the buff given to the Legend, and it seems like Respawn will continue to make balancing changes. That said, it’s possible that if fan response is overwhelmingly negative to this buff, then they might revert this.

We’ll keep you updated if there are new changes to Caustic’s balancing soon. With Fight Night releasing on January 5, we can expect a plethora of exciting new content, which potentially includes a new Heirloom.

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Apex Legends players call for devs to make Firing Range change after Season 14 update

Apex Legends players are calling for the devs to fix the Firing Range after the Season 14 update changed the way players die.



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Apex Legends players have noticed a difference in the Firing Range after the Season 14 update, and now they are calling for the devs to make a change.

Apex Legends players are still getting used to the changes in Season 14, as there have been both drastic updates to existing content and new introductions such as Vantage and the Laser Sight attachment.

With that said, players have already found great ways to utilize Vantage and also discovered how strong character buffs are, including Mad Maggie and Newcastle‘s.

However, like any new update, Season 14 has brought some pretty crazy glitches, and players have also found an unwanted change in the Firing Range that they’re now calling for the devs to revert.

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Players often use the Firing Range to practice and 1v1 others, but the removal of the Self-Revive has caused these interactions to be much slower and less enjoyable.

Prior to the Self-Revive’s removal, players would 1v1 with a Gold Knockdown Shield so that if they went down, they could easily get back up or switch characters to gain health and retain their loadout.

This prevented the effort of having to respawn and collect your loadout again, allowing players to 1v1 efficiently. Unfortunately, as Skeptation has highlighted, the removal of Self-Revive means this is no longer possible.

Now, Skeptation and others who agree in the comments are calling for the devs to “change this so players get downed not full killed with friendly fire on.”

While it’s not a major issue, it is clearly something the fans want and may have actually been something that the devs didn’t consider when they took the Self-Revive out of the game.

We’ll have to wait and see what happens, but for now, check out how Apex Legends has reached new heights in Season 14.

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Apex Legends players claim Mad Maggie “too good not to use” after major Season 14 buffs

Mad Maggie received a major buff in Apex Legends Season 14, and players claim that the Legend is now a must-pick.



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Mad Maggie has never been the most popular character in Apex Legends, but thanks to a major buff in the Season 14 update, players claim she’s “too good not to be used.”

Apex Legends Season 14 is here, bringing a new version of Kings Canyon, major weapon buffs and nerfs, and of course, a new Legend — Vantage. That’s not all though, as existing Legends have been tweaked, and Mad Maggie was on the receiving end of a powerful buff.

Now, with her improved Wrecking Ball ability, her popularity is steadily rising, as she becomes a direct counter to the ever-popular Gibraltar.

Apex Legends Season 14 gave Maggie’s Wrecking Ball a major buff, where it will now deal damage to several placeable objects such as the Black market, Castle Walls, and Gas Barrels. But the biggest takeaway is that “it will also destroy Gibraltar’s Dome of Protection.”

Gibraltar is considered a crutch Legend in competitive thanks to the Dome of Protection keeping players safe in the chaotic endgame. While the Riot Drill could penetrate the shield before, players can now use Maggie’s Wrecking Ball to completely shatter the dome, leaving whole squads exposed.

Reddit user Ship_Doctor showed Maggie’s Wrecking Ball in action, claiming that “Maggie is too good not to be used this season.” In the clip, the user uses the Wrecking Ball to shatter the shield, then the Riot Drill to deal even more damage as they take cover behind a tree.

“Went from quite literally never touching her (I played her twice on Control) to this season so far, she’s all I’ve played,” replied one player. “She’s so much fun.”

“I’ve never met anyone else who hated Gibby more than me. His dome is a complete crutch, glad they did this unintentional nerf to him,” explained another.

However, some players explained that Gibby doesn’t appear in pubs all that often, but Maggie is sure to take plenty of squads by surprise in Ranked. Especially if they never read the patch notes.

For more Apex, be sure to check out how the Season 14 update allows Newcastle to move ridiculously fast while reviving.

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Apex Legends buff allows Newcastle to move ridiculously fast while reviving

Newcastle received some buffs in the Apex Legends Season 14 update, as the Legend can now revive players while also speeding around the map.



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Following a huge buff in the Apex Legends Season 14 update, players have discovered just how strong Newcastle’s revive is, as he is able to pick teammates up while zooming around the battlefield.

Apex Legends Season 14 is keeping things interesting for players, not only by introducing Vantage but also through buffs and nerfs to Legends in attempts to shift the meta.

While a lot of the talk in the community has been regarding the Mad Maggie buffs and Valkyrie nerfs, some have discovered that Newcastle’s revive is now extremely strong.

For those unaware, Newcastle’s Passive is called “Retrieve the Wounded,” and it allows him to move while reviving his teammates and also protect them with their Knockdown Shield. This was already fairly strong prior to Season 14, but following some major buffs, it’s arguably the best revive in the game.

In the patch notes, it states that Newcastle’s shield revive ability has had its move speed increased by 25% and also reduced its turn slow by 50%. Ultimately, this buff improves the speed at which Newcastle can move while reviving teammates, and this is something that Mokeysniper picked up on.

As you can see in the video, Newcastle can revive his teammates while moving at an incredibly fast speed. This is very strong when you are trying to reset in a fight and need some breathing space while reviving a teammate, giving them time to heal up as well.

According to Mokey, players can do this by simply activating the revive on a slope or ledge and walking down the slope. Newcastle will gain momentum down the hill while also continuing to revive.

The bigger and steeper the slope the better, as this will make you go fast and across a further distance.

For more Apex Legends tips, check out how the Season 14 Legend Vantage is able to wall run.

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