Respawn Entertainment took to Reddit for their latest AMA on the Season 9: Legacy update. One of the questions brought up the recent Apex Legends Lifeline changes, and this sparked a dev’s reply, which gives fans an insight into her current state and their plans for her future.
As with every seasonal patch, the game’s roster of Legends also received various changes, with Apex Legends combat medic, Lifeline, receiving a big update to her kit, but was it too strong or weak?
The Apex Legends Legacy patch notes saw Lifeline received both buffs and nerfs to balance her strong win rate in Season 8.
Lifeline’s revive power was too strong due to the revive shield that protected players as she brought them back into the fight. Not only were the players protected by a shield, but Lifeline could also stay in the fight and offer further protection.
This meant Lifeline had a very high win rate in Season 8, as her ability to keep her team alive and survive was simply too strong, ultimately causing the devs to make changes in Season 9: Legacy.
During Respawn Entertainment’s latest AMA (ask me anything) for the Legacy update, one user brought up Lifeline’s changes, asking, “How is lifeline doing after the rework of buffs and nerfs?”
Apex Legends developer Daniel Klein responded, giving a clear answer as to how the devs are feeling about her changes:
It seems the devs still view Lifeline as very strong even without her res shield, still performing very well in the battle royale and even more so in Arenas. However, Daniel does also say that this doesn’t mean Lifeline should be nerfed.
Daniel makes one of the most interesting points in this answer regarding the price of the Gold bag in Arenas, which is really where most of her power is in the new 3v3 mode: “It’s possible gold backpack is just too cheap in arenas as well.”
Perhaps we may see a change in the Gold bag price for Arenas in the future instead of a kit nerf. Overall, it seems like the devs are happy with the state of Lifeline in Season 9, with her changes improving both how she feels when playing against and as her.
That’s all on the dev’s response to Lifeline’s Season 9: Legacy changes. For more on Apex Legends, stay tuned on Charlie INTEL and check out our article on Revenant’s potential future buff.
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Best controller settings for Apex Legends Season 14
Movement is king in Apex Legends and this controller layout will give you a leg up on the enemy during Season 14.
Apex Legends Season 14 is well underway, and if you’re looking to gain an advantage over your opponents or keep up with players using mouse and keyboard, then this controller layout may give you a leg up on the enemy.
Apex Legends Season 14 has brought a variety of changes and new content to the battle royale. With Ranked Leagues getting some changes, and the new Recon Legend Vantage keeping things interesting in the Legend meta, having the best possible controller layout on the game is more important than ever.
While mastering your Legend, perfecting your aim, and learning spots are all supremely important in the hunt for victories, movement is king in Apex Legends. It can be the difference between winning a gunfight or heading back to the lobby disappointed.
Whether you’re using a controller or keyboard, making sure you have the right button layout is extremely important if you hope to become a movement master.
For those using customized controllers like Scuf, button layout may not be as much of an issue, as these controllers have much more freedom than the regular stock controllers.
Apex Legends best controller settings
- Button Layout: Evolved
- Stick Layout: Default
- Interact/ReloadButton: Tap to Use and Reload
- Crouch Button: Toggle
- Aim Button: Hold
- Survival Slot Button: On
- Trigger Button Deadzones: None
- Menu Cursor Speed: Around halfway or more
For those using standard controllers to play, the best layout to master movement is the Evolved setting. This layout changes your crouch to the right stick and your jump to the left bumper.
Having your crouch on the right stick will allow you to crouch spam, a very important move when it comes to winning fights in Apex Legends. Although this will take some getting used to, as keeping your aim on point while crouch spamming is fairly difficult, once you are comfortable with it you will see an instant improvement in your mobility.
Evolved will also change your jump button to the left bumper, which again will take some getting used to, however, the freedom to jump, climb, and stay mobile while keeping your thumb on the right stick is vital to improving your game in Apex Legends.
Movement / Aiming
- Look Sensitivity: 5
- Look Sensitivity (ADS): 4
- Per Optic Settings: On
- Response Curve: Classic
- Look Deadzone: None / Small
- Movement Deadzone: Small
- Inverted Look: Off
- Vibration: On
- Advanced Look Controls: Off
As for the Movement / Aiming section in the settings, we’ve found that the Classic Response Curve is the best all-around and feels most comfortable in-game. It’s also important to have your Look Deadzone at a minimum so either None or Small depending on your stick drift.
We’ve opted for Vibration On, but a lot of players may find it easier to have it Off if they feel it is affecting their ability to control recoil. Advanced Look Controls gives the player much more advanced customization options that a player will need to spend a lot of time with in order to perfect, which can be beneficial. However, we find the default options enough to get the most out of your aim and movement.
Of course, these settings are a great template for players, but you will most likely want to play around with the Look Sensitivity and ADS Sensitivity until you find what works for you.
- Button Hints: On
- Crosshair Damage Feedback: Off
- Weapon Auto-Cycle on Empty: On
- Auto-Sprint: Off
- Double-Tap Sprint: Off
- Jetpack Control: Hold
There are a lot of Gameplay settings in Apex Legends, but these are the most relevant for optimizing performance on Controller. First off, we think it’s beneficial for Button Hints to be On, as new players may want to be reminded of how to perform certain actions.
Having said that, more experienced players may want to switch this setting and Crosshair Damage Feedback Off to reduce HUD clutter. For Weapon Auto-Cycle on Empty, we feel having this setting On means players don’t have to worry about swapping weapons manually when they run out of ammo mid-fight. This will automatically switch your weapon so you can focus on getting the kill.
Some players like Auto Sprint, especially if their analog sticks are stiff. However, we feel this setting is better switched Off, as it is much easier to walk slowly and make more discreet plays.
For those Valkyrie mains, having your Jetpack Control on Hold makes it much easier to make quick escapes and movements with your Jetpack than Toggle.
Does FOV affect controller aim?
Field of View or FOV can definitely affect a player’s aim on controller. It’s beneficial to have this setting higher than the default value of 70, as it can increase the amount you see around you. However having it too high can affect a player’s aim negatively, as it reduces the size of objects and enemies that are far away.
With that being said, there’s definitely a sweet spot for controller players, but ultimately this setting is a preference and players will need to figure out what works best for them.
If you’d like to know what the sweet spot for FOV in Apex Legends is, check out our guide on the best FOV for Apex Legends.
For those enjoying Apex Legends on PC, check out our piece on the best settings for the battle royale on PC.
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Who is the most popular Apex Legends character? Season 14 pick rates
Apex Legends Season 14 is here, but which Legends are dominating Season 14 of Respawn’s battle royale so far?
Season 14 of Apex Legends has tons of characters to choose from to enjoy its several maps. But who has the top Season 14 pick rates in Respawn Entertainment’s battle royale shooter?
Apex Legends hit the ground running when it launched with eight different characters to choose from in its battle royale offering. The game suffered a notable lull when Call of Duty: Warzone launched, but with many popular streamers such as NICKMERCS and Dr Disrespect continuing to support the game, Apex has grown expeditiously.
There are now a whopping 22 different Legends to choose from, giving players a headache before each game. With Season 14 now here, the new Legend Vantage has already knocked some fan-favorite characters out of the running.
Let’s see how the current roster’s pick rates are looking to give us an idea of the most popular Legends in Apex Legends Season 14.
Apex Legends Season 14 pick rate ranked list
This is our complete list of every character pick in Apex Legends, and we’ve ranked them in order to let you know which are favored.
Here is every Apex Legends pick rate in Season 14 ranked, as of August 19, 2022, according to Apex Legends Status:
- Vantage – 12%
- Octane – 9.8%
- Wraith – 8.9%
- Pathfinder – 7.9%
- Bloodhound – 7.8%
- Valkyrie – 6%
- Horizon – 5.8%
- Seer – 4.4%
- Bangalore – 4.3%
- Lifeline – 4.1%
- Loba – 3.6%
- Fuse – 3.1%
- Ash – 3%
- Mad Maggie – 2.8%
- Newcastle – 2.8%
- Mirage – 2.5%
- Caustic – 2.4%
- Revenant – 2.1%
- Wattson – 1.9%
- Gibraltar – 1.7%
- Rampart – 1.6%
- Crypto – 1.3%
Most picked Legends in Apex Legends Season 14
5. Bloodhound – 7.8%
Again, with the influx of new Apex Legends players, Bloodhound is a great character to use for new players in Season 14.
Bloodhound nearly always stays in and around the 8-11% mark the seasons go on, and they have dropped slightly to 7.8%. Don’t let that put you off though, as they are easily the top Recon class to use in Apex Legends thanks to their tracking tools and incredible skills, plus, their Beast of the Hunt Ultimate is priceless.
4. Pathfinder – 7.9%
Pathfinder has consistently been one of Apex Legends’ top five picks at 7.9%, and counting, for quite some time now.
As a Recon class, Pathfinder simply excels in movements and traversing the game’s various maps. His Grappling Hook and Zipline Gun are simply invaluable assets that will help any team in a pinch – either because of the circle or a third-party situation. He consistently manages to stay in the top 5 as a result.
3. Wraith – 8.9%
Another starting Legend, Wraith has been a consistent pick throughout Apex Legends’ lifetime, and she has taken the number three with an 8.9% pick rate in Season 14.
Wraith’s stand-out features are her ability to get out of trouble very quickly – teammates included. Her abilities allow her to sense danger, become temporarily invulnerable, and create portals to escape predicaments. It’s easy to see why Wraith continues to be an absolute fan favorite in Apex Legends Season 14.
2. Octane – 9.8%
With a 9.8% pick rate, the speed demon has been dropped to the number two spot but continues his reign as one of the most popular Legends in Season 14, fluctuating between the top two places.
Aside from his amusing quips, he is the perfect balance of offense and defense. Despite being regarded as an offensive Legend, Octane can greatly increase his sprint speed which is useful for both attack and running away.
But most Octane users thrive on his Launch Pad Ultimate which can send him, and friendly players, high up into the air.
1. Vantage – 12% – Most picked Legend in Apex Legends Season 14
Of course, it’s the brand-new Legend Vantage that takes the top spot in Apex Legends Season 14. With a 12% pick rate, Vantage has stolen the show from other top Legends such as Octane and Valkyrie.
Vantage’s incredible popularity is probably due to her being new, but she’s not to be trifled with either. Her Sniper Rifle is an incredibly strong weapon, she’s able to wall run, and has a direct counter to Mirage.
How her pick rate will change throughout Season 14 remains to be seen, but she’s well-worth using on the overhauled Kings Canyon.
That covers all the picks in Apex Legends Season 14. As always, buffs and nerfs will come and go throughout the season, altering the game’s meta, and subsequently, Legend pick rates.
We’ll be sure to keep this updated regularly so you can stay on top of the in picks and don’t forget to check out how to get the Twitch Prime skin for the month of August.
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Overpowered Apex Legends double pump glitch returns in Season 14
Apex Legends players have discovered the return of the double pump glitch in Season 14, creating controversy in the community.
The infamous double pump glitch has returned in Apex Legends Season 14, leaving players worried about people abusing the bug.
However, players have now discovered that the infamous double pump glitch has returned, making the Peacekeeper and Sentinel even more deadly for those who abuse the bug.
Apex Legends content creator Mokeysniper brought the return of the double pump glitch to the community’s attention on August 18, posting a video of it in action.
The glitch allows players to shoot the Peacekeeper and Sentinel much faster than they should be able to, giving those who use the glitch an unfair advantage over others.
The glitch is done by shooting, reloading, swapping to your secondary, and swapping back very quickly. If players are able to get the timing right, they can repeat this process to shoot the Peacekeeper/Sentinel in a ridiculously fast manner.
This is clearly a glitch that needs to be addressed and resolved quickly by Respawn, as if it starts to be abused by players, it could create chaos.
In the comments of the Twitter post, there are a few videos of players showing them doing it in-game, which is a worrying sign. Some are very worried about it being absued, with one comment saying “I actually hate that you guys post this kinda s***. It’s always super sick to deal with some broken weird s*** in ranked.”
Hopefully, Respawn can get a fix out for this as soon as possible, much like they were able to do for the accidental removal of tap strafing.
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