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Apex Legends devs take action against ranked play teamers

Respawn have dropped the ban-hammer on a group of Xbox players cheating through ‘teaming’ in Ranked Apex Legends.

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A group of Xbox players have been banned for teaming up in high level games of Apex Legends’ Ranked mode.

Cheating in video games takes many forms. Whether it’s buying hacks from a website to see through walls and have auto-aim, or ‘stream-sniping’ the competition by watching their live stream, cheating is common in most online FPS games.

‘Teaming’ has become especially prominent in battle royale games. This is where like-minded cheaters queue into a match together and help each other get the win. It’s extremely frustrating to come against, as the odds are heavily stacked in the teamers favor.

Apex Legends’ Ranked League is a prime place for these cheaters to team up. By progressing through the ranks, you can earn in-game rewards and bragging rights. The top 500 players can also earn themselves the title of Apex Predator.

To help fix this, when reporting a player in-game, you can flag them for “Cooperating with Enemy.” It’s clear that Respawn listens and acts upon these reports.

Ranked teamers banned

Conor Ford, the Security Analyst at Respawn, gave a tongue in cheek announcement that some teamers were recently banned.

“To the 14 Xbox players who were teaming in high-level Ranked,” he wrote. “I hope your time off is more fulfilling and well spent than what you were doing in Apex lol.”

Respawn has a solid track record of taking down cheaters in Apex Legends. Recently, streamer Loide90 was banned for displaying hacks on-stream. He unashamedly showed that he could see enemies through walls, so the community rallied to bring him to the developers’ attention. Respawn Producer Josh Medina then confirmed he had indeed been banned.

To anyone considering giving themselves a head start in Ranked play through cheating, you can be sure Respawn will be there to give you the ban hammer.

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Apex Legends Season 8 will feature gold magazines with new feature

Apex Legends Season 8 nearly here, and we’ve got a sneak peek at a new gold magazine attachment that automatically reloads your gun.

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Apex Legends Season 8 releases February 2, 2021, and will include a new gold magazine rarity, that will automatically reload weapons.

The news for Apex Legends Season 8 just keeps getting better. We had our first peek at the new content last week in a trailer released by Respawn, and today we got some additional information regarding the new “Gold Magazines.”

In a now-removed YouTube video description for the Season 8 gameplay trailer, it was stated that players should “look out for Gold Magazines, capable of automatically reloading holstered weapons.”

Are the Gold Magazines overpowered?

At face value, players could easily believe that the Gold Magazines are overpowered, allowing users to quickly and instantly reload stowed weapons mid gunfight. However, it has been confirmed via Reddit by a Respawn Senior Game Designer, Daniel Klein that this is not the case. You can read his response below.

Rest assured, the new magazine won’t be problematic by allowing players to reload instantly. If it does become problematic, Daniel Klein mentioned that they can always change the cooldown, so this new magazine may be tweaked in the future.

The developer also added that there will be a screen popup and a sound effect when the stowed weapon is reloaded, so it will be easy to tell when the weapon is reloaded and ready to go.

To see gameplay of the new Gold Magazines, you’ll have to catch the official Apex Legends Season 8 gameplay trailer, linked below. It will go live on January 26, 2021, at 11 AM ET.

 

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How to counter Bloodhound’s ultimate in Apex Legends

There is a neat little trick that can help you use Bloodhound’s ultimate ability against them in Apex Legends.

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How to counter Bloodhound's ultimate in Apex Legends

A few Apex Legends players have discovered a characteristic of Bloodhound’s ultimate that highlights the character’s location, and they’ve used this helpful trick to counter this move in combat.

There are various unique characters for you to choose from while playing Apex Legends. All of these Legends have their own special abilities, which make them ideal for different combat strategies.

Bloodhound has a high pick-rate and is considered the second most popular Legend in Season 7. Their Beast of the Hunt ultimate allows them to gain speed and highlights their enemies, which makes it hard to hide from them.

However, this ability has a few major giveaways that can reveal Bloodhound’s location if they’re camping. If you’ve noticed these, then you can use them to your advantage.

Simple Apex Legends trick to counter Bloodhound’s ultimate

One thing that telegraphs Bloodhound’s ultimate ability is the pulsating sound that you can hear if you’re nearby. You can also see the dome that appears when they begin scanning the area. However, there’s also a third sign of this ability that you should watch out for.

The Beast of the Hunt has a distinct glow that becomes visible when Bloodhound is camping behind a wall or door. Reddit user dewag posted a clip in the Apex Legends subreddit, in which they were able to spot a Bloodhound that was hiding in a corner.

The Legend was trying to heal while sitting right up against the wall, and the player noticed the glow of the ultimate ability through the opening. They then took advantage of this to catch Bloodhound completely by surprise.

However, you should keep in mind that this trick is extremely situational, so you’ll have to count on Bloodhound using their ultimate while sitting in a corner in order – apart from maybe in the final few circles.

That said, this is still an incredibly useful tactic to employ in combat. Once you know where the Legend is hiding, you can flush them out with a grenade, shot, or even by using your own ultimate ability. So be sure to try it out whenever the opportunity presents itself.

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Apex Legends devs reveal possible buffs for Loba

Apex Legends fans feel that Loba’s teleportation ability could do with a buff, so a senior developer revealed it might happen in future.

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Following a fan’s request for Loba to be buffed, Apex Legends developer, Daniel Klein, revealed that she could be buffed in the future, although she’s “pretty good right now.”

Loba was introduced to Apex Legends in Season 5, and while being one of the most interesting characters, some fans believe her abilities are lackluster compared to those of other Legends.

On the Season 8 teaser Reddit thread, Apex Legends fans pitched buffs to the High Society Thief, and a developer gave a detailed response.

Loba buffed in future updates

Loba’s Tactical Ability, Burglar’s Best Friend, allows her to throw her ‘jump drive bracelet,’ and teleport to wherever it lands. It has a 29-second cooldown, which some fans believe is too long for certain situations.

Loba's bracelet in Apex Legends

A Reddit user pitched a buff to Loba’s teleportation bracelet to Senior Game Designer, Daniel Klein. Similar to how Pathfinder’s Grappling Hook’s cooldown scales with how far it travels, Apexfan12 suggested that Loba’s bracelet should have the same mechanic.

According to Apexfan12, there have been “many times” where Loba mains accidentally throw the bracelet right in front of them and still have to wait 30 seconds for it to recharge.

“Definitely could do that!” responded Klein. “Could also just shave off time in general,” he considered. “I think the animations pre and post use could also do with some tightening.”

Klein then admitted that she’s “pretty good right now” and confirmed the update won’t be coming immediately, but we could see it in “a patch or two.”

Apex dev response to Loba buff

In the same thread, another user suggested that they could make Loba’s bracelet travel faster in the air so the landing animation isn’t taken away.

Klein shot them down, saying that “this would be a last resort,” as it would require a lot of new animation work and could have balance problems. However, he admitted that perhaps they could speed her up by reducing the take-off animation.

“This is experimental stuff we’re still playtesting and there’s a good chance we won’t ship it if it’s not healthy for the game,” he concluded.

Apex Legends Season 8 is set to launch on February 2 and will bring a variety of Legend balancing updates, but Loba will be left to “rest” for a while.

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