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NICKMERCS explains his thoughts on Apex Legends aim assist

NICKMERCS offered his thoughts on aim assist in Apex Legends, as the controversial mouse and keyboard vs. controller debate rages on.

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Aim assist has been a topic of discussion in the Apex Legends community since the upcoming removal of tap-strafing was announced, leaving NICKMERCS to share his opinion on the situation.

In the most recent news for Apex Legends, the developers officially announced that the movement tech “tap-strafing” would be removed in the upcoming Collection Event update expected on September 14.

This was highly controversial and even caused further tension between controller and mouse and keyboard players.

The developers justified their decision and mentioned potential changes coming to aim assist, which seems to be a concern for many mouse and keyboard players now that tap-strafing will be removed.

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Tap-strafing is a movement tech in Apex Legends that can only be performed on mouse and keyboard on a PC. This was ultimately one of the reasons the devs decided to remove it, claiming it was inaccessible due to its restrictions.

However, mouse and keyboard players were up in arms about the announcement, so much so they began claiming that controller was now the superior input due to aim assist.

Mouse and keyboard’s benefit has mostly been the freedom of movement, but now tap-strafing will be removed. Many are claiming the benefits are lessened.

NICKMERCS shared his opinion on potential changes coming to aim assist in a recent video, which, as you could guess, may not go down too well with mouse and keyboard players.

In the video, Nick mentions the developers worry around players feeling as if they need to use a particular input (controller) to thrive in Apex Legends.

The developers want both inputs to be on a level playing field, hence the reasoning of inaccessibility behind the removal of tap-strafing, as controller players are unable to perform the movement.

NICKMERCS isn’t sure what changes they’re thinking of doing, whether they want to “nerf aim assist or buff aim assist.”

Of course, the potential changes would be to nerf somewhat or lessen the effect of aim assist in response to the uproar surround tap-strafing. It seems Nick is just trolling those players upset with the removal of tap-strafing, asking all his “controller gang” to type “buff” in the comments.

The overall opinion from NICKMERCS is summarized in this sentence: “It’s funny all these keyboard and mouse guys are talking about aim assist being broken, right, but they’re on keyboard and mouse.”

Clearly, Nick feels that both inputs have their strengths and weaknesses, but nerfing aim-assist isn’t the answer. Ultimately, controller players have aim assist as the degree of control over recoil and aim is much higher on mouse and keyboard, especially at longer ranges.

Aim assist does help players a lot in close combat, so perhaps this is what the developers are looking into.

Either way, we’ll have to wait until the update to see just what the developers are planning to do with the aim assist controversy and whether they will decide to change it. For more, check out our article on Octane’s stim glitch in Apex Legends Season 10.

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Crazy Apex Legends trick sees Horizon’s Black Hole traveling across the map

A new Apex Legends trick has been discovered with Vantage that allows players to move Horizon’s Black Hole ability around the battlefield.

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Apex Legends players have found a brand-new trick with the Season 14 Legend Vantage which allows you to send Horizon’s Black Hole Ultimate flying.

Apex Legends Season 14 launched with a heap of new content and changes for players. An update as big as the seasonal patches in Apex Legends usually means new bugs and glitches, which players found during launch week as characters were given the wrong abilities.

While players get familiar with the new content, sometimes they find interesting exploits and ways to utilize certain in-game items to gain an advantage. This is exactly what players have done with Vantage, finding tricks and tips to best utilize her kit.

The latest trick with Vantage is actually also beneficial to Horizon, as it allows Vantage to move her Ulitmate Black Hole ability around at will.

Vantage is able to send Echo out at a 40-meter range to where she wishes. Of course, this is usually used to relocate, as Vantage can jump towards Echo. However, players have discovered that Echo can actually do more than this, including being able to carry Horizon’s Ultimate while flying around.

An Apex Legends player and content creator by the name of Deus Bass is the one responsible for this trick, finding a way to place Horizon’s Ultimate on top of Vantage’s bat companion, Echo.

Players will need to call the bat to Vantage’s feet and get their Horizon teammate to place the Ultimate on top of Echo.

If players coordinate this trick, it can do some serious work. Usually, it’s fairly easy to avoid Horizon’s Ultimate, as it only covers a small circular area. However, with this, Vantage can order Echo and subsequently the Black Hole wherever the enemies go.


For more on Apex Legends, check out everything we know about the Season 14 Collection Event.

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Apex Legends Season 14 Collection Event: Leaks, skins, LTMs, more

Apex Legends players will get a brand-new Collection Event in Season 14. Here are all the details we know so far including leaks.

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Apex Legends Season 14 will see a new Collection Event added during the season, bringing new content such as skins, LTMs, and a new Heirloom.

Apex Legends players will be gifted a brand-new Collection Event in Season 14, following the season’s successful launch and rise in popularity.

The Season 14 update brought a variety of changes and new content but Respawn Entertainment never stop there when it comes to a new season, as they provide players with plenty of events as well.

Every season players are gifted a new Collection Event, which offers new cosmetics and often a limited-time mode (LTM). With that said, here’s everything we know about the Apex Legends Season 14 Collection Event, including the leaks.

While players are yet to receive any official information regarding Apex Legends Season 14’s Collection Event, there have been leaks that suggest the theme and reveal the potential cosmetics players can expect for the event, including the Heirloom.

Apex Legends Season 14 leaked Collection Event theme

Apex Legends leaker Kralindo revealed some details on the Season 14 Collection Event, showing off datamined cosmetics as well as naming the event “Hunter Predator.”

This is not the official name and is just a leak so take this with a grain of salt, but the Season 14 Collection Event could be predator-themed, which would work nicely with the season’s title, Hunted.

Other renowned leakers such as Thordan Smash are claiming that the official Season 14 Collection Event name could be “Beast of Prey.”

Either way, both of these names fit with the season’s theme, so it’s possible this is what the Season 14 Collection Event could be called.

Apex Legends Season 14 Collection Event possible Heirloom

Along with the standard 24 cosmetic items available during a Collection Event, a brand-new Heirloom will be available for those who complete the collection.

While there is no official information regarding what the Heirloom will be, one of the devs has hinted at it possibly being Loba’s turn to receive one.

For more information, check out our piece on the possible Loba Heirloom design.

Apex Legends Season 14 leaked Collection Event skins & cosmetics

So far, there have been leaks from Kralindo that show off a variety of Season 14’s “Hunter Predator” Collection Event cosmetics.

Kralindo has leaked Epic rarity skins for Gibraltar, the C.A.R SMG, Longbow, Hemlock, and Wingman. As well as this, the dataminer also revealed a variety of Apex Legends Season 14 Collection Event Charms and Banner Frames for Lifeline, Horizon, Loba, Valkyrie, and Fuse.

That’s currently all that is known about the Apex Legends Season 14 Collection Event. Remember to take this all with a pinch of salt as the information is leaked and subject to change if Respawn so wishes.

When there is official news regarding the Collection Event from Respawn we will be sure to update this piece so stay tuned.


For more, check out why Dr Disrespect believes Apex Legends isn’t close to dying out.

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Apex Legends players convinced dev teased Loba Heirloom is next

An Apex Legends developer may have teased which Legend will be receiving an Heirloom in the Season 14 update.

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Apex Legends players are convinced that a Respawn Entertainment dev is hinting that Loba is next in line for an Heirloom.

Apex Legends Season 14 is officially here, and while players are still getting to grips with Vantage and some of the changes made in the patch notes, many are looking forward to the next update.

A new season of Apex Legends means new events, which also means a brand-new Heirloom for one of the Legends without one. This season the new Level Cap increase means that all players have the chance to gain a free Heirloom, but which Legend will get theirs in Season 14?

In Season 13 we saw Valkyrie get her Suzaku, and it seems a dev has teased that Loba’s Heirloom is next in line.

Moy Parra, the Lead Animator for Apex Legends at Respawn Entertainment posted an intriguing gif and caption on August 13, which many believe is a major hint to who will be getting an Heirloom next.

The gif is of Loba, and the caption states that the Legend has been on the developer’s mind recently, perhaps suggesting that the devs have been working on the Heirloom, and maybe Moy has even been designing the animations for it.

Over on the Apex Legends subreddit, some have been highlighting this tweet, also believing that it could be a teaser for the “next heirloom.”

We’ll have to wait and see what the new Heirloom will be, but it’s not the first time we have heard rumors surrounding Loba’s, as leakers have previously suggested the design and release date of Loba’s Heirloom.

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