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NICKMERCS reveals the Apex Legends feature that Warzone needs

NICKMERCS has fallen in love with Apex Legends’ armor system, and believes Warzone could learn from its battle royale competition.

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Top streamer Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff argued that Apex Legends has the best health and armor system of any battle royale, and believes Warzone could learn from it.

Frustrated with Warzone, NICKMERCS has made the switch to Apex Legends for the foreseeable future. On his grind to hit Apex Predator, he’s fallen in love with the game’s Ranked Play, skill gap, and mechanics.

One of these mechanics is Apex Legends’ health system, with NICKMERCS believing that “it’s the best battle royale for armor and shield.” He broke down what makes it so great, and why Warzone got its health and armor system wrong.

Apex Legends Evo Shields or Siphon in Warzone

Evo Shields in Apex Legends

Nick loves that Apex Legends is “the only battle royale where if you don’t have good shield, at least you can earn it.” Apex features Evo Shields, where dealing damage increases your armor’s effectiveness.

NICKMERCS believes this encourages you to “move around the map” and helps with camping “because in battle royales, camping’s a big, big issue.” He explained how it also increases the skill gap, where “if you’re a good, good Apex player, you’re going to get good shield either way.”

Nick is a big fan of this ‘siphon’ concept in both Apex and Fortnite, and explained: “I always said in Call of Duty, I thought that when you got a kill, it should’ve put a plate on for you.”

Apex Legends Shield Batteries in Warzone

Warzone players have long been complaining that Armor Plates replace a broken plate, rather than going into an empty slot. This means that if one plate is slightly damaged, you must apply two to fill up the empty slot.

Nick said he “always hated that about CoD,” and thinks Warzone could learn from Apex’s Shield Batteries. Although they take longer to apply, these devices fill up all your shields at once.

He couldn’t come up with a fitting name on the spot but believes Warzone should have a “super plate” that fills up all of your armor. Nick quit Warzone before this Perk was introduced, but Season 5’s Tempered acts similarly, making it so you only need to apply two plates to get full armor.


NICKMERCS concluded that he loves “everything about the health in Apex” and thinks “they perfected it.” In comparison, he feels that Warzone’s system is lacking, and could do with the discussed changes.

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Apex Legends devs respond to temporary tap strafing removal

Respawn Entertainment have responded to the temporary removal of the tap strafing mechanic from Apex Legends.

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Apex Legends players noticed that the tap strafing mechanic was missing during Season 14 for a few hours, and the developers have now responded to this issue after its return.

When you hop into a game of Apex Legend, there are a variety of different movement techniques that can be useful during combat, and tap-strafing is one that has caused a ton of controversy.

On August 16, players discovered that the movement mechanic had been removed shortly after receiving an accidental nerf. However, it has now returned and the developers have addressed the issue.

Tap-strafing allows players to quickly change their direction without losing any speed, granting them the opportunity to pull off clever maneuvers and get themselves out of troublesome situations.

However, players reported that they were unable to rotate beyond 90 degrees and were wondering if the devs had nerfed the mechanic. Shortly after these complaints, the mechanic had been removed altogether from Season 14.

After players began speculating whether this was an intentional nerf, Respawn Entertainment responded by confirming that the issues with tap strafing were something they were looking into.

They then later confirmed that they’ve pushed a fix for the problem and that players would be able to use the tap strafe mechanic once again. It returned to the game just a few hours after its removal.

It’s reassuring to know that the developers responded to feedback about the tap strafing issues extremely quickly, and many fans had fun talking about the reaction from the community during its absence.

Apex Legends content creator Thordan Smash tweeted: “Tap strafing went down for 2 hours in Apex Legends and is now back up and PC players went into full meltdown mode. Now I understand the daily aim assist crying.”

This is not the first time that this movement technique has gone missing from the game, as the Apex Legends developers also temporarily removed it back in Season 10 in response to player complaints.


For more Apex Legends content, check out this crazy trick that sees Horizon’s Black Hole travel across the map as well as everything you need to know about the Season 14 Collection Event.

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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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