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REVIEW: Liberation and Piazza Content Drops 1 & 2

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If you’re on Twitter, then chances are you’ve heard of TwoToeTimmy. Rumor is he only has 2 toes and a deep passion for Call of Duty and it’s community. Here’s what he has to say about Content Drops 1 & 2. And dont forget to leave a comment if you agree (or disagree) with his views..
Elite Drop 1: Liberation Map
Liberation looks exactly like what you would imagine Central Park, New York City, looks on a cool autumn day right after it’s been invaded by the Russian Army. Military vehicles and communication towers are sprinkled around to provide cover while stone bridges covered by a blanket of reddish brown foliage provide passage for ghillied up snipers.

Make no mistake of it, this map is for Snipers. I’m not talking about the hybrid Akimbo FMG Snipers either, this is for the hide behind bushes and wait for anything to move type Snipers. This map is huge yet somehow all the action is in the middle. For the most part the action is slow paced on the perimeter and more chaotic in the center. Running from cover to cover with an assault rifle works well to surprise campy snipers hiding like Easter eggs behind every bush, rock, wall, river bank, or archway. Ultimately this map will become a haven for those who want to test their sniper skills. I would relate it to CliffSide (Hazard) or even Bog to an extent. Unfortunately the versatility of this map is not there as it’s completely unadvisable to play this map with a SMG or shotgun. Liberation is an excellent map for Snipers yet ultimately avoidable in a standard map rotation.
Grade: 2/5

Elite Drop 2:  Piazza Map
Piazza is a bright seaside Italian village untouched by the war. Aged marble tile street signs point you toward meticulously crafted mosaic patterned steps. Mysterious pathways will guide you to a plaza waiting for a casual afternoon lunch party. Fountain gardens and faded murals give hints of a time when one could enjoy La Bella Vita. Casually placed bottles of wine are scattered throughout this beautiful getaway from the hurried life society has imposed on us. It also makes for a spectacular place to go buck wild and run and gun like crazy.
Piazza will keep your head on a swivel and test your thumb dexterity. You’ll look up, down, left, right, and backwards as the fast paced action stays on a continuous tempo. Sure you could be the guy that orders a Coke at a Martini bar and camp behind a car the whole time but embracing the bedlam is far more exhilarating.

Tight staircases and twisting roads lead you into corners that will always keep you on your toes. This is a very well designed map as it rewards movement and almost encourages you to take a circular path around the map. I can’t think of another Call of Duty map that offers this combination of lateral and vertical movement. Piazza is a great addition to the history of COD maps and will eventually go down as one of the fan favorites.
Grade: 5/5
For premium subscription Elite members these maps are well worth the roughly $2.50 cost per map. Whether you like stalking your opponent from afar or prefer to run them down in blazing fury, the combination of these two maps offer something for everyone. Modern Warfare didn’t knock it out of the park, however they provided good value on the first content drop.

 

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Apex Legends War Games trailer hints at huge Lifeline change

The new Apex Legends War Games event trailer may have hinted at a future Lifeline change that may potentially cause controversy.

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Apex Legends Lifeline nerf

Ever since the drone revive update for Lifeline in Season 5, players have been calling for her to be nerfed. It seems the new War Games trailer has hinted at a possible change to her kit.

On April 8th, Respawn Entertainment released the trailer for their highly anticipated mini-event, War Games. Not only does this update mean new skins and LTMs, but also a new patch with, of course, meta changes.

Apex Legends developers have admitted to the struggle of balancing Lifeline before, and have even stated that they would like to try a version of Lifeline “without the shield”.

Lifeline Drone Revive

Lifeline was originally one of the characters with the highest win rate in the game due to her passive ability to heal herself quicker than any other Legend.

However, since this passive was removed and replaced by her drone revive, she has become even stronger in the role of support; not just keeping herself alive but also effortlessly reviving her teammates.

In the trailer for War Games, it seems Lifeline’s drone revive remains. However, this time she doesn’t have the protective shield that many have been calling for to be removed.

It seems they will be finally trying out this new change to Lifeline, which could also potentially lead to further changes surrounding the Low Profile passive.

In another recent discussion with the developers, players also found out that Season 8 Legend, Fuse, had the worst win rate of all characters. Perhaps, this Lifeline change will be a part of some larger patch notes which could see less meta characters such as Rampart and Fuse getting changes to their abilities.

Apex Legends is a battle royale that seems to be constantly evolving, with talk of adding more game modes in the future. Although there was some backlash towards the War Games event, with players worried it will ruin the battle royale experience, these new modes draw players to the game and keep the player base fresh.

If you’re interested in more Apex Legends news, check out this guide for activating a future Season 9 teaser. For more updates on Apex Legends new War Games event and the patch notes that will come with it, stay tuned on Charlie Intel.

Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment

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Apex Legends: how to activate the Season 9 Arena teaser

Apex Legends data miners have found out how players can activate a new Season 9 teaser. Here’s how to see it for yourself when it releases.

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Apex Legends Season 9 Teaser Arena

The most recent leaks from Apex Legends data miners reveal the mystery behind the platform in the Firing Range and how to activate the Season 9 teaser.

After the halfway split for Season 8, players noticed a stranged platform implemented on the left side of the Firing Range map.

For weeks players were unaware of its purpose, but finally, the mystery has been uncovered and is associated with the new upcoming Arena mode.

Season 9 Teaser Arena

Data miner @GarretLeaks was among the few who leaked how players can activate the button found on the Firing Range platform. GarretLeaks has even created a step by step guide of how players can experience the Season 9 Arena teaser, which will be available late April:

  • Step 1: Collect keycard from care packages (available on April 16th)
  • Step 2: Find Holosprays scattered around Kings Canyon
  • Step 3: Find Holosprays scattered around Olympus
  • Step 4: Press the phone in the lobby and listen to the audio
  • Step 5: Press the button on the Firing Range platform and wait for the ship (available on April 20th)

Along with this, fellow data miner @Biast12 has also released a video showing what happens after activating the button in the Firing Range.

The video shows Biast boarding a ship after activating the button. Biast arrives at a new location where another button awaits, which activates an elevator. This then takes you into a small arena where a massive hollo of future Legend Ash is shown along with a voice line that states, “The Arena awaits.”

This is clearly a teaser for the upcoming 3v3 mode ‘Arena,’ which will be arriving in Season 9. However, this is also a teaser for the future legend, Ash. Although Ash will likely be arriving at a later Season – more like Season 10 – it does confirm that she will be arriving sooner than later.

In fact, it’s not the first time an announcer for a game mode has eventually become a playable Legend. Back in Season 3, the Shadow Fall game mode saw Revenant as the announcer, who later became a playable Legend in Season 4.

Read more: All Unreleased Apex Legends Characters

If this stays true to the format, Ash could be the new Legend for Season 10, after being an announcer for the previous season much like the introduction of Revenant. Players will be able to activate this teaser towards the end of Season 8.

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Apex Legends players discover secret Wattson nerf

Wattson’s ultimate ability has a hidden nerf in Apex Legends Season 8, that keeps her from countering Horizon’s attacks.

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Horizon and Wattson in Apex Legends

A hidden nerf has been discovered within Wattson’s ultimate ability in Apex Legends, that keeps it from countering Horizon.

Horizon has made rounds in Apex Legends ever since her arrival in Season 7. She’s one of the strongest characters in the game and has such a high win-rate that the devs nerfed her in Chaos Theory update, with more planned in the future.

However, some pros and streamers feel that she’s too powerful, as it’s extremely difficult to defeat her in combat. Now, a new secret nerf has been found that keeps Wattson from countering Horizon’s moves.

Wattson in Apex Legends

Wattson’s an extremely useful character in the Apex Legends roster, as her Interception Pylon ultimate ability can counter almost anything that enemies throw at her.

This is particularly useful against Horizon’s Black Hole Ultimate, as well as her Gravity Lift. However, a few players have noted that Wattson’s abilities aren’t functioning properly recently, making her weak against the eccentric astrophysicist.

Reddit user mrsirgo posted a clip showcasing this issue in the Apex Legends subreddit. Many other players vented about their own experience with this problem in the comments.

“Definitely died a couple times to this last night,” said one player. “My spouse mains Wattson and I was shocked when a Horizon ult landed right next to the Pylon and a squad was able to push us. Hopefully, the Devs will look into it.”

At the time of writing, the issue isn’t listed on Respawn’s public Trello board, so they might not be aware of the issue yet. Hopefully, they’ll take notice of this, and present a fix for it soon.

We’ll keep checking for any updates on this situation, and will let you know once we learn anything new.

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