Learning From the Pro: Apex Legends
Qualifiers for the first-ever Apex Legends major has finished, and a lot of participants was streaming in the process. Like many other beginner players, I took my time to watch and learn how their game is different from what I usually do.
Below is the list of things I will be copying from them, and so should you.
Don’t Drop to Random Locations
The Apex pros never drop into a location with a random outcome. For example, they don’t jump on a train along with the other squad. Each round of the qualifiers consisted of only three to five games, and one single random misplay would most likely cost them the tournament life.
Of course, playing ranked games, you have an unlimited number of games so that you can gamble more than then pros at Major. Still, the higher you get, the more entry cost is, and you don’t want to lose MMR for free.
Play to the Position
They know that every other player in the match is as good as them, so they don’t take random engagements. Instead of frags, they prioritize standings. That approach leads them to the following decisions:
- They prefer defensive legends, such as Gibraltar, Wattson, Wraith, and Pathfinder.
- They play to the ring and will instead take a high ground than a fight with another squad.
When preparing for defensive play, Apex pro players get there as many armors as they can. To do it, they drop their shield, take another one, drop it a little closer to the spot they are going to defend, they pick another armor and drop it even closer, and so on.
As a result, they have additional armor in the position and can swap the broken one to restore shields instantly during the fight. Same way, they collect shield batteries and phoenix kits.
Sometimes they also give the best armor to their most reliable player. Some could say that it’s a useless tip for matchmaking; however, I’ve already witnessed a player giving me the level-three armor. Not like I am too strong, but it’s a nice and useful thing to do sometimes, so consider it.
Use Wattson’s Fences
A beginner player might have come to an assumption that Wattson’s tactical ability is kind of useless. Not at the pro level! Pro use fences every time they can to protect positions they decided to hold.
Fences slow enemies and deal little damage, and it helps a lot when another squad decides to engage in your position.
Use Wattson’s Pylons
Pylons not only restore shields but also block all ordnance. You may not have recognized it before, but they also block Gibraltar’s ultimate, which you can’t overestimate in the late-game.
So make sure to place a Pylon every time you guys decided to sit back a bit. But mind that the enemies can destroy it, so it shouldn’t be in the open space if possible.
Wraith’s Portal to Dodge the Ring
Pro matches often go to the very late state when a ring collapses to nothing. Sometimes attacking at that stage is impossible — such as, if one squad is on the roof of the building and another one is inside.
To dodge as many ring damage as possible, they place the Wraith’s portal and jump into it back and forth as long as they can because when you are inside, you don’t receive the ring damage.
That’s why every pro team has Wraith. And because of that, they don’t benefit from that, and it’s still a random outcome. However, if one squad didn’t use it, it would have lost for sure. So keep this technique in mind.
That isn’t precisely detailed stats, even though we may have it later on the major, I guess. But that’s what I have noticed so far on the qualifiers.
- Pro swaps their core weapon for Wingman whenever they can. This weapon is tricky indeed, but we definitely must learn to hit with it. Extended Heavy Magazine is a necessary add-on.
- Pro tend not to use a Double-tap hop-up for Eva-8 and swap it for Peacekeeper whenever they can.
- Another high-rated weapon is R-99. So, they try to collect two out of three and drop anything else for them.
I don’t think it’s a rule for low-level matchmaking, especially Wingman, but still a good thing to know.