Well it was no wonder that this games hyped died off way quicker than most BR´s.
The matchmaker is terrible and while i think SBMM is fine in essence, then how da hell is the rest of the game not actually based around skill ?
1. Shotguns (Peacekeeper ofc) has been overpowered for so long, that it is insane how you can even talk about skill, when this guns effectiveness at multiple ranges was so bongers. Even to this day it is still top tier, this game could benefit from gunplay becoming the focus and the peacekeeper being a * tier weapon unless in really close quarter combat.
2. Third partying
Yeah okay i know it is hard subject and that this has to happen in a game like Apex, but the rate at which it happens is too much, TTK are so slow in this game, that it is often impossible to fight another squad equally and win, to be ready for a 3rd. Many have talked about fixes and i don´t know how to fix it per say, but at least try out something, like buffs after a full squad wipe, that gives everyone alive some shields and health and maybe faster ress speed for 20 seconds.
3. Rankings, i don´t know how you at all can call this BS skill based, trios play vs duos and singles and that in itself is already completely unfair, but it is only 3 people so that is what it is. Then you have the grouping of people. Ever since you hit low diamond, you are put in games vs the nr 1-250 ranked apex predators. What is the point in having a ranking system based on performance in kills and placements to level up, when
A: the people you meet in that match is already far higher ranked than you, meaning their chance of success is far greater than yours as a squad.
B: Your squad is far lower ranked and there is no compensation at all, even when you from the matching alone is already severely at a disadvantage.
It makes absolutely no sense, that as soon as you reach diamond you are expected to basically win over multiple predators to even get further on in Diamond and then Predator. There is 0 purpose in distinguishing the ranks, when all are pitted against each other. At least in other games it calculates the differences between players and in cases where it becomes lobsided you are either rewarded less (If you win and is the favorite), or lose less (if you are the underdog and lose), that is the whole point with stacking uneven matches.
I know this game needs legendaries and they need power, but some items are just so insanely OP, to the point that they invalidate mechanics.
Good examples of recently made legendaries with downsides: Kraber, legendary backpack, legendary helmet, many legendary attachments. All have that OP legendary power but none are really OP and uncounterable in a match up.
Bad examples of poorly made legendaries: Legendary armour, Mastiff mostly.
Both are examples of having next to no downsides to still apply, the legendary armor is so insanely overpowered, that it takes a core aspect of the game (Healing) and reduces it by 50% !!
That is just way too much, it is insane. The reduction in time that it gives allows for even medium range engagements to not be possible to go full rushes on low health targets, cause by the time you are there, they have full health. A legendary item shouldn´t be able to alone counter a whole fundamental game strategy. In general it should be lowered heavily or changed. It just isn´t at all fair in this game, even if you can still outplay and win over people, who use it badly, that can be done with anything.
The mastiff suffers from the same problems as the PK, instead of being bad at medium-long ranges, it is the best gun up close, fast and deadly 100+ damage shots, in medium it still chunks decently, while only at longer ranges does it even become stupid to use it. As a whole it is just the shotgun problem of not realizing how deadly a shotgun should be at just semi decent distances between squads.
January 2020 - last edited January 2020
@TheDarkWaverSBMM has seemed better for me lately but Ive seen way more smurfs than I usually do this morning so the matches are hell lmao literally a smurf around every corner level 10s with 4k damage badges everywhere
I really want a solo mode so I can just do my own thing this is nuts, ive only had 2 good games today one as a duo and the other solo every match with a trio have been awful, ive started just doing hot drops getting a couple kills and repeating
i think item distribution is apart of SBMM already, some servers the train has gold/purples other servers every single item is a common or blue
The ranked system isn't fit for purpose in my opinion. It's so bad.
I hope they make significant changes to it next season.
Yeah, but the thing is, it is beyond bad, especially when this is the ranked mode and they just made SBMM, because they wanted, that to matter.