well to summarize it: the combination of more damage, faster moving speed and lesser time between the rounds makes the game kind of dull. i always thought one of the really positive aspect about apex were the intense firefights, multiple squads fighting for idk what time. But atm, once the fight lasts longer than 2 minutes, you basically have to retreat and frantically run into the ring. no time for looting, no time to engage another squad that might have been attracted by the sound. or even worse, another squad heard you fighting and just positions themselves right next to the ring wall. Since the damage is that severe, it does not need too much skill, actually none, to hit a few shots and get the kill (or just prevent you from entering with the same result). Even if youre the one in the better (/luckier) position, it is incredibly unsatisfying to farm two kills by hitting for 50 each or whatever or to win a game cause 2/4 of the remaining squads died in the ring and the final one consists of one unlucky solo dude. It seems like you acknowledge the criticism just to go from one extreme (ring to weak and slow + most starter weapons heavily underpowered) to another. yea, i know the match could get really boring especially in midgame, but i rather take that than any promising, somewhat exciting fight being interrupted by the incoming ring.