The meta of Apex Legends underwent one among its most drastic shifts in latest reminiscence firstly of season 14. Large buffs, nerfs, ammo adjustments, and new attachments led to what seems like a totally new weapon meta, and adjustments to completely different legends and their skills have additionally shaken issues up.
With nerfs to Valkyrie, large buffs coming in for Newcastle, and extra changes made right here and there, it’s clear that the builders at Respawn wished to vary the sport with the brand new season and convey characters that have been among the most and least widespread picks among the many participant base nearer to the center. That goes double for the skilled stage, the place Valkyrie has outlined Apex and the way it’s performed on the highest stage for a few yr. And meta adjustments imply groups like TSM should develop new plans.
Fortunately, TSM IGL Philip “ImperialHal” Dosen thinks his squad’s fast plans for the shifting meta will shock their North American opponents when the Apex Legends International Collection kicks off later this yr.
Whereas Hal doesn’t assume the professional meta will change too terribly from the super-aggresive type that’s change into widespread over the previous month, he did reveal that TSM’s newly-planned composition and playstyle will catch different group’s off-guard. He additionally famous the high-risk, high-reward nature of his group’s plan: “it would fuck over some groups… or fuck us over too, who is aware of.”
Regardless of Hal’s assertion that he doesn’t see “a lot altering” with the professional meta, it’s been in flux for the reason that ALGS Championship. Many groups have lastly dropped Gibraltar from their compositions after a two-year interval the place he dominated professional decide charges. There have been hints of Gibraltar falling from his high spot within the winter, and the evolution of the Seer meta together with an oblique nerf to his Dome of Safety, which Mad Maggie’s Wrecking Ball can now destroy, has solely made him even much less useful.
It doesn’t seem that execs have given up on Valkyrie but, regardless of the appreciable nerfs to her skills in season 14. However exterior of Gibraltar’s fall and Seer’s rise, many groups are closely experimenting with their group compositions. 100 Thieves, who helped convey Newcastle to recognition with their Newcastle-Wattson-Valkyrie composition, have already examined swapping out Wattson for Rampart. Horizon picks have reemerged within the professional scene, and some groups have tried to drop Valkyrie in favor of different legends with rotational utility for his or her group, like Ash, Octane, and Wraith.
No matter TSM’s eventual plans, it’ll seemingly contain shifting assist participant Jordan “Reps” Wolfe off of Gibraltar. Previous that, it’s anybody’s guess precisely how the group plans to go about stunning the remainder of the scene when most different groups are nonetheless experimenting with their new compositions.
It’s an thrilling time to be a fan of professional Apex, with the sport seeing essentially the most main meta adjustments and character swaps it has seen for the reason that starting of final season. The ALGS is scheduled to return someday later this yr, and there’s no telling simply what’s in retailer for the gamers and followers when the video games start.