Depending on whether you’re a Mirage or Pathfinder main, this is either the best or worst day of your Apex Legends career, as the season five patch has brought a raft of changes to the game’s meta.
Aside from the addition of new legend Loba, the big news from Respawn’s patch notes is that Pathfinder – normally considered one of the most powerful legends due to his mobility – has had his wings clipped. Quite severely, in fact, as his tactical grapple now has a cooldown of 35 seconds instead of 15. “Given the power of quick repositioning in Apex, being able to use Pathfinder’s grappling hook multiple times in a fight is both too powerful and muddies combat legibility,” a designer explained in the patch notes. This means Pathfinder mains are going to have to choose their moment wisely, as missing a grapple mid-battle can now be rather lethal.
Meanwhile, professional bamboozler Mirage (who has often been regarded as underpowered by the Apex community) has finally been given a complete makeover, with new abilities and serious improvements to his existing skills. His tactical ability psyche out, which pops out a decoy, now allows Mirage to control it by having it mimic his movements, and he can now release another decoy which simultaneously removes the previous one. Oh, and the decoys now last for 60 seconds.