Another day, another new season for Respawn Entertainment’s battle royale Apex Legends. With the update’s release on November 4th, many new and returning players are jumping into the game to experience its biggest season yet: Escape. But with such a huge expansion to an already complex game, it can be a little overwhelming to figure out what exactly is new and worth checking out. Luckily for you, we’ve done all the work for you. In this article, we’re covering everything you need to know about Apex Legends Season 11.
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Apex Legends Season 11 Overview
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New Map: Storm Point
Welcome to Storm Point, a beautiful tropical paradise located on the world of Gaea. This is by far the prettiest map ever seen in Apex Legends! It can be hard to stay focused on the objective while you are surrounded by so much natural scenery.
Storm Point is the biggest map ever released for Apex Legends. According to Respawn, the map is “about 15% bigger than World’s Edge”.
The map is so large in fact, that several players are calling on Respawn to increase the max player count from thirty to sixty. Of course, finding enemies isn’t hard when you know where to land.
Storm Point’s Best POIs
The map contains dozens of POI’s to drop in, as well as tons of little “camps” and non-marked locations scattered in-between. How about we take a look at some of the best locations?
The Antenna — one of the largest and most popular drop points — is located to the south of the map. It features several long sky bridges connecting the center of the structure to the edge of a great big pit located below. This is a great place to land if you are looking for a fight early game.
Cenote Cave — my personal favorite location — is a massive open-air cave located to the southwest. It sports several buildings and power positions inside the cave, making it an excellent spot for a firefight. Plenty of loot spawns in this location, making it a good place to get new gear.
Cascade Falls is located very close to the center of Storm Point, making it a good point of reference when traveling through the map. The location features many buildings huddled together, making it a good place to set up some defenses and camp if you are playing as Caustic, Wattson, or Rampart.
Storm Point’s Special Features
Not only is Storm Point larger than any other map in the game, but it also comes with several unique features (some new, and some returning from previous maps).
Prowlers & Spiders: One of the best new features in my opinion are the new PvE “events” scattered throughout the map. When you are traveling through the arena, you will occasionally come across prowler dens and spider nests.
You can avoid them if you are not feeling up to the challenge. But if you choose to shoot the prowler dens or spider eggs, they will turn hostile and come rushing out to fight you and your squad! Killing one spider gives you about 10 points to your Evo shield. Prowlers, on the other hand, will give you 29 points each!
If you manage to clear out an entire nest of either type, you and each of your squadmates will receive 30 crafting materials.
Tridents: Returning from the map Olympus, Tridents are fast-moving hover cars scattered throughout the map. They can hold your entire squad, and certain legends can use their abilities with them. Gibraltar can place his shield to stop incoming fire, and Rampart can place her turret to return fire.
Pressing the button to aim down sights when driving one will give you a boost, letting you cruise around the map quickly and easily!
Gravity Cannons: If futuristic hovercars aren’t really your thing, how about futuristic gravity-defying cannons that launch you across the map at incredible speeds? The new gravity cannons are here to replace the jump towers from previous maps.
Gravity cannons can only launch you in one direction, meaning you are much more limited with how you use them. Still, they make a fun and reliable way to stay ahead of the ring and keep up with your squad! They also have the added benefit of reducing third parties.
Ash, The Newest Legend
This wouldn’t be an all-encompassing summary of Apex Legends Season 11 without a note about the arena’s new legend: Ash.
At long last, after over a year of waiting, Ash finally arrives to the Apex Games! Respawn has been teasing her release ever since the Broken Ghost questline of Season 5. But does this sinister simulacrum live up to the hype? Are her abilities any good out on the field? What even are they?
Passive: Ash’s passive ability is known as, “Marked For Death,” which does two things. First, it shows the location of every death box on the map. Second, it lets Ash interact with a death box, which will reveal the location of the enemy player who killed that person.
This is a strong ability, as it can make finding enemies from any part of the map quick and easy. Many players say that this ability is too strong and that it needs to be nerfed. If you haven’t purchased Ash yet, I’d recommend you do while she is still in her prime.
Tactical: Her tactical is called the “Arc Snare,” and it is essentially a slow-moving, throwable object that tethers enemy players to the ground, trapping them within a confined space until it wears off.
This is a useful ability to have, as it can be used in a variety of different ways. You can throw it ahead to stop an enemy from escaping, and even place it at your feet to trap enemies following you. I’ve even seen players throw it at enemies behind cover, and then follow it up with an arc star or two for a guaranteed kill.
Ultimate: Ash’s ultimate ability, “Phase Breach,” is probably one of her most useful features. Using her sword, Ash tears a hole in reality which creates a one-way portal she and her teammates can use to get out of a sticky situation on the fly.
Deploying this portal is much faster than using Wraith’s portal, and it has a very good distance. In addition to getting out of hairy situations, I’ve seen players use it to flank opponents and get the high ground in losing fights. Overall, it is the cherry on top of an already excellent kit, making Ash a very strong legend.
The C.A.R. SMG
Titanfall fans were worried about the release of the C.A.R. SMG for Apex Legends, and rightfully so. It was a deadly, hard-hitting SMG with crazy range in Titanfall 2. Does it live up to all the hype? Is it just as deadly in the Apex Games as it was back in the day?
While the C.A.R. SMG offers an excellent DPS, its recoil and range are what keep this gun in check. When you’re finished with this guide, check out our list for the Best Guns in Apex Legends Season 11 + Tier List, where we ranked the C.A.R. SMG.
The C.A.R.’s fire rate competes with the R-99 but doesn’t overtake it. It has good damage for every shot, at 13 per chest hit. This gives it a strong DPS that can shred any enemy in the right hands.
One unique feature about the C.A.R. is its ability to swap between light and heavy ammo on the fly. It can also take both a heavy and light mag, with no downsides for using either or. The C.A.R. fires exactly the same regardless of what ammo you use, which to some is a little disappointing.
Despite this, the ammo swapping feature makes the C.A.R. one of the most useful guns in battle royal thanks to its versatility and ability to change mags depending on the resources available to you.
Balancing & Other Changes
Wattson mains rejoice! Respawn heard our cries for help and at long last, Wattson received the buffs she desperately needed. According to the patch notes, Wattson’s kit has been improved in nearly every area.
Her fence damage is increased to 20 points, and it now takes three seconds to wear off the stun effect. The recharge time for her fences has been decreased by 50%, and her placement range has been increased by 50% as well. She now moves faster when placing fences. Additionally, she can put them down immediately instead of having to wait for her animations to finish.
As for her ultimate ability, the Pylon, it now lasts forever instead of only for ninety seconds. The rate at which it recharges shields is increased by 150%. To counteract this, however, her ultimate will only heal a total of 250 shields before it will stop regenerating indefinitely.
As for other changes, the way ranked points are awarded has changed. The game will now take into consideration the tier that a player is when they kill/are killed. This means that you will earn more points for killing players ranked higher than you and fewer points for killing those ranked below you. Additionally, the kill RP cap is now seven instead of six.
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