Apex Legends Control Mode returns in the Warriors Event
March 29 2022
With the release of Season 12, Apex Legends received a new Limited Time Mode called Control. Quickly becoming a fan favorite, Control cemented its spot as one of the best LTMs in the game. After its 3-week schedule ended, Control mode was gone. This has made many people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move. With the Warriors Event, Control is making a comeback.
Greetings, Legends! We have a new Collection Event in Apex Legends! It's called the Warriors Collection Event, and as most Collection Events do, it brings incredibly cool skins and a new Heirloom to the game. It also brings everyone's current favorite Limited Time Mode, Control. From March 29 to April 12, the new Collection Event and Control LTM will be available. Yes, this time it's for two weeks. Why do you have to do this to us, Respawn?
Before we talk about the Control Mode, though, let's pretend it's not the most important part of this update and take a look at the rest of the event.
First of all, as always, 24 new skins arrive with the Warriors Event. These include Legendary skins such as the "Synthetic Huntress" for Ash, "Riding Dirty" for Octane, "Jewel Olympus" for Horizon, and "Combat Survivalist" for Lifeline. By acquiring all 24 of these items by buying or crafting them, you'll be rewarded with the newest Heirloom in Apex Legends! It's Crypto's Heirloom, the Biwon Blade.
As a regular part of the Collection Events, there's a reward tracker where you can earn points to unlock rewards by completing daily challenges. These rewards include stat trackers, Apex Packs, and new skins for Legends and weapons. In this event, we are getting a new Mirage skin as a part of the reward tracker.
They see you rollin', they hatin'. (Image: Respawn Entertainment)
The Collection Event exclusive skins will also be presented in the Apex Store, rotating every couple of days. Between March 29 and April 1, new skins such as "Rumble Ready" Rampart, "Blood and Thunder" Gibraltar, and "Jaeger" Caustic will be available in the store, among others. Attack on Titan fans, I'm sorry to say that this Caustic skin is not a reference to our favorite multi-layered main character but to the movie Pacific Rim. Jaeger Caustic's appearance strongly resembles the giant mechanical fighter robots called "Jaegers" there.
Between April 1 and April 5, the Rampart and Caustic skins remain, but we get another fan-favorite Wraith skin (to nobody's surprise) in the shape of "Queen's Guard," another Viking-themed Wraith skin that's been very popular along with its variant, Protector of the Void.
Between April 5 and April 8, we get the "Whitelisted" Crypto skin in the rotation. Between April 8 and April 12, another fan-favorite Bloodhound skin, "Wise Warrior," makes an appearance right next to "Captain Bamboozle" for Mirage. As you'll remember, Wise Warrior skin is the battle armor of Bloodhound's uncle Artur. It even includes Artur's shield on the back.
Okay, time for Control
Alright, let's jump right into the real juicy part of this update. Control is back, baby! Yeah! But it will be gone again after two weeks.
Respawn has a habit of teasing the players by making all their great content time-limited.
Respawn is once again giving us Control, but it will be taken away even more quickly this time. However, Control coming back so soon after its initial run (and with new content) implies that Control's return was planned beforehand, not just a response to the community's positive reaction.
I don't think Control will become a permanent mode (I would gladly eat my words on this one), mainly because Respawn wants to keep the focus on the battle royale mode. Arena mode already exists, so Respawn adding another permanent non-BR mode is unlikely. But I do believe Control will make multiple, frequent appearances in the future.
Okay, back to the good news. In this run of Control, we're getting a new map! It's a modified version of Caustic Treatment in Kings Canyon. Modified, as in multiple new movement options such as new covers, ziplines, and skydive launchers added to balance the layout for both teams. While trying to control the Caustic Treatment, point B will be Caustic's Lab. It's the middle point between the two points, and it will retain its Nox Gas traps and overall layout. So when you're controlling and defending point B, you'll be able to utilize everything the sick man prepared to defend yourself.
Yes, Caustic. That's the name of the game mode. Thank you. (Image: Respawn Entertainment)
We'll discuss further changes to the Control LTM in the patch notes section. So let's move on to another great addition in this update: the new Arena map!
New Arena map incoming. Literally!
With the Warriors Collection Event, a new Arena map is joining the rotation. It's called Drop-off, and it's located in a Hammond Production Tower. It's right above the skyline of Malta, Psamathe. This place is used to produce critical systems for Olympus by day, but it's used by the Legends to hold Arena games by night.
As Arena maps go, Drop-off also has good vantage points that provide high ground, such as the Observation Deck. However, the real point of interest in Drop-off is the Deployment Line. It's something we rarely get to see in Apex Legends. An example exists in World's Edge, but this is the first time it appears in Arenas. Aptly named, it's a deployment line that moves shipments across the map. This means moving covers, moving hidden spots, and yes, you can place your normally stationary abilities on it. One Caustic Trap, coming right up!
Hammond Robotics. You know things aren't going to go well after seeing that name. (Image: Respawn Entertainment)
Drop-off also provides everyone's favorite method of dying in Apex Legends: falling. The outdoors part of the map has spaces where you can fall to your death, carrying the burden of regret for the rest of the game. So be careful about that.
Crypto's Heirloom: Biwon Blade
Crypto finally gets his hands on his Heirloom weapon, the Biwon Blade. This sword directly references a certain type of ancient Korean sword called Jikdo, used in Korean martial arts. Jikdo means "straight sword" in Korean. Coupled with Crypto's covert methods and future tech, this special Jikdo is a mechanical, foldable one. That means it can easily be sheathed inside Crypto's jacket and deployed just as quickly when needed.
The name Biwon Blade might be referring to the Korean word, Biwon, which is the name of the secret garden within the palace that only the king can enter. The "secret garden" name might reference how Crypto hides secrets that only he can access, even within the sword. The sword has a secret compartment where Crypto keeps a photo of him, his sister Mila, and his adoptive mother, Katerina "Mystik" Ticacek.
He studied the blade. (Image: Respawn Entertainment)
For now, this is all we know about the Biwon Blade and its story. However, there's one more implication behind Biwon Blade's existence. It was already all but confirmed that Ash won't get a sword as her Heirloom due to her ultimate ability and melee attack animation both using her reality-cutting sword. A sword Heirloom being added to the game pretty much confirms that Ash definitely won't get a sword Heirloom. No worries, though. Respawn has proven themselves time and time again at creating perfect Heirlooms for the Legends. So let's wait and see what Ash gets.
Patch notes when?
Patch notes, now! This update is a bit underwhelming in terms of patch notes. Most notes are about bug fixes, and there are no notes about Legends changes. But the changes in Control mode and some general changes are important enough to be mentioned here. So let's take a look and see if this is the update we've been waiting for. (Spoiler: no, it's not)
Control mode updates
Fixed issue where players would not be able to see or select spawn points on the Spawn Menu after dying while stimmed as Octane.
Removed the Turbo Charger from Purple Tier weapons - Players have to get their Ratings up to Gold Tier in order to get it.
Several crash fixes to help with mode stability.
Fixed a UI bug where Mythic ammo icon appears on non-crate weapons when auto-reloaded.
Fix for ammo disappearing from Rampart's mobile Sheila when firing.
It's quite easy to imagine the confusion of Octane players after reading these patch notes. Mostly because they always seem to be confused due to achieving high speeds. Stimmed Octanes were having trouble respawning after dying, which added even more to their confusion. Now they can zoom anywhere they want without being hindered by silly bugs.
Other than that, Turbo Charger being removed from Purple Tier weapons will change the way you operate Devotion and Havoc at Purple Tier. Thankfully, those weapons shred hard enough to get you to Gold Tier quickly and take your Turbo Charger back.
G7 Scout updates
Double Tap burst fire delay reduced from 0.475 to 0.375.
Double Tap recoil improvements.
Ammo reserves increased from 120 to 140.
These changes are actually great. G7 suffered from the burst fire delay when used at long distances. For a sniper rifle, being bad at long-distance shots is...uh... weird. This delay and recoil improvements will surely help G7 users have a better time taking out far-off opponents.
Hop-ups spawn rate adjustments
Increased spawn rate for Hammerpoint Rounds and Kinetic Feeder.
Reduced spawn rate for Deadeye's Tempo, Shatter Caps, and Boosted Loader.
This one's interesting because Hop-ups have always been a subject of discussion among the Apex Legends community. Hammerpoint is a fan-favorite Hop-up, and Kinetic Feeder received positive reactions from the players, but they are notoriously difficult to find. Meanwhile, it feels like 8 out of every 10 Hop-ups you find is Deadeye's Tempo. Hopefully, this update will balance the spawn rates so we can enjoy the Hammerpoint sound effect that obliterates both opponents and everyone's eardrums.
Fixed frame jitter that could appear while spectating a match.
Fixed issue where Precision Choke was disabled by default on Golden TripleTake.
Fixed hack where players were able to dual-wield weapons.
Fixed bug where players would not receive assist credit when damaging Gibraltar's arm shield.
Fixed bug where players were unable to perform Ash's skydive emote.
Fixed a bug where damaging MRVN would count towards upgrading your Evo Shield.
Fix for cases where Crypto can throw out multiple drones.
Fix for cases where Pathfinder is able to grapple enemies indefinitely.
Fix for cases where players are able to reset Wraith's Tactical cooldown by ending her phasing while entering an Ash's Portal.
Fix for cases where players could remove bullet spread when using ziplines.
Fix for visual inconsistencies in reactive weapons after activating.
There are some fascinating revelations in the bug fixes part of the patch notes. For example, who even has an Ash skydive emote? She was the only Legend to not get a skydive emote during their own release season's Battle Pass. Instead, Valkyrie received another skydive emote during Ash's season. Ash mains will remember that.
An even more stumping revelation is where we learned that damaging the Loot MRVNs shouldn't count towards the EVO Shield. Loot MRVN is the unique mechanic of Olympus, and damaging Loot MRVNs to boost up EVO Shields has been a staple tactic for a while now. Turns out it was an unintended interaction and is now fixed. You get to live another day to look for high fives, MRVN.
Yes. He drinks coffee through that helmet, too. (Image: Respawn Entertainment)
The visual bugs in the spectator mode of Apex Legends have a long history, and they are being fixed one by one, it seems. These bugs happen even during tournaments, throwing viewers off as if the best of the best teams would be cheating during a live broadcast tournament. Hopefully, it will be stable enough to let people enjoy watching great players in tournaments or after they have been wiped by those players in a match.
Finally, the fact that a dual-wielding hack was able to exist for so long is insane, but they're addressing it at last. While it looked awesome, it was still a terrible hack and gave people incredible advantages, such as employing double R-99 in close quarters combat. One shudders at the thought. Interestingly enough, the players have been asking for a dual wield option for weapons such as the Mozambique and the P2020 for a while. It would make those weapons much more fun to utilize and help them be viable in more than just the early game.
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So, what do you think about this event? What changes do you think were missing from the patch notes? Did I miss any important information on Crypto's Heirloom? Join us on Discord to discuss with fellow G-Looters and teach me and other Lore lovers more Apex Lore!
See you on the Hunting Grounds, Legends.
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