Apex Legends: This Powerful Shotgun Got Nerfed, But Is Still Extremely Dominant
It now takes a tenth of a second longer to rechamber.
Apex Legends, which launched earlier this year to critical acclaim, has introduced a minor nerf for one of its most powerful weapons. The Peacekeeper, which got a tweak in the November 5 update, has received two very minor changes. Rechamber time has been increased by a tenth of a second, from 1.1 seconds to 1.2 seconds, while the head shot multiplier has been cut from 1.5 to 1.25.
Head's up, Legends. We've just pushed a balance adjustment to the peacekeeper that does the following:— Apex Legends (@PlayApex) November 22, 2019
🔹Increased rechamber time: 1.1 -> 1.2
🔹Decreased head shot multiplier: 1.5 -> 1.25 pic.twitter.com/HsljjPZ4JC
This could potentially be the difference between life and death in some instances, although fans have been quick to point out that it's not the change they were expecting. As professional player Rogue notes, it was the pellet size that many players took issue with, not how fast it rechambered or the modifier on head shots. These changes, he and others responding to the original tweet have argued, will not actually fix the issues some players have faced.
It wasn't about the damage numbers, it was about the pellet size because at any point even someone who kinda sucks can still hit you. If you lower that down some, or back to where it was and return the headshot and the rechamber - the PC is back to normal.— Rogue (@TTrebb) November 22, 2019
This is not the only concern players have with Apex Legends' balance at the moment--as Dot Esports has noted, a recent Reddit survey found that 77% of players think that Pathfinder's abilities make the legend overpowered, while a whopping 91% believe that Mirage needs to be buffed. This survey, conducted for the game's third season, collected 1936 responses--a tiny portion of the player base, but a considerable number nonetheless.
It's possible that the Peacekeeper will receive further nerfs and changes. In October, EA reported that Apex Legends had been played by over 70 million players--it's a huge success.
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