Apex Legends Chaos Theory Collection Event Brings Weapon Tuning and Innovative Quality of Life Changes

Published 03/05/2021, 10:52 PM EST


The Chaos Theory Collection Event is coming to Apex Legends Season 8 next week. Respawn Entertainment and EA made the announcement in a blog and revealed a trailer for the upcoming event. The event will go live on March 9, running until March 23, and it is bringing a range of exciting content for Apex Legends players to enjoy.

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Caustic is in the spotlight this time with a new Town Takeover location at Water Treatment on Kings Canyon. Meanwhile, the new Ring Fury mode will offer some interesting variations to the regular gameplay. A new set of exclusive cosmetics and Bangalore’s Heirloom will also be available for fans to unlock.

Caustic Treatment has replaced Water Treatment on Kings Canyon. (Image Credit: Apex Legends – YouTube)

Besides these additions to Apex Legends, the mid-season update will also introduce a slew of changes to shake up the ruling meta. The patch notes released by Respawn detail the balance changes for the characters and weapons.

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While Pathfinder, Revenant, Wattson, and Rampart are receiving slight buffs, Caustic, Gibraltar and Horizon are being toned down. As for the guns, Respawn is tuning the Mastiff, Wingman, and Hemlok.

The latest update will also add plenty of quality of life changes, including an in-game assist counter for the unranked mode, and a ping feature that lets players mark their deathbox while respawning.

You can read about the incoming character buffs and nerfs here. Meanwhile, you can find the entire list of weapon adjustments and quality of life changes coming with the Chaos Theory event below.

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Weapon changes coming to Apex Legends Season 8 with the Chaos Theory event patch

Weapon Optics

  • All gold AR and LMG default optics updated to 2x Bruiser.

Mastiff

  • Pellet damage decreased from 13 → 11. Fire rate increased from 1.0 → 1.1.

Dev Note: The goal of these changes are to place this weapon’s identity between the fast fire EVA-8 and the heavy-hitting Peacekeeper. The Mastiff has consistently been dominant in close-quarters combat given its forgiving spread pattern and high damage spikes with each shot. This change reduces that high damage potential in order to limit the amount of two pumps players experience on the receiving end.

Wingman

  •  +1 bullet to every magazine size, including base.

Hemlok

  • Increased hip-fire spread.

Dev Note: The burst damage from the Hemlok’s hip-fire was feeling a little too consistent for an AR that should excel at medium range. This change mitigates the Hemlok’s close quarters damage spikes that felt bad on the receiving end.

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Quality of life changes coming with the Chaos Theory event patch

  • Kings Canyon Loot – we’ve done a pass on the loot to bring up the quality across the map, while also maintaining a certain amount of loot after Mirage Voyage has flown away.
    • The wooden shacks across the map should have a few more pieces each, and generally be a little higher quality.
    • Spotted Lake has been reduced to Medium Quality from High.
    • Crash Site has redistributed the loot in the area slightly. The amount stays the same, but the higher quality loot should be in the ship.
    • Caustic Treatment has more loot than Water Treatment, and it remains Hiqh Quality.
  • Locked Weapon Optic Swapping – For guns with fully locked attachment slots, like fully-kitted gold weapons and most crate weapons, you can now remove the optic and replace it with a different sight.  This does not apply to the Kraber sniper rifle.
  • Assists have been added to the in-game HUD, next to kills. This was already present in Ranked and now has been added to unranked. Assists still don’t contribute to XP. This has replaced the Spectator “eye” icon.
  • Assists and Knocks have been added to your squad’s banners and will show at the end of a match.
  • Club names now appear on Match Summary and Champion screen if all players are part of the same club.
  • Items will no longer “stick” to Crafting Replicator when dropped on the Replicator.
  • Badge Progress – for badges that have longer amounts of progress, hovering over the badge will show you more information. For example, if you’re trying to get 50 wins as Lifeline, you’ll now see that you have 45 instead of somewhere between 15 and 50.
  • Ping My Deathbox – While respawning on a dropship, you can now ping your own deathbox to help locate it easier.
  • Gold Backpack – Players being revived by a gold backpack will have a crackle of energy—based on the tier of armor they wear—while the revive is taking place. They will also display the armor heal FX when the revive is finished. This change should help players prioritize pushing a revive in progress.
  • Players on PC can now go back to the title screen from the lobby to allow switching of data centers without restarting the game.
  • Added numbers to the Advanced Look Controls. This should help people experiment and easily revert back to their favorite settings.
  • When scanning a beacon for Ring 6, you should now be able to see the location where Ring 6 finishes.
  • Inspect Weapon – Since the Survival Slot took its button on controller (we only have so many buttons!), Inspect Weapon has been moved to the emote wheel by default. It can be bound to any key on PC.

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Souhardya Biswas is an eSports writer for EssentiallySports. He joined the organisation in 2020, wanting to explore the sphere of professional eSports journalism. His passion for gaming started with titles like GTA San Andreas, Far Cry 2, Modern Warfare 2, FIFA 09, eventually developing an interest in Battle Royale games like PUBG and Apex Legends.

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