Season 8 of Apex Legends is live, and it's one huge celebration of the game's two year anniversary. The patch notes for the new season introduced some buffs and nerfs, but at the end of the day they didn't change that much. So, who are the best legends in Mayhem? Let's find out.
The Season 8: Mayhem patch notes continued the tradition of nerfing more popular legends, but despite of that, it didn't change a whole lot. In fact, only half the legends in the roster received a buff or a nerf. Wraith was a top priority as always, getting somewhat easier to hit. Did that really affect her ranking on the list? Without further ado, let's take a look:
Octane - This adrenaline junkie is really fun to play, but once again, in Season 8 it just feels like he doesn't provide enough utility to the team. Sure, he got some nice buffs in the Season 8 patch notes, but they're not enough to pick him over something like Bloodhound. Verticality is becoming a thing lately in Apex, so we have high hopes that he'll climb higher as the season goes on.
Wattson - If you're surprised to see Wattson here, don't be. Wattson is an absolute monster in pro matches and among the high ranks, but in your average pub she can be quite easy to counter. She received no changes with the introduction of Mayhem, so nothing has changed for her, but the whole ecosystem surrounding her has. She's also limited to pure defense, when compared to another defensive legend like Caustic.
Loba - Loba is on the edge of breaking into B Tier. She got a nice buff with Season 8 - Loot inside unopened care packages is now visible with Eye for Quality, and accessible through the Black Market Boutique. The Black Market is great early on, but starts to fall off in the late game.
Mirage - Mirage had a buff in the latest patch. His decoys now have footsteps that you can actually hear, and that could fool more than one player. Much like Octane, he's tons of fun to play, but when it comes to team contribution, there really isn't anything to keep him afloat.
Rampart - The concept of Rampart is really great, you put your gun down, and you mow down anyone in sight. In reality, it just doesn't work that way, as enemies will often flank you. She got some buffs in Season 8, and the damage of the Spitfire got increased from 18 to 19 which is also a direct improvement for Rampart. Despite that, she's still a long way from the top legends, and Sheila can use some more buffs.
Lifeline - Lifeline's the best at reviving a teammate, or two at once thanks to the drone. She's one of the most popular picks, and you'll see her in every single match. On the downside, her ultimate is borderline useless most of the time. Sure, you'll occasionally get some great items, but most of the time you'll just be revealing your position and it won't be worth it.
Pathfinder - Oh, how the friendly robot has fallen. Pathfinder was an absolute nightmare just a few seasons back, but numerous nerfs to his hitbox and grappling hook have made him ok. He's still good, just not as good as he used to be.
Bangalore - The go-to legend, if you're coming from a "regular" shooter/battle royale. She's perfect for new players, but don't let that fool ya. Bangalore's kit can be used in all manner of creative ways. Her tactical can be utilized to revive a teammate, provide cover, or make a path to flank enemies. Then there's her ultimate, which can definitely be better.
Revenant - Remember when Revenant came out and everyone played him, yeah those were the times. The thing is, everyone knows what to expect from Revenant these days, and a lot of players will be ready to counter him. His tactical can make all the difference, and his ultimate is a free push for the entire team.
Fuse - He just arrived with Season 8, and is already in A Tier? Well, he's new, and he gets a shot at fame before the inevitable nerf. Then again, maybe his kit is not OP, we're just not used to him yet. In the meantime, prepare to get grenaded to death.
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Crypto - Another legend that didn't get any changes in Season 8 is Crypto. Crypto's drone is his best tool, combining it with EMP can be deadly in a team fight, as it gives you quite the advantage. But wait, I hear you say "his drone sucks and he's completely vulnerable when using it"! That's true, so focus more on killing, and less on being a sitting duck, use the drone with caution.
Caustic - Caustic got a slight nerf in the latest patch - his ultimate now dissipates when he dies. Caustic is one of the best end-game legends, as he can easily isolate the small final zones. He can hold buildings better than anyone else, he can play the defense, and he can go on the prowl. The one big downside is his hitbox, but that's an okay price to pay for all of the above.
Bloodhound - At this point, Bloodhound is a walking radar, and there's simply no escape. Imagine playing Apex legends with a wallhack, you don't have to, just pick Bloodhound! To make it even better, the ultimate turns you into an absolute beast that's impossible to escape. Combine that with good team comms, and you'll be way ahead of any other squad that doesn't have a Bloodhound.
Wraith - Two years later, Wraith is still one of the most popular legends - even despite receiving numerous nerfs! Respawn noted that they won't be addressing her kit anymore, and instead will try to tweak her by changing other things. One such thing was the legend's hitbox, which received a nerf with the start of Mayhem. Sure she's easier to hit now, but her utility is still there. Getting out of danger - check. Transporting your entire team to a different building - check.
Gibraltar - Gibby might be a defensive legend, but his ultimate deals tons of damage. His tactical is also one of the best in the game, and his only real counter is getting silenced before he can deploy the dome. He's great at one on one duels, and will almost always come out on top. Gibraltar is also great on Olympus, a map that's quite open.
Horizon - We mentioned verticality earlier, and there's nobody more vertical than Horizon. Her tactical is insanely powerful, and on such a low cooldown that it's surprising we didn't see any nerfs in Season 8. She's just better than Octane and Pathfinder. Horizon's ultimate is great on its own, but it gets even better when combined with other ultimates, like Fuse's Motherlode.
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