Mayhem has finally arrived in Apex Legends with the launch of Season 8, and as with every season, the new start has also brought some balance changes and a brand new legend Fuse. Season 8 also brings with it some major changes to the beloved King's Canyon which further shakes up how certain Legends will perform on the map.
Bloodhound - Bloodhound is the technological tracker in Apex Legends, and no one does the tracking job quite as good as Bloodhound. After a series of powerful buffs over the course of a couple seasons, Bloodhound has managed to carve a place into the meta where they are almost unmatched in raw strength and team value. Eyes of the Allfather allows Bloodhound to scan a large area for traps and enemies, highlighting them briefly for their squad. While in their ultimate, Beast of the Hunt, Bloodhound can use Eyes of the Allfather more often, allowing for enhanced tracking while in their ultimate. Speaking of Beast of the Hunt, while this ability is active, Bloodhound has increased mobility and enemies are highlighted and easier to spot. Kills and knocks while Beast of the Hunt is active will increase the duration of the ultimate as well. Overall, Bloodhound is in an incredibly strong spot in the meta currently, and is easily one of the most reliable and solid picks on the entire roster.
Gibraltar - Nothing strikes fear into the heart of a man more than a Red Evo Shield Gibraltar with a Turbocharged Devotion. Gibraltar is an absolute beast of a man who is easily the tankiest Legend in the game. Thanks to his Gun Shield, Gibraltar is the only Legend who can take a Kraber headshot and live, and until that changes, Gibraltar will likely remain S-Tier. Gibraltar's Dome Shield is a safe haven in final circles where teammates can heal or be picked up quickly, while Gibraltar's Defensive Bombardment is perfect for dealing a ton of damage in a concentrated area out in the open. Gibraltar may have started at the bottom of the tier list when Apex Legends first launched two years ago, but now at Apex Legends' second anniversary, Gibraltar is easily one of the absolute strongest Legends in the game.
Crypto - Crypto has been the recipient of several buffs over the past couple seasons that has really made him a staple in high-tier play. Crypto's drone provides a ton of useful information to his team, while not having to be in the fray like Bloodhound. Crypto's drone can also set off an EMP that decimates traps, fences, and damages enemy shields. Crypto can now also collect the survey beacons with his drone, making him a perfect recon character - especially on enclosed maps like Olympus. Crypto, for the first time, is finally in a really solid spot in the meta and a great overall character for more competitive play.
Fuse - Fuse is Season 8's new Legend, and he's all about bringing the explosions. Fuse can carry more grenades, throw them farther and faster, fire a clustered explosion as his Tactical, and can create a ring of fire with his Ultimate. These abilities combine into what can only be described as pure chaos. Fuse can hit people with Arc Stars from over 200 meters away, and that alone should be reason enough to place him high in the tiers. Even if he doesn't have the powerful ult he was originally planned to have, his ring of fire has proven devastating in enclosed areas, making him a threat both when defending and when pushing offensively.
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