The highly anticipated patch notes for season 11 of Apex Legends are finally here and it seems like Respawn has finally decided to give Wattson her much-deserved buff. As such, the whole character meta in the game has been affected by this change.
Before the update, Respawn devs were teasing us that they were planning to change the public perception of what it means to be a defensive legend. And seems like they really went out of their way to make Wattson more relevant in the current fast-paced meta of the game.
Not only did she receive a hitbox-related rework, but all of her abilities also got a solid boost that long-term fans will definitely appreciate. Diehard Wattson players were always complaining about her lack of power even though based on the internal data she enjoys a high encounter win rate. Respawn finally listened to feedback and made her really powerful.
Let’s not forget about the new legend Ash. Her kit is definitely one of the strongest in the game right now. Following her release, she will definitely cement herself as the new meta. All of her abilities provide great outplay opportunities. Other than these two legends, Respawn decided to not make changes to any other character in the game in season 11 of Apex Legends.
Apex Legends Season 11 Character Tier List
For measuring characters in Apex Legends, we take multiple variables into consideration like the ease of use in ranked as well as normal matches, how their ability impacts the game, how easy are they to counter, their pick rate, their popularity within the player base, and much more.
We put Apex characters into three distinct categories such as S-tier, A-tier, and B-tier. Basically, S-tier legends are must-pick legends or legends that are really dominant in the current meta. Just below them are the A-tier legends as they can hold their own in a match but can get bested by S-tier legends.
At last, we have B-tier legends. In short, they are the bottom of the barrel when it comes to pure pick rate and their impact in the game. To put it simply, they are just average within the current character meta.
As with any other tier list, this one is really subjective and only viable for season 11 of Apex Legends. This list will also be updated in the future based upon the introduction of new Legends.
- Best (S-Tier): Ash, Seer, Horizon, Octane, Valkyrie, Wraith
- Good (A-Tier): Wattson, Caustic, BloodHound, Lifeline, Revenant, Gibraltar, Rampart
- Average (B-Tier): Loba, Crypto, Bangalore, Pathfinder, Fuse, Mirage
Ash is the new addition to the game in season 11 of Apex Legends. Even though she was introduced to the game back in season 5 with the broken ghost quest, fans of the Titanfall franchise knew her from the old Titanfall 2 days.
Unsurprisingly, all of her kits are inspired by her Ronin titan. Her tactical provides area control capability while her ultimate creates a oneway portal similar to Wraith. Both of her abilities combined have made her really versatile and a nightmare to deal with in the current meta.
Also, her passive mark for death that provides the location of nearby players via death box is just icing on the cake. In short, she is really powerful right now.
As his utilities are just an upgraded version of both BloodHound and Revenant, he has become a must-pick character in the current meta of the game. It’s really hard to find a squad that isn’t running him as a part of their squad at the moment.
Even after all the nerfs shortly after his release back in season 10, he is still really relevant in the new “wall scan” meta. Since he is in a pretty solid state right now, Respawn has decided not to make any changes to his kit in season 11.
Horizon took the very top spot back in season 8 of Apex Legends. But her pick rate saw a massive downturn following some very consequential nerfs to her tactical ability in season 9. Fortunately, that is no longer the case as her nerfs were somewhat reverted back in season 10. Consequently, she is in a pretty balanced state right now. As such, Respawn didn’t make any changes to her.
Wraith has been at the top of every Apex Legends character tier list from day one. In a way, she is the face of Apex Legends. Very few Legends in this list have held their top position even after the recent nerfs.
However, in the last few seasons, Respawn made some additional hitbox and ability changes which caused her to drop from the top spot. However, even after all that nerf, she is still really effective at most skill levels.
Since Respawn finally removed the low-profile perk from the game in the Legacy update, she is no longer handicapped in most combat scenarios. She is still an excellent choice in most cases. And that is still the case in season 11 as well.
Octane received some slight buffs back in season 5. Later, Respawn gave him the ability to use double jumps. Back in season 7, Respawn buffed him by doubling his healing rate from 0.5 hp/s to 1.0 hp/s. In public matches, his usage rate is rather high.
In season 8, Octane received some massive buffs. And as a result, he became really popular in almost all skill buckets. His mobility paired with auto-heal has garnered a lot of new fans. And in season 11, Respawn decided not to fix anything that was not broken. Therefore, they left Octane unchanged.
Valkyrie joined the Apex games with the highly anticipated Legacy update. Superior mobility and reposition capability have made her quite essential for most squads. As she is a recon class character, she can also provide the team with the ring location.
On top of that, her passive highlights enemies from far distances. This paired with her ultimate ability, which is a must-have for entering the zone from far distances or flying over squads that are gatekeeping zones. And now in season 11, Respawn didn’t make any changes.
Wattson received the most attention from Respawn with the season 11 update of Apex Legends. They literally gave her a little rework and buffed almost all of her abilities while slightly adjusting her hitbox model.
All of her powerups combined together have made her finally relevant in the current fast-paced character meta in the game. Meaning she is no longer an average legend. In short, she can now be characterized as a solid pick.
Bloodhound received the S-tier status after season 6’s balancing update. As Respawn finally gave recon characters huge buffs, characters like Crypto and Bloodhound became S-teir overnight.
Since every recon character can scan the next ring’s location via the survey beacon, Bloodhound’s usability has skyrocketed in the game. Bloodhound still remains a top contender in the season 11 update. However, with the introduction of Seer back in the last season, their popularity has suffered a lot.
Lifeline also received some rework/buffs back in season 5. Even before all those buffs, she was actually pretty decent in terms of balance. However, her new abilities like being able to revive two players at the same time have made her really useful in almost all stages of the game in season 6.
Back in the Legacy update, Respawn removed shields from her passive revive ability as most players felt really frustrated while dealing with her shields. But on the upside, her ultimate ability ensures an upgrade to the player’s current loot. As she is in quite a stable place right now, Respawn decided to keep it that way in season 11.
Revenant was released back in season 4. Initially, players avoided him because he was pretty underpowered. Back then Respawn liked to launch a new character in a pretty neutral state. Only after players shared their frustration with how underwhelming new legends feel, Respawn seriously started to buff Revenant.
Since his ultimate has unlimited range, he was dominating in the legacy update. Now in season 11, Respawn decided to not touch him as in the current state he is a solid pick.
Gibraltar has been a part of the new meta since season 4. In the new season, Respawn didn’t make any changes. Consequently, he is now a pretty balanced legend. Additionally, his popularity has gone up. And his usage rate is now in a pretty decent stage right now in season 11.
Season 7 Caustic was so effective that Respawn had to nerf him in the mid-seasonal update. And in season 8, Respawn also gave him some additional nerfs. Following these nerfs, his effectiveness was reduced quite a bit.
Unsurprisingly, he didn’t receive any powerups in the season 11 update as he is still in a good place right now in the current meta. Although rumors suggest he might receive some nerf in the future.
Rampart was not that useful in season 6 because her abilities would sometimes take an eternity to fully set up. Her amped cover alongside her ultimate “Sheila” can be really useful at later stages of the game but can be frustrating to set up properly.
Back in season 7, Respawn gave her some slight buffs by decreasing the time it takes to properly set up her utilities and in the subsequent season she also received more buffs.
Following all the feedback Respawn listened and gave her a solid rework back in the Evolution collection event. After that buff, her ultimate sheila became mobile. As a result, she finally became a part of the meta. Since she is in a good place right now, Respawn decided to keep it that way in season 11.
Even though Crypto was released back in season 3, players actually started to use this legend in season 5. Before all the little buffs he received, he was pretty much useless at mid to high-level Apex games.
As a result, his usage rate was really low among all the other Legends in the game. However, in season 6 everything changed as he received some massive buffs. And back in the Legacy update, he was an A-tier legend. His kits were really useful in different skill levels.
Back in the season 10 update, Respawn introduced Seer who is a new recon character. And that made Crypto obsolete in a sense. And now in season 11, he didn’t receive any changes at all. Although rumors suggest a rework for his drone might be in the works at Respawn.
In season 5, Respawn decided to give Pathfinder a huge nerf. Even after that nerf players would still choose pathfinder for its ability to scan survey beacons for the next ring’s location. Since that is no longer exclusive to Pathfinder, this friendly robot was no longer a part of the new meta in season 6.
But in season 7 MRVN did receive some buff with a variable 30-sec cooldown. Turns out, that still is not enough. This friendly robot has been dropped from the character meta. This won’t change any time soon since Respawn didn’t make any changes to this Robot in the new season 11 update.
Bangalore has one of the most balanced kits in the arena. Not too overpowered not too basic. Although in the new meta she is just average. Even Respawn devs have agreed that she is in an OK state as of now in the season 11 update.
Loba made her debut into the Apex games back in season 5. Initially, she was pretty popular with the Apex community. However, as the season passed by, her popularity died down quite a bit. Back in season 7, Respawn gave her ultimate the ability to scoop up all the ammo in range.
Since that wasn’t enough, Respawn gave her the ability to Loot inside unopened care packages as that is now visible with Eye for Quality and accessible through the Black Market Boutique. Even after all that buff, she is still not that viable since her tactical ability is littered with bugs and didn’t work properly most of the time.
In the season 11 update, Respawn decided not to make any new changes to her as she is in quite a balanced state right now following the update the devs made in season 9.
Mirage’s rework in season 5 really made the character click for many players. His usage rate among Apex fans grew as his utilities in the game saw some huge gains in a short amount of time. Back in season 7, Respawn buffed him by adding 45 health to his decoys.
Back in season 8, Respawn added footstep sounds to his decoys which made him more annoying to deal with. However, in terms of his usability in high skill level, he is far behind other legends. Unfortunately, Respawn didn’t make any changes to this trickster in the season 11 update.
Fuse was added in season 8, but players quickly realized he isn’t actually that overpowered as he seemed at first glance. In the Legacy update, Fuse received massive buffs similar to how Respawn buffed Revenant just a couple of seasons earlier. In season 11, this larger-than-life character has been left unchanged.
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