The Apex Legends Support Class, explained
The class rework in Season 16 of Apex Legends brought about one of the biggest changes to the game since launch, and Support Class Legends have gained a newfound importance thanks to it.
Season 16 of Apex Legends brought about one of the most significant changes to the game with the Class rework. Many players overlooked support Class Legends prior to the rework but with the new perks, they're instrumental in the new meta. Each Class brings its own flavor and utility in Season 16 and the Support Class gets one of the most clutch perks in the game.
Here's a quick lowdown on the Support Class in Apex Legends.
Support Class perks
The Support Class Legends come with two main perks. Both these perks are designed around ensuring squad survival and longevity.
Crafting Squadmate Banners - Support Legends can bring back squadmates from the dead, even if their respawn banners have expired. They can do this by crafting banners for 30 crafting materials using the replicator. A single crafted banner will contain all recoverable teammates.
This perk allows them to escape one-sided fights comfortably knowing they can respawn their squad without risking themselves. This perk also makes them a power creep Crypto who could remotely pick up banners using his drone.
Access Hidden Compartment in Blue Supply Bins - Blue supply bins have a hidden compartment which contain enhanced healing and survival items. These include the likes of Medkits, Phoenix Kits, Shield Batteries, Heat Shields, Mobile Respawn Beacons and Ultimate Accelerants. Support class legends can access this hidden compartment to find more healing items for their squadmates.
Support Class Legends
As of Season 16, Gibraltar, Lifeline, Loba and Newcastle are the Support Class Apex Legends. In addition to the Support Class perks, each of these legends has unique abilities that enhance their squad's longevity and chances of survival.
- Gibraltar - Until Season 15, Gibraltar was among the most popular Legends in the competitive meta and belonged to the Defender class alongside Caustic, Rampart, Wattson and Catalyst. He's been reclassified as a Support Class Legend because his abilities fit the bill better. With his abilities remaining the same and him getting the Support Class perks, it's likely he'll be even more popular in the competitive scene.
- Lifeline - The OG Support Legend in the game, Lifeline is still quite strong. Although most of her strength lies in her ease of use. Many experienced players look past her for more utility-based support legends like Loba or Gibraltar. Her ability to auto-revive two squadmates at the same time makes her a decent support
- Loba - Loba is a uniquely designed Support Legend. Her abilities don't provide any direct healing or survival benefits, but her black market can come in clutch, especially during late game rings. She's also great for looting and kitting up a squad faster and make more aggressive plays early on.
- Newcastle - Newcastle is among the least-picked Legends in the game. Of course, this isn't because he's a bad Legend. He has a higher skill-floor and is designed for slower playstyles. He can revive squadmates comfortably in the middle of combat and has an ultimate ability that doubles down as both a movement ability as well as a defensive one.
How to play Support Class Legends in Apex Legends
Support Class Legends require a playstyle that is very team-oriented in nature. Unlike Assault or Skirmisher-Class Legends, they aren't supposed to run headfirst into fights. It's better if Support Class Legends follow their squad and keep themselves alive. With the new perk, they're capable of respawning their teammates even without grabbing their banners.
This makes it a viable strategy for Support Class Legends to have aggressive allies on the insurance that no form of death is permanent as long as the Support survives. Look for positions where you can actively provide support and cover for your squad while not being too far from the fight.
Keep all of that in mind and you'll be supporting via the Support Legends in no time.
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