Mirage could be set to become the very first Apex Legends character to undergo a rework, after new leaks revealed the Holographic Trickster’s impending buffs — confirmed by Respawn earlier this month — will be a pretty big overhaul.
Elliott Witt, the Legend in the Apex Games more commonly known as Mirage, has struggled to find his place in the battle royale’s meta since release. Apart from a few minor bug fixes in the last 14 months, he’s mostly been left out to dry.
The situation continued to worsen for the smooth-talking trickster as new roster debutants like Revenant and Wattson outshone him. Early favorites like Wraith and Gibraltar were also better picks, and Mirage dropped to a 2.40% win rate.
Now, Mirage mains have had enough. Their outcry across social media reached fever-pitch as they demanded Respawn “save” the loveable larrikin. For a time, it looked like the devs had simply decided to let him rot.
That is, until Respawn dev Carlos Pineda confirmed buffs were coming “real soon,” but didn’t reveal what they would be. Now, thanks to new leaks from data miner ILootGames, we know — a full rework is potentially on its way.
Mirage rework could draw on Dummies Big Day LTM
According to the popular code-dipper, who revealed a handful of tidbits about the potential upcoming Mirage rework in a YouTube video on April 22, Respawn are planning to draw on the “Dummies Big Day” LTM for the overhaul.
“What I’ve been told… is that Mirage is going to get the ability of the Emergency Dance Party,” ILootGames said. He added it would make sense considering the “weird Mirage bugs” which had been plaguing King’s Canyon recently.
“Whether that’s a tactical ability or a replacement for his ultimate, I don’t know, but that’s what I’ve been told will be part of his rework. It’s not just going to be a buff, it’s going to be a rework. We’ll find out in Season 5 is my hope.”
Using the Dummies’ ultimate move from the short-lived Grand Soiree Event is no new idea — players have been demanding devs use the “believable” Dummies ability for Mirage for some time — and it certainly makes sense as a buff.
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When can Apex players expect the Mirage rework?
According to ILootGames, there’s nothing solid in the battle royale’s code relating to Mirage just yet. That means Respawn is likely still hard at work testing these changes on their internal servers at the moment.
When other big changes have come down the pipelines, they’ve come during major seasonal swaps. As such, Mirage’s big switch-up is, in all likelihood, penciled in for Season 5’s update. That means it should arrive on May 5.
It is worth keeping in mind, the leaked Mirage updates are also, as always, subject to change. Respawn has proven they’re happy to switch direction — as seen with their Revenant-Forge trick — so we’ll see if this rework lands on live servers.