First introduced in Apex Legends season 3, Crypto remains a predominantly situational legend due to his abilities. A Reddit post of ‘u / Cryptic_Crane72D1’ gives more ideas on how Respawn can buffer the character to improve his viability.
Balancing all the characters in Apex Legends is still a daunting task for the team at Respawn. The developer often explains the thought process for implementing buffs and nerfs, and even confirmed that some legends will never be viable at the highest level of play.
Despite this, the Apex community continues to provide feedback on how their favorite characters can be improved. In a Reddit post by u / Cryptic_Crane72D1
Crypto’s passive ability is being reworked
Crypto’s passive is his Surveillance Drone, which allows the player and teammates to spot enemies marked by the Drone. Concept creators claim that this is not a real passive because it is actually linked to Crypto’s tactical, and suggest two options to improve the set.
The user’s “Off the Grid” idea will allow the “Surveillance Expert” to partially avoid discovering other doctors’ abilities (such as Bloodhound’s scan). Instead of marking him, enemies would see a special message that an enemy was discovered without revealing their whereabouts.
Another idea would be to allow him to see how many troops are nearby at any given time instead of having to scan Champion banners with his drone. The player admits that this special ability may be too powerful, but still thinks it is a way to potentially improve the character.
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Crypto’s tactical ability is being reworked
Crypto’s tactical ability revolves around his drone, allowing him to fly around the map and map out enemies, pick up teammates’ banners and mark potential threats to his squad. However, while in drone mode, the legend cannot move until he exits the drone.
According to Redditor, the use of drones interrupts the flow of combat and prevents players from contributing to team battles. To solve this, he suggests an alternative that will speed up the process and allow the character to remain mobile while using his tactics.
The proposed solution will allow players to control the drone remotely, but also distribute it without entering a separate mode. Players can throw out their fine to scan a specific area while staying mobile and avoiding major separation from the team.
Crypto’s ultimate ability is reworking
The latest edition outlined in the post relates to Crypto’s ultimate ability: the Drones EMP explosion. Although EMP can be a powerful ability, the user still finds it too difficult for him to distribute the explosion effectively and then follow up with his team to attack.
The proposed solution would be that Surveillance Expert could distribute the EMP explosion without using a Drone. This would be done by separating the ultimate from his drone and giving him his own EMP grenade – something Respawn showed off in the character’s revealing trailer.
If he makes the ultimate throwable, his EMP explosion can be distributed without going into drone mode. This is related to Redditor’s idea of making the character more mobile and able to contribute during team matches.
The post has been well received on Apex Legends subreddit, and collected 1.5k upvotes at the time of writing. Many of the responses were positive and agreed that Crypto’s current set makes him too slow and prevents him from fighting with his team.
While most of the responses were positive, there was also some criticism. One user responded and said, “How about we buffer actual characters that need it. Rampart has literally the lowest pick rate, ”and another pointed out the advantages Crypto has with its drone.
Respawn has not yet commented on the post, but has already said that they are looking at ways to improve him in future seasons. With legends like Bloodhound being buffed for almost constant use, Surveillance Expert may be in the same treatment at some point in the future.