Save us, Lifeline!
Support classes aren’t usually particularly popular, but they are a necessity for squads that hope to win. Apex Legends lists two players as support characters: Lifeline and Pathfinder. But really, Lifeline is a true support character, featuring a tactical ability which deploys a healing droid and an ultimate ability that calls in a drop pod full of defensive gear. You can only happen upon so many health packs and shield recharges out in the field, but nearly continuous access to a healing drone is guaranteed to increase your chances of success. Since character selection is random each match, if you’re the last person to choose and your team doesn’t yet have Lifeline selected, it’s in your best interest to give your squad a literal lifeline. You’ll be thankful you did.
The team that stays together, wins together. Apex Legends places a heavy emphasis on teams. Characters will even say things to each other if the team is too spread out. You don’t have to stay on top of one another, and indeed in the case of an unexpected ambush it is better to not be too close to each other as the threat of a squad wipe becomes very real. But if your squad mates are too far away when you’re in desperate need of some healing, then you’ll feel especially vulnerable.
"This Place Looks Promising..."
As with most battle royale games, there is something of a pre-game in Apex Legends. Squads launch out of VTOL craft and jetpack down to wherever they would like to start the fight. While it is tempting to glide on over to one of the many large buildings featured in Kings Canyon, it’s also tempting for other squads to land there. Don’t forget that you start every match essentially unarmed, so if another player reaches the large shiny building ahead of your squad, you may be in for an early death.
Communication...Rules the Nation
Team-based games obviously require teamwork. Communication is vital for any amount of teamwork. For those of you without a mic or playing in an area/at a time that limits your verbal communications options, don’t forget the ping system. Apex Legends features a simple, yet robust system triggered by pressing or holding R1. See some body armor or a flatline rifle early in the match? Just point at the item and tap R1 to point it out to your teammates. The same goes for enemies, respawn points, and more. Squads have won using only the ping system, and with practice, you can too.
Live to Fight Another Minute
This is perhaps one of the hardest things to do in a game like Apex Legends. If your squad is ambushed, and one or more of your teammates is taken out, your initial reaction may be to rush to their aid. But sometimes, and especially if you’re not sure where exactly the enemy is firing from, it may be best to creep back a ways. Wait until the heat dies down, then go to your fallen ally. Assuming they have only been knocked down, it’s easy to revive them. At the very least, you can secure their revival. You’ll need to stay wary, though, as the enemy may assume you’re using this exact tactic, and they may be using your ally’s death marker as bait.