Respawn introduced Apex Legends’ limited-time Control Mode in the first three weeks of Season 12, but fans loved it so much that the team decided to bring it back for another two weeks during the release. current Warriors Collection event that runs until April 12.
Control is a 9v9 objective-based experience that sees players working together to capture and hold areas, much like the Domination modes of popular games like Call of Duty and Battlefield. Infinite respawns, fast shield regeneration, and loadout options deliver the kind of traditional gameplay you’ve come to expect from standard first-person shooters, but we’ve still got some tips to increase your chances of success.
Playing with your team is more important than ever
Playing with your squad in Apex Legends’ Battle Royale mode is highly recommended, but downright imperative in Control. Unlike Battle Royale, where teams are often very divided and preoccupied, Control is an extremely hectic mode with less emphasis on exploration and looting. Because of this, you and your team are going to be pushed frequently and in greater numbers.
Sticking with your teammates means you can complement each other with your abilities for maximum protection or aggression, or you can just cover yourself while your shields recharge. Additionally, working together to take objectives and kill enemies also increases your rating in the match, giving you access to better versions of your weapons that can make you a force to be reckoned with.
Take advantage of the ability to switch Legends mid-match
It may come as a surprise, but Control actually lets you switch legends mid-match. While it remains true that you’ll likely have most of your success with characters you’re comfortable with, Control’s fast-paced and scalable confrontation lets you experiment with new options without a major commitment. Each time you die in the match, you have the option to try out a different character that might counter your opponents’ choices a little better.
If you and a few teammates need to push back lines, you’ll clearly have an easier time doing so with a more mobile Legend like Octane or Horizon who can easily get around densely populated enemy areas. Meanwhile, if you’re working with your team to defend a highly contested objective, defensive characters like Gibraltar, Rampart, or Caustic can be extremely useful. Whichever you choose, just remember the first tip and always work with your team.
Use the right loadout for the job
Just as you can switch characters after each death, you can also swap your loadout. You’ll want to be sure to make the most of this opportunity by switching to a loadout that best complements what you’re trying to accomplish at the time. After all, you’re usually not going to defeat a bunch of enemies in a small space if you’re using a sniper.
When defending a point, you will greatly benefit from the Close-Quarters loadout, which uses sporting weapons that deal high damage to targets that push you. Meanwhile, if you see the opposing team putting up strong defenses on an objective, it might be worth taking them down with a sniper or LMG from one of their respective loadouts. The most balanced option is the assault loadout, which usually gives you a choice for every scenario so you’re rarely unprepared.
Loot care packages for better shields and weapons
You’ll start every match with a blue shield, and while it recharges shortly after taking non-lethal damage, it’s still nice to have a little more protection than that. That’s why you’ll want to keep an eye out for neutral care bundles that drop on the map throughout the match. They’re likely to be contested, but are often worth fighting for, as they consistently contain purple shields and legendary weapons that can drastically turn the tide of battle.
One note to keep in mind, however, is that Legendary weapons dropped in Care Packages do not have the infinite ammo of your loadout weapons. For this reason, you’ll want to make sure your hits count. Luckily, enemies drop their weapons on death, so you can always switch back to another weapon if you find your Kraber eventually runs dry.
Goal B can be a big deal
You have infinite respawns in Control, and your ability to choose where you spawn plays a central role in getting you back in the fight. However, the mode only allows you to choose an area connected to your base. One team’s base is closest to A, while the other team’s base is closest to C, and capturing the area closest to your base gives you a spawn point that offers more rotations rapids to B in the center of the map.
Guarding B is also vitally important, as that’s where you’re most likely to take the area closest to your opponent’s base. You’ll find that some teams push the backlines to try and take the opposing team’s initial zone instead, but this is often a riskier endeavor that requires more travel time and less time to actively take a zoned. If you can group up with teammates to secure B, you’ll no doubt end up with a much higher chance of success as your fallen comrades will start appearing there to push C along with you.
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