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Apex Legends players blame “meta” characters for Newcastle’s low pick rate

Apex Legends’ newest character, heroic defender Newcastle has fallen far behind in terms of his pick rate – and some players think they know why.

There was a lot of intrigue surrounding Newcastle before Apex Legends season 13 officially arrived, thanks to his backstory as Bangalore’s brother and speculation about his ability kit.

Since his introduction to the game, however, players seem to have slowly drifted away from him in favor of staples like Gibraltar, Wraith, and Octane.

Well, the latest data from Season 13 shows that Newcastle is currently the third least selected Legend, with the consensus of players seeming to think they are simply being outshined by other ‘meta’ Legends.

Newcastle third lowest voted legend in season 13

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Apex Legends heroic defender Newcastle plays like a cross between Lifeline and Gibraltar, with elements of both support and defensive abilities.

A post on the Apex Legends subreddit sparked a discussion in the community as to why Newcastle only had a 2.2% pick rate in Season 13 and is down over 17% since the start of the season.

The post sparked some healthy debate, with some players blaming his precipitous fall due to the new Legends excitement, while others believe his low pick rate is due to his role as a defensive character.

However, Reddit user ‘LinceDorado’ claimed that maybe this is because “the ‘meta’ legends are just too good at what they do. It’s not even that the other legends are bad, it’s that the meta legends are better.”

Many comments have cited Gibraltar as a likely factor in Newcastle’s picking percentage, with LineDorado even noting that “Newcastle is just a worse Gibraltar by any measure”.

Newcastle is now the third least selected legend. Any ideas why this might be the case? Is it his unpopular playstyle or something else? by apexlegends

The Apex Legends meta has revolved around Gibby’s shield meta for quite some time, with Respawn constantly trying to find balance changes to shake things up.

While some of Newcastle’s kit is reminiscent of Gibby’s, all of Gibby’s kit has cemented his place as the game’s leading defensive legend.

It’s important to note that, as user EKrug_02_22 pointed out, “…polishing the Legends doesn’t make them popular…See how Crypto, Rampart, Wattson, etc. [got] sanded, were almost 2x by themselves, [and] quiet [had] low pick rates?”

While players remain divided on what Newcastle needs to make him shine going forward, it’s clear he currently faces stiff competition from major characters that define the current Apex Legends meta.

https://www.dexerto.com/apex-legends/apex-legends-players-blame-meta-newcastle-low-pick-rate-1856676/ Apex Legends players blame “meta” characters for Newcastle’s low pick rate

Emma James

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