By rolling out Mirage's Holo-Day Bash and the Winter Express limited-time mode, Respawn threw in an interesting alternative to the standard battle royale, not least because of its more hectic nature. So, here's a few tips that may help you stay alive when it matters.
First and foremost, and forgive me if you already know this one but it bears repeating - don't quit after you're downed - this is a first-to-three-wins type of game. The relentless tempo of the Winter Express mode means your Apex Legends comrades are likely to feel your absence even more. Don't be that guy.
- Do a quick switch to the secondary weapon as soon as you land: Secondaries occasionally need to go through the final reloading motion, and if you forget, you might be forced to do it mid-fight. We first thought Respawn made weapon switching longer on purpose, but it seems to be a glitch. An incredibly annoying one too.
- Your loadouts may be fixed, but attachments are interchangeable: If you're playing with friends, this should be a blast. Devotion with Havoc's Turbo Charger and purple mag? Bangalore with a thermal scope? Scary.
- You have infinite small meds and shields: We've seen a bunch of players Call-of-Duty-ing it, thinking the two 1-stacks are what it says on the number - you have a bunch, use 'em. Which is actually a great segue into the next tip.
- Don't get killed because of that one missing shield bar: Peak quickly, shoot quickly and heal quickly - that's the game. You have neither the time nor space to fully heal all the time, and it's more likely to get you killed. Try to pop off a shield or two at a time, and keep sending led downrange. Heck, we'd swear that final shield bar is cursed - it spawns an enemy behind a corner.
- Lifeline can call down a purple shield: It may not happen often, and it's not huge, but it might be the edge you need.
- Jump pads are good for traversal as well as spying on enemies. And you can pop off a shield too: 'nuff said!
- Think twice before landing hot - Winter Express is not exactly a great place to start off the round, because everyone's eyes are on the train. Some train cars provide some more protection, but if there's high ground, use it - you can chuck nades and quickly slide onto the train, in the case of emergency.
Naturally, positioning tips could take a few pages alone, but consider this a collection that should help you get started with Mirage's Holo-Day Bash and Winter Express LTM on a right note.