Rampart's pick rate has skyrocketed by 197% after the Evolution Collection buffs. It would make sense that the event based around her would give her such a powerful buff. She even has an exploit to her name.
Rampart went from the lowest-picked Legend to sixth most and it looks like she'll only keep climbing. Her original kit was always going to struggle since she was great at holding key points, but since Apex Legends is such a mobility-based battle royale, she was only useful in certain situations. That's changed now.
If you're unaware of how Rampart was changed, here is what the patch notes said:
- Rampart will now be able to run around with Sheila out, and shoot while walking. The spin up is longer, and she only gets 1 magazine in this mode.
- Once Sheila is out, you can put it away and pull it back out until you run out of ammo (or hit the cooldown time).
- At any point, you can still place Sheila down for your teammates to use. Once placed, it has infinite reloads and acts just like the previous version. You cannot pick it back up.
When Rampart pulls out Sheila, she can now run around with it and even fire it while slowly walking. A much different scenario than before. And if she does feel like this is the spot to defend, she can plant it like before. But once she does, she can't pick it up any longer.
This has allowed Rampart players to stay mobile and choose precisely when to plant Sheila. It will be interesting to see if Respawn decides to keep the change or nerf it a bit. This could be exactly as the developers intended, or it could be too powerful.