hey everyone, patrice is here, back with an apex video, yup, season 3 came out so i had to check it out, i have played crypto for few days now non stop, still getting used to the new map, i like it but the loot does suck lol, i mean mid game and end game u still run with blue or white armor lol, but enough about that, lets get to crytpo as always all the time stamps will be down below so skip to wherever you need.
1. skills passive crypto has three skills, but with crypto we got an extra new button added on, for pc its automatically set to H, which means in total we got 4 buttons unlike every other hero 3, but it isnt a skill, its just a button to cancel out your drone and get it back, very usefull button if you think yourr drone is about to get killed you can press it and maybe get your drone bac kbefore it gets destroyed, but it does stay in one place for like a second after you press it so that enough to get it destroyed.
Now i wish they would of added this to wraith teleport, pathfinder ult and etc, since it would be ncie to be able to cancel those out but oh well, anyway the passive “neurolink” is an obious one just like caustics, whatever your drone sees you see, and it also gets tagged to your teammates, the tag that happens also counts for enemies, so they can hear it and should be aware that you seen them, just like bloodhound really, and as soon as your drone dies or stop seeing the enemy, the marker imediatelly vanishes, so its not like bloodhound where it stays for a second, it imediatelly turns off, which makes sense, it also works the same in the smoke or caustic gas, its able to track enemies for the entire team, so works pretty dam well with bangalore rushing. quite simple so far, lets move on to the active ability, which is what makes the entire kit work. active and ultimate “surveillance drone” and “drone emp” this video will be a bit different from my previous, since the ultimate works only with the drone which is the active skill, so i will mix active skill and ultiamte together in this video, also adding passive to here and there too. have you ever played rainbow six siege? well then think of this like a drone in that game, its almost the same, 1 bullet of any weapon will kill the drone, it sees enemies and marks them, but if you are further than 30 meters away then it wont automatically mark, but you can still see and ping, if you havent noticed the meter counter is right here, so you can always tell if you drone will automatically ping or not, thats important because if you leave your drone to cover ur ass like an alarm you want it to be able to ping an enemy from where you hide it, as ive said the drone is really dam weak, it can get destroyed by any weapon from 1 bullet, or one pallet from shotgun bullet, it also gets destroyed if you blockign the door, as soon as teh door is opened towards the drone it will be either pushed away or destroyed, the drone can also kinda go through walls sometimes, if you place it facing away from the wall, and push back and exit the skill at the same time then sometimes teh drone actually travels through small walss, such as glass, which is a bug and probably will eb fixed but for now u can abuse it, another thing is that teh storm doesent do damage to the drone, so you can potentially hide in in the storm, the enemy will hear it but wont be able to see since the storm is coloured red anyways, which makes perfect hiding spot for the drone which also has red bright light coming from it, few more physics on the drone, if you play with pathfinder then he can grapple on to your drone, which will let you then fly the pathfinder further away to wherever you want, this could be usefull in an open area where theres not much to grapple on, perfect way to drop on top of the enemy with grapple and emp at the same time, sadly u cannot stick an arc star on the drone, like u can with pathfinder, that would be a really cool tactic wit ha lot of dmg output.
With the drone you can open and close doors, thats called hacking instead of opening, further more you can open supply bins tahts very usefull mid and late game when you have good enough loot but still dont want to miss out on gold or purple stuff, so you can just fly around open stuff safely and see if anything worth going for, but the most important thing is you can pick up banners fro myour fallen team, even if your drone gets destroyed it will still count, so you dont have to carry banners back to yourself, just pick it up and you good to go, this is a game changer, if your team gets rect and you want to just get out of there then thats the way to go.
Be careful though, since the drone is super loud, to the point where its louder then footsteps if its close, wihch works as a great distraction and decoy aswell, if you hide it from the enemy behind walls and they will keep searching for it, that gives you some time to sneak up on them, but on the other side its very easy to hear it and spot it, i believe this drone will becoem similar to mirages decoy where after few weeks people will be used to destroying it, and it takes only 1 bullet, so i would reommend to keep it around obstacles and ground, put it in the sky only when you prepared for it to be destroyed, from my experience that makes it alot harder to destroy even when people know where it is, you see as soon as you hear the word drone you kinda imagine sky and being high above, but i say keep it low and close to rocks and walls, so you can get the position, or use your emp and get the drone out of there before it gets destroyed, it moves a lot faster then any legends so dodging bullets in closed environments isnt as hard, but it moves the fastest when you go straight, just like with legends, if you fly backwards it will be slower.
If you choose to play crypto you pretty much always have to scout from now on, on your way to res your teammate? scout in front, on your way to enter the next circel? scout the enterence, entereing the new area? you guessed it! scout! just like siege drone use it before you enter everywhere, well unless your team is rushing and you have to be next to them or they will get mashed 3v2, which happens often with randoms, this brings me to my next point working in team with a drone, this is a difficult one and higly depends on your team, theres few tactics, ypu either scout in use emp and all of you rush in or you scout in use emp and your team rushes in 2v3 and gets rect, a lot of people will hate you because all you going to do is fly on your drone and ping the enemies but they are the ones who fighting 3v2, in some cases tahts good, for example if you suck at shooting, and you will get killed anyway then might aswell be a scout, bring info and hopefully use emp on all three enemies dealing 150 dmg in total to all of theri shields, so you dont need to aim, but if your team is same as u or even wrose then keep in mind you have to keep close to them or they die instantly, specially randoms.
So instead you want to either quickly use drone emp and rush, or use drone to protect your self from being third partied, so cover ur ass with the drone autoamtic target system, use it as caustic or wattson traps, whyle you keep with your team. this game is all about getting thirdpartied or doing it your self so even using it like that is good. emp is not allmighty, and it ruins some stuff but dont think that caustic or wattson is an easy target, wattson ult doesent get affected even for a moment, so she can quickly place the entire are in traps all over again if not rushed quickly, and caustic has his ultimate that cannot be stoped, so dont be scared campy mains, you should be okay, just dont waste ur ults, one little note mainly for ps4 and xbox players, the flight mode button you see on your drone is something that keeps your drone flying straight, withoute going down or up, so that might make it more comfertible, but as for pc players thats not really that important.
Now lets talk about positioning, if you catch your self in a really bad position, then dont be afraid, you can always go in with your drone and emp enemy asses, from my experience everyone staight away satrt to recharge their shields withoute thinking, anything else, so that gives you and your team around 3,4 seconds to reposition, you can even use ur emp and imediatelly get out of the drone, you will be out before the emp wll even explode, since it has a little animation, unfortinatelly u cannot jsut drop the drone withoute going in to the drone vision and move forward, that would be usefull since dropping it near an exit and imediatelly running through when you are looting or someone is cahsing you, but what you can do is slide forward, if its a hill even better, then drop your drone and imediattelly spam the skill button so you get out as soon as animation goes through, after some practice you will be able to do it fast enough before you compeltely stop sliding, and eventually you get fast enough to use it in the middle of the battle, when a bangalore drops teh smoke and u need to se but it still will be a tiny draw back and a slow, which makes you vulnerable, talking about weaknesses please keep aware of your surroundings and where you hiding before activating the drone, and constantly look at your health and the screen flashes, you will get flashing screen if you are getting hit on the character, because i had quite few funny moments where crypto wouldnt even hear me killing him or literally droning to his face and emping, or sometimes i was the clown where i didnt hear or see, and got run up on, or was in my drone for too long and then when i came out my team was already far away and i got rekt by a full squad running past, or using it mid battle by accident and going through all animations before i could do anything…
An extra ting i noticed is that the emp does not destroy enemy drone, so it wont be who quicker draws win, more like use the drone and maybe ping the enemy drone so ur team can shoot it or semething., think a bit outside the box, use the drone as just a tiny alram on one enterence to cover your ass or your teams ass, you an also heal in peace knowing that you are safe, or use it as a decoy just to slighly distract enemy to another side whyle you do what you want. its not just for scouting and pinging everything, since your team will go in on their own and die.and when you do leve your drone peeping on enemies try to hide it as well as possible, in debris, trees or grass, or confusing constructions and ecsetra, 2. team composition and counters here i will talk about how well it does with someone or againts someone, and how he gets countered.
Bangalore, amazing team mate, since bang can throw her smokes miles away just ask her to cover your drone or to smoke the building where you going etc, that way first you can emp in safety, seond as long as you keep your drone on the enemies you get to see them and they get to see nothing, also because of this feature you counter bangalore pretty dam hard. blood hound, pretty decent team mate but unnecesarry, yo uboth do the same job, so rather pick one, bloodhound kinda couters you, since with his speedboost he can rush in and find your hiding spot whyle you are on your drone assesing your team, and then he will hunt you like a dooog, but at the same time if you hid pretty dam well and been sitting there for a bit he should see your tracks too early, so you have some time. wattson, pretty balanced outcome here, you do counter her active, but her ult stays strong, and she can place her traps all over pretty fast under her ult, and recharge the shield you broke or percentage of it, she can help protecting you in the team and camp even more since with her help you are safe to scout around if you are in a good spot.
So pretty decent team comp i guess. giby, well if hes shield drop works then hes perfect for protecting ur drone and stuff… dose emp cancel shield? does emp go thru shield? does emp cancel ult? i guess hes okay, he cant really coutner u in any way, nether can you, but as a team you can plan an attack and tell exactly where to drop gibys ult by pinging, so tahts pretty usefull, but rather then that theres not much to be said. caustic is simillar to wattson, u can stop his ult but u can stop his traps, also you can see him through his gass, and your drone doesent get destroyed by it either, as a team mate he also can works as a bangalore throwing ult and then dropping yur drone in so u all can see even if they are not in caustic gass, also throwing in emp will do really well since they are kinda stunned and slowed, plus since emp does dmg to shield and gas does dmg straight to health over all they should be pretty easy picks for caustic alone, in his gass. lifeline bot can also be destroyed? lifeline is as always pretty decent team mate, specially on this map where theres barely any good loot, but your drone can save u from lifeline ult rush, since you can scout around and see if anyone is coming towards the drop, and ping them if necessary or ambushing, whyle getting healed up by her bot u can drone around and make sure everything is safe, or look around for loot to see where you should go as soon as u heal up, ur emp doesent brake her passive shield so she can still ress in peace, but it will damage her armor.
Mirage, nothing outstanding here, ur drone works better then his passive together with the decoy, and his ult still covers his ass pretty well. if you inform and dopr your drone correctly then he actually can do a perfect flank under his ult, so that works as a good engagment and distraction, does the cloak get turned off? on emp? your drone will not see through his decoys nor his ultimate, so i guess he kinda counters you since he could potentially confuse and hide away from ur third eye. now octane is perfect for rushing in, he can catch up with ur drone pretty well and drop in with emp charge together, also he can leave the ult for you to catch up with the team rush after you drone in, so that speeds up the process, but it will only work with proper teammates, not randoms, hes perect rushing legend so if he somehow knows where you are you going to get rekt pretty fast if you sitting on your drone ” sitting on drone in toilet meme here” bu rather then taht u dont really counter each other in any way. pathfinder is pretty fun combo, since he can grapple to your drone theres a lot of fun stuff taht could be made out of this, but the drone is kinda small so he has to be pretty skilled, his ult also works well since he could give you a quick way to catch up after u drone, simillar as octane and wraith.
The same way he can use the drone againts u and grapple on to it, use it to get away etc, but its easier to just shoot it, other then taht u dont really counter each other. and last but not least wraith, also can hide away from your automatic camera but if you are on it you will see her phasing, her passive works under the drone too, so she will hear voices if you are lookign at her even if its further that 30 meters, but that till doesent make her your counter, the ultimate works pretty well together too, could rush in under ur emp and for example bangs smoke after which you can immediately go through the portal and join the fight. 3. pros and cons alright with this out of the way lets get to pros and cond first pros very safe pick, can drone out dangerous zones etc pickign up team badges with drone is amazing sees through smoke and gas brakes traps, good to counter campers even if u cant aim u can still brake shields in total of 150 dmg good support legend can keep his ass covered drone can be used as a nice decoy and an arc star pretty short cooldown has pretty cool skins and now the cons no escape abilities drone animations are pretty slow and u can get killed before even having a chance completely open if piloting the drone easy to recover shield before the emp even goes off ppl can start charging shield cell drone is super loud and can be easily destroyed cant use ult or passive withoute the drone averga hit box so u can use it as an excuse i would say hes new player friendly but to use his drone properly and being with ur team at the same tiem can be pretty challanging, and need some practice with choice making.
And thats all i can think off as of right now. 4. conclusion alright after this amazingly long video what do i think about crypto after playing him, i like him honestly but as of now i can pretty much see him being simillar to mirage, starts pretty well and theres alot of dummies who dont know what drone is, so u can abuse it for now, but after few weeks or month time everyoen will be seeing right through it and destroying it faster then u can do anything, but at the same time u can use it through walls and u can also keep it on ground level so u can dodge bullets and stuff, but the sound will always make it bait, also i dont like the long animations since u cant move untill u get off the drone completely, a lot of people seem to just run around with a drone and forget about theri body, so the team ends up fighting 2v3 and then u usually end up dead, or sometimes your team will completely leave u even that u r actually trying to scout ahead and keep safe, this is a fast paced game and the fact that u need to travell same distance twice now with ur drone and then ur own body, can make the gameplay pretty slow and sluggish which again will seperate the team and either they get killed or u get cought out by a random passerby team on ur own.
So in my opinion es pretty dam hard to keep balance with ur team, and also even harder to work with randoms. but i like him and will keep playing him, hmm im a crypto main now perhaps? guess we know after he sinks in a bit, anyway, thank you guys for watching please do subscribe and help me out by pressing the bell and like button, i do post a lot of borderlands 3 content right now aswell, but i keep my self up to date with apex every time some big update comes out, in teh future i will be keep doign other guide and tips videos on all sorts of games so i will apreceate the help, alright if i did miss anything which i definetelly did please dont crucefy me and have mercy, just comment it down below and i will give it a heart or even stick it to the top so everyone can see, im sure in a month time ppl will come out with all sort of crazy shit.
aight amma head out now, so watch ur back in apex since im gonna come for that ass boy, bye.