Phillip “ImperialHal” Dosen, the professional Apex Legends player, explained his desire for the long-distance rifle, the Kraber, to be banned from competitive play.
The explanation was given over Twitter—sparked by a single tweet from ImperialHal’s personal account on Monday, Sept. 6. According to him, if developers can remove “Heat shields and gold res” from competitive play then they can also remove the Kraber with a similar level of ease. This desire primarily stems from the rifle’s ability to take out any player with a single, well-placed shot.
Of course, this change would only apply at the competitive level, so casual players need not worry.
If we can remove Heat shields and gold res from comp we can also remove the Kraber from comp too. THIS IS FOR COMPETITVE CASUALS SO DONT GET UPSET AND SHUT UP 👍
— TSMFTX ImperialHal (@TSM_ImperialHal) September 7, 2021
ImperialHal Believes the Kraber Should be Banned
While a good chunk of the replies agreed with ImperialHal, others argued that it would be better to nerf the weapon, instead. Some pushed back on the idea, entirely, either poking fun at the perception that competitive players want to remove everything or stating that the weapon should be left in-game as is.
“Apex if comp players were devs,” @adiiencore wrote, posting an image of a blank Minecraft landscape.
“The kraber is rare to find and take skill to one shot,” @TK_GrandK replied, “you have additional options to rez or revive your teammate. There’s many things against the kraber…”
“Did you find a similar opinion to 308s in Pro League/Scrims? Just personally think the risk/reward factor in going for drops is what leaves them in the game,” @HarryBotheadxo wrote.
“Well in H1 you can two tap with basic guns while the sniper one taps,” ImperialHal replied, “in Apex basic guns dont do that while kraber can one shot you.”
Ultimately, the core of the issue is Kraber’s ability to eliminate a player with a single shot. Sure, it takes a bit of skill to make the weapon work—that’s obvious. However, at the competitive level, most players have no issue lining up a decent shot. According to ImperialHal, even one elimination from the weapon can create an opening for a team to push while the others are attempting to revive their fallen ally.
Respawn has yet to respond or announce their thoughts regarding ImperialHal’s opinion at the time of writing.