Like many players, streamer Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins has been on the Apex Legends ranked grind as Split 1 comes to an end this week. The high-profile streamer has been splitting his time between Fortnite and Apex in recent weeks, but even after a month of solid grinding Respawn's battle royale can still surprise him.
If you've ever watched the Apex Legends Global Series, you'll know exactly what a kidnap is. Heck, if you've managed to reach Platinum rank you've probably been on the receiving end of one. Kidnapping involves a Wraith player portaling directly onto an opponent in order to separate them from their team and into the waiting crosshairs of the Wraith's teammates.
It's easier said than done, of course, and if you mess it up it can be a wasted Ultimate that may have been better used for a tricky rotation. But when it comes off it can be brutally effective, as Ninja found on stream yesterday.
"I just got f*cking destroyed," he tells his teammates, before following up excitedly with, "that was the coolest sh*t I've ever seen!"
His excitement at getting kidnapped is good to see, as many players could get salty when they fall for the strat. It goes to show that no matter how good his aim is, or how effective his Seer Ult is, Ninja still has a lot to learn when it comes to Apex Legends.
With Nick 'NICKMERCS' Kolcheff threatening to quit the game and pro player Lucas 'Mendo' Håkansson reportedly banned, the streaming scene needs someone with Ninja's status to continue enjoying his matches if it wants to thrive.
With the ALGS Year 2 around the corner, co-streams are bound to aid things, but if Jack 'NiceWigg' Martin manages to qualify for the Pro League with his squad, viewers might miss out on his energetic commentary as he focuses on grabbing the win.