Respawn is making several changes to Ranked Mode with Apex Legends Season 3. Take a look at everything that's changing and staying the same.
Apex Legends Season 3 is almost here, and with it comes Series 2 of Ranked Apex Legends.
Respawn posted a blog about the new Series, including a Series 1 recap and plans for the upcoming Ranked Mode. Here's everything they covered.
Series 1 Recap
The first part of the blog post outlines the goals for Apex Legends ranked mode. They want to accurately rank players based on skill, so distribution throughout the Bronze - Apex Predator ranking system should be weighted towards the middle.
Here are the current results for all players who have played at least five hours of ranked Apex (as of 9/10/19):
- 5.1% Bronze
- 40.0% Silver
- 35.7% Gold
- 16.8% Platinum
- 2.1% Diamond
- 0.2% Apex Predator
The results are about what you should expect from any successful ranked mode. Most players rank in the Silver and Gold range with fewer in Bronze and Platinum - the fewest at the Diamond and Apex Predator end of the spectrum.
Respawn is happy with the distribution and is using the results for the initial Series 2 rankings.
Competitive players will be rewarded with weapon charms, badges, and dive trails based on their Series 1 rank.
Respawn is continuing to improve their system through matchmaking adjustments, high-level rewards, and more.
Respawn is changing quite a few elements for Series 2. They are keeping the divisions the same, but are using a soft-reset of ranks to kick-off the new series.
All players will be dropped by 1.5 tiers at the beginning of the season. "That means if you ended Series 1 in Gold II, you’ll be reset to Silver IV. Players in Platinum IV will be reset to Silver II, and Apex Predators will be reset to Platinum II."
Respawn will change some things when it comes to scoring in ranked Apex Legends. They're 10x'ing all points to give them more wiggle room, as well as charging RP based on your division:
- Bronze matches are still free
- Silver matches cost 12RP
- Gold matches cost 24RP
- Platinum matches cost 36RP
- Diamond matches cost 48RP
- Apex Predator matches cost 60RP
They will also add assists to the kill multiplier, which caps at 5. Respawn acknowledges that this is controversial, but that few people hit this mark, to begin with.
Respawn will also re-introduce the leaving penalty with Series 2. Players who abandon their team will receive a penalty in both regular and ranked mode, disallowing them from joining a new match for a set period of time.
The more frequently you leave a match, the harsher the punishment will be.
This was actually a huge issue in Series 1 when it was enabled. Respawn changed the spectator system, so a lot of players accidentally left the match when they died and were waiting for a revive.
One of my friends lost several ranks to this issue. He was just trying to spectate, but accidentally left and lost some RP.
Hopefully, this won't be as much of a problem with Series 2.
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