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Every Ranked change coming with the Apex Legends 13.1 patch

Apex Legends players have been desperate for changes to Season 13’s Ranked Play, and finally change is coming.

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Respawn Entertainment made controversial changes to Ranked with the Apex Legends Season 13 update, but it appears change is on the way as the devs announce entry RP costs are being adjusted with the Awakening Collection Event update.

Ranked is one of Apex Legends’ most popular modes, allowing players to see themselves improve as they climb the ladder. While Season 13’s new Legend Newcastle was praised, players were less than impressed with the Ranked Reloaded update.

Players feel the Ranked distribution is completely off this season, where Gold and Platinum players are going against Masters and even Predator players, and many blame the increased entry costs.

However, it appears that change is on the way with the 13.1 patch, as Respawn revealed their plans to lower entry costs across the board.

While pro player Albralelie claimed Apex Legends Season 13’s Ranked changes will make you a better player, many players including top streamer NICKMERCS have been calling for change.

Luckily, this change is coming with the Awakening Collection Event on June 21, as Respawn’s recent blog revealed various tweaks and changes that they are making to the ranked system.

The biggest change coming is to the RP entry costs, which are being lowered by 10 points across every rank and division. The devs are also making changes to the Split Reset, which many had been complaining was now too harsh with the tougher ranked system in Season 13.

Not only are the RP entry costs and Split Reset being nerfed, but the RP players get for both high elimination wins and killing higher tier players is also being increased.

These changes should help both those who have been struggling with the new ranked system in Apex Legends Season 13, as well as benefit skilled players who have been getting low RP for playing well and eliminating enemies, and winning games.

Apex Legends ranked changes patch notes

Check out the full patch notes for the Apex Legends 13.1 patch ranked changes:

Split Reset

This split’s reset is softer

  • 13.1 Split Reset: 6 → 4 divisions

Entry Cost

Lower entry cost

  • -10 RP across all divisions and tiers.

Diminishing Kill Values:

  • More RP for high elimination counts

Currently, the first three eliminations are worth about 100%. The subsequent three are worth about 80%, and anything after that is worth about 20%. We are changing it so each squad is worth about 20% less, while maintaining a minimum of 20%.  This will give winning teams with high eliminations about 40 to 60 more RP.

Hopefully, this will allow more high-skilled players to make their way to higher ranks and offer a more competitive player distribution. Whether it will fix the issue where Gold players are matching up against Predators remains to be seen.

Kill Tier Differences

The devs have also increased the Kill Modifier values by 50% from the values prior to the 13.1 patch, this means that players will get more RP for killing players who are in a higher tier.

  • More RP for killing players of higher tier

For more on Apex Legends, check out our piece on the return of Control and the major changes that are coming along with it.

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Apex Legends’ popularity reaches new heights after Season 14 update

With the release of Apex Legends Season 14, the Battle Royale game is experiencing an unprecedented amount of active players.

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Apex Legends Season 14 has achieved a new peak in popularity for Respawn Entertainment’s FPS Battle Royale game.

Apex Legends Season 14 brings some exciting new content to the game after the battle royale saw a slight dip in popularity towards the end of last season.

Luckily for Respawn, the brand-new Legend Vantage, overhauled Kings Canyon map, and huge Level Cap increase has been a massive hit with the fans, despite players finding bugs and glitches.

The new content has been so appealing that the game has even reached a new all-time peak player count on Steam, showing just how popular Apex Legends Season 14 is.

As of August 10, 2022, Apex Legends has a peak of 510,286 concurrent players, which is the highest it has ever been.

Although it’s only Steam‘s player count, this still shows just how popular the new Season of Apex Legends currently is.

Of course, the numbers are likely to decrease after launch week, but this is still impressive, especially as it shows that the game’s popularity is actually increasing despite being in its fourteenth season.

As Respawn continue to update and introduce new exciting content to the game, the player count will likely continue to rise, especially when players are now guaranteed an Heirloom.

For more on Apex Legends, check out the Loba Heirloom leaks that hint at its model and design.

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Powerful Apex Legends glitch allows players to carry active Heat Shields on their head

Apex Legends players have noticed a new glitch in Season 14 which allows Heat Shields to be placed on character’s heads.

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A new powerful glitch has been found in Apex Legends after the Season 14 update which sticks Heat Shields on top of the character.

A new season of Apex Legends doesn’t just mean a new Legend, it also usually means new bugs and issues for the devs to fix.

While the Apex Legends Season 14 update launched smoothly, players have noticed some odd glitches and issues, such as characters having the wrong abilities and Wattson being unable to place her fences.

Now, players have found a bug in Season 14 which puts Heat Shields on the player’s head, which is actually very strong.

Reddit user JomzYT put a video up in the Apex Legends subreddit showing off this new Heat Shield glitch, along with the caption “Apparently you can now put heatshields on your head!”

In the video, the player goes to place a Heat Shield down when it miraculously lands on their head and stays with them while they move.

Heat Shields are extremely useful in Apex Legends, as they protect you from the ring and can often save you or your teammate’s life, giving you time to heal up before making your way back into the ring.

Usually, they are placed on the floor, and can not be moved. However, with this glitch, the player is free to move around and remain protected by the Heat Shield, which is stuck to their head.

The fact that the player can move around with the Heat Shield makes this bug very powerful, leaving some in the comments of the post jokingly saying that “it’s a feature,” and a “buff.”

According to one of the users in the comments, this bug is associated with Vantage and could be to do with her winged companion Echo: “This is a thing that happens with Vantage at times, I accidentally pinged myself and my own echo earlier today. Seems like Echo stays physical even when holstered, this leaves one question. Rampart turret on Echo?”

Perhaps the Heat Shield was attached to Echo, as the player had not called the bat out. This has players reminiscing about similar bugs with Crypto and his drone: “Oh gosh, I remember when we had that bug with Crypto. That was funny, flying around on your turret shooting at people.”

Although it doesn’t seem like a major issue, Respawn will likely get this patched up as soon as possible. For more on Apex Legends, check out what NICKMERCS had to say about the Valkyrie nerfs in Season 14.

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Wattson’s fence unusable in Apex Legends despite Season 14 fixes

Players are having trouble with Wattson’s fences yet again in Apex Legends, despite the Legend receiving fixes in Season 14 update.

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Apex Legends players are frustrated with Wattson’s fences as they claim the ability is unusable in Season 14.

Apex Legends players are finally able to enjoy the brand new Season 14 update, as the season dropped on August 9. Players have been getting to grips with Vantage, the overhauled Kings Canyon map, and various buffs and nerfs in the patch notes.

While some in the community have been focused on the Valkyrie nerfs and Mad Maggie buffs, which could potentially see her rise in popularity, others are disappointed with Wattson.

The new update supposedly brought improvements to Wattson’s fence placement, but the community have been experiencing the opposite.

Reddit user oscarwildeaf has highlighted the issue with Wattson’s fences on the Apex Legends subreddit, posting a video of the problem while sarcastically saying “another great patch for Wattson.”

The patch notes claimed that the devs had made “improvements” to the placement of Wattson fences, as there have been many issues with the ability in the past.

In the video, the player attempts to place Wattson fences but is inconveniently unable to do so, despite the UI showing that it is possible.

This is obviously extremely frustrating for Wattson players in Apex Legends Season 14, as her electric fences are her main tool and this isn’t the first time there have been issues with it.

One user in the comments of the post even said “Wattsons been dealing with this for a while anytime they change fences or arcstars they break s***. You can expect a fix maybe in season 15, time to retire Wattson for 14.”

Clearly, this player feels that Wattson’s fence placement will be broken for some time, but hopefully Respawn prove them wrong and bring a permanent fix for the issue soon.

On the topic of bugs and issues, a new Apex Legends Season 14 glitch is causing characters to have the wrong abilities, making for some hilarious clips.

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