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Apex Legends Legacy: Best strategies to win on every Arenas map

Apex Legends Season 9: Legacy has been out for quite sometime now, allowing players to learn some of the best strategies on the Arenas maps.

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Apex Legends’ Legacy update dropped March 4, allowing players enough time to learn the mode and even figure out some of the Apex Legends best Arenas strategies on each of the current maps.

The response to Apex Legends’ new Arenas mode has been great so far from the community, with players even asking for the mode to have a more competitive ranked playlist.

Arenas will evolve over time like the battle royale has, perhaps changing the weapon and Legend meta within the mode. However, the strategies on each map will likely stay the same, so let’s take a look at some of the best.

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If you already have the weapons and Legend composition you like using in Arenas, the next thing you want to perfect is your strategy on each of the maps.

You may have come against some players who have their own strategy for a map and have subsequently performed better than your team as they had a plan of action. We aim to shed light on these tactics so that you and your team can gain a better understanding of how to play on each map.

Apex Legends best Arenas strategies

Phase Runner

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Phase Runner is one of the new exclusive maps for Arenas that features a portal similar to the one that runs through the map Olympus. This map is one of the larger maps for Arenas, however, it is very simple when you take the placement of the circle into consideration.

On this map, the direction of the circle is always the route to go, especially if it is on the side of the portal. Taking the Phase Runner when the circle is on its side will put your team at an advantage if the other team goes a different way. However, most teams like to follow the circle when it is on the Phase Runner’s side, so there are a few things you can do to gain an advantage over them.

  1. Purchase Ordnances with leftover credits, Grenades, and Arc Stars work the best
  2. Go through the Phase Runner and immediately start throwing your Ordnances if the opposition arrive on the other side
  3. If they are well placed, this should give your team the upper hand to start attacking from the sides.

If the circle is on the other side, it is best to play the high ground and stay on your side of the platform where the loot bin is. Taking the heals and protecting both sides is the best way to go about winning when the circle is on this side, taking angles on the opponent to try and single them out.

For characters like Valkyrie, Revenant, and any other Legend who has mobility, there is a great high ground spot above the loot bin on this side which can give you great angles on the other side of the platform, giving your team an advantage.

Artillery

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Once again, players will want to take up positions on the side that the circle lands in order to gatekeep opponents, as height and angles rule on this fairly open map. The two large spawn buildings that are on either side of the map are great for getting high ground and immediately putting pressure on the opponents. There is also an option to zipline to further height on the side of the map, which is great for gaining angles on the enemy team.

This height can be dangerous if the enemy team arrives there before you do, so come equipped with grenades for this map, as they can really help with disrupting enemies on height and forcing them to reposition, as does Valkyrie’s tactical – Missile Swarm.

When the circle lands on the other side of the map, the strategy is different, as unless the enemies don’t follow the circle, you will be in a confrontation pretty quickly. Stopping the enemies from getting to the loot bin by pressuring from the height on top of the bunkers is important.

Another great position is on top of the circular structures just outside these bunkers. There are two of these on both sides so be cautious of enemies taking the same position. However, this height can be very advantageous especially if the enemy team take up a position on top of the opposite bunker.

Party Crasher

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Party Crasher is a great map aesthetically and structurally, featuring a familiar layout on one side with a crashed version of Mirage Voyage, while the opposite side is lower down but filled with lots of cover.

The best strategy on this map is to get on top of Mirage Voyage as quickly as possible and dominate that side of the map. This is by far the better side due to its advantageous height. Furthermore, if your squad wards off enemies or the opposition decide to take the other route, your team can easily access the loot bin and crafting credits that aren’t out in the open like on the opposite side.

Legends like Octane, Valkyrie, and Pathfinder are great on this map as they can take the height on Mirage Voyage fast with their abilities and put pressure on the enemies first. Further, they can also get to the loot bin and crafting materials efficiently, allowing for a different angle on enemies on the other side of the Mirage Voyage.

Even if the circle is on the other side of this map, Mirage Voyage is still a great strategy, as players can shoot down at the enemy team on the other side of the map, put some pressure on and then quickly push towards the circle.

That’s all for the best Arenas strategies for each map, for more on Apex Legends stay tuned on Charlie INTEL and check out our article on how to earn every Apex Legends Arena badge.

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Who is the most popular Apex Legends character? Season 11 pick rates

Apex Legends Season 11 is well underway, but who has dominated the pick rates for Season 11 of Respawn’s battle royale so far?

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Season 11 of Apex Legends has tons of characters to choose from to enjoy its several maps. But who has the top Season 11 pick rates in Respawn Entertainment’s battle royale shooter?

Apex Legends hit the ground running when it launched with eight different characters to choose from in its battle royale offering. The game suffered a notable lull when Call of Duty: Warzone launched, but with many players jumping ship to Respawn’s game in Season 10, Apex Legends Season 11 has benefited from continued support from gamers and streamers alike.

There are now a whopping 19 different Legends to choose from, giving players a headache before each game. The newest one is Ash, she debuted alongside the new Storm Point map.

Between the Arenas mode and Ranked Leagues to compete in, thousands of matches have already been logged in Season 11, and we will break down and find the Legends with the highest pick rates in Season 11.

Apex Legends Season 11 pick rate ranked list

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This is our complete list of every character pick in Apex Legends, and we’ve ranked them in order to let you know which are favored.

Here is every Apex Legends pick rate in Season 11 ranked, as of January 21, 2022, according to Apex Legends Status:

  1. Wraith – 12.5%
  2. Octane – 12.3%
  3. Bloodhound – 10.3%
  4. Pathfinder – 8.8%
  5. Valkyrie – 7.4%
  6. Lifeline – 6%
  7. Bangalore – 5.1%
  8. Ash – 4.9%
  9. Loba – 4.4%
  10. Horizon – 4.2%
  11. Fuse – 3.7%
  12. Gibraltar – 3.7%
  13. Caustic – 3.7%
  14. Mirage – 3.2%
  15. Revenant – 2.6%
  16. Seer – 2.1%
  17. Wattson – 2%
  18. Rampart – 1.6%
  19. Crypto – 1.5%

Most picked Legends in Apex Legends Season 11

5. Valkyrie – 7.4%

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With Ash being knocked out of the top 5 most picked Legends since her release at the start of Season 11, Valkyrie has officially taken her spot with a 7.4% pick rate.

Valkyrie is great in Season 11, with unbelievable mobility thanks to her passive Jet Pack. This allows her to reposition and get in and out of situations with ease, arguably having the best potential to survive out of all Legends due to great mobility.

Valkyrie’s Ultimate is great for maps like Storm Point, as there are no Jump Towers and so her Skyward Dive offers useful rotations. Her Ultimate is great for getting the team into a spot for final circles, as you’ll be able to fly above and past enemy teams rotating into the zone.

4. Pathfinder – 8.8%

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Pathfinder has consistently been one of Apex Legends’ top five picks at 8.8%, and counting, for quite some time now.

As a Recon class, Pathfinder simply excels in movements and traversing the game’s various maps. His Grappling Hook and Zipline Gun are simply invaluable assets that will help any team in a pinch – either because of the circle or a third-party situation. He consistently manages to stay in the top 5 as a result.

3. Bloodhound – 10.3%

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Again, with the influx of new Apex Legends players, Bloodhound is a great character to use for new players in Season 11.

Bloodhound nearly always stays in and around the 8-11% mark as a season goes on, and they currently stand at 10.3%. They are easily the top Recon class to use in Apex Legends, thanks to their tracking tools and incredible skills, plus, their Beast of the Hunt Ultimate is priceless.

2. Octane – 12.3%

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With a 12.3% pick rate, the speed demon takes the number two spot, continuing his reign as one of the most popular Legends in Season 11, fluctuating between the top two places.

Aside from his amusing quips, he is the perfect balance of offense and defense. Despite being regarded as an offensive Legend, Octane can greatly increase his sprint speed which is useful for both attack and running away.

But most Octane users thrive on his Launch Pad Ultimate which can send him, and friendly players, high up into the air.

1. Wraith – 12.5% Most picked Legend in Apex Legends Season 11

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Another starting Legend, Wraith has been a consistent pick throughout Apex Legends’ lifetime, and she has taken the number one spot with a whopping 12.5% pick rate in Season 11.

Wraith’s stand-out features are her ability to get out of trouble very quickly – teammates included. Her abilities allow her to sense danger, become temporarily invulnerable, and create portals to escape predicaments. It’s easy to see why Wraith continues to be an absolute fan-favorite in Apex Legends Season 11.


That covers all the picks in Apex Legends Season 11. As always, buffs and nerfs will come and go throughout the season, altering the game’s meta, and subsequently, Legend pick rates.

We’ll be sure to keep this updated regularly so you can stay on top of the in picks and don’t forget to check out the best Apex Legends weapon skins to use.

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Best Apex Legends weapon skins with the cleanest iron sights

Apex Legends has some great weapon skins for players to craft, but some actually offer better iron sights than others.

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Some of the Apex Legends weapon skins offer a cleaner iron sight compared to others, here are some of the best you can craft.

Apex Legends is well known for its cosmetics, with new Twitch Prime skins coming out every month, as well as various events every season that offer new Legend and weapon skins.

As well as this, the game offers skins for players to craft without having to go to the store. These skins are available all year round and can be found in the “Legends” and “Loadout” categories of the lobby screen.

Some of these craftable weapon skins actually offer players an advantage, especially the skins for the best weapons in the game.

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While it isn’t a huge advantage, the weapon skins in this list offer players a more clear iron sight that takes up less of the screen compared to the default.

Luckily, Reddit user mnkymnk has posted a video showcasing some of the best weapon skins that players can use in Apex Legends for a better iron sight. As well as these, we’ve also thrown a few more in for other weapons.

Best Apex Legends weapon skins for better iron sights

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The following list is the best weapon skins for players to use in Apex Legends. Keep in mind that not every weapon is on the list, as some weapon skins don’t actually offer any better craftable iron sights.

For example, the best Flatline skins for better iron sights are from a previous Battle Pass and the store, which can not be crafted.

  • Prowler – Dark Fright
  • Longbow – McFly or Pharaoh’s Curse
  • 30-30 Repeater – Wild West or Bullet Train
  • Wingman – The Death Ray or Merciless Wing
  • R-99 – The Kill Switch or Outlands Avalanche
  • Peacekeeper – The Lonestar or The Superstar
  • Sentinel – Biomechanics or Golden Spine
  • The Alternator – LED Rez or The Galvanizer

All these skins will offer players a more clear visual, reducing the amount of space the weapon’s iron sights take up on your screen. In theory, with these skins you should be able to see more of your target while aiming down sights, thus improving your performance.

These skins will require you to craft them with Crafting Metals. As these are all Legendary skins, they will cost your 1,200 Crafting Metals to obtain.

Make sure you check out our guide on Crafting Metals so you know how to get the skins you want.

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How to get Apex Legends Twitch Prime Gaming rewards: January 2022

Here’s how you can get Apex Legends Pathfinder Core Crafted Prime Gaming bundle during January, as well as all its contents.

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A new skin is available to Apex Legends players with a Prime Gaming subscription in January 2022. Here’s how you can get Pathfinder’s “Core Crafted” Apex Legends Twitch Prime bundle for yourself.

Respawn Entertainment and Amazon have a collaboration that involves releasing a set of Apex Legends Prime Gaming skins throughout the game’s seasons. These are available exclusively for Twitch Prime members. 

Every new month brings another skin for fans to enjoy, and it’s Pathfinder’s turn to get one for the month of January. If you have a Prime Gaming subscription, then you can get the “Core Crafted Bundle.”

Here’s what you need to do to get the newest Apex Legends Twitch Prime skin.

Pathfinder Core Crafted Bundle release date

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Pathfinder’s Core Crafted Prime Gaming bundle will release on January 19, 2022, and be available all the way through to February 17.

Players will then have roughly a month to claim the skin and cosmetics before the next Legend gets an exclusive Prime Gaming bundle in February.

What’s in Apex Legends January Prime Gaming bundle?

Pathfinder’s January Prime Gaming bundle will contain an Epic Legend skin, Rare weapon skin, and a Rare Legend Banner Frame.

  • Core Crafted – Epic Pathfinder skin
  • Magma Core – Rare Devotion skin
  • Iron Forged – Pathfinder Banner Frame

From the promotional video, we can see that Pathfinder and the Devotion will receive a unique lava-inspired design.

How to claim Pathfinder’s Core Crafted bundle in Apex Legends

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Pathfinder’s new Apex Legends Twitch Prime skin will be available for free to Prime members throughout January. All you need to do is visit the Prime Gaming website and link your active Amazon Prime membership account to your EA account.

Here’s the full process:

  1. Log in to the Prime Gaming website.
  2. Make sure your Amazon Prime and Twitch accounts are linked.
  3. Visit the “Apex Legends” section.
  4. Click “Claim Now” on the Pathfinder “Core Crefted Bundle” when you see it.
  5. Link your EA and Prime Gaming accounts if asked.
  6. Load up the game and you should get a notification letting you know you have claimed the bundle.

Alternatively, you can start a free trial with Prime to claim it right away. This way, you won’t need to have an active membership to get your hands on the Apex Legends Prime Gaming skin.

Simply follow these instructions, and the new Pathfinder skin, Devotion skin, and Banner Frame will all become available in your in-game inventory.


For more Apex Legends news, keep it locked on Charlie INTEL, and be sure to check out the teased map changes coming in Season 12.

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