Respawn Entertainment has highlighted their planned changes to Ranked Play when Apex Legends Season 8 goes live, and these include increasing the Predator Rank to 750 players.
With Apex Legends Season 8 set to release on February 2, Respawn has shown off some of the new additions that will be coming to the battle royale – such as map changes and a new Legend. Now, the devs have also highlighted some other planned changes.
The game’s Ranked Play saw significant growth last year, with Season 7 having the highest player count yet, so Respawn has decided to introduce further improvements. Now, they’ve unveiled an all-new Ranked system for Apex Legends.
Apex Legends Season 8 Ranked Play changes
The developers stated that they hope to “create a healthier top end in Diamond+” when updating Season 8’s Ranked Play. Their second goal is to improve match quality, which includes filling your lobby mostly with players of the same rank.
- Read more: Everything in the Season 8 gameplay trailer
Respawn Entertainment highlighted the following changes to Ranked Play on the EA website:
- Earn placement RP earlier in a match
- RP rewards begin at placement 13 instead of 10 in a match.
- Kill/Assist count has been raised to 6
- Earn RP for more of your kills and assists in a given match.
- This is a slight nudge to give really good players a slightly faster trip back to their competitive rank while giving our top tier players more ways to pull ahead of the pack in the Predator ranks.
- Assist Threshold Increased to 10 seconds
- Earn assists for up to 10 seconds (up from 7.5 seconds) after dealing damage to a target that is killed by someone else.
- Predator has been increased to the top 750 players
- Allowing more players to enter Predator should improve queue times while remaining an exclusive tier for the highest levels of play.
- Matchmaking Tightening
- Players below Diamond will matchmake much more often within their own Ranks.
- Skydive Trails return
- In Season 8, Diamond Skydive Trails will be making a return as a ranked reward.
Apex Season 8 Ranked Play splits
The reformed Kings Canyon will be the location of the first split in Season 8, and this will continue until March 23. After that, the second split will take place on Olympus, but there are no plans to have World’s Edge feature in Ranked Play this season.
If you were hoping to head over there then you’re out of luck, but they did confirm that we’ll see this location come into play later in the Season.
Apex Legends Season 7 Ranked Play results and rewards
Respawn also shared the results of Season 7 Ranked Play, along with the Season 6 breakdown:
- 16.35% Bronze (17.76%)
- 23.86% Silver (26.23%)
- 32.09% Gold (36.25%)
- 23.13% Platinum (17.75%)
- 4.37% Diamond (1.89%)
- 0.20% Master & Apex Predator (0.12%)
If you did well during Season 7’s Ranked mode, then you can help yourself to some exciting rewards, depending on your rank. You can take a look at all of them in the image below.
These initially included Diamond Skydive trails, but the developers then removed those from the image. They later clarified that their inclusion in the list was an error since those will only be available as Season 8 rewards.
Respawn added a final note, stating that they plan to “keep an eye on these adjustments and the impact they have on the Ranked progression and health within the tiers.” So if there’s any update, we’ll be sure to let you know.
Apex Legends Season 8 will go live on February 2, on PS4/5, Xbox One and Series S/X, and PC on Origin and Steam.
Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment
Who is the most popular Apex Legends character? Season 10 pick rates
Apex Legends Season 10 is well into its stride, but who has dominated the pick rates for Season 10 of Respawn’s battle royale?
Season 10 is one of Apex Legends’ biggest ever seasons, and it’s welcomed the popular character Seer. But who has the highest pick rates in Season 10 of Respawn Entertainment’s battle royale shooter?
Apex Legends hit the ground running when it launched with eight different characters to choose from in its rival battle royale offering. The game suffered a notable lull when Call of Duty: Warzone launched, but with many players now jumping ship to Respawn’s game, Apex Legends Season 10 is arguably its biggest ever!
There are now a whopping 18 different Legends to choose from, giving players a headache before each game. The newest one is Seer, and after a dominating start to Season 10, the 1.78 update has seen him receive a significant nerf. This has completely changed the game’s pick rates and made the Season 10 meta open again.
Between the Arenas mode and Ranked Leagues to compete in, thousands of matches have already been logged in Season 10, and we will break down and find the Legends with the highest pick rates in Season 10.
Apex Legends Season 10 pick rate ranked list
This is our complete list of every character pick in Apex Legends, and we’ve ranked them in ascending order to let you know which are favored more.
Here is every Apex Legends pick rate in Season 10 ranked, as of September 17, 2021, according to Apex Legends Status:
- Octane – 14.5%
- Wraith – 11.4%
- Pathfinder – 10%
- Bloodhound – 8.9%
- Lifeline – 8%
- Rampart – 7.1%
- Bangalore – 4.9%
- Seer – 4.7%
- Valkyrie – 4.6%
- Horizon – 4.2%
- Loba – 3.8%
- Fuse – 3.6%
- Caustic – 3.1%
- Mirage – 3%
- Revenant – 2.7%
- Gibraltar – 2.6%
- Wattson – 1.5%
- Crypto – 1.5%
Best Apex Legends pick rates in Season 10
5. Lifeline – 8%
Just clocking in at the number five spot is Lifeline. Everyone’s favorite healer takes up 8% of the Apex Legends’ picks, and for good reason too.
One of the big things that separates Apex Legends from other battle royale games is its lenience towards reviving – specifically Knockdown Shields. It provides lots of time to revive teammates and Lifeline can take advantage of this.
Her Drone of Compassion (or D.O.C) abilities can heal players over time and even revive them without needing Lifeline to do it. Her Care Package Ultimate is a bit weak, but overall, she is a great addition to any team.
4. Bloodhound – 8.9%
Again, with the influx of new Apex Legends players, Bloodhound is a great character to use for new players in Season 10.
- Read More: What do Heirlooms do in Apex Legends?
With nearly a 12% pick rate at the beginning of Season 9, Bloodhound has dipped a bit to 8.9% but still remains the third-most picked Legend. Their pick rate is rising slowly thanks to the alterations to Seer, meaning that Bloodhound is the top Recon class to use in Apex Legends.
Their tracking tools and skills are incredible, and the fleet of foot provided by their Beast of the Hunt Ultimate is priceless.
4. Pathfinder – 10%
A beneficiary of the Seer nerfs, Pathfinder has become a part of Apex Legends’ top five picks at 10% and counting.
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.
2. Wraith – 11.4%
Another starting legend, Wraith possessed a very high pick rate of nearly 14% during Season 9 and is still currently well-selected backed at 11.4%.
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 10.
1. Octane – 14.5%
The king is back on his throne as the game’s number one pick. Although his pick rate isn’t quite in the 20% region like in Season 9, his still undisputedly the primary selection, and rising, at 14.5%.
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.
You can use this to sneak attack players, reach high-up spots for beacons, escape battles, or use it as a way to get back into the playing zone.
That covers all the picks in Apex Legends Season 10. As always, buffs and nerfs will come and go throughout the season, affecting 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 our tier list of every Apex Legends weapon. Also, read about the potential incomings in Apex Legends Season 11.
Image Credit: Respawn Entertainment
Apex Legends leak reveals first images of new Tropical Island map
New Apex Legends leaks have revealed screenshots for the rumored Tropical Island map set to release in Season 11.
A recent leak for Apex Legends in Season 10 has presented the community with beautiful images of a rumored Tropical Island map that could release as early as next season.
Apex Legends has had a few interesting leaks over the past week thanks to the Evolution Collection Event update that introduced new code for dataminers to dig around and expose.
As well as a 3D model for Wattson’s Heirloom, leakers have also revealed further details about the rumored Tropical Island map that we could be seeing very soon, including the new Legend to go with it and some colorful images.
The rumor surrounding a Tropical Island map has been floating around for some time now, with dataminers suggesting it will be released in Season 11. At the time of this post, Respawn Entertainment hasn’t revealed anything about a new map, but as the source of these images is possibly from an “inside leak,” there is a high possibility of them being credible.
The last map that was introduced in Apex Legends was Olympus in Season 7 when the Legend Horizon was also released. Now, in Season 10, there is even a new teaser on Olympus hinting at the new map.
Although there are only three images, each of them provides great details about what players can expect with this new map, from wildlife to the general terrain and theme of the map.
Leaked Apex Legends Tropical Island map images
The first image actually gives us a great idea of the wildlife on this map, as a Prowler can be seen in the middle of the image, as well as a mud mound which Thordon Smash says is a Prowler nest.
Further, users in the comments are suspecting that the building on the right of the image looks like some sort of animal enclosure.
Perhaps this is where the Prowlers are being kept, potentially relocated here after the disturbance of World’s Edge which was teased in the most recent Evolution Collection Event trailer when Bloodhound finds bloody Prowler tracks.
Another leaked image shows an expansive sea and beachy coastline with palm trees, which is most likely the edge of the map.
One thing this image does confirm is that the map will be a tropical island surrounded by water. The image also shows off a storm in the skybox, which could be important for the map’s lore and story.
Further, we already know Tridents will be available on the map due to previous leaks of a muddy texture for the vehicle, and this would make sense considering Tridents could be the best form of travel over the water.
Lastly, the second image in the set of three shows off a portion of the map layout, which doesn’t give much away apart from that Water will play a huge role when it comes to breaking the map up.
It seems water will run through the map and play a consistent role within the landscape, perhaps being an inconvenience that players will have to get around.
That’s all the details we can gain from these leaked images of the new Tropical Island map. For more, be sure to check out our article on how to get modded weapons in Season 10.
Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment / DropoutCollective
Apex Legends update nerfs Wattson Ultimate Ability in Season 10
The Apex Legends Season 10 Evolution Collection Event appears to have nerfed Wattson’s Ultimate Ability, reducing its effectiveness.
Apex Legends’ Evolution Collection Event seems to have had an adverse effect on Wattson as the new update appears to have nerfed her Ultimate, making it unable to destroy projectiles properly.
New Collection Events are always fun in Apex Legends as they welcome a new Heirloom, and can even have a character completely takeover a town.
Though, one Legend change seems to be inadvertent as Wattson’s Ultimate Ability is now virtually ineffective compared to its former state.
The problem was noticed and brought up by Twitter user @lilakeyLK, a self-proclaimed fan of Wattson, they inevitably noticed the problem very quickly.
“Huge bug/Nerf for Wattson in the latest patch. Pylon does NOT currently destroy grenades properly, and it does NOT block ordinance within the inner radius a majority of the time,” said lilakeyLK.
In normal circumstances, Wattson’s Pylon comes with several advantages: repairing damaged shields, speeding up Wattson’s tactical recharge rate, and eliminating inbound ordinance.
As the clip in the Tweet showed, the Pylon seems to be unable to detect the presence of thrown explosives and other throwable equipment.
Even though Wattson has one of the lower pick rates in Apex Legends Season 10, players who main her will be frustrated that her Ultimate has been unexpectedly nerfed.
However, given the unusual change, we fully expect Respawn Entertainment to be on the case and will surely be prepping a fix for the game.
Also, check out how to get Apex Legends modded weapons in Season 10.
Image Credit: Respawn Entertainment
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