Warzone players have been desperate for Raven Software to include a ranked mode, and top YouTuber JGOD has explained the Apex Legends features that could make it perfect.
Call of Duty: Warzone players absolutely loved Iron Trials and its hardcore ruleset and have been desperate for Raven Software to include a ranked mode where they can progress through skill divisions and earn rewards.
Raven has confirmed that they’re working on a ranked mode but they want to “make sure we do it right,” and there’s no update on when it could release. Following rumors that it will arrive ahead of Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2, JGOD explained why it needs to take a page from Apex Legends’ book.
JGOD said that out of the ranked battle royales, Apex Legends probably has the better system, and “if Call of Duty’s smart they’re going to look at what Apex has done.”
Apex Legends Ranked has eight divisions to climb through, with players needing to earn RP to advance into the next rank. Players start with a negative RP and must secure kills and place high to gain positive RP and climb through the divisions.
One Apex Legends system that JGOD particularly likes is the Apex Predator Rank. This puts the top 750 players in a league of their own and with how many people play Apex, this makes it extremely exclusive. “I hope CoD goes along that same route because it gives something for people to grind for,” he explained.
He also explained that a ranked mode could lead the way to a better competitive Warzone league, bringing up Apex’s $2M ALGS event. He also thinks it could be better for skill-based matchmaking, as it would give players much more options.
There’s far from any guarantee that Ranked will arrive ahead of Modern Warfare 2, but hopefully, the long-awaited mode will feature in Warzone 2 alongside the MW2’s leaked Ranked Play.
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Apex Legends players call for removal of Arenas in Season 14
Apex Legends players are calling for Arenas to be removed from the game in Season 14 as they address the lack of support for the mode.
The Apex Legends community is speaking out about the lack of support the 3v3 Arenas mode has received in recent updates, calling for it to be removed in Season 14.
It’s clear that Apex Legends isn’t going anywhere, with Dr Disrespect explaining why he believes the BR isn’t close to dying out, but players are disappointed and now calling for the removal of Arenas.
While it isn’t the most popular mode, Arenas does have a fan base who are disappointed with the lack of support the mode has seen in recent updates, especially Season 14.
Apex Legends content creator and community figure Thordan Smash took to Twitter to discuss this lack of support, believing that Respawn should remove Arenas in favor of another game mode.
Thordan feels that Arenas should be removed for solos, TDM, or even Control, feeling as if Arenas is no longer “fun.”
The devs have already confirmed that Control will not be permanent anytime soon, but it will be returning at some point as an LTM.
Players in the comments seem to be in agreement with Thordan Smash, with a user saying that Arenas should either be removed, revamped, change, or replaced with other game modes:
“Been saying this for awhile I think they should either remove the mode, revamp it or Change the overall structure, or at the very least add other casual game modes and take arenas out for one season to work on improving its playability.”
While not everyone in the comments agrees that it should be removed, many agree that the mode deserves more attention. One comment even said, “I enjoy Arenas, but I wish it got some TLC and adjustments…it needs work for sure.”
We’ll have to wait and see what happens with Arenas in the future, but until then, check out our review of Apex Legends Season 14.
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Apex Legends Season 14 review: Respawn hunt issues with welcomed change
Apex Legends Season 14 has officially arrived, and Respawn have decided to freshen the game up with a variety of welcomed changes.
The Apex Legends Season 14 has been well received among the community, bringing a positive buzz and increase in popularity for Respawn’s Battle Royale as they introduce mass change.
Apex Legends players have had some time to enjoy the new Season 14 update, which has brought a plethora of new content and changes to refresh the Battle Royale.
In the previous season, the popularity of Apex was in decline and players were slightly disappointed with the lack of content and meta changes. Having said that, it seems the community’s experience with Season 13 has influenced the Season 14 update.
With that said, let’s get into our review of Season 14, as it seems the update has brought some excitement back to Apex Legends, despite some minor improvements still being needed.
Apex Legends Season 14 review
Vantage and Echo bring the fun
The Apex Legends Season 14 Legend, Vantage, has introduced a fun and exciting way to play the Battle Royale. Most FPS gamers tend to enjoy a bit of sniping every so often, as the devastating power of the weapon category can make for satisfying gameplay.
This ethos is essentially the idea behind Vantage, as her sniper-focused kit provides unique and exciting gameplay opportunities that players seem to be enjoying according to the Season 14 pick rates.
Combined with the sniper gameplay, her bat companion, Echo, also makes for some great gameplay moments, as Vantage can order Echo around the map and jump to its location.
Both the Sniper’s Mark and Echo Relocation abilities compliment each other extremely well and having the mobility option also means that Vantage can compete with the meta, which is dominated by Legends who have quick relocation/escape tools.
King’s Canyon refreshed with Relic and more
With the Season 14 update, Kings Canyon finally returned to the map rotation, but with some pretty drastic changes.
First off, the brand-new Relic POI is a great location for players to drop hot and battle it out, much like its predecessor, Skulltown. Unlike the chaotic experience that was Skulltown, Relic is more open and provides many more opportunities for players to get loot in the area.
Having said that, it still provides the thrill and excitement of Skulltown, giving players a great POI to land at if they wish to engage right off drop.
Further, Kings Canyon has also had many more minor changes which have greatly helped the map’s flow. Choke points and various other rotations have been tweaked so that players can predict enemy movements better. These changes have helped Kings Canyon become a more formulated experience rather than third-party central.
Buffs & nerfs bring a much-needed meta shift
Apex Legends Season 14 saw a heap of changes in the patch notes, including a variety of buffs and nerfs to both Legends and weapons. Prior to this season, players had been calling for the devs to bring a drastic meta change, and so far, it seems the devs have delivered.
The buffs to Mad Maggie have brought huge ramifications to the overall Legend meta, as Maggie is now an extremely good counter to Gibraltar and various other defensive Legends.
The Valkyrie nerfs have tamed the incredibly popular Recon Legend, bringing her back in line with the rest. Further, the buff to Newcastle has also increased the Legend output greatly, now possessing arguably the best revive in the game.
Weapons saw some pretty huge changes as well, with the Spitfire and Wingman both changing weapon categories. The overall balancing and RNG for weapons found in floor loot feels a lot better than last season, which will have also been influenced by the Replicator and Care Package changes.
Overall, the changes to both weapons and Legends have brought a healthy shift in the meta, giving rise to the more underused Legends in the game and also giving players a reason to use a wider range of Legends thanks to buffs and nerfs.
Despite minor issues with glitches and bugs, Apex Legends Season 14 is a refreshing update that brings fun and excitement back to Respawn’s Battle Royale. The devs are clearly listening to the community as well, providing a wanted quality of life change, ranked changes, and offering more than one way to play with the new Battle Pass challenges.
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Apex Legends devs respond to temporary tap strafing removal
Respawn Entertainment have responded to the temporary removal of the tap strafing mechanic from Apex Legends.
Apex Legends players noticed that the tap strafing mechanic was missing during Season 14 for a few hours, and the developers have now responded to this issue after its return.
On August 16, players discovered that the movement mechanic had been removed shortly after receiving an accidental nerf. However, it has now returned and the developers have addressed the issue.
Tap-strafing allows players to quickly change their direction without losing any speed, granting them the opportunity to pull off clever maneuvers and get themselves out of troublesome situations.
However, players reported that they were unable to rotate beyond 90 degrees and were wondering if the devs had nerfed the mechanic. Shortly after these complaints, the mechanic had been removed altogether from Season 14.
After players began speculating whether this was an intentional nerf, Respawn Entertainment responded by confirming that the issues with tap strafing were something they were looking into.
They then later confirmed that they’ve pushed a fix for the problem and that players would be able to use the tap strafe mechanic once again. It returned to the game just a few hours after its removal.
It’s reassuring to know that the developers responded to feedback about the tap strafing issues extremely quickly, and many fans had fun talking about the reaction from the community during its absence.
Apex Legends content creator Thordan Smash tweeted: “Tap strafing went down for 2 hours in Apex Legends and is now back up and PC players went into full meltdown mode. Now I understand the daily aim assist crying.”
This is not the first time that this movement technique has gone missing from the game, as the Apex Legends developers also temporarily removed it back in Season 10 in response to player complaints.
For more Apex Legends content, check out this crazy trick that sees Horizon’s Black Hole travel across the map as well as everything you need to know about the Season 14 Collection Event.
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