How Ranked Leagues Will Work In Apex Legends
We’ve known it has been coming for awhile, but it is finally here with Season 2. Apex Legends is now introducing their version of Ranked play, and you should be incredibly excited. They’re implementing some new, and refreshing ideas, as well as keeping some of the well-known systems (we’re looking at you, League of Legends). I’d be willing to bet that most of you have played League of Legends, and like that system, or at least some of its features.
Playing ranked play, and PLAYING ranked play are two fundamentally different things. There’s most definitely going to be a way to climb more easily than just simply queuing up. Some people don’t really care about the logistics of it, but others, well, they try to get an upper-hand wherever they can. You can’t really blame them, can you?
What is the meta going to be in terms of different Apex Legends? What different combinations of characters are you going to be able to experiment with to see which yield the best results for you and your team? Are you going to hand off certain weapons to people that you feel will be able to do a better job with the weapon? Or, are you going to be selfish and horde the loot for yourself? Hey, to each their own, but it’s going to be a roller coaster of a ride!
What Is A “Series” In Apex Legends
A series in Apex Legends terminology, is essentially the period in which the competitive period lasts . While you may generally expect this to lineup with the battle passes, and different Apex Legends seasons, Respawn has made sure to mention that they may not be fully in sync with these. Why? Because the Apex Legends ranking system looks like it is going to be a lot less forgiving than initially meets the eye.
That said, it’s going to take some players much longer to actually rise through the ranks then the professional players. Does this mean they’re less talented? Not necessarily. It could also mean that they simply don’t have the amount of time to play that these other players do. Respawn wants to make sure they’re giving the players enough time to reach “their true skill level”.
A quick note about future seasons. If you’re familiar with League, or Hearthstone, you’ll have a higher MMR/skill level based on your previous season. So, in the 2nd series of Apex Legends, you may start off higher than one of your friends due to your previous experience.
Expect the first “series” to last from July through September.
Apex Legends Ranked League Scoring System
If you’re familiar with League of Legends, and the system that it applies, you’re going to notice some similarities here. There is Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, and lastly: Apex Predator. Holy shit…. How sick is “Apex Predator”? Certainly better than “Challenger” i’d say. Challenger, to me, sounds like you’re trying to challenge the best, not that you’re already the best.
With each ranking system, there’s going to be multiple tiers within. Bronze 4, Bronze 3, Bronze 2, Bronze 1, etc. Bronze 1 being higher than Bronze 4. You’re going to be required to earn RP to rise to each of these ranks. RP is gained through two different ways.
First, is through kills. You get 1 RP (ranked point) per each kill you acquire up to 5 kills. After 5 kills, you will no longer receive any RP. I do not like this at all, and I expect them to change this in the future to some sort of threshold mechanic. For example, if you hit 10 kills, you’ll receive an additional 2 RP, or something along those lines. That’s going to incentivize being aggressive. However, your teammates kills don’t give you RP; you only receive RP for your own kills. This is going to open up some interesting gameplay. Are you going to let your teammates get that kill so he can get the maximum amount of points so you can rank up similarly?
Secondly, to gain RP, you’re going to need to place high. Top 10, is worth 2 RP. Top 5 is worth 4 RP. Top 3 is worth 7 RP; and, finally, being the champion will rack up a massive 12 RP. By my calculations, that means the most points you’re going to be able to earn for any given match, is 17 RP. When considering it takes 90 RP to hit Bronze 1, you can see how this may end up taking quite a bit of time.
At the end of the day, it seems like a fairly good system. I think they’re going to need to make some additional tweaks to the kill system that they have implemented, but outside of that, I see the good players rising to the top, and the turds staying towards the bottom!
Apex Legends Ranked League Match Cost
At this point, I’m sure you’re wondering whether or not it is possible to lose RP in Apex Legends. The answer to your question, is yes, it is. I’ll be honest, I was slightly worried that they’d implement some goofy system that wouldn’t allow people to go backwards. I am glad I was wrong!
Apex Legends is taking a different approach to going backwards, though. It is something I am incredibly excited to see play out. Basically, you’re going to have to pay a fee to play each game. These fees, are going to be using your RP. Below, is a cost of each game in each different league.
- Bronze: Free
- Silver: 1 RP
- Gold: 2 RP
- Platinum: 3 RP
- Diamond: 4 RP
- Apex Predator: 5 RP
So, if you’re in Apex Predator, and you have 1010 ranked points, you’re going to pay 5 RP to simply play a game. This will push you down to 1005 RP. If you don’t get any kills, and get dead last, you’re going to receive zero ranked points. I think you see where I’m going with this. My only concern with this, is how the numbers are going to work out for each different league. Are they too little? Are they too much? Only time will tell.
How Do Promotions And Demotions Work In Apex Legends Ranked Leagues?
Apex Legends work similarly to every other ranking system out there, which a few exceptions. For each different league, you’re going to be required to hit a threshold to rank up. Within each league, there are multiple different ranks as mentioned previously. Each Apex Legends league has four different ranks (4, 3, 2, 1), with 1 being the highest. In the picture below, you’ll notice 0 points for Bronze 4. This means you’re going to start out at 4.
To achieve Bronze 3, you will need to accumulate 30 RP. For Bronze 2, 60 RP, and for Bronze 1, 90 RP. From here, you’re going to need to accumulate another 30 RP to hit Silver 4. The exact numbers for Silver 4-3-2-1 aren’t yet out, but we can assume they’re likely to be divided by 4. Keep in mind, that each game once you hit silver, is going to require you to pay 1 RP to participate in the game. Make sure you’re at least getting a kill so you’re not going backwards!
Apex Legends, unfortunately, isn’t going to have a demotion system in place. Once you hit a higher rank, you’re not going to be able to fall below that. This is sort of disappointing, because I feel as if it brings more satisfaction when playing at a higher rank and of course maintaining it. It’s not nearly extreme as playing hardcore in PoE or Diablo 3, so what is the harm Respawn? Come on!
Apex Legends Ranked League Thresholds
- Bronze IV: 0, Bronze III: 30 RP, Bronze II: 60 RP, Bronze I: 90 RP
- Silver IV: 120 RP, Silver III: 160 RP, Silver II: 200 RP, Silver I: 240 RP
- Gold IV: 280 RP, Gold III: 330 RP, Gold II: 380 RP, Gold I: 430 RP
- Platinum IV: 480 RP, Platinum III: 540 RP, Platinum II: 600 RP, Platinum I: 660 RP
- Diamond IV: 720 RP, Diamond III: 790 RP, Diamond II: 860 RP, Diamond I: 930 RP
- Apex Predator: 1000 RP
Playing With Your Friends In Apex Legends Ranked
Playing with your friends is going to be slightly different than other games. You’re going to play up to the highest rank in your party. So, in theory, if you have a friend that is Apex Predator, and you want to play with him, you’re going to be playing against other Apex Predators. This is going to basically ensure that no one is queuing with lower ranked players to easily farm ranks. However, it also means that you’re very likely going to see an incredible amount of smurfs.
We’ll have to keep a close eye on this as the series progresses, because it could be manipulated a few different ways if you think about it for a bit.
Apex Legends Ranked League Rewards
Rewards, rewards, rewards. It’s what everyone wants to know about. Why do I play this game, and try to be the best? What do I get out of it? For those of you that say fun, I’m right there with you. However, there’s something to also playing competitively, and being rewarded for it. Unfortunately for us, Respawn hasn’t really told us what they’re going to be giving us outside of a series badge based off of your rank at the end of the season. Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, and Apex Predator will all have different badges.
In the below imagine, though, you’re going to know that starting with Gold, there’s a weapon cosmetic available for Gold, and each rank above that. At Diamond, they’re introducing a Dive Trial that I assume will be resembling that of the Diamond ranking. At Apex Predator, you get everything, including the Dive Trail, but i’d imagine it’s going to be much better. Think of T100 skins, and dances in Fortnite vs 800 VBUCK skins.
Respawn has said that as the season progresses, they will be able to tell us more about the rewards at the end of the season. Give the disappointment the player base had for Season 1, though, I don’t think you’re going to see them mess up anything cosmetic moving forward.