Many players have been waiting for Apex Legends Arenas' ranked mode since the alternative battle arena was released this season. With an official Arenas tournament on the way, too, it was only a matter of time before ranked was incorporated into the popular 3v3 skirmish mode.
As we head towards Apex Legends Season 10, many players are asking questions about when a more competitive ladder for Arenas could appear. The latest Apex Legends patch notes have done little to suggest Apex Legends ranked Arenas is on its way, and Respawn developers have hinted that it needs more time in the oven on social media.
However, Respawn's Chad Grenier gave some teasers about the mode during EA's Future of FPS stream, letting fans know that he hasn't forgotten about Apex Legends' Arenas ranked mode.
What is Apex Legends Ranked Arenas?
Basically, it would be similar to the regular Apex Legends ranked mode. There will likely be tiers to climb, RP to earn through wins and kills, and harsh penalties for abandoning matches.
However, the current ranked mode is awash with cheaters and DDOSers, so Respawn needs to make sure its security is ready to deal with another ranked mode to protect.
Things would have to be slightly different for Arenas, as there are no placements. You either win, or you lose. Players are looking forward to seeing how the points system works and being matched with opponents of a similar skill level to themselves.
Apex Legends Ranked Arenas Release Date
Apex Legends Ranked Arenas will release on August 3. Ranked Arenas will be a part of the Season 10 update, so there's not long left until you
Apex Legends Ranked Arenas New Maps
As well as Apex Legends Ranked Arenas, fans of the mode are being treated to a new map, Overflow, during the Apex Legends Thrillseekers event.
Overflow is a lava-based map with three lanes. It's going to be an interesting change, as players push in different areas and will struggle to see what's happening across the Arena.
However, Respawn has announced three new maps for Season 10, which will replace the three battle royale maps currently in rotation:
- King’s Canyon - Hillside
- World’s Edge - Dome
- Olympus - Oasis
Maps in Ranked Arenas will rotate every hour, rather than every fifteen minutes as they do (and will continue to do) for regular Arenas.
How To Gain AP In Apex Legends Ranked Arenas
AP - or Arenas Points - is similar to RP in battle royale ranked mode. However, in Arenas you don't get any points for kills or assists, it's all down to whether you win or lose. Therefore teamwork is key, and trying to take on extravagant 1v3s won't boost you up the ranks.
The Arenas ranks are the same as in ranked battle royale:
- Apex Predator
We don't know if the number of AP needed to rank up is the same as RP in battle royale just yet, but we'll update this as soon as we know.
The same party restrictions apply for ranked Arenas as do for battle royale - you can only party with players one tier away from your rank. The only exception to this is Gold players, who can party with any teammates from Bronze to Platinum.
One major difference from battle royale is that there is no demotion protection - so a succession of bad matches could take you down from Diamond IV to Plat I. However, rewards are granted for your highest tier reached over the course of the season, not your final tier.
Apex Legends Ranked Arenas MMR
As well as your rank, Arenas has a separate MMR score that is invisible to yourself and others. This is an accurate reflection of your skill, and can help to matchmake you within your rank. It will be adjusted if you have a few bad matches, for instance, without affecting your rank.
If you beat players with a much higher MMR than you, then you'll be rewarded with more Arena Points for winning a match, allowing your rank to catch up with your skill level. But if you lose a match against opponents with a far greater MMR than you, you'll lose fewer points due to the skill difference between you.
However, to start things off you have to play ten placement matches to determine your starting rank. As all players here are unranked (although they will have accrued some sort of MMR), these matches may feel a little unfair at times. You may stomp other teams, or they may stomp you. But once you've played these ten matches, your opponents should feel at a similar skill level to you.
Apex Legends Ranked Arenas Loss Forgiveness And Leaver Penalties
Similar to regular Arenas matches, players that abandon matches in ranked will receive a temporary matchmaking ban, but apparently no AP loss.
If one of your teammates quits out, however, you will receive loss forgiveness for the match and won't lose any AP.
Apex Legends Ranked Arenas Splits
There are no splits or rank resets in ranked Arenas this season, but Respawn says it will "consider" adding them in future seasons.
That's everything we know about Apex Legends ranked Arenas! For the remainder of Season 9 you'll have to make the most of Gardens, Artillery, and Lava Fissure before the maps leave the rotation. It's all good practice for ranked, anyway.