Apex Legends ranked changes - All Season 17 adjustments

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Credit: Respawn Entertainment

Screenshot of Apex Legends player holding rifle with explosions in the background
Credit: Respawn Entertainment

Apex Legends ranked changes are on their way to Respawn Entertainment's battle royale, much to the delight of fans looking for their fix of competitive action. Apex Legends' ranked mode is hugely popular thanks to its ranking system and fast-paced gameplay.

As part of the Season 17 update, the developer is overhauling the current system with a wealth of changes designed to improve the experience for everyone. With so much changing, we've broken them down so you know how ranked will look moving forward.

But, before we do that, don't forget to check out our Apex Legends tier list showcasing the best legends to use and a closer look at Ballistic, the latest legend coming to the game.

All Apex Legends Season 17 ranked changes

No more RP matchmaking

Instead of RP deciding the strength of matchmaking, MMR will now determine the skill of players. Performing well increases your MMR, placing you in lobbies with higher-skilled players.

The MMR number is hidden but it will ensure all ranked matches are competitive rather than you encountering a Bronze player that's dominating the match.

New scoring

RP is a thing of the past! Rather than your performance being tracked by RP, Ladder Points (LP) will now track how well you're playing while a new set of bonuses will give you a chance to increase the amount of LP you earn. Here's a closer look at the bonuses:

  • Elimination bonus - Earned when your team scores eliminations.
  • Rating bonus - Earned when MMR outperforms LP to ensure you catch up to where you're supposed to be placed.
  • Skill bonuses - Earned when defeating stronger opponents and for exceptional performances when the odds are stacked against you.

Respawn Entertainment says bonuses are directly tied to your in-game placements so aiming to become the last squad standing is the core objective and how to earn the biggest bonuses.

The top ten earn a bonus while squads that place tenth down to 20th receive loss mitigations.

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Apex Legends ranked entry cost

The cost to enter a ranked match will now be 35 across all divisions in order to level the playing field.

Apex Legends Season 17 scoring system

Your final placement now determines how many points you earn. Here's a closer look:

  • 14+: -35
  • 13, 12, 11: -25
  • 10: 20
  • 9: 25
  • 8: 40
  • 7: 60
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  • 6: 80
  • 5: 100
  • 4: 125
  • 3: 150
  • 2: 175
  • 1: 200

Apex Legends ranked placement matches

At the start of Season 17, you'll have to complete ten placement matches in order to determine your ranking. Placement matches take place at the start of every season.

Will Apex Legends Season 17 ranked have splits?

No, seasonal splits and the reset that comes with it have now disappeared. Ranks will now reset at the start of each season.

Apex Legends Season 17 ranked structure

Season 17 also ushers in a brand-new structure for Apex Legends ranked. Each skill division is now defined with a gap of 1000 LP.

Additionally, you can now receive a demotion into Rookie, so bear that in mind when dropping into the action!

Promotion into a new division now comes with a 250 LP bonus, down from 300 while the demotion penalty is now at 150 LP.

What is the Apex Legends ranked level requirement?

To ensure all players are ready for what Apex Legends ranked has in store, the level requirement has been increased to 50. This also aims to slow smurf accounts and give the developers a chance to stop cheaters before they impact the higher ranks.

There you have it, that's all there is to know about the Apex Legends ranked changes coming in Season 17.

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