Ever since the launch of Arena mode in Season 9, Apex Legends has gone through something of a revival. As the popularity of the Battle Royale genre went down in recent times, games have tried to introduce new game modes and content to keep the players invested. One such effort was the Arena Mode in Apex Legends, which will be getting a ranked mode in season 10.
At its core, the structure of the ranked mode is similar to that of Battle Royale, players will be divided into different tiers from Bronze to Predator based on their rank score, with certain thresholds for promotion and demotion. When players queue up for a ranked game for the very first time, they’d play in placement matches. Over the course of 10 matches, the player’s starting rank is determined and they are placed in an appropriate tier.
Players need to accumulate enough “Arena Points” to rank up, these points are awarded based on Win/Loss instead of individual exploits or kills. Further, the Ranked Arena matches will not have demotion protection and will give out end-season rewards based on the highest rank achieved in that particular season. The placement and Arena points will not affect the Ranked Battle Royale mode
The Ranked Arena mode will predominantly revolve around MMR
Similar to many MOBAs, Apex Legends has adopted the MMR ranking system. The Matchmaking Rating will be invisible to players but it will be based on the individual skill rating of the player i.e., if a Silver-tier player is dominating their matches or is frequently going up against players from a higher tier, their MMR will be higher than that of an average Silver ranked player. This means they would be awarded bonus AP on winning based on the difference between their actual rank and MMR.
Just like the BR, there are party restrictions that ensure a fair playing field. Starting from Platinum, players will not be able to queue up with each other if they are more than 1 rank away. MMR also has a say in this where it will factor in your party members’ rank while matchmaking.
There will be no split season reset for the Arena Ranked mode, players will be able to work on their rank throughout the season. Leaver penalty will be applied for players who abandon their matches and will receive a temporary matchmaking ban. Moreover, the teammates of the penalized player get “Loss Forgiveness” which ensures they won’t lose any AP for that match.
The matches will be held on a variety of maps which change every hour. Three standard Arena maps will be in rotation with a single BR location that changes fortnightly.