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Hello once again from your Apex Legends Ranked designers. Today we’ll take a look at our goals, talk about some results, and detail a few things for Ranked Leagues when Season 7 - Ascension launches.
- We’ll cover the Season 6 distribution data, and discuss the health of Ranked Leagues.
- There’s a new map in rotation! The first split will be played on Olympus, then we’ll move to World’s Edge. King’s Canyon will be out of the rotation this season but will return at a later date!
- No large system changes for Ranked Leagues this season (We spent more time focusing on crossplay this season).
- And a quick look at how Ranked Leagues work with crossplay.
Here’s a quick recap of our goals for Ranked and a look at some of the Season 6 results. The distribution continues to look good, and the ranked resets are creating motion and competition at the top end of the ladder.
Create a true measure of skill in Apex Legends
As of 10/21/2020, we have the following distribution among players in Split 2 who played more than 5 hours of Ranked (versus Season 5):
- 17.76% Bronze (16.21%)
- 26.23% Silver (22.83%)
- 36.25% Gold (33.7%)
- 17.75% Platinum (18.21%)
- 1.89% Diamond (2.51%)
- 0.12% Master & Apex Predator (0.2%)
This shows that Diamond and higher ranks have returned to the same distribution as Season 4, after seeing a slight inflation during Season 5. Overall we continue to monitor the distribution of players but feel this distribution is working. Additionally, the popularity of ranked continues to grow. We’re seeing ranked matches taking between 25% and 45% of all games played depending on time of day, region, limited time mode availability, and time since the last reset.
Reward competitive players for the time they invest in Apex Legends
Dive Trails continue to be a highly sought-after cosmetic item that allow players at the top to visually distinguish themselves. As usual Trails from a previous Ranked Season will expire, but if you missed the chance to earn the Season 6 Trail, fear not, we plan to let players have a chance to earn it again in Season 10.
Ensure competitive integrity through skill-based matchmaking
While we are still considering changes to the RP and matchmaking systems, our focus on crossplay this past season means we’ll need to wait a bit longer to test out any new features for ranked. Speaking of crossplay, scroll down a bit for some answers to questions on how exactly ranked works with crossplay.
Let top-tier Apex Legends players compete at the highest levels of skill
Master Tier and Apex Predator tiers continue to display the most consistently successful players in the world.
Here’s a preview of the Season 6 ranked rewards you’ll be earning when the Season changes.
Since this season brings a new map to the games, we’ll be starting with Olympus, then moving to World’s Edge in the second split, with the planned split reset on December 15, 2020. King’s Canyon will sit this season out for ranked play but will return in a later season!
Now that crossplay is launched, console players that are opted in to crossplay will matchmake against all other console players. Everyone in the pool is still sorted by total RP count as usual. This increased player population should help keep matchmaking times short.
For Master and Apex Predator players, playing Ranked matches will earn you RP for your current platform, e.g. if you are a PS4 Apex Predator playing with PC friends, the RP you score count toward your rank only on PS4, even though there are PC players in the matches with you.
We’ll continue to look at the impact crossplay has on ranked progression, and will revisit tuning RP and matchmaking systems in coming seasons. Thanks for playing!
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