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Apex Legends player explains how he reached Predator rank as a solo

Published: 29/Nov/2019 11:50

by Jacob Hale

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An Apex Legends player has released a video explaining how he got to Predator rank – the highest rank available in Apex Legends – while only playing solo.

In any competitive title, a ranked mode is where the best players go to prove their worth and find out just how good they are compared to other players. For all players, the ultimate goal is to reach the very top, and in Apex Legends the highest rank you can reach is called Apex Predator.

Typically you would find a team to do this with you; after all, these are team games, so having a well-constructed team with good chemistry is the best way to work your way up the ranks.

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There are always exceptions to the rule, though, and YouTube’s DistinctGamer101 is that exception, as he reached Apex Predator rank grinding as a solo player. He starts off by explaining how he didn’t abuse any exploits – such as closing the game so he wouldn’t lose Ranked Points – before getting into the nitty-gritty of it all.

He said that there were three simple rules he would follow when asked how he achieved this feat. They are to prioritize your life, prioritize your damage and prioritize your kills, from most to least important factor.

Your life, he says, is the most important thing, simply because the longer you live, the higher you’ll place. It makes perfect sense. Next, you should aim to accrue damage to others even if you won’t get the kill. Finally, kills are the least important, and every kill should be from a position where you won’t get hurt yourself or risk your life.

These rules make sense, and of course, they’re not always possible to abide by, but he says that issues he has commonly seen in the higher ranks are players chasing kills and ending up dead because of it – thus losing Ranked Points.

DistinctGamer said that he would occasionally run Wraith or Pathfinder, but cited his main, Gibraltar, as the “most overpowered Legend in the game” and the one he used most frequently. In total, he won 23 of his 203 games, including 105 more top-five placements.

DistinctGamer did shout out a couple of friends who helped him along the way – saying that they played the last three games with him, which they won back-to-back to secure his Apex Predator status.

So, from one of the very few people to achieve Apex Predator as a solo player on either PC or Console, DistinctGamer knows what should and shouldn’t be done.

If you take his advice, practice, and use it properly, reaching Apex Predator should be that little bit easier.

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10 tips and tricks for dominating new Winter Express LTM in Apex Legends

Published: 25/Nov/2020 9:35

by Albert Petrosyan

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There is a new Limited Time Mode called Winter Express in Apex Legends’ returning Holo-Day Bash event, and we’ve got 10 tips and tricks to help you dominate matches.

Launching on December 1 and running through until January 4, the Holo-Day Bash in-game event adds a lot of holiday-themed content in Apex Legends, one of which is the Winter Express LTM.

As you can probably guess from the name, Winter Express puts all of the focus on the in-game train, which was decked out in holiday decorations for this in-game event.

How does Winter Express LTM work?

In each match, three teams of three players each face off against each other with the objective of capturing the train.

The train can be captured in one of two ways – either by filling out the capture bar without being contested by enemies or being the last team alive. The match ends when one of the teams manages to capture the train three times.

There are, however, some aspects of this mode that are different from how regular Apex matches go:

  • Players spawn in with a pre-determined loadout of weapons and items, which are different for each Legend. Loadouts change on a daily basis.
  • Respawning is enabled. Once a player is eliminated, they can join back.
  • The radius of the train’s patch is reduced so that players are never too far from the action.
Respawn EntertainmentHow the new Winter Express LTM works.

10 tips and tricks for Winter Express LTM

1. Find the best loadout available

Each Legend has its own pre-determined loadout, so make sure to check them all out to find the one with the best and most powerful combination of weapons and items.

For a mode like this, prioritize the loadout over your preferred Legend of choice, because having a better setup is more important.

2. Mix and match attachments with teammates

Attachments can be dropped in this mode, so it would be a good idea to strategize with teammates and swap attachments to maximize all of the weapons’ potentials.

For example, the EVA-8 shotgun comes with a red-dot sight that would be of better use on another gun, or moving an extended mag to a Devotion LMG to turn it into a death machine.

Respawn EntertainmentEach Legend has their own Loadout, so make sure to scout them and pick the strongest one.

3. Use the Lifeline’s Care Package to get better loot

The Lifeline’s Care Package Ultimate Ability can be activated in this LTM, which means you and your team might end up getting access to powerful items that aren’t normally available, such as purple armor or thermal scopes.

4. Don’t forget about unlimited heals

For whatever reason, whether because of a glitch or intentional design, you have unlimited heals in this mode, even though your healing inventory will indicate only one syringe and one shield cell.

Make sure to take advantage of this feature because it can really make a difference between staying alive and getting eliminated.

5. You don’t have to land on the train

Most players’ initial instinct in this mode will be to land directly on the train, which is why a good strategy would be not to. Instead, aim to land on high structures near the train and pick off enemies from there.

Remember, there are three teams all fighting against each other, so you can always third party enemy players by getting the high ground and shooting at them away from the train.

Respawn EntertainmentUse Lifeline’s Care Package to gain access to better loot, like purple armor.

6. Stay close enough to stop teams from capturing

While not landing on the train right away is a good move, it’s also important to not be too far away from the action. If one of the two other teams gains control, it’s imperative that you and your team are close enough to jump down and contest the capture, otherwise you will lose the round.

7. Ditch the train after winning a round

In line with the last tip, it’s always a good idea to get off the train as soon as you win a round because most players spawning back in will go straight for it.

Treat the start of each round like a new match – aim for the high ground so that you can pick off gung-ho players who aggressively go for the train.

8. Attack from the front

Most players who are on the train will expect to be attacked from either of the two sides or the back, but never the front. They also forget that the front side of the train is now open.

This is why it’s a good strategy to land in front of the train, albeit a good distance away, and make your way towards it, shooting at the enemies on board who will most likely be looking the wrong way.

Respawn EntertainmentYou don’t always have to land on the train when spawning into a Winter Express match.

9. Play the stalemate game if necessary

When finding yourself in a situation where winning a round is too difficult to manage, focus your efforts on making sure the two other teams don’t either

Remember, each round is timed, and when the timer hits zero and no one’s captured the train, the next round starts. Sometimes the best play is to make sure no one captures by the time that happens.

10. Multi-task with jump pads

In order to help players reach the train quickly, a bunch of jump pads were placed at various points on the tracks. You can use these not only to get to the train quickly but also to reach certain areas of the map, especially high ground, positioning yourself to take down enemies below.

Furthermore, when using these jump pads, you are actually afforded enough time to pop a shield cell, so you can definitely save time by doing so.