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Apex Legends players demand fix for “flawed” ranked progression system

Published: 11/Apr/2020 21:42

by Alan Bernal

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Apex legends players are finding the ranked progression in the battle royale to be “inexcusably flawed,” citing issues such as inconsistent point distribution, and imbalanced matchmaking lobbies.

Even with the success of the Old Ways lore event, players are noticing that Apex’s ranked component still leaves a lot to be desired, especially at the higher tiers of matchmaking.

Progressing through ranks hits a wall of sorts, and the community feel like it’s time for there to be some meaningful changes to a few facets of the mode.

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Ranked playlists in Apex Legends can be punishing.

“The progression system of ranking up is inexcusably flawed and for me it’s quickly stripping all of my will to continue playing this game,” user ‘scallywaggin’ said.

The player believes a few factors are contributing to the lackluster experiences from ranked games. They say that the matchmaking pools in Apex boil down to two factions: Gold ranked players and below, and then everyone else.

Scallywaggin explained: “The matchmaking pool when you reach platinum is the polar opposite of prior ranks. It seems that there are only two pools of players and that there’s not any kind of sliding scale at all.”

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The matchmaking pools are matching Platinum with players of much higher rank such as Apex Predators.

That problem is only exacerbated by the “wonky” points that make it difficult for people in higher elo matches to come out even in case they don’t have a good game.

“The fact that a Platinum IV player is required to maintain a KDR of 3.0+ in lobbies with Predators to just break even [that makes ranked Apex suck],” they said. “God forbid you to have the errant teammate (which obviously happens constantly) who’s out alone trying to 1v6.”

This creates a situation, according to scallywaggin, in which players will camp more than look to fight since “the design of the RP reward system [encourages] players to abandon teammates and camp the circle.”

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Players elect to use camping strategies in ranked modes more often than not.

While these aren’t easy issues to fix, they still want Respawn to work on how ranked works.

“I’m frustrated. I just want to be rewarded for doing well, punished for doing poorly, and feel good about my rank. None of this is what happens for players like me in Apex,” they said.

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What does Branthium mean in Apex Legends? Horizon & Ash Season 7 teasers

Published: 27/Oct/2020 15:07

by Calum Patterson

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Amid all the teasers for Apex Legends Season 7, one word has been on the lips of a number of characters: Branthium. But, what is this? Now, we finally have an answer to the mystery: but we’ve got a whole load more questions too.

The first time we heard the word Branthium in Apex Legends, it came from Ash, at the end of the Season 5 Broken Ghost quest.

Ash is the villain from Titanfall 2, who was recruited by Kuben Blisk, before she “died” at the hands of Jack Cooper, was put back together again, her memory wiped, and then her head split into parts and spread throughout Kings Canyon.

Once the Legends put her head back together, she spoke to them, and, as part of an unintelligible message, said: “all roads lead to Branthium.”

Ash saying Branthium in Apex Legends
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Ash was the first time we heard ‘Branthium’ in Apex Legends.

What is Branthium in Apex Legends?

After the mention from Ash, in the first Twitter teaser for Season 7, Horizon (expected to be the next playable Legend), repeated the word “Branthium” in among all the static.

It later became clear that Horizon was repeating what Ash said – or, perhaps Ash was repeating Horizon.

Is Branthium a place?

The saying, “all roads lead to Branthium”, is undoubtedly a play on the common phrase “all roads lead to Rome.” Typically, this saying refers to “all paths or activities lead to the center of things” – it comes from Ancient Rome in the literal sense, when all roads started from the capital city.

So, at first, most theories believed Branthium was a place, possibly related to the planet Psamathe and its city, Olympus. Ash finished her monologue by saying “Welcome to Olympus.”

But, a spanner was thrown in the works of this theory by Horizon. In the latest Twitter teaser, Horizon says: “Just got to figure out how he can fuse the Branthium (or Brantium?) without critical mass.”

So, is Branthium actually some kind of element, or fuel, or material? This remains unclear, but it wouldn’t make sense for Ash (and Horizon) to say “All roads lead to Branthium,” if it was simply some kind of element.

The truth about Branthium revealed

It didn’t take long for Respawn to reveal the truth behind Branthium, confirming that it was in fact an element that the people of Psamathe needed as an energy source, to solve their looming energy crisis.

Branthium Energy Crisis
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Dr Mary Somers (aka Horizon) was tasked with finding Branthium to solve the energy crisis.

Unfortunately, after retrieving the Branthium, Somers was betrayed and left to die in the abyss of space, which is where the Season 7 story is about to pick up.

Horizon holding Branthium
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Horizon retrieved the Branthium – before being betrayed.

Horizon kept the original sample of Branthium for herself, before she set out to fulfill her promise to her son.

This could line up with the involvement of Hammon Robotics too. The Planet Harvester which launched in Season 4 is being used by Hammond “to gather precious metals from the core of the planet for reasons unknown.”

It’s still possible that Branthium is both a place and an element, with the latter named after the former.

Season 7 is set to start on November 4 – a week earlier than initially planned – so we should learn a lot more then.