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Apex Legends Ranked Split 2 now live: Kings Canyon, soft reset, more

Published: 24/Mar/2020 20:18

by Albert Petrosyan

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Split 2 of Ranked Play Series 3 in Apex Legends Season 4 kicked off on March 24, and we’ve got everything you need to know about the soft reset and what else has changed.

One of the new ideas that Respawn Entertainment implemented in Apex Legends with Season 4 was Ranked Split, which divides the Ranked Series 3 into two halves.

The first half was played from February 3 to March 23, while this second split will be active March 24 to May 5, which is when Season 5 will presumably begin with Ranked Series 4.

Respawn EntertainmentApex Legends Ranked Series 3, Split 2 will be available March 24 to May 5.

Kings Canyon returns

Probably the biggest change between Splits 1 and 2 of this Ranked season is the fact that the default map will be switched from World’s Edge to the Season 2 version of Kings Canyon, the original map in Apex Legends.

According to Respawn, the idea behind this plan was “to keep things fresh,” since most of the playerbase have enjoyed playing the map since it was replaced in Season 3.

It will be interesting to see how much the competitive gameplay on Kings Canyon has changed since then, as the game has received massive developments and several major new additions that have altered the meta.

Respawn EntertainmentSplit 2 of Apex Legends Ranked Series 3 will feature the return of Kings Canyon, the Season 2 version.

Soft reset

Between Splits 1 and 2, Respawn have implemented what they’re calling a soft reset. This means that, at the start of Split 2, players saw their ranked positions reset by 1.5 tiers down.

Those in Gold II were knocked down to Silver IV, Platinum IV players were reset to Silver II, whoever managed to reach Apex Predator started again at Platinum II, and so on.

This soft reset has always been employed at the start of every new season, but will now go into effect between each split, as well, moving forward.

Respawn EntertainmentBecause of the soft reset at the start of every split, players will see their rank drop 1.5 tiers.

Rewards

Because of this new system, rewards have been tweaked slightly, as well. Now, Ranked rewards will be given for the highest tier reached in either split, meaning if you end up achieving a higher rank in the second half of Series 3, it’ll supersede what you got in the first half.

However, those who end up making it to the same tier in both splits will receive exclusive animated badges, so there’s definitely incentive to try just as hard on Kings Canyon as you did on World’s Edge.

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

Published: 24/Oct/2020 17:35 Updated: 24/Oct/2020 18:06

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? A location, material, or something else entirely? Here, we’ll put together all the clues to get to the bottom of this mystery.

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.

This theory could line up though with the involvement of Hammon Robotics. 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.” Is this metal Branthium/Brantium?

Perhaps, Branthium is both a place and an element, with the latter named after the former. Brantium could be a metal discovered on the planet Branthium? For now, we simply don’t know, but we’ll keep this post updated as more teasers emerge about this mysterious word, and what it could mean.

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