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Magnetic Apex Legends character would perfectly balance the roster

Published: 30/May/2020 17:15

by Andy Williams

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A savvy Apex Legends player has devised the ultimate character to rival the likes of Caustic in the Apex Games, complete with the perfect backstory to tie into their lore.

As it stands, there are no Legends like Caustic in the Apex Legends universe. Despite having a wide-range of options from an Interdimensional Skirmisher to a Translocating Thief, there is still no other Legend who has the ability to single handedly hold down Bunker like the Toxic Trapper.

Indeed, it’s Caustic’s traps which keep his enemies at arm’s length and can prove to be a nuisance to deal with if you’re on the receiving end. Yet a clever Legend concept might just provide the ideal solution, without heavily affecting character balance.

Caustic from Apex Legends.
EA
Caustic’s gas can be deadly if deployed in the right situation.

We’ve all been on the receiving end of Caustic’s Nox Gas Trap in Bunker. Come within a certain vicinity and you find yourself perishing at the hands of the deadly gas.

While the traps are easy enough to spot, maneuvering past them and remaining undetected is a different story altogether. Yes, they’re easy enough to shoot, but what if you’re wanting to fly under the radar?

Well this ingenious Legend concept would provide a character that could slot right into the current roster, without shifting the balance.

Polaris, known as a ‘Magnetic Conduit,’ is the son of a Militia Pilot who picked up a knack for manipulating electromagnetic fields after his exposure to his father’s work with Gravity Stars (similar to Arc Stars).

Legend Concept: Polaris from apexlegends

In terms of Polaris’ abilities, it’s their Passive where they shine the most.

Having the ability to see the trigger radius of nearby traps would provide the perfect counter to the likes of Caustic and Wattson, who can completely dominate endgame scenarios with their Tactical Ability.

Polaris’ Tactical utilizes their knack with magnet to essentially pin Legends in certain situations — which could prove to be a game-changer when trying to clutch versus another squad.

To top things off, the character would have the capability to “warp the path of incoming bullets” with their Ultimate… Which holds its own intriguing prospect by itself.

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Every possible RP gain in Apex Legends ranked

Published: 29/Nov/2020 16:48

by Julian Young

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Ranked play in Apex Legends allows players to test themselves against others of similar skill and claim special cosmetic items (and bragging rights). A helpful Reddit post breaks down exactly how many Ranked Points players will earn – or lose – based on rank, placement, and kills.

Almost all FPS games offer a separate ranked playlist for their players, and Apex Legends is no different. Since its release in Season 2, the game’s ranked mode has provided players with a way to test their skills against the best of the best.

Ranked Leagues separate players into seven skill brackets – ranging from Bronze to Apex Predator – based on their performance in two ranked splits. Each player’s current rank, match placement, and number of kills/assists determines the number of Ranked Points (RP) they will earn or lose every game.

With RP determined by several different factors, players can find it challenging to track how many points they are earning or losing each match. However, one player has come to the aid of anyone who gets confused.

Apex Legends Season 7 Ranked Rewards
Respawn Entertainment
Respawn provides players with new rewards to earn during each ranked series.

Apex Legends RP combos

A post on the Apex Legends subreddit helps to clear things up for anyone confused about their potential RP gains. The helpful graphic comes from user Ninjario, who breaks down how many points players can gain or lose based on all three contributing factors: current player rank, final match placement, and total kills/assists.

The graphic shows the exact combinations needed to go positive in each match and what will cause players to lose RP for every skill bracket.

This provides players with an easy understanding of what performance to strive for in ranked: for example, Predator and Master players can easily see that a 6th place finish with three kills or assists is the absolute minimum needed for an RP gain (+6) in their skill bracket.

A quick overview of how many RP you gain with every Kill/Placement/Rank combination from apexlegends

Ranked Leagues in Season 7

With the release of Season 7, a new ranked series also kicked off in Apex Legends. Starting on November 4, players will compete in ranked on the new Olympus map until December 15. The second split takes place on World’s Edge, and will run from December 15 to the end of Season 7.

In the Season 7 ranked update post, Respawn’s ranked designers discussed the state of ranked play. They covered topics like the ranking distribution of players from Season 6, and some of their on-going goals for the ranked playlist.

The first ranked split of Season 7 is currently available for players to jump into on Xbox, PlayStation, and PC.