In Season 13, Respawn made massive changes to the ranked system, which tampered with the whole Apex Legends ecosystem. So Respawn has decided that a change is necessary to restore balance.
The ranked system has been tweaked and modified several times throughout Apex Legends’ lifetime. However, the most significant change happened with the Season 13 ranked rework. Many minor to substantial rank changes were introduced with the update.
The changed ranked mode affected players in different ways. Some players expressed displeasure with the new system, while others defended it. Whatever the case, the rank rework changed the original Apex Legends experience in many ways.
The rank grind has never been more challenging for players. After 20 days of the new ranked system going live, 95% of the total player base was in Gold 2 or below. Even high ELO players were having trouble adjusting to the new system. After 14 days of hard grinding, only 559 players reached Predator rank on all 4 Platforms combined.
Because of this unusual rank distribution, the lower-ranked players are getting queued against high ELO players. This is causing many players to stop grinding the new ranked split and others to switch to regular BR. As a result, the normal BR also became much sweatier, and many people are now calling it a ranked 2.0.
Ranked Changes Coming to Apex
The new rank dissatisfied countless players in the Apex Legends ecosystem. Although there were some hints from Respawn developers roaming around in the community regarding the current ranked system improvement, there was no evidence of whether it would happen or not.
However, it seems like Respawn is dedicated to improving the current rank system because a recent leak by AG420 suggested that changes are coming to the rank system very soon.
According to the leak, Respawn is decreasing the entry cost by 10 RP for each rank. This will give the players more room to work during a match. It is still unclear if Respawn will make other changes along with this one in the next ranked rework. But it is very likely that they will because most players think that only decreasing the match RP by 10 points won’t solve the real issues.
When Will the Ranked Change Become Live?
The leak was found in the current game files in Season 13, Split 1. If Respawn were to make this change in Season 14, putting it in the game files this early would be implausible. So, according to the rumors, the change will go live in Season 13, Split 2.