NRG Sweetdreams Mocks the Current Apex Legends Ranked System by Reaching Predator with 0 Kills

Akib Aditya Khan
By Akib Aditya Khan
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Apex Legends pro player Christopher “Sweetdreams” Sexton reached Predator in Apex Legends while doing the no-gun challenge.

Apex Legends is a fast-paced battle royale game developed by Respawn Entertainment for PC and console platforms. Apex Legends is one of the most famous battle royale games currently. Every day, the game is being played and loved by millions of people all around the globe.

The most recent Season 17 update for Apex Legends has been released, and it includes a few tweaks here and there, improving the overall experience for players. Some important additions to this version include the introduction of a new legend called Ballistic and a complete rework of the game’s ranked system.

The introduction of Ladder Points as an alternative to Rank Points is one of the most significant changes that was made to the ranking system in Season 17. Players will now get points depending on their position in the ranking matches, regardless of how well they performed during the match itself.

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While Respawn Entertainment is justifying the redesign by stating that they want more players to participate in the ranked mode, many members of the community have already begun to criticize the new ranked system for being too simple in terms of improving your rank.

As a way to prove so, Apex Legends pro gamer NRG Sweet made a mockery of the whole ranked point system by reaching Predator without dealing any damage or gaining any kills in any of the matches he played.

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Did Sweetdreams Display the Shortcomings of the New Ranked System of Apex?

The professional player turned to Twitter shortly after the release of Apex Legends’ new ranked system to voice his dissatisfaction with the game’s revamped approach to player progression through the ranks. According to Sweet, the rank entrance cost is significantly reduced even at the upper tiers of the game. As a result, it is relatively easy for players to advance to higher ranks, even if they do not possess the necessary skills.

Sweet announced that he would be doing a live stream in which he will aim to achieve Predator, the highest level in the game, without causing any kills or damage in any of the fights. Within 18 hours of the announcement, sweet accomplished the challenge and reached the highest rank without dealing a single damage to the enemies.

Sweet also said, in his tweet, how individuals would be “sitting on trees” in order to better their placement in the matches and get rewarded points according to it. Now that Ladder Points are being awarded based on placement rather than performance, more players will be inspired to camp in locations as opposed to engaging in head-to-head gunfights as they did before.

Complaints about the rank-point system of Apex Legends were consistently voiced by the player community. On the other hand, a significant number of players in lower ranks have been overheard applauding the newly implemented ranked system for being more accommodating to their needs. However, Respawn has already expressed its intent to get more players involved with rank matches through the new ranked system.

If the new ranked system is as simple as some people, including Sweet, are claiming it to be, then it would undoubtedly be able to draw more players owing to the possibility of climbing into higher rankings without making much use of the players’ talents. However, there is no doubt that this would put a significant damper on the competitive integrity of ranked matches at higher ranks of the game.

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Akib Aditya Khan is a Guide writer at GameRiv. He is also a university-going student who was born and raised in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Akib is an esports enthusiast, which made him passionate about writing on his favorite topic "Esports". If he isn't spending time writing some articles, you can almost always find him watching his favorite esports titles or being a terrible mid-laner in MOBA games.