It's been a few days since Apex Legends Season 2 was released and I've only just got around to getting stuck in.
Although there have been multiple changes and improvements made to the game, the addition that interests me the most is ranked mode. You could call me a sweaty try-hard I guess, but I like to play to win and ranked mode's progression system gives me something to aim for.
With that being said, there are a few things I've picked up on in my ranked journey so far that could help you to rank up more quickly. This is certainly the case if you're jumping in now and starting out on the bottom rung of the ladder at the bronze level.
Before we get to the tips, let's take a quick look at how you gain points to work your way through the ranked system.
For every kill you manage to get in the game, you'll be awarded 1 point.
However, there is a points cap of 5 so any further kills after this won't grant you extra points.
As always, the aim of a battle royale game is to be the last person standing at the end of the match. As such, you are rewarded in ranked mode depending on how well you perform.
- Top 10: 2 points
- Top 5: 4 points
- Top 3: 7 points
- Winner: 12 points
How to Level up Faster at Bronze Level in Ranked Mode
How you approach Apex Legends' ranked mode will often depend on whether you're playing as a solo player or teaming up with friends.
I personally play solo so these tips are from the viewpoint of playing with random teammates.
The first thing I did when joining ranked mode was to play my usual game of balancing aggression with tactical map positioning to give myself the best chance of finishing in the last few positions of a match.
The issue with this at the current time is that bronze level is filled with lots of different kinds of players. You've got experienced Apex Legends players in the mix but also a lot of newcomers who have picked up the game as Season 2 started.
What this tends to mean, as I found out quickly, is that you'll often be placed in a team with people who are going to be of little to zero help to you. Ultimately, it will feel like you're playing as a one-man team most of the time.
As such, my usual tactics weren't working because I'd waste lots of time staying alive just to have our squad wiped immediately when we finally ran into another team. This wasn't a very productive way to rank up through bronze level because I was playing for a lot of time without gaining many points.
To counter this, I decided to take a new approach. Instead of focussing on winning the game, my idea was to gain as many kills as I could quickly. To do that, I'd jump into hot spots on the map, frantically look for a weapon, and take out as many unprepared players as I could before my team was wiped out.
The great thing about this, besides being a lot of fun, is that it doesn't matter who you're teamed up with. If you're joined up with a couple of people who don't seem to have thumbs, you'll often grab a couple of kills and rank points before you lose the match. This allows you to cycle through a lot of gameS quickly, picking up points in almost every game.
Secondly, if you do happen to be teamed up with someone decent, you'll find out quickly because they'll be baptised by fire in the hot drop. If you manage to clear out the initial zone then it's time to slow down a little and try to really boost your points total by placing within the top 10 or above.
The reason that this method works well at bronze level is that you are not docked points for a loss like you are at higher-ranked levels. If you die immediately, you haven't wasted your time camping, haven't lost any points, and can enter another game quickly.
Ultimately there are only a few rules to follow for this method to work:
- Drop into a place of high traffic immediately.
- Find a weapon as soon as possible.
- Be aggressive and try to get as many kills as you can straight away.
- If you die, back out and enter another game immediately.
- If you survive and have scored a couple of points, slow down and look to finish in the top 10 or above for extra bonus points.
This is still an ongoing process for me so I will have to make some changes to my tactics as I enter ranked levels that dock points for losses. For now, however, this feels like the fastest way to rank up.
Let me know how you're getting on in ranked mode and if you have any other tips that can help further along the line.