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Go beyond the battle royale with Apex Legends' Arena Mode

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Apex Legends: Legacy is going to be a game-changer and we've got the latest on when the new Arena Mode is dropping. Can you become the Apex Predator?

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LATEST - Actual Update Time Revealed

If you're looking forward to the next major update for Apex Legends, you might want to know when it is actually getting updated. Thankfully, we've got you covered.

It's a pretty early update for some of us but, as always, timezones mean that there's some variation. This means that you're going to be able to start playing the Apex Legends Legacy update from the following times.

The next update for Apex Legends should be available by 10:00 PST / 13:00 EST / 18:00 BST on May 4th. If you're on a PlayStation 4, you should be able to start downloading it now and it's around 30GB. This is probably going to be a similar figure on other platforms, but we don't know for sure just yet.

For a more detailed look, TitanfallBlog has you covered:

Legacy Season Quest

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Just like last season, the upcoming May 4th update is going to introduce a new in-game quest for you to complete alongside the new Battle Pass and any other limited-time events that will pop up.

This is where those Treasure Packs come into play, which you can only collect one of them a day. However, they do get you some awesome additional rewards.

The new "Quest" is going to be called The Legacy Antigen and it should help shed some light on what's going on with The Icarus and Olympus' root problem.

Arenas Legend Meta Breakdown

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Apex Legends' new Arena Mode is going to be a highlight for a lot of people playing the next season. But, with it being an elimination mode with round-based combat... How does the Arena meta differ from the Battle Royale meta?

Of course, there are going to be some difference between the two and you have to think that the offensive-based Legends will be a driving force in winning rounds.

Well, Respawn Entertainment has tapped on someone in the know and they've done a deep-dive Beginner's Guide on Apex Legends Arenas mode.

You can check it out in the tweet below, but this is what DazsBF has said regarding the Legend Meta.

Bloodhound is great for visibility and Octane is fantastic as always because of his increased movement speed. In addition to this, Lifeline's quicker revive time is always handy. Pathfinder and Wraith can also both be fantastic for re-positioning and flanking.

Bangalore is one Legend that might not be as helpful, according to the video. In addition to this, Crypto's abilities take a lot of time to use and this can expose him and his team.

Interestingly, with the right team composition, any one of Apex Legends' seventeen Legends can be a viable pick in Arenas if you're aware of how they can be used in this different context.

Loba's Tactical Buffed

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Loba’s tactical, Burglar’s Best Friend, was supposed to be a powerful teleport ability.

However, it didn't turn out to be quite as good as players had hoped.

Now, in the new Season 9 Legacy Update, the tactical ability has been buffed.

YouTuber Coffee ASAP has posted a video that details the differences between the ability in Season 8 and Season 9.

Loba can now run at full speed while using the ability, as opposed to just being able to walk.

But, there is a trade-off because her Ultimate has been nerfed with a longer cooldown, but it's a compromise that should be worth it.

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Hammerpoint Removed

The devs have decided to vault the Hammerpoint in Season 9.

Recently, they took to Reddit to explain the decision, citing that it is "overpowered".

“Long story short, because of buffing the base weapons, we would have to nerf the hop-up’s power so it wasn’t OP… the hop-up only really works as a high-risk high reward item, so it just didn’t work well anymore."

First Look at New Arenas

Over the last couple of days, we've had a brand new look at the new smaller Arenas that are coming to Apex Legends in the Legacy Update.

We already know what the five new maps will be, but this is the first time we're really seeing them in action. You can check out a flawless round from the people behind TitanfallBlog below:

We also have a new look at Phaserunner. This one helps you get a grasp of the scale of these new maps. For an elimination-based round-by-round mode, they're massive!

It's time to go beyond the battle royale and show your mettle in Apex Legends' Arenas.

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Legacy Ranked Announced

Apex Legends' next major title update might not literally be called Season 9, but there's still going to be a Ranked Leagues refresh and we have all the new information about Apex Legends: Legacy Ranked right here.

The first thing to note is that there isn't really going to be any major changes to the way RP and Ranked Leagues work in Apex Legends going forwards.

According to Respawn Entertainment's Blog Post on Legacy Ranked, Season 8 was the most successful Ranked Season for Apex Legends to date. At some points, almost 50% of all matches being played were in Ranked playlists!

In the Tweet below, you can check out the new batch of Ranked Leagues rewards you can earn throughout the Legacy Season.

Legacy Ranked Map Split Dates

This season, World's Edge is back for the first split of this season's Ranked League and will be available until June 15th 2021. The second split will be all about Olympus and the rest of the season will keep you there.

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Arena Mode Gameplay!

Respawn Entertainment has finally shown us some gameplay footage from the upcoming Legacy Update and the new permanent game mode: Arenas.

It's going to be a 3v3 experience that features custom-built maps across a number of key Apex Legends locations.

In a similar fashion to CS: GO, Rogue Company, Valorant, and more round-based shooters... Apex Legends' Arena Mode has a buying system at the start of each round.

With these, you can buy weapons, upgrade them, and save for better equipment as you earn it!

Apex Legends Arenas Mode Buy Phase
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BUY PHASE - What will you be saving for?

In each round, it's essentially an elimination battle, much like the games above. There will be Loot Boxes with Consumables in and a singular Drop Pod with three weapons will spawn in the middle of each round.

The winning team will be the first to three with a two-win margin. However, it goes into Sudden Death mode if the teams reach a 4-4 deadlock. In Sudden Death, it really is a deathmatch. Ash isn't going to make things easy...

The trailer below also showcases the new Bocek Bow and some footage of Valkyrie, the new Legend. Check it all out here:

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Five Arenas At Launch

Apex Legends' new mode is going to have two completely new locations and three existing locations features in its rotation of playable Arenas.

Party Crasher re-introduces Mirage's Party Voyage (or what's left of it anyway) and lets the Legends fight amongst its wreckage.

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Apex Legends Arena Mode Party Crasher Map
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OH, WELL... - That's where Mirage's fancy ship ended up. Huh.

Phase Runner is a hidden "experimental zone at the peak of a mountain" which features some Olympus-like architecture you may be familiar with.

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Apex Legends Arena Mode Phase Runner Map
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OPEN GROUND - This features a "No Man's Land" in the middle that could prove deadly

Then, there's also Artillery from Kings Canyon, Thermal Station from World's Edge, and Golden Gardens from Olympus. Ash clearly thought these three places were well-suited for a deathmatch!

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Apex Legends Arena Mode Battle Royale Maps
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OLD FAMILIAR - These should be recognisable locales for most of you

You can read more about these maps, and get a detailed look at the rules, via the Apex Legends Blog Post here.

Apex Legends Legacy Update

The Apex Legends Legacy Update is going to be introducing a lot of new stuff to the popular game. Respawn Entertainment is not slowing down, that's for sure.

Firstly, there's the new Apex Legend. Valkyrie, the daughter of a Titan pilot from Titanfall 2, has a lot to prove and she knows she can be the Apex Champion. She's joining the roster from May 4th.

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In addition to this, there's the new weapon: The Bocek Bow. This is unlike anything Apex Legends has seen before and we're expecting the introduction of a new Ammo Type to accommodate for this too.

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Furthermore, there are changes coming to Olympus as it's being infested with some kind of dangerous growth. We don't know exactly what's changing, but we know that it'll change the way you play the game.

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Leaks & More

Right now, we still don't know too much about what Apex Legends' new Arena Mode actually is. At the moment, there is a teaser you can find in the Firing Range that will grant the following Badge:

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As for the actual mode though, official news is scarce. Thankfully, though, we have data miners and leakers to offer up other snippets of information in the time being.

Firstly, it looks like Apex's new Arena Mode is going to take place on its own planet! (We thought this was World's Edge at first, but this makes much more sense.)

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We also know that it will be a 3v3 Team Deathmatch-type mode. There's no word as to whether this will feature respawns in-game or be a round-based mode.

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At the moment, this is about all we know though. We're expecting to see a couple more leaks over the next couple of days, ahead of the Gameplay Reveal Trailer, though. So... Keep your eyes up, Legends!

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