Apex Legends Season 17 Ranking System Explained

Abhimannu Das
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Apex Legends Season 17


Apex Legends Season 17 introduced a new ranked system that focuses on placements instead of kill points (KP).
The entry cost for all ranks is now -35 Ladder Points (LP) but there are bonuses in place to help players reach their correct ranks.
Matchmaking rating is now hidden and you see how much LP you gain per match after a match ends.

Apex Legends fully reworked its ranking system and it has led to the community being split on how they feel about the new ranked experience. There is significantly more pressure to get high placements over kills and it is even possible to climb ranks without dealing any damage or securing kills/assists. Players looking to climb in the new system need to secure at least a few kills as a team and also get at least top eight for a sizeable amount of points.

What are the ranked bonuses in Apex Legends Season 17

There are three bonuses that you can earn to increase your ladder points: 

Elimination Bonuses are given when your team eliminates other players. This bonus is individually calculated and multiple eliminations against the same players are discarded. Your personal individual kills, assists, and participations are taken into consideration. In addition the Assist Timer has been increased from 15 seconds to 30 seconds. 

Rating Bonuses are given when your hidden matchmaking rating (MMR) greatly outperforms your Ladder Points, helping you catch up to where the system believes you should be. 

Skill Bonuses are given when your team interacts with a stronger opponent or performs exceptionally in an unfavorable match.

New Hidden Matchmaking Rating (MMR)

Matchmaking is based on a hidden Matchmaking Rating. Your rating will adjust according to your performance as you play matches, making matchmaking competitive, fair, and accurate.

Your MMR will rise when you’re doing well in placements, and Kills will also boost this growth. Because the system works to regularly calculate skill adjustments and match you as fairly as possible, you may notice a small increase in queue times.

Why is your Apex Legends MMR hidden?

Points aren’t visible to other players. You won’t be able to see your teammates' or opponents’ MMR during a Ranked match, but you’ll still be able to view your own.

MMR is built to match you with other players of similar skill—to give you a challenge but still a fair shot at winning a match. Keeping MMR hidden also makes it harder to abuse the system with Kill farming or intentionally dying, and protects less-skilled players against smurfing.

What is LP or Predator cap in Apex Legends?

There is no LP (Ladder Points) cap in Apex Legends but the higher you are in Predator ranks, the less points you get per kill or assist so points will stagnate around the 100,000 LP mark.

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Abhimannu is a PC esports writer at AFK Gaming. With over seven years of experience in esports journalism, he has worked on a myriad of games and their ecosystems including Valorant, Overwatch and Apex Legends.