Apex Legends getting massive 'spawn' shakeup for competitive play

Apex Legends getting massive 'spawn' shakeup for competitive play
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Written by 

Alex Garton

Published 

29th Mar 2024 16:55

Due to the ALGS hacking incident that resulted in competitors being granted aimbots and wallhacks, the Apex Legends pro scene has been under the spotlight recently.

Just as that situation has started to simmer down, a new revelation has surfaced, and this time, it's related to a set of major changes EA has planned for competitive play.

These include completely removing the dropship from the ALGS and determining where teams start with a performance-based draft system.

Apex Legends plans on removing Dropship from competitive & adding a POI draft

As showcased by esports and originally leaked on the Competitive Apex Legends subreddit, an announcement outlines EA's plans to initiate some huge changes to the ALGS.

For starters, the organisers plan on removing the Dropship at the start of matches and making it so "each team drops simultaneously from a preset height above their POI." Only one team can occupy each of the 29 allocated drop locations on each map, and the height will make it so they can only reach their assigned area.

So, how are the POIs going to be chosen? Well, EA plans to implement a draft system for each day of the Pro League and each round of LAN events. Each day would have a "snake draft", and every team would have instances of "picking early, some of picking in the middle, and some of picking late."

It's worth noting that in LAN and Regional Finals, the draft order will be weighted by performance. It believes this system will be fairer and "serve as a greater test of skill given the expected result is a more varied list of landing locations per team." Finally, its goal is to hold each draft weeks before competition to allow for as much POI practice as possible.

When are these changes arriving in Apex Legends Competitive?

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EA has made it clear that it plans to roll out these changes with the Split 2 Regular Season of the ALGS Year 4 Pro League.

That isn't too long to wait, and given these changes remove the RNG of the Dropship path across the sky, it'll be interesting to see the response from the community.

This has the potential to have massive implications for the way teams prepare and play in the ALGS - it's certainly going to shake things up.

Alex is a Senior Writer at GGRecon. With a BA (Hons) in English, he has previously written for Dexerto & Gfinity. Specialising in Call of Duty & Apex Legends, he loves (attempting) to improve his aim in competitive shooters and will always make time for a single-player RPG.

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