The new season of Apex Legends has recently launched. With the release of Season 9, Respawn has introduced a new mode into the game called Arenas.
Arenas redefine what Apex Legends can be moving forward. The game mode ditches the Battle Royale format in favor of 3v3 elimination matches. The first team to win 3 rounds (a team must win by 2 or more) is the champion.
Currently, the new mode has 5 maps available for play. The developers have created 2 new maps designed specifically for Arenas. The Developers have also made 3 maps from pre-existing locations on the 3 Battle Royale maps found in Apex Legends. These include Artillery from Kings Canyon, Thermal Station from World’s Edge, and Golden Gardens from Olympus. These BR maps rotate on a bi-weekly schedule, meaning that the 2 original Arenas maps are always in rotation along with 1 of the 3 pre-existing BR location maps at a time.
While the new maps offer opportunities for fun engagements, the BR maps also seem to work well in the game mode. Here are 6 BR locations that would make a great fit for the new 3v3 elimination mode.
1. Skull Town (King’s Canyon)
Before people had ever heard of World’s Edge or Olympus, there was King’s Canyon. At the time, one of the hottest drops on the map was Skull Town. While the location dropped off the map and into the ocean at the beginning of Season 5 (thanks to Loba), its memory lives on. OGs of the game can remember seeing the countless skydive trails of kill hungry gamers streaking towards the buildings of Skull Town off drop.
This location has a lot of potential for an Arenas map based on its roughly symmetrical design. With 4 wings of buildings branching off from the center of the town, the location offers plenty of cover with its large amount of shacks. While the skeletal remains of the Leviathan should probably be out of bounds (some Legends would have difficulty taking this high ground), the larger structures in the center of the town provide some decent high ground. With pathways connecting the rooftops together, this makes an excellent spot for sniping as well.
2. Gauntlet (King’s Canyon)
While King’s Canyon might not be Respawn’s best map, it still contains some memorable locations. Gauntlet is one of those spots.
Paying homage to the adrenaline junky, Octane, this location offers an interesting new dynamic to Arena matches; the Launch Pad. Placed strategically around the area, these pads allow players to travel from one side of the map to the other in seconds. This provides teams with interesting choices; they can engage the opposing team quickly or disengage relatively easily as well. This adds another level of speed to firefights and reduces the amount of poking done by teams, encouraging teams to push the offense. This location also includes an interesting feature, a ring of fire. The inclusion of a purple or gold item in the middle of this ring that can be accessed using the Launch Pads scattered around the region would also encourage players to take risks early in rounds.
Even though this location’s signature trait, the Launch Pad, also functions as Octane’s Ultimate, this shouldn’t hurt his effectiveness too much. His ability to place a pad anywhere on the map could give him utility for engaging/disengaging in a tight spot.
3. Solar Array (Olympus)
The newest map added to the game, Olympus, offers many bright and colorful locations for battle. It’s difficult to choose only 6 BR locations for this list, but Solar Array is an obvious choice. Resting at the edge of a valley not far from the Phase Runner, Solar Array presents an excellent place for teams to land in the Battle Royale mode. Its position gives players a good vantage point to see multiple choke points on the map. It also has its merits as a possible Arenas location.
The location provides one central building for high ground (this building contained a plethora of snipers and their attachments in the BR mode). One aspect of this location that makes this a great option for Arenas is its multiple levels. In addition to the four main buildings, a collection of underground passageways stretch across the area. These tunnels provide opportunities for players to dip out of intense gunfights while also allowing opportunistic players to catch their enemies off guard with strategic flanks. Between the close-quarter skirmishes inside buildings and the sniper battles from the rooftops, this location makes both short-range and long-range gunfights a viable option.
4. Thunderdome (King’s Canyon)
One of the original locations from King’s Canyon, Thunderdome, provides an interesting landscape for skirmishes. Tucked in the bottom left corner of the original map, it had the misfortune of falling into the ocean along with its neighboring POI, Skull Town. While this location received less action than Skull Town, that doesn’t mean this place isn’t conducive for exciting gunfights.
Thunderdome has the potential to be a great BR location for Arenas because of its focus on high ground. The defining feature of this area is the cage that hangs above the middle of the location. This could create an interesting dynamic during fights as both teams vie to take control of the pivotal high ground of the cage at mid. Placing crates and supply drops in the low ground areas would still give teams reason to sacrifice their position of power for the potential reward of better loot.
5. Geyser (World’s Edge)
Located on World’s Edge, Geyser provides a visually stunning design for a firefight. A collection of jagged cliffs make up the background for this destination filled with small buildings and rocks.
While Geyser is a decent drop for the BR mode (it’s close to one of the BR maps loot vaults), it also has potential as a map for Apex Legends’ new 3v3 mode. This location has an equal balance of wide-open spaces and buildings to add variety to skirmishes. The titular feature of the area, the geyser in the middle of the location, gives teams the ability to reposition quickly during engagements. The geyser could also provide teams with a way to reach far away Care Packages in short order. In addition, the natural mineral deposits found around the grounds offer extra cover for maneuvering.
6. Countdown (World’s Edge)
Season 6 shook up the meta in a number of ways: it introduced the crafting system and made Evo Shields a permanent fixture of the Battle Royale mode. Beyond these significant changes, the new season also brought some exciting new locales. One of the best of these was Countdown.
With an oval-shaped design, Countdown contains 2 main buildings on opposite sides of the area. These buildings are connected by two bridges that can be raised to reach the other side more easily. One of the things that would make this location an intriguing Arenas map is the pit in the middle of the area. In the BR, activating switches on either side of the area opens a secret loot location at the bottom of the pit. This loot feature specific to this map could replace the typical Care Packages that land in Arenas. This would force players on both teams to take calculated risks in order to obtain the more valuable loot found in the exposed middle section of the location.
What do you think of these 6 BR locations Apex Legends should add to Arenas? What other areas do you think Respawn should include in the new game mode? Let me know in the comments below.