Dr Disrespect wants a major ranking change in Apex Legends

YouTube streamer and content creator, Dr Disrespect, is known for his shots and, at times, his controversies. But between takes, Dr. Disrespect simply spends a lot of time playing games and sharing his candid thoughts on how they could be improved. The last example comes from a Apex Legends stream, during which Dr Disrespect teased his latest idea to take battle royale to the next level. Dr Disrespect would like to see Respawn add Ranked Duos to Apex Legends.

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The Doc was between two rounds of Apex Legends when the thought occurred to him. Without any apparent introduction, Dr. Disrespect told teammate ZLaner that Apex Legends should have a Duos queue. “Looks like Duos would be pretty sick in this game,” Dr. Disrespect said. ZLaner quickly agreed, saying the addition of Duos would be “phenomenal”. ZLaner even goes so far as to say that Respawn “really needs this” in Apex Legends.

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Dr Disrespect then expands on the thought, saying Ranked Duos is what Apex Legends really need. Apex Legends currently only offers ranked queues for teams of three, but Dr Disrespect thinks teams of two would also be an exciting queue for ranked play. ZLaner adds that since Apex Legends the halls are smaller than games like Call of Duty: Warzone, filling a lobby with teams wouldn’t be frustrating in Duos. This would, however, allow more teams to participate and thus elevate the competition.


As for what made Dr Disrespect bring up the topic of Ranked Duos, it was brought up seemingly at random by the YouTube streamer. Perhaps the only connection was that Dr Disrespect was playing lineups of trios while only having one pre-selected teammate, ZLaner. Perhaps Dr. Disrespect was thinking how hard it was to carry around a random third teammate, and how much more fun it would be if he and ZLaner could just join a Duo queue.

All in all, not a bad idea. Duos would allow many more teams to join ranked queues without having to worry about finding a third party member. There are problems, however. Respawn probably wants its ranked queues to be targeted so that the queues are always fast. He also likely balanced the game around three-player teams. That’s not to say Duos wouldn’t work; it just wouldn’t be the most optimal experience.


Funnily enough, this is a topic Respawn has touched on before. Dr Disrespect is not the only one Apex Legends player to express that he would like ranked duos, after all. During a Season 8 AMA, Respawn explained that a Ranked Duos mode would lead to an “ultimately unstable experience” given Apex Legends is built around teams of three players. It’s a concession that Respawn is not prepared to make. With that in mind, it looks like Dr Disrespect will just have to wait for a third teammate to connect in the future.

Apex Legends is available now on PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S. A mobile version is available in some regions.


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