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Bullets aren’t necessary. I’m the one. Bullets were required.

The ninth season of Apex Legends will launch next week, bringing with it new jetpacking character Valkyrie and the 3v3 Arenas game mode. I gushed about both of these fantastic new additions in my preview earlier this week, but today I’m able to show you a video from my time with Arenas so you can see how much fun it is. And, as with so many of my skirmishes in Respawn’s FPS, one of my best rounds ended in fisticuffs.

Arenas is a team deathmatch mode that will be available alongside battle royale as a permanent addition. Each round begins with a buy phase, similar to Valorant or CS:GO, where you can acquire new gear and abilities, before being sent into the Arena to face off against another squad. Downed players can be revived, but they cannot be resurrected if they are completely dead. They’re quick matches that allow you to experiment with different Legends and focus on one fight at a time without worrying about being third-partyed by another trio.

Take a look at this match. Party Crasher, a downtown plaza where Mirage crashed his party barge, was one of the new bespoke maps I played on.

To be honest, the match doesn’t get off to a great start. We lost the first round after I and another teammate were knocked out early. Maybe it was karma for me picking Mirage, the one who did the crashing. It could also be karma for spending so much money on one of the most expensive weapons and not saving my crafting materials for something better later.

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However, I failed to learn my lesson and continued to purchase what I consider to be the ideal Arenas loadout: the Spitfire LMG and the Mozambique shotgun. And it’s the ideal loadout because I managed a 2v1 with no shields left in the second round. I even used my fists to chase down a Gibraltar.

I’d like to believe it happened because I was confident and calm. I wasn’t one of them. I clearly couldn’t land any of my shots before running out of ammo, as you can see around the 4:40 mark, and in my panic, I ditched the Mozambique for punching. It did, however, work! The Melee Arenas meta has been confirmed.

Following our loss in the first round, my godlike performance in the second round clearly inspired us to victory. My team and I annihilated our opponents in the next two rounds to secure the victory. I feel sorry for the enemy Valkyrie, who was most likely just trying out her abilities. At the very least, they may have discovered that Valk is relatively easy to shoot from the air.

If you want to learn how to be a pro in Apex Legends Arenas, read our Apex Legends Arenas guide to get a sense of what to expect when the mode launches on May 4th.

Source: Rock Paper Shotgun

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