You will be added into the Apex Legends elite queue once you have finished in the top 5 of a game. Once you are in the queue you will fight against other players that were in the top 5 in other rounds. This means that you are going to be up against some of the best players in the game.
The Apex Legends Elite Queue changes the name of the game as a unique badge is on the line and you need to continue falling in the top 5 to keep playing in the queue. Each round you play in the Elite Queue adds a +1 to your badge. With this on the line, players are not looking to pick a fight early on in the game.
Players in the Elite Queue are trying to survive so that they can stay in the queue and get their badge number as high as possible. Remember that if you do not make it to the top 5 then you will be kicked out of the Elite Queue and you will have to gain access all over again.
The Elite Queue is optional in Apex Legends and you can choose to play a regular round if you are not interested. It is worth mentioning that the circles are much faster. This means that you have less time when you drop. So get when you can and start moving as soon as possible.
Hot zones should be avoided as you do not want to die soon after you land. The circles do more damage as well as compared to the regular game mode. The first circle does 15% extra damage. The 2nd one does 20% more damage. All the remaining circles do 25% more damage. This is so that camping and be eliminated.
While getting to the end and staying alive is still the basic mechanic of Apex Legends, the badge made this mode very different. You cannot play it at this time as it was a timed event but it could return in the future keeping in mind how popular it was in the community.
If you are interested in learning more about the game then you can check out our guide on the ranked mode in Apex Legends as well.