Destiny's Iron Banner event went live earlier this week. A lot of players were looking forward to the new PvP experience it brings. Unfortunately, there are some issues with the event.
The Iron Banner playlist varies from normal Crucible matches in that your gear actually matters. Your weapon and armor affect how much damage you can dish out or take. This means that someone who's been doing raids and other high-level activities should be at an advantage when facing a low-level player.
Several Destiny players are complaining that gear doesn't matter in Iron Banner as much as it ought to. One video making the rounds shows a level 4 Guardian wrecking high-level competition:
Iron Banner does present a dilemma to Bungie. On the one hand, they want players to feel like getting Legendary gear is worth the time and effort. Some players might not bother grinding for loot if it won't give them a significant leg-up in Iron Banner. On the other hand, they want a large population of players to jump into Iron Banner matches. If advanced gear gives too much of an advantage, low-level or casual players might just avoid the playlist altogether.
I wonder whether the long-term solution would be to boost the effect of armor and weapon stats in Iron Banner matches but also restrict matches to level 20+ players. That would ensure that the difference in stats isn't too astronomical.
The other big problem facing Iron Banner event concerns the rewards. The main reward for doing these matches is reputation with the Iron Lords faction. This reputation increases your rank, which in turn lets you buy more and more Iron Banner gear at the Tower.
The issue here is that you only earn Iron Banner reputation points if your team wins. Bungie presumably did this to light a fire under player's asses. However, the result was the opposite. When a team falls behind in an Iron Banner match, many players quit so they can requeue for a different one. After all, what's the point of sticking around until the bitter end?
Bungie is asking for feedback on the event through their forums.
"Were you detecting an advantage attributed to your more powerful gear and weapons? Did the experience feel different than standard Crucible combat? Talk to me, Guardians," said Bungie's David Dague. He added that he knows people are quitting the matches prematurely.
Iron Banner will only be around for a few more days so we might not see a fix for these problems until then. Perhaps Bungie will make some changes before they bring the event back again, though.