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Now that Destiny has officially shifted into year two, Guardians will start to notice additional changes being made to long-running events. Both the Iron Banner and Trials of Osiris are set to return this month and, according to Bungie, players can expect quite a few tweaks being made to the familiar competitions.
This week’s Destiny update is packed with facts concerning a couple of fan-favorite competitive events. With The Taken King launching a couple of weeks ago, most players have had time to complete the new story beats, tackle those new Strikes, get in some competitive play on a slew of new maps and maybe even give Big Daddy Oryx a run for his money in the new Raid.
But Destiny is a living world of sorts, with all sorts of special events popping up on a regular basis. Now that The Taken King has left its mark on the game world alongside Update 2.0, it looks like both The Iron Banner and Trials of Osiris are ready to be plugged into the second year of Destiny events. As stated in this week’s update, “the game has changed,” and now it is time to honor “the best of the best.”
First up is the Iron Banner, the extremely demanding competitive mode where your gear, weapons and stats truly matter. While everything is normalized in standard PvP, all of that character creation math is in full effect in the Iron Banner. It looks like Lord Saladin will return to the Tower on Oct. 13, bringing with him a brand new challenge for Guardians to face.
Not only are damage curves being adjusted to account for year two changes but, according to Crucible Designer Jeremiah Pieschl, players can expect quite a few additional changes, too.
For starters, the Tempered buff is automatic now and becomes more effective each day of the Iron Banner, and your reward will now include both armor and firearms. To help bolster that good news, drop rates have also been increased. But if you’d rather just buy some gear directly from Lord Saladin, you can do so with Legendary Marks instead of Glimmer.
A bunch of new bounties have now been added to the Iron Banner, and only level 40 Guardians can lead a Fireteam into battle. In case you’re curious how you’ll stack up, it’s recommended only Light level 230 and above jump into the fray.
Also receiving big changes is the Trials of Osiris, which returns to Destiny on Oct. 16. For starters, reward drops now only occur for the winning team and, the more you win, the better your rewards will become. The goodies will now be added directly to your inventory, too, so no need to visit Brother Vance to claim them. If you lose, you’ll get some Passage Coins to try again.
You’ll now be able to keep playing past nine straight wins, though your rewards stop getting better at that roof. Trials Bounties have also been introduced, with regular Crucible Bounties still being valid in Trials events.
Matchmaking has been improved, though you’ll want to be topped out before diving into battle. Fireteams can only be led by someone with a Light level of 251 or better, and the recommended level for competing is 290. Good luck!