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While Destiny’s latest DLC dropped on May 19, the final piece of the House of Wolves puzzle did not unlock until today, May 22. It’s a weekly 3v3 competitive tournament, and it invites you and two of your buddies to fight for bragging rights in the Trials of Osiris.
We knew that the Trials of Osiris would be included in the House of Wolves DLC pack but, being an event that runs from Friday to Thursday each week, Destiny players had to wait just a little bit longer to dive into the new challenges. The first Trials of Osiris actually kicked off this morning at 10 a.m. and will run for an entire week.
The team over at Bungie has offered up a couple last-minute reminders about how the tournament works, in case you’ve missed out on all of the details up until this point.
“Variks has been getting all the love in the Reef. Over in his dark corner, smoldering in the flickering candlelight, Brother Vance waits his turn to test your mettle,” reads the announcement.
Anyone who has booted up the House of Wolves DLC and visited the Reed should be familiar with Brother Vane at this point. The introductory mission has you wander over to his vendor stall to share a few words but, until now, there was nothing you could actually do while talking to him except for admire his shiny robe. He also should have handed you a couple of items that grant entry to the Trials of Osiris that, until this morning, were equally useless.
Basically, the Trials of Osiris is a weekly ladder tournament meant to push teams of three guardians to their limit. Once you enter the fray, you can play until you either lose three times or win nine times. At the end of the week, final leaderboards will be determined and additional prizes will be handed out. You can also expect gear and firearm drops/rewards that are exclusive to the Trials.
I’ve gone on record a number of times complaining about Destiny’s lack of matchmaking in several areas of the game. This, however, is the first time that a lack of matchmaking makes perfect sense. If you’re unable to get in all of your weekly Osiris matches in a single go, for instance, you won’t be able to continue after beginning with a couple of randos. This type of high-level competitive play is also best suited to folks who have actually played together before and gotten to know each other’s play styles. I still hold that a group of strangers could manage the Raids and other limited weekly events without being BFFs in real life, but that’s a whiney rant for another day.
As Destiny’s new Trials are just now going live as of this writing, I haven’t actually had the chance to test them out just yet. For any readers who have given it a go, though, we’d be happy to hear your thoughts in the comments below.