Bungie just issued a massive TWAB detailing the ins and outs of the last major vendor to get an in-game overhaul, Lord Saladin, now Valus Saladin, after he was traded to Cabal for Crow’s life. But he’s still running Iron Banner, and some sweeping changes are coming to the mode in Season 17.
We learned about a bunch of these yesterday, so I thought I’d do a recap of what’s coming up:
- Bungie wants Iron Banner to be more of a holiday event, so it will only appear for two weeks of the season, on May 31 and July 12. If this continues, it would only be eight weeks of Iron Banner a year.
- The entire Tower will now transform to acknowledge the arrival of the Iron Banner, and Saladin will be where Eva Levante is so you don’t miss out. Again, making this more of a vacation.
- To encourage more players to play Iron Banner, power level is no longer enabled in the mode. Yes, this means you can use the famous sunset weapons that you can still have in your vault, like Revoker, Mountaintop, and Recluse (which you can already use in normal PvP now).
- For Season 17, Iron Banner will bring back Rift, the mode in which players must capture a spark and plunge it into the enemy team’s base, carried over from Destiny 1. Rift brings with it the game’s first new PvP map since Shadowkeep, a throne. The World/Pyramid swamp area called Disjunction, a huge map designed for Rift, but playable in all modes.
- There is a new Iron Lord title that must be acquired during Iron Banner’s 1-2 weeks per season and Bungie estimates that it will require 15-20 hours of gameplay. You can join him in future seasons.
- There is a new introductory quest about all the changes coming to Iron Banner in Season 17 that all players, even veterans, must complete to access Iron Banner.
- Iron Banner will award bonus multipliers for reputation for completed Daily Challenges, as well as for wearing Iron Banner armor set pieces (or trinkets) and using Iron Banner weapons. The goal is to race through the replay system to earn engrams that you can now focus on current armor and weapons. In the future, perhaps, older weapons and equipment.
In short, the goal is to make Iron Banner rarer, but more rewarding and farmable, and it looks like Bungie will be testing different modes each season. All of these changes sound great to me, and I can’t wait to give it a go at launch week 2 of Season 17, which is the first time it’s coming. Do not miss it! Because you only have one more week after that.
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