Previously, Bungie went over changes to Iron Banner, such as rank reputation and the removal of tokens and rewards. The most recent This Week At Bungie post has gone into more detail about Iron Banner’s overhaul in Destiny 2 Season 17. One of the biggest changes is the return of Destiny 1’s 6v6 Crucible team-oriented mode called Rift. .
This sports game makes players take the role of Spark Runner. A single player from either team must grab the Spark from the center of the map. The Runner must submerge the Rift on the opposing team’s side within the time limit; the Spark drops if the Runner is defeated. The other teammates must protect the Runner because the enemy team will be guarding his territory in full defense mode.
A unique feature of Iron Banner is the Hunt. The Hunt is activated when a team in Iron Banner Control captures all zones, earning the team extra points for defeating enemies for each kill. Once the zones reset, the Hunt is over. In Rift, the Chase begins when a team takes the Spark, however kills do not add to the score in this game mode, so it is unclear what exactly the Chase does.
There are distinctive Rift qualities to look out for, such as the ability to revive teammates and a waypoint that reveals the Spark Runner’s location after picking up the Spark or when the Runner takes damage. The Rift will only be accessible during Iron Banner in Season 17.
Next season, Saladin will make his presence known when Bungie places him front and center in the Tower Courtyard. With no rewards or Iron Banner tokens, players can rank up with Saladin by completing matches to earn Iron Engrams, similar to other PvP vendors. Players can focus their Iron Engrams on current weapons and armor pieces that players have already earned, but this trade will cost materials. Instead of the usual rewards and quests, there will be four days of challenges. “Rewards will also stack reputation bonuses for the rest of the week along with a Pinnacle Iron Engram,” the developer added.
To slightly increase reputation rank, players should attempt to win matches, wear five pieces of Iron Banner armor or trinkets, equip Iron Banner weapons, complete challenges, and wear an Iron Banner-themed emblem that will reward them. players can take from their Collections.
Bungie also said it will disable the power level advantage to allow new and low-power players to compete. Destiny 2 players can chase down a new Iron Banner Seal of Triumph to become an Iron Lord as well. Iron Banner will only be active during the weeks of May 31 and July 12 of Season 17.
Players haven’t seen a new PvP map in a long time, but Iron Banner Rift brings Disjunction, a new map tailor-made for this game mode. It is set in the swampy area of Disciples Bog on the Throne World of Savathun. The TWAB notes that this map will still be playable in other PvP modes.
Additionally, Bungie is bringing back an earlier game mode from Crucible called Zone Control – it’s an objective-based game mode where kills don’t add to the score. It still involves combat, but only to defeat opponents to clear a path and capture zones. Bungie added: “Zone Control will be released via a new Crucible Labs node starting in week 5 (June 21) and will be available until the end of the season, with the exception of Iron Banner.” Other Crucible changes include:
- Like Trials of Osiris, the time limit is now 90 seconds.
- Super kill points increased to three.
- Score target increased from 150 to 200.
- Time limit reduced to seven minutes.
- Time limit increased to 10 minutes; Before there were eight.
- Round score targets increased from 10 to 15.
Season of the Risen ends on May 24, but players can jump into the current Iron Banner week, dump tokens in Saladin, or earn new loot and rewards from the annual Guardian Games.
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