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Bungie removes SBMM from select Destiny 2 playlists

Published: 12/Jun/2020 2:58

by Brad Norton

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Skill-based matchmaking (SBMM) is often a point of controversy in the biggest multiplayer titles and now, Bungie has removed the feature from a large portion of Destiny 2.

SBMM seeks to pit equally-talented players against one another in every single match. If you’re winning constantly, this will turn even the most casual playlists into absolute sweat-fests.

Destiny 2’s Crucible was subject to SBMM for many years, though Bungie has turned things around in the latest season.

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Shaxx’s is sure to be pleased by how many players will be returning to the Crucible due to these changes.

Season of the Arrivals introduced a wide array of new content, however, it also brought some major gameplay tweaks. In the June 11 ‘This Week At Bungie‘ (TWAB), the developers announced the removal of SBMM for certain multiplayer playlists.

“Matchmaking based on player skill has been removed from all playlists except Elimination, Survival, and Survival: Freelance,” the blog post outlined. This means that the more casually-oriented modes should now feel less intense. 

From Supremacy to Clash, your wins, losses, and overall performance will no longer determine who you’re matched up with. 

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Matchmaking times should be much quicker as a result of today’s adjustment.

Always a hotly contested topic in the gaming community, many popular titles such as Fortnite and Apex Legends, have been slammed for their insistence on including SBMM.

Bungie has openly explained its position on the matter and ensured that it remains intact for the tougher modes where it makes the most sense.

“Trials of Osiris will continue to be matched based on the number of wins on your Passage,” for instance. Difficult Crucible challenges will still have the same intensity across the higher-tier modes with SBMM in-place. 

However, other playlists will now offer an escape from this intensity. This was done in order to “shorten queue times for players, improve connection quality,” and generally to “play into the strengths of Crucible being a frenetic action game.”

“We want the rest of the Crucible to be less of a high-stakes environment where players can have a more relaxed experience and just enjoy the Destiny multiplayer sandbox,” Bungie added.

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Trials of Osiris will remain in its highly-competitive form based on total wins.

These changes have been implemented under the hood in a brand new hotfix. You should notice a difference the next time that you load back into Destiny 2.

There’s a chance that SBMM could always come back in some form with future updates. Though for the time being, a large majority of Crucible playlists should be far more enjoyable than ever before.

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How to beat the Technocrat Empire Hunt in Destiny 2 Beyond Light: guide

Published: 25/Nov/2020 6:24 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 6:26

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Destiny 2: Beyond Light is jam-packed with awesome content right out of the gate, but everyone gets stuck somewhere, and the Technocrat Empire Hunt has proven to be a difficult hurdle to climb. Here’s how to finish it once and for all.

The Technocrat Empire Hunt in Destiny 2: Beyond Light pits players against Praksis, the Technocrat. He is a Fallen from the House of Salvation and trusted lieutenant for Eramis, Kell of Darkness.

Praksis, The Technocrat will do anything to support Eramis and his malicious cause, which puts him on a collision course with Destiny 2: Beyond Light players. It all comes together in the Technocrat Empire Hunt, where players have a chance to eliminate him once and for all.

However, it’s easier said than done. He is extremely powerful, and before you reach him, you’ll need to take on some lesser enemies and finish a series of tasks. 

Here’s everything players will need to know, including a step-by-step guide, some tips for the fight, and what you’ll get once you manage to beat him.

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Praksis, The Technocrat is a loyal servant of Eramis, Kell of Darkness.

How To Complete The Technocrat Empire Hunt

  • First, make sure you have a power level of at least 1120.
  • Then, locate and enter Bray Exoscience.
  • In typical Destiny 2 fashion, you’ll have to work your way through waves of enemies and take on Fallen Brigs.
  • Next, you’ll need to destroy some shield generators, which will help weaken Praksis, The Technocrat ahead of the final showdown.
  • From there, you’ll have nothing left to do but come face to face with Praksis, The Technocrat and take him down.
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Praksis, The Technocrat isn’t a walk in the park. You’ll need to keep moving and avoid getting hit by one of his powerful moves.

Tips To Make The Fight Easier

Praksis, The Technocrat is no slouch. He’s even harder than Phylaks, The Warrior, which many players struggled with.

Luckily, there are some tips you can follow to make it easier.

  • Start moving around the tower the moment the fight begins, and don’t stop until he is toast.
  • Praksis, The Technocrat is a skilled Stasis wilder. He has a series of abilities that deal devastating amounts of damage, especially against players with lower skill levels.
  • He also has a shield, and when he uses it, you’ll need to keep an eye out for the red generators floating in the air and destroy them.
  • When in doubt, don’t forget to use the empowering pool at the entrance to the arena. It will give you rechargeable Stasis abilities that are extremely useful throughout the fight.

Once you’ve managed to beat him, you can return to the Europa camp.

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The Technocrat Empire Hunt is one of three Fallen Empire Hunts currently available in Destiny 2: Beyond Light.

The Coriolis Force Legendary Fusion Rifle

Players who finish The Technocrat Empire Hunt will receive an awesome weapon, the Coriolis Force Legendary Fusion Rifle. It is extremely fast and powerful and shoots a horizontal volley of Void bolts.

The Coriolis Force Fusion Rifle packs a punch in PvE, especially when equipped with perks like One for All and Thresh. It can one-shot enemies in PvP too, but only from close range due to its unique spread. Think of it more like a shotgun.

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The Coriolis Force Fusion Rifle is a lethal weapon and a welcome addition to a player’s arsenal.

And with that, you’ll have everything you’ll need to know to finish The Technocrat Empire Hunt.

It might take a bit of trial and error. But as long as you follow some of the tips mentioned in this article, you’ll eventually come out on top.