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Destiny 2: could Trials of the Nine gear return in the Prophecy dungeon?

Published: 6/Dec/2020 23:49 Updated: 7/Dec/2020 13:28

by Julian Young

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Since the release of Beyond Light, players have criticized the lack of gear in Destiny 2. In a post on r/DestinyTheGame, the community is asking Bungie to address these issues by reintroducing old gear via the Prophecy dungeon.

While Beyond Light has been praised for its introduction of Stasis and new activities on Europa, many players feel slighted by a massive reduction in the gear that’s available.

The new expansion has introduced weapon sunsetting and content vaulting into Destiny 2, (which means) much of the game’s older gear is now irrelevant due to power caps or has been removed entirely, and players are desperate for Bungie to provide replacements.

In a post on the DestinyTheGame subreddit, players proposed one possible solution to the issue: reintroducing Trials of the Nine weapons with the return of the Prophecy dungeon.

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Players praised the Prophecy dungeon as one of Destiny 2’s best PVE experiences.

Why Trials of the Nine weapons in the Prophecy dungeon makes sense

Originally introduced in the Season of Arrivals, the Prophecy dungeon was praised by many as some of Destiny 2’s best PVE content. In the lead-up to Beyond Light, Bungie announced that due to technical considerations the activity would be temporarily disabled but would return at a later date.

With Destiny 2 update 3.0.1 on December 8, the dungeon will make its triumphant return.  In a thread posted on the DestinyTheGame subreddit, user ‘u/Epic-artard69’ has proposed that Bungie bring back Trials of the Nine weapons and incorporate them into the activity when it finally returns.

The Prophecy dungeon should drop trials of the nine weapons. from DestinyTheGame

Trials of the Nine was Destiny 2’s original pinnacle PVP activity. However, due to the community’s underwhelming response to the game mode, Bungie eventually removed it. The developer later brought back Trials of Osiris from Destiny 1 to take its place.

Trials of the Nine and the Prophecy dungeon are both related to a group of characters in Destiny 2 called the Nine. The return of the dungeon provides a logical reason for Trials of the Nine weapons – which have been unavailable since the activity’s removal – to return.

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There is a logical, lore-friendly connection between Destiny 2’s old Trials of the Nine weapons and the Prophecy dungeon.

As the Reddit thread suggests, Bungie could bring back old Trials of the Nine weapons – updated with random rolls – and add them to the Prophecy’s loot pool. This would allow newer Destiny 2 players to acquire these weapons for the first time, and expand the game’s reduced selection of loot.

In a time where Destiny 2’s loot pool is severely reduced, providing players with an avenue to obtain these weapons could go a long way towards addressing the community’s concerns. Destiny 2’s Prophecy dungeon will re-launch with update 3.0.1 on December 8.

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Destiny 2 players outraged over Beyond Light’s “weak” new Raid Exotic

Published: 29/Nov/2020 23:30

by Julian Young

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Destiny 2 players love powerful gear, and with several new exotic weapons released in Beyond Light there are plenty of exciting items to acquire. However, one new weapon – exotic rocket launcher Eyes of Tomorrow – is severely underperforming, and fans aren’t happy.

In any Destiny 2 expansion, the main attraction for most players is new gear. In Beyond Light, there have been plenty of new weapons and armor pieces to chase despite a portion of the game’s older inventory being sunset.

The new expansion introduced several exotics, including the rocket launcher Eyes of Tomorrow. The weapon’s unique perks allow it to fire rockets at multiple targets, and increase the weapon’s damage if enough enemies are eliminated in a single volley.

Unlocked by the first completion of the Deep Stone Crypt raid, Guardians have gotten their hands on the weapon and tested it out themselves. After spending some time with the rocket launcher, the community discovered the weapon is not as powerful as they originally believed.

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Players are feeling underwhelmed by Destiny 2’s new exotic rocket launcher.

Eyes of Tomorrow underwhelms

In separate Reddit posts – one on r/DestinyTheGame and the other on r/RaidSecrets – players have identified at least two areas where Eyes of Tomorrow is severely underperforming.

In the first post, ‘u/out_of_phase44’ describes how after receiving the rocket launcher and feeling it was underpowered, they took it into several activities to perform some testing.

Eyes of Tomorrow’s Deceptively Low DPS from DestinyTheGame

After testing, they noticed the launcher “seems to have an arbitrary ~50% damage reduction against raid bosses.”

By comparing the launcher’s DPS against One Thousand Voices – an exotic introduced in Forsaken’s Last Wish raid – they discovered the new launcher is extremely underpowered compared to its counterpart.

Destiny 2 One Thousand Voices Exotic
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Eyes of Tomorrow seems to be severely outclassed by other exotics, like Forsaken’s One Thousand Voices.

In the second post, user ‘u/KuaiBan’ had a similar feeling about Eyes of Tomorrow after acquiring it, and decided to do some testing in Lost Sectors and Master Nightfalls. They tested the launcher against another exotic – the Xenophage machine gun – and had similar findings.

Eyes of Tomorrow bugged, dealing massively reduced damage in Nightfall Ordeals from raidsecrets

u/KuaiBan discovered the exotic is also experiencing reduced damage within the game’s Nightfalls, saying “After the tests, I have to conclude that Eyes of Tomorrow is acting weird in Master Nightfalls, dealing massively reduced damage for some reason.”

They went on to say that after some additional testing, Eyes of Tomorrow is being outperformed by several legendary rocket launchers as well.

Both users concluded that the new exotic is badly outclassed by both equal and lesser-quality gear in Raid and Nightfall activities.

Destiny 2 Xenophage Exotic
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Bungie has yet to confirm whether they will buff Eyes of Tomorrow like they have with other underperforming exotics, like the Xenophage machine gun.

Bug or intended behavior?

At the time of writing, Bungie has not officially responded to either Reddit thread. Players have yet to receive confirmation that the reduced damage output is intended or simply a bug that needs to be fixed.

Regardless of the root cause, the Destiny 2 community voiced their frustration loudly in the comments sections of both posts.

Responses like “God Bungie really knows how to ruin hype, don’t they,” and “I love this game . . . but I absolutely f**king hate this type of bulls**t they do,” were found frequently in the comments of both posts.

Destiny 2 players will need to wait for an response from Bungie on whether Eyes of Tomorrow is bugged or functioning as intended. Guardians should keep an eye on Bungie social media and the two Reddit threads for updates.