Destiny 2 Guardian Games Coming Next Week; Season 17 Weapon Pool & Ornaments Revealed

Destiny 2 Update 2.50 Runs Out for Hotfix This May 3

Bungie’s new update post brings about a yearly tradition, with the studio confirming the return of Destiny 2 Guardian Games next week! In addition, the weapons and ornaments coming to the loot pool for Season 17 has been unveiled, and you can check out a rundown of the latest update post below.

Here’s a brief rundown on the Guardian Games for Destiny 2, but with a new twist as it returns this year:

Guardian Games and Beyond 

Eyes up, Guardian, it’s that time of year again. Next week, Guardian Games 2022 will kick off on May 3 and is free for all players of Destiny 2. This event is a tradition and it’s the perfect excuse to get into that friendly competitive spirit.
While the spirit of the annual class battle remains the same, Guardian Games 2022 does have a few changes that players can look forward to. First things first, what determines the winner? Much like previous Guardian Games, participants will be tasked with depositing those hard-earned medallions at the Podium in the Tower. You know the drill: medallions can be earned by completing certain activities and mini quests called Contender Cards and Platinum Cards. These activities are designed to be flexible, so if you’ve got the time, we’ve got those shiny medallions.
Higher-tier medallions, which grant more points, can be earned in activities like raids, dungeons, competitive PvP (Trials of Osiris and Survival), the Seasonal activity (PsiOps Battlegrounds) on a higher difficulty, and more. Lower-tier medallions, which are important too, drop in content like Gambit, Vanguard Strikes, Quickplay Crucible, and other Throne World activities at the standard difficulty level. Gold medals can be earned by completing Contender Cards in easier activities, whereas Platinum medals drop when Platinum Cards are completed on tougher content. Basically: Play what you want, snatch those Pinnacles, and scoop up some shiny medallions to bank at the Tower.
But wait, there’s more.
Something new coming to Guardian Games this year is Strike Scoring, which factors in play time only for Guardian Games playlists. Additionally, we’ve got Strike Medals, which are designed to reward players for pulling off some pretty impressive feats, like taking out a ton of enemies with a fancy little combat jig like Shatter. This should also help with players that feel like they are being matched with others that just zip right through strikes. Why rush through when you can score some additional points by going ham and showing the bad guys what’s up?
There are two Guardian Games playlists: Training and Competitive. And when you play matters. Let’s break it down:
  • On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, the place to be is the Training playlist. Here you can earn practice scores (the combined score of your entire fireteam).
  • On Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, it’s time to get sweaty in the Competitive playlist. This is where you’ll earn exciting rewards.
  • Players can earn buffs in the Recreational, Training, and Competitive playlists by ranking bronze, silver, gold, or platinum. These last until the next weekly reset.
  • You can use these buffs in the regular Vanguard Ops playlist.

As for the rewards that you’ll receive for participating in the Guardian Games, here’s what Jason Briggs, Test Lead at Bungie, describes it:

“A Hakke Void SMG for the Energy slot that is an aggressive frame with a unique origin perk, Classy Contender, which grants class ability energy with final blows from this weapon. It has a wide range of perks that it can roll with, and players will have many opportunities to earn fully Masterworked drops with double perks in both the third and fourth columns.”

Of course, as is tradition, players will once again be able to try out for the Heir Apparent Exotic and its catalyst, with both only available during the period of the Guardian Games.

Another focus for the TWAB is the new weapons and ornaments coming to the rotation pool for Season 17:

A Little More In-Game Weapon Love

With a new Season comes new rewards. The next Season is going to be a doozy, but we want you to experience the story and its surprises on your own, no spoilers here! That being said, we did want to share some of the rewards that are coming down the pipeline.
With Season 17, the ritual weapons available when ranking up will be the Heavy Machine Gun, Chain of Command. Like previous Seasons, this reputationally-driven reward will come with a unique ornament that depends on the vendor:
  • Crucible
    • Mandated Artillery Ornament
  • Gambit
    • Insubordination Ornament
  • Vanguard
    • Standard Regulation Ornament
For those itching for new Playlist weapons:
  • Crucible
    • Riptide Fusion Rifle
  • Gambit
    • Dead Weight Shotgun
  • Vanguard
    • Strident Whistle Bow
For Nightfall drops (includes both standard and adept versions)
  • Horror’s Least Pulse Rifle
  • D.F.A. Hand Cannon
And finally, Trials of Osiris:
  • Forgiveness Sidearm
  • Burden of Guilt Fusion Rifle
    • The Messenger Pulse Rifle and Shayura’s Wrath will be leaving the Season 17 pool.
Season 16’s weapons will be shifting over into the standard loot pools with the Crisis Inverted Hand Cannon in Crucible, the Herod-C Auto Rifle in Gambit, and the Vanguard Shotgun Fortissimo-11.

Destiny 2 Guardian Games 2022 is coming this May 3, and will run until May 24. Stay tuned here at MP1st for the complete patch notes once the new update rolls around next Tuesday!

Source: Bungie

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