Today marks the return of Iron Banner in Destiny 2, just two short weeks after the last round of it for…some reason. I grinded the living hell out of it last time, and got all three armor sets plus a Randy’s for my trouble, so I may take it easy this time. But it is still worth doing for high stat roll armor (I maintain IB armor has the most potential for high stat rolls in the game), for enhanced mods (again, IB is the best farm for those) and for pinnacle drops.
Bungie is implementing the new pinnacle system into the game this week. The change is that pinnacle drops will now be +2 to your current power level rather than +1, changing the power climb from 950 to 960 from nearly being physically impossible to something that’s a lot more achievable. And with Iron Banner giving out four pinnacle drops per character, that’s a lot of power gains.
But wait! For some reason, Bungie is not able to implement this change until Thursday of this week. What that means for Iron Banner is that while you can accept the pinnacle bounties that go live today, you should not turn them in until daily reset (12 PM ET) on Thursday after this change is confirmed to have gone live. Otherwise, you are just going to be getting the old +1 drops instead of the new +2 drops. This is also true for any pinnacle drop in the game, so that means Raids, Master Nightfalls, Master Nightmare Hunts, Wave 9 Haunted Forest, the Dungeon and…I think that’s it? Does Altars of Sorrow have one? I forget. Anyway, don’t do anything hard until Thursday, more or less.
This recent move by Bungie to speed up the pinnacle grind seems to confirm my suspicions that the climb to 960 was supposed to be a seasonal pursuit rather than something that spans the entire year, which some have suggested was the original plan, hence why it was taking so long.
And yet Bungie’s exact plans for the future of power level remain unclear, even with this news. If we get say, a standard 50 power bump next season, it feels like this entire climb to 960 would be rendered pointless in the first few days of the next season, if the climb works the way it did from 900 to 950 in Season of the Undying (which took me about 10 days total). And yet if the other side is right and 960 is supposed to be the yearly power max with just artifact power gains on top of it, then you now are going to have a bunch of people hitting 960 with the new +2 system easily, and then sitting around with nothing to gain the next few seasons. I don’t think that’s happening, but either path forward has some issues, and I would like Bungie to chime in about what’s going on.
The +2 change does make me more likely to do some more pinnacle activities, I suppose, given that it’s now not straight up impossible to get to 960. I don’t raid every week so that leaves things like IB and dungeon runs and maybe Master Nightmare hunts. I don’t expect to hit 960 this season, but again, I don’t think it really matters all that much in the grand scheme of this year, so I’m not sweating it.
Anyway, don’t do pinnacle stuff, don’t turn in IB bounties until reset on Thursday. You have been warned.