Challenge of Connection
There are some nights where things don’t go quite as planned but ultimately work out okay in the end. Last night was one of those nights. The original plan was to do some Challenge of Elders with Squirrel and Sagacyte. I got home at my normal time, but I couldn’t really commit to doing much of anything until after we ran some errands. So the plan was once my wife got home, we would go run errands, and then grab dinner on the way home. After munching some food it would be challenge time. Unfortunately my wife got home significantly later than I had expected, and then our errands themselves took significantly longer than expected… and when we went to grab food there was a longer line than expected. The end result meant I didn’t actually get upstairs on the PS4 until a little after 8 pm. By that time Squirrel was having all manner of connection problems. While sitting in voice chat together we were getting only every third word he was saying, making it damned near impossible to understand what he was trying to say. We gave it the good college try and made an attempt at doing the Challenge of Elders without him on voice chat.
However a few minutes into the match he disconnected which lead Saga and I to end up having to try and solo Sylok the first boss. We attempted to duo the Cabal boss but had absolutely zero luck there, and ultimately went to orbit. It was around this time that in the clan channel that Broken and Havel were asking for a third for their own CoE shenanigans. I felt like a dick leaving Saga, but he assured me that I should grab the open spot. Last week the bonus was primary ammo headshots, which was super easy and lead to allowing folks well below the suggested 320 light to be able to complete it without much issue. This week however the bonus was grenade kills, making it significantly harder. I went in as Sunbreaker because the Simmering Flames perk meant that so long as I had a super ready my grenade recharge was greatly increased. To that I ended up swapping all of my gear so that I was sitting around 360 discipline. On top of that I wound up getting a 324 Armamentarium moments before the first attempt at the Challenge, meaning that I also had double grenade charges going in. Both Broken and Havel did similar steps to allow them to get super grenade action, and as a result we managed to get 108k score over the course of two matches. So while it sucked that I didn’t get to run with Squirrel and Saga… it is pretty awesome that I managed to finish on my titan regardless. During the course of the weekend my new goal is to make sure that both Squirrel and Saga get through as well.
Spoils of War
The result for me is that I walked away with an interesting Hand Cannon that I am not quite sure if I will actually use. I spent the rest of the night doing bounties with it to see if it was something I actually enjoyed using. For ages I swore by the Hand Cannon, but then I got used to Auto and Pulse Rifles… and quite simply never use them. The state they were in after the serious round of nerfs held me back from really enjoying the experience. During year one I used the hell out of the Last Word, and then for the first part of year two I largely rocked the Hawkmoon… enjoying both weapons greatly. As far as Her Revenge goes… I like how it feels and it has an interesting sequence of perks so for now I plan on leveling it up and seeing how I enjoy it in its final form. As for my armor piece, I ended up getting a 328 chest piece… which was below my current 329 so instead of keeping it I wound up shipping it off to my hunter. As I talked about yesterday, there has always been a pecking order when it comes to gear… which generally falls in line with Titan > Hunter > Warlock. My hunter is closer to being viable for things like Challenge of Elders so my goal is to buff him up enough to be useful when it comes to the current “end game” content.
That said I did also manage to throw a few handmedowns onto the Warlock, bringing the light level up by a few points. If I can keep stair stepping them up with no more than a 10 light level difference between them I think life will be pretty grand. I think the mission for tonight is to try and run some content on either the warlock or hunter with the hopes of bringing their light level up a bit. The biggest thing I need right now are legendary artifacts for both. The best route to that is of course the Court of Oryx, but neither of them has an antiquated rune to make that possible. I do have a few skyburner keys and wormsinger runes… so in theory I could burn through those hoping for some drops. The other awesome thing from last night is that I managed to get another Sublime Engram which takes my set piece count up to three… with 2 chests, 1 helm, and now 1 Titan Mark of the new Jovian Guard set. I really love the look of that thing, and while I am not sure it would win out over my Iron Banner set… it is still something that I would proudly rock. Speaking of Iron Banner, Bungie has apparently announced the next bits of gear that will be available and I am super pumped. I should finally be able to get legs to complete the Iron Banner look, and it also seems like I will be able to get a Titan Mark in the process. Other than that this round is offering the Auto Rifle and Rocket Launcher, both things that I am super interested in. Right now the goal is to push both the Titan and Hunter through, so I will be trying to do daily bounties on both of them.