Last night did not quite work out entirely as intended. My hope was to get home and do a flurry of activities quickly in order to get my hunter Nightfall ready. This did not happen because I came home to a whole slew of other things that needed to be taken care of immediately. Then when my wife got home she realized that she had not stopped by the store to get Halloween candy for her classes, and I threw proper clothing back on and ventured out into the cold once more so she could get on with her lesson planning and grading. All of this mean’t that I did not even get a proper start to the evening until around 7:30 last night… which also meant there was no way there were enough hours to accomplish all of the things that I wanted to be doing. I bowed out of Nightfall shenanigans and instead focused on knocking out the milestones needed to unlock a second set of luminous engrams. The most tedious of these was the crucible, because not only did I need to do enough to get the Call of Arms… but I had yet to do the pvp required to even unlock it. Note to self… in the future do this as part of the leveling experience so you don’t have to burn through it when you finish 20 and complete the story. I cannot fully express how much I loathe “competitive mode” crucible playlist and I am continuing my track record of playing it exactly two times on each character to unlock the milestone.
From there it was grinding the Crucible and I still am not in a position where I function well in this mode on PC. The dynamics all feel vastly different and I wound up hooking up a controller to see if the aim assist would help. Turns out it did… and apparently I just cannot track erratic PVP targets with the mouse as I could with the controller. Either that or I simply need to rely on the crutch that is aim assistance. Regardless I am super happy with the way Destiny 2 PC feels with a controller and how easy it is to swap back and forth between the two modes. Effectively to start using the controller you just pick it up and hit a button on it, and then to switch back you just click a button on your mouse. So often on the PC you need to choose one or the other and it has to be toggled back and forth via some nested menu structure. Here you can so easily swap back and forth that it feels completely reasonable for me to simply choose to use controller with the crucible and mouse and keyboard for everything else. I am also assuming that most of the vehicle sequences are going to work much better with a controller, so I might simply start picking them up and doing that as well.
All of the last minute grind completely paid off because the extra set of luminous engrams allowed me to move my Titan’s power level ahead just a little bit. More importantly than that… I no longer need to grind Nessus because Hawthorne awarded me a 282 Uriel’s Gift… one of those weapons I had been desperately trying to get back. This means I once again have my crucible setup of choice in the form of Antiope-D, Uriel’s Gift and Hawthorne’s Field-Forged Shot Gun. There are still a bunch of weapons I am missing that I want to try and get, but unfortunately the two I am missing the most are both on the Crucible loot table. Here is hoping the next round of luminous engrams sees me getting a Better Devils and a Play of the Game, so that I don’t have to grind out faction tokens to get them that way. The nightfall this time is Arm’s Dealer again but with Prism… meaning that there will be a rotating buff and matching the damage type increases damage output… and not matching it lowers it. Additionally we have Killing Time as a modifier meaning every mob killed slowly adds time back to the timer. It should be interesting and way more challenging than last weeks grenade fest. In theory I will be trying to get the Nightfall on two characters from this point out, so hopefully folks really get into it. So far they seem to be enjoying it quite a bit because while I was doing my grindy bits there were Nightfall groups attempting to get it for various folks. This week also sets up a new goal… getting the Warlock leveled and through all of this content so she can start adding to the luminous bonanza as well.