Bungie has given a preview of some balance changes coming to Destiny 2 as part of the as yet untitled season 14. While many areas of the game will be tweaked, the latest weekly blog post will post changes to weapons, see certain swords and handguns nerfed , the effectiveness of certain benefits decreased and more.
Weapons Chief Chris Proctor detailed a selection of changes, which will be explained in more detail in future updates. Among the most extensive changes is a nerf for Aggressive (120 rpm) handguns. Proctor describes them as “very dominant”
Vortex Frame swords like the Falling Guillotine will see efficiency reduced, but not by reducing damage. Bungie increases the amount of ammo a heavy attack with full energy requires from 4 to 6, so you need to be a little more selective in how you attack. All swords and the exotic weapon Bastion will also see the removal of chip damage, which is what allows you to bypass shields to deal direct damage. Proctor says that chip damage causes a number of problems, including problems with enemies in Stasis and the mechanics involved in certain encounters. (This is not all bad news for Bastion, as it will inherently displace Unstoppable Champions after the update.)
The Quickdraw benefits will also see a nerf, as it currently offers more than expected, and provides a major boost for weapon handling. Proctor points out that this “completely eliminates” what is meant to be the disadvantage of using weapons with low handling statistics, such as sniper rifles or Aggressive shotguns. After the update, the handling bonus will disappear after one second when you switch to a weapon with Quickdraw, or as soon as you aim down at the sights. You’ll also see Quickdraw replaced by Surplus on both new and existing versions of two extremely dominant PvP weapons: the shotguns Felwinter’s Lie and the Astral Horizon.
The frenzy benefits will also get nervous because of how effective it is in PvE; You now only get 15% bonus damage from it (as opposed to 20%). Reservoir Burst on fusion rifles will also be adjusted to increase magazine size, but with reduced battery bonus damage (25%, down from 33%). Proctor also teased the need to make this change due to some upcoming content.
And finally, another exotic, The Lament, will get nervous because it is a “clear outlier for sword damage.” The revised heavy attack will cause 16% less damage, but it will still have barrier effects, even if chip damage is removed.
Although these were the only details that were shared, Bungie said that some underutilized benefits and linear fusion rifles will receive buffs. These changes should be outlined later in April.
Destiny 2 season 14, whatever it ends up being called, is expected to launch in mid-May. It will bring with it some new and returning Iron Banner weapons.
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