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Destiny 2 update time, Solstice of Heroes, Weekly Reset and weapons patch

Lots of changes are being made to Destiny 2 this week, including returning weapons, Vault of Glass Master Difficulty and the Solstice of Heroes.

That’s without mentioning the weapon balance changes being made to several items, including the shotgun.

A message from Bungie explains: “Shotguns are very dominant in PvP by any measure, and don’t allow much counterplay with Primary weapons, particularly close-range Primaries like Sidearms and SMGs.

“We see frequent player feedback about their prevalence in PvP activities and how they make it difficult to use various weapon archetypes that otherwise feel good against players without Shotguns.

“We want them to excel in a narrower niche than they do currently, so this change aims to retain the reliable one-hit elimination, but at closer range, and push them to be slightly rangier than currently at getting two-hit eliminations. As with our intent for all Special weapons, if a player is caught out of position with a Shotgun, they should be at a clear disadvantage.”

We also have early patch notes that have been shared before today, which covers all the technical changes being made behind the scenes.

One of the hot ticket items is the start of the Solstice of Heroes, which is scheduled to begin after today’s maintenance and Weekly Reset.

A new post from the Bungie support team confirms that today’s new Destiny 2 update will be available to download at 6pm BST.

For gamers in the United States, the Destiny 2 update time has been set for 10am PDT on July 6.

This is also the time that the Solstice of Heroes will begin, with the event open to all Guardians, no matter what expansions you own.

Solstice of Heroes is a limited-time event that celebrates the achievements of Guardians in the fourth year of Destiny 2.

This will mean collecting Heroes Armour sets by finding Solstice Key Fragments that can be used to unlock Solstice Packages to earn armour, weapons, materials, Solstice gear, and rerolls of the new Compass Rose Shotgun.

These will be available to find in EAZ, a three-player matchmade activity that tasks players with navigating a floating island off the European Dead Zone to defeat bosses and loot caches for Solstice Packages and Solstice Key Fragments. The more bosses you defeat, the more caches you’ll earn.

This armour can also be upgraded over time by completing objectives and earning access to new Armor Accelerants from Eva.

Armor Accelerants increase the progress made towards future Solstice armour objectives for the duration of the event, allowing sets to be completed faster for subsequent characters of different classes. Currently active Armor Accelerants can be viewed in Eva’s vendor screen.

Bungie has also promised that weapons will be returning to the Destiny 2 roster on July 6.

The remaining Moon and Dreaming City weapons with new perks will be made available today’s Destiny patch is available to install.

All of these weapons will drop from their original sources on their respective destination, including the following highlights:

  • Tigerspite
  • Twilight Oath
  • Abide the Return

Early patch notes for today’s Destiny 2 update can be found below:

Expunge 

  • Styx 

  • Tartarus 

    • Fixed an issue where a Codestrider platform would fail to have collision in certain circumstances. 

    • Fixed an issue where defeating the boss before the second immunity phase would block mission completion. 

Strikes 

  • The Inverted Spire 

Momentum Control 

Gameplay 

  • Fixed an issue in which Slow duration from Withering Blade did not increase with Whisper of Durance Fragment equipped. 

  • Fixed an issue in which Stormcaller Warlocks were unable to use Ionic Blink while slowed by Stasis. 

  • Fixed an issue in which Diamond Lance could be generated by throwing a Glacier Grenade into a pile of Telesto projectiles. 

  • Fixed a few bugs in which abilities were not properly costing Sentinel Shield energy when guarding (Celestial Fire, Withering Blade, Shiver Strike, Glacial Quake, Silence & Squall). 

Author: Gary Jones
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Destiny 2 Weekly Reset: Guardian Games start time for April 20

Bungie will be ending its latest Xur and Trials of Osiris event and replacing it with the Guardian Games straight after the Destiny 2 Weekly Reset.

The good news is that there is still plenty of time to do everything you need before the latest activities end.

Each Tuesday, rituals and activities have their progression and rewards reset, and Bungie also chooses this time to release new content.

The development team also takes servers offline regularly on Tuesdays; however, this week’s maintenance will not affect Guardians.

The Destiny 2 Weekly Reset is always locked in for 6pm BST, which is when the next event kicks off on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

The Guardian Games returns after the Weekly Reset, which will be available from April 20 and May 11.

Guardian Games is an event for all Destiny 2 players to celebrate their favourite class as they compete against one another to see whose class reigns supreme.

The winning team will have bragging rights, as well as a commemorative statue on display in the Tower for the entire year.

As confirmed by Bungie, Titans dominated the last Guardian Games, earning more medals from Eva Levante by completing Contender Cards and Triumphs than all others.

This year, each week will offer a new chance to be recognized as the top class in the Games.

A message from Bungie adds: “Each weekly podium ceremony will grant Guardians with distinctive gold, silver, or bronze auras, which will last the rest of the week. The winning class will be recognized at the Guardian Games Closing Ceremonies (May 7-11), complete with resplendent fireworks and a trophy displayed in the Tower all year long.

“Winning is its own reward, but equipping a powerful Exotic is even better. Earn the Heir Apparent Exotic Machine Gun and its catalyst, an Exotic Sparrow, plus Legendary class items (one per class), two emblems, and a pair of shaders.”

Medals have the following values: Bronze: 1 Point, Silver: 2 Points, Gold: 5 Points, and Platinum: 15 Points.

Bungie is still accounting for the different class population, and this year the class that comes in third place each day gets a permanent 10% bonus on scoring going forward.

And the dev team has tested this new scoring system by using last year’s data and the development team are hoping that this year’s Guardian Games will be more competitive.

This will mean different classes winning throughout the event. Hunters will likely win early on because of their population advantage but as the bonuses kick in, the competition should tighten up quickly.

Guardians will also notice a new playlist is in place for this year’s Destiny 2 event that will group players together by class. This feeds into the Laurel collecting mechanic where players have a chance at bonus Laurels when they pick up a Laurel generated by a player of the same class.

Bungie adds in a statement: “This new playlist will have gameplay modifiers added based on the previous day’s class standing. Classes will get a beneficial modifier tied to gold, silver, and bronze placement.

“Gold: Health, shields, and recovery are increased. Kinetic weapons deal more damage.

“Silver: Melee abilities recharge faster. Elemental damage increased from Guardian sources. More Heavy ammo available.

“Bronze: Grenade abilities deal more damage and recharge much faster. Elemental damage increased from Guardian sources.”

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Sebastian Vettel sends Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen warning after Aston Martin reset

The German won four titles with Red Bull between 2010 and 2013 but struggled to get the better of Mercedes’ seven-time champion Hamilton while at Ferrari.

He finished second to the Briton in 2017 and 2018 before ending fifth in 2019 and then a career-worst 13th last year, picking up just 33 points and only one podium.

In all of his previous seasons with Ferrari he had managed to finish in the top three at least seven times in a season and Vettel is honest with himself that he was well below par in 2020.

Vettel is hoping for a fresh start at Aston Martin, who unveiled their challenger this year the AMR21 on Wednesday, the team rebranded from Racing Point.

And having penned a multi-year contract, the 33-year-old is hoping that he can get back to the front of the Formula One grid with the Silverstone-based outfit.

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That is unlikely to come in 2021 but new F1 regulations in 2022 could present the chance for Aston Martin to rise through the order and catch the likes of Mercedes and Red Bull.

As Racing Point last year, the team finished fourth in the Constructors’ Championship after losing third place to McLaren at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

But 53-time Grands Prix winner Vettel is keen to bridge the gap to pace-setters Hamilton and Verstappen in the coming years.

Vettel admitted of his toils with Ferrari: “It is not a secret that last year I wasn’t at my happiest. I know it wasn’t to my standards, that I was below myself, but I am very much at peace with it.

“I am not happy with last year in terms of performance – partly my performance – but I accepted it. I am looking forward to this year.

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“I think I have another world championship in me. It has been in me before and it was a big relief winning the first one and knowing you can do it.

“Since then, I don’t see why it is not there anymore. I am not too old and I still have a long time in me. Things are different here than Ferrari because the team is growing.

“It is not about the fancy looks and the fancy chairs in the office but the work done behind the scenes and from what I have seen the people are very capable and talented.

“It is the first time for the last few years that they are getting the oxygen to breathe [thanks to the team’s increased budget].”

Verstappen is tied down with Red Bull until 2023 and the 23-year-old, a winner of 10 races, is widely billed as a future world champion.

Hamilton meanwhile entered 2021 with Verstappen and team-mate Valtteri Bottas his biggest rivals to what would be an eighth crown, which would see him surpass Michael Schumacher for the most of all time having matched the German last year.

But the 36-year-old, who is out of contract with Mercedes at the end of this season, insists an eighth title would not automatically mean he decides to retire from the sport.

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“I’m in a fortunate position where I don’t have to commit to multiple years, so I chose to have a one-year deal,” he said.

“Then I can see how the year goes and where we are at mid-year, or towards the end of the year. Who knows if we will still be in a pandemic.

“But it doesn’t mean I’m not committed. I’m still very, very committed to the sport. I have made a real important decision in my mind that I don’t want that [the title record] to be the deciding factor.

“I got into racing because I loved racing. That has got to be at the core of what I do.

“If I don’t love racing, if all you’re going for is accolades, all you’re going for is titles I feel like I could potentially lose my way. Of course it’s the ultimate dream but I don’t think it’s going to be the deciding factor as to whether I stay or keep going.

“It’s more whether when I put the helmet on, I still have the smile when I leave the garage. Last year was a really tough year for everyone, including me. There were still some really impactful moments.

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“Will it be the case this year? We’ll see. Will I enjoy it as much? I’m excited now, so I’m sure I will.”

Verstappen has been tipped to replace Hamilton at the Silver Arrows in the future but Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff says their priority will be to sit down with the Brit and with Bottas before deciding their 2022 line-up.

“The sheer fact that we have had so much success together in the past and the relationship that we have, the trustful relationship, will mean that any conversation that we have on 2022 and the future will first be with him,” he said.

“The relation, the symbiosis we have, is always that we have mutual understanding of what we want to do in the future, and that will be also the case in the discussions with Lewis going forward.

“Max is certainly an outstanding young driver that will be on everybody’s radar in the future, but as I said before we are not flirting outside before we have a clear understanding of with our two drivers.”