Destiny 2 Masterwork Core, Exotic, Iron Banner drops to change

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Bungie says it's listening.

Destiny 2 Masterwork Core, Exotic and Iron Banner drops will soon change, developer Bungie has confirmed.

“We asked the investment team to talk about some of our goals with Masterwork Cores and Exotic drop rates, the problems we’ve identified, and our plans for addressing them,” Bungie began in its weekly update.

Masterwork Core changes

“Masterwork Cores have a misleading name,” the Investment Team has declared. “When they were created, the definition of a pinnacle item put the emphasis almost entirely on Masterworking. We expanded that definition in Forsaken, but didn’t update the currency.”

Moreover, Bungie advised that “there are not enough reliable sources to earn Masterwork Cores, which can make deciding what to spend them on too difficult.” To correct this, Bungie plans to “to create more reliable and plentiful Core sources” and will additionally “rename Masterwork Cores so their purpose is more obvious.”

Exotic changes

On the topic of Exotic drops, Bungie has reiterated that Forsaken changes were meant “to be meaningful long-term chases,” and that “finding an Exotic should be rare but impactful.”

The Investment Team has conceded that they’re not meeting the goal of being ‘impactful’ due to a large number of the rare drops being duplicates of weapons or armour that players already have. Therefore, the team plans “to increase the chance for Exotics to drop something you don’t already have.”

Iron Banner changes

Future Iron Banners will offer bounties that will all drop Powerful Gear rather than just Legendary Gear, Bungie first advised.

Second, Iron Banner will continue to emphasise Power, but will make it easier for lower Power Guardians to take part.

“One of the goals we have for Iron Banner is that it’s an opportunity for lower-Power players to catch up or reengage in their pursuit of Power. Based on your feedback and our analytics, we’re not meeting that goal.” Bungie said.

Changes to Power, as a result, work as follows:

  • If I’m at the same level as my opponent, my outgoing damage is multiplied by 1.0, so there is no change from normal Crucible.
  • If I’m 100 Power below my opponent, my outgoing damage is multiplied by 0.8, or a 20% reduction.
  • If I’m 200 Power below my opponent, my outgoing damage is multiplied by 0.5, or a 50% reduction, and I am really sad about what’s happening to me in this match.
  • THIS CURVE ALSO WORKS THE OTHER WAY.

What do you make of the changes?

Destiny 2 Forsaken is available on Windows PC, Xbox One and PS4.