20170509 Trials of Osiris on Twilight Gap in Hindsight

Destiny‘s Trials of Osiris took place on Twilight Gap from May 5th to May 8th, 2017.

This is the fifth time that the Trials of Osiris has taken place on Twilight Gap.

I was a little perplexed by my weekly performance at the close of day one (1.50), especially when reviewing it against my overall record (6113/3154=1.9382). By the end of day one, I’d succeeded in adding 289 kills and 193 deaths to my record (289/193=1.4974).

It didn’t occur to me until I expressed my disappointment over these numbers in stream… One of my viewers pointed out that the meta had changed since the last time (January 20th to January 23rd, 2017) that Twilight Gap was played.

As a former Last Word + sniper main, the natural choice would have been for me to switch to Palindrome + Ice Breaker.

On Sunday, I ran a marathon session with NDS TaLoN. I put in some deliberate practice with my Striker Titan’s movement on Saturday night, knowing that its lightning grenades would do work on this map. I should have spent more time practicing my nade throws on Twilight Gap, as they ended up being the death of me on more occasions than I would have liked. I didn’t know how long I was expected to be on, but I do know that opportunities like this don’t present themselves every day. We ran lighthouse virgin carries from his stream for almost eight hours. By the end of it, I was worn out. I lay down and fell asleep for a few hours.

I’ve run carries with NDS TaLoN once before, on Asylum. Like last time, he stayed mostly quiet across party chat. As one of the Destiny community’s most-viewed Twitch streamers, he spends a significant portion of his time on-stream interacting with chat, and team comms suffer as a consequence. Some of the best moments were found when the whole team moved to play up close and personal with the opposing team: the full court press, if you will.

In spite of the fact that I was running carries with another strong player, my record remained virtually unchanged from the close of day one. New weekly totals: 581 kills to 391 deaths for a 1.486 K/D.

I wrapped up Trials of Osiris on Twilight gap with a Win/Loss record of 88/31, giving me a 73.95% win percentage, and 712 kills to 459 deaths for a 1.55 K/D.

I had the opportunity to play with the following individuals:

  • Phantaci
  • Flame oT
  • uck bungie
  • THE W0RMW00D
  • NDS TaLoN
  • a box 0f juice
  • The Devil Prada
  • TombstoneTV
  • shenjen

My thanks go out to you all for being a part of my weekend 🙂

20170502 Trials of Osiris on The Anomaly in Hindsight

Destiny‘s Trials of Osiris took place on Earth from April 28th to May 1st, 2017.

This is the fourth time that the Trials of Osiris has taken place on The Anomaly. I grew quite fond of this map when it was featured during “spooky Trials of Osiris.”

I was pleased to run all three of my characters to the Lighthouse. Additionally, Toxiic xBear and I made a successful lighthouse virgin run for LemonFawn303313.

I had the opportunity to play with the following individuals:

  • Phantaci
  • XGamingSociety
  • the FracTal
  • Skifurd
  • YUN6 Y4WH33
  • Toxiic xBear
  • LemonFawn303313
  • qaveman
  • dylrodidyadirty
  • a box 0f juice
  • Paylog
  • l Crxzy l
  • Foogba
  • RatatouilIe
  • MaDeKiLLeR56
  • lilleal408


Thank you all for being a part of my weekend! Though some runs were cleaner than others, it was a pleasure, and I look forward to the next time.

My thanks go out additionally to RavynHD, who blessed me with a host one evening. RavynHD can be found streaming on Beam at https://beam.pro/RavynHD 🙂

Account Recoveries Should Be Put to Rest

Somebody once asked if I would perform an account recovery, and I politely declined, responding that I ought to draft an opinion on the matter…

Background

The first time that I heard of an account “recov,” I had no idea what it meant. I guessed that people were gaining unauthorized access to Xbox Live accounts, and using those accounts to play PvP to get around skill-based matchmaking.

In practice, account recovery is a term used to describe the practice of allowing another (usually stronger) player to assume control of your account for an activity.

My Opinion

Bungie, if not Microsoft and Sony, should put a stop to this practice, not just for the sake of Destiny, but for all games. It is well within their ability to track account logins and to swing the banhammer.

Account Recoveries Ruin the PvP Spirit

The path to git gud is long and littered with many a fallen scrub. If you take the game seriously, you are well aware that there is a high skill ceiling.

As a Trials of Osiris player, there are few things more annoying than running into a stacked team running account recoveries. It’s glaringly obvious when pulling a fireteam’s stats.

Closing Remarks

You can find countless individuals offering free and paid account recoveries in an attempt to boost their profile, but you will never catch me playing on anyone else’s account: life is short, and I would be fortunate if I can build my own handle to achieve some name recognition.

20170425 Trials of Osiris on Earth in Hindsight

Destiny‘s Trials of Osiris took place on Earth from April 21st to 24th, 2017.

This is the fifth time that the Trials of Osiris has featured rotating maps. I enjoyed playing the map rotations – nothing like a little variety!

I had the opportunity to play with the following individuals:

  • a box 0f juice
  • AssBats
  • Cupid Returns
  • DankLandBeyond
  • Phantaci
  • Skifurd
  • Templar Kismet
  • the FracTal
  • The L3gend 1

Good times all around – thank you for joining in, and thank you to all of the folks who made this happen.

The making of:

RNG Rolls Can Suck It

Somebody once asked why I use set roll weapons when I play Destiny

Destiny is heavy on random number generation (RNG). In a game full of RNG, I want to avoid relying on it to the greatest extent possible.

First and foremost, I detest farming: I find it boring.

Secondly, Bungie has the habit of committing sweeping changes to the game-world in its weapon balance updates. Consider:
Armor Piercing Rounds
Shoot to Loot
Shot Package shotguns
Rangefinder shotguns
Braced Frame Clever Dragon
… and many more!

Finally, I want viewers of my stream to know that they can achieve my level of performance.

There may come a time where I will be forced to lean on the various god-roll weapons that I keep stashed away in my vault to remain competitive. However, I will not deviate from my policy as long as possible.

Just because I limit myself to vendor rolls and set drops doesn’t mean that you have to. At the end of the day, you play the game how you want to – don’t let me force your hand.

Good luck out there, guardians.

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