Lot 2 (opens in new tab) players love to complain, and in recent years many of them have grumbled about the armor sets released for the game’s twice-seasonal PvP event, Iron Banner. The common complaint among sci-fi fashionistas is that Destiny 1’s sets just looked better. In Destiny 1, the Iron Banner armor was heavily inspired by medieval knights – a fitting style for the Iron Lords of the post-collapse Dark Ages.
Destiny 2’s Iron Banner sets, meanwhile, take their inspiration from further afield, like the samurai-themed Iron Rememberance set, and lean into some of the sequel’s more specific armor design philosophies that have – frankly – never been more celebrated by the community.
For those stuck in the past, there’s good news for next season. The Iron Banner set from Destiny 1’s Taken King era will be available in Destiny 2.
The new (read: returning) armor set will be one of the Iron Banner rewards in Season 19, replacing the Forerunner pieces that were available last year. Honestly, it’s great news especially for hunters: that wolf’s head looks sharp.
Associated with the new rewards is a new mode, with Iron Banner continuing its line of offering bespoke, special variants of core PvP play. In Season 19, Iron Banner will feature Fortress, a variant of the Zone Control mode. “The real fun starts when Caiatl gets involved,” Bungie writes, cryptically referring to the Cabal Emperor. “Let’s just say some of you might be terrified cut down a hill.”
PvP was the focus yesterday This week on Bungie blog. A new ranked ladder replaces the old Glory system on the competitive side, and Clash and Control are fused into a single playlist for casual play. Some tweaks are also being made to matchmaking as Bungie continues to iterate on the skill-based matchmaking system launched this season. Of course, the community’s reaction remains mixed. Destiny 2 players love to complain.