One of the core problems with Destiny 2 is that progression is all about luck. What I mean by that is especially as you wind down towards the end of the power curve, everything lives or dies upon what you happen to pull from your powerful engrams each week. Once upon a time SquirrelPope told me that he started getting random world 300 blues when he hit 299.5 on his base light level. I’m at 299.8 at this point and have yet to see one and nor have I actually seen any of the supposed vendor engrams that go as high as 300. At this point on my Titan I need a chest and a class item to hit 305, which admittedly is way sooner than it happened during the console release. That said everything is luck of the draw for me and this week my luck was just about as bad as I could possibly get. In total I got six sniper rifles among the nine powerful gear packages that I have opened on my characters. Sniper rifle being the only weapon that I consider utterly useless because I have yet to find one that is even close to being worthy of that power slot. Grenade Launcher is traditionally a stinker as far as slots go, but even there I have Berenger’s Memory and Play of the Game that I like using. If I absolutely had to use a sniper… so far the only one that seems even viable is Gentleman Vagabond from crucible packages but even then… there are so many other good weapons that I could be using in that slot.
#Destiny2 PSA: You are likely using Scorch Canons wrong. After firing hold trigger down. After 4 seconds scorch round will double in size. Release for massive explosion. Conserves ammo, does more damage than spamming.
— Bel 🆚 Slug Emperor (@belghast) November 15, 2017
I tweeted this comment out last night and I thought I would post it on my blog as well this morning. I promise I meant this to be helpful and not ragey, but it does frustrate me when I see players effectively wasting the scorch cannon rounds spamming the crap out of them. I admit that I did not know this was even possible until I got to run the Wrath of the Machine raid in Destiny year three, so I went that long effectively using them wrong myself. The scorch cannon at face value looks like a rocket launcher with a lot of ammo, but it is way more than that even though the bosses that use it never actually use them to their full power either. With Titan being the weekly flashpoint planet, you are going to encounter a lot of scorch cannons considering 2 of the 3 available events on that planet involve Fallen Walkers. The weapon has a somewhat hidden alternate fire that involves holding down the trigger after you have fired the round and letting the munition grow in size before releasing and letting it explode. You are going to have an auditory and visual queue to this and while you can continue to let this go and keep gaining strength as Squirrel pointed out last night, my personal experience is that the 4 second rule seems to be the most efficient for killing those walker tanks. What I do is fire a round and then duck behind cover while holding the trigger allowing the munition to grow in size and about 4 seconds into holding it visually doubles in size. At this point I let it go and let the damage get dealt while lining up a shot for another round. Basically doing this will burn your target faster and easier I might add than spamming rounds and also give you more than enough ammo to take out both tanks with a single Scorch Cannon. The AOE explosion is also fun for dealing with waves of yellow bar captains and such, but unfortunately this is a tidbit of ancestral knowledge that has not yet circulated through most of the population given that I see most players wasting these weapons. As a result I just wanted to toss this thought out there and hopefully it sticks.
As far as last night goes however… after my crushing disappointment of being in sniper rifle hell… I decided to chill out on the sofa with my new favorite orc. At this point I am just shy of level 64 and am still in the Hellfire area cleaning up the quests. In theory I should be able to completely skip Zangarmarsh and go to Terrokar, doing the every other zone leapfrog across Outland much like I have done with Legion content. There is something extremely relaxing about Warrioring it up and all the while chatting occasionally with the Facepull crew horde side. Mostly World of Warcraft is serving as this super relaxing comfort gaming time for me, and with work being as stressful as it has been lately I guess I am finding I need it. Right now it is looking like I won’t really get to take much time off for the holidays other than the default days they give us off. I have too many deadlines crashing in together at the same time, and this is also throwing a massive monkey wrench in my traditional Pax South plans. Right now unless something massively changes I will not be attending this year which is a bit of a bummer considering I’ve gone every year since its inception so far. It also means I will miss out on meeting up with friends and hanging out… and the biggest bummer of all is that I just found out my friend Cuppy is on a panel this year. I would have loved to have seen that, but then again I am absolutely horrible at actually attending panels at Pax. I tend to miss them while wandering around doing other things. Even if not for Pax I am hoping to make it back to Austin as some point in the future.