This morning is a truly bizarre morning because we went to sleep not even thinking about snow… and then it apparently happened over night. I live in a town on the northern border of Tulsa, and I say apparently because there is zero snow on the ground here. However there was enough in Tulsa proper and the southern communities for the public school system, including the town my wife teaches in to call a snow day. She is super pumped because it means she has a day to try and play catch up, and me… I have a weird commute ahead of me because I know at some point on my drive in things will go from peaceful and snow free… to a winter wasteland. I promise I did not intend to write three days in a row about Destiny, however that is ultimately what is happening. Since the launch of the dawning I have not touched any of the supposedly lucrative bounties from Commander Zavala, which are in theory the only way you can currently get the Icebreaker. Now before I took a break Squirrel, Jex and I had this tradition of running through some content on Thursday nights given that it was a big empty space in our calendars. Originally the tradition was to run as many characters through the Challenge of Elders as we could in an evening, but last night we rebooted it for the purpose of running a Nightfall.
From there we chain ran six heroic strikes in a row, because we were already considering doing it… and I have been sitting on the Champion of the Cult quest for ages. This is a quest you get when you reach level 25 with any of the given factions, and it rewards an exotic version of your class item. For Titans this ends up being a rather ornate looking towel… and I still question the good folks at Bungie for thinking that a flag football towel was a great idea for a glass item especially when Hunters get amazing and iconic looking cloaks. In order to finish the quest you have to do content while decked out in your factions gear… wearing a shader, emblem and class item for that faction. The quest ultimately requires you to do the following…
- Slay 500 Minions of the Darkness
- Complete 10 Heroic Strikes
- Slay 250 Crucible Foes
- Win 10 Crucible Matches
Now this used to be considerably easier because folks were constantly chain running heroic strikes. However with the changes to the system that essentially make them mini nightfalls… folks are just not running them as often which meant that if I was ever going to get through this step I was probably going to need a group of friends to do it with. However since I had already done the more annoying part which involved Crucible wins and kills… there was zero chance that I was going to actually abandon the quest. So for months it has been sitting in my progress tracker taunting me, until my good friends Jex and Squirrel helped me knock it out by chain running six heroics in a row.
Now earlier I mentioned that the weekly bounty from Commander Zavala was supposedly the only way to get an Icebreaker currently. Unfortunately however this week was not my week, and instead of getting an exotic I wound up with a relatively decent version of the Shadow Price legendary auto rifle. Now I had been sitting on one of these in the bank that I was using on my warlock, and it falls into the medium rate of fire/medium category. The biggest problem with this archetype is the fact that it generally has a low magazine size… for example this weapon has one of only 25 which is really too small for most Auto Rifle friendly activities. This roll however is good enough that it bears further notice since in the first slot I have Range Finder which greatly boosts the range while aiming down the sight… something I am never not going to do. In the second column I can choose between Perfect Balance or Hand-laid Stock to give it extra stability…. and after playing around last night I think I prefer Perfect Balance. Finally in the last column I have Third Eye, which is a way for me to break my dependence on my crutch… the Memory of Gheleon and equip my far better itemized artifact from Year 2 Kings Fall raid. Once you get used to having tracking all the time while aiming your primary… it is really really hard to go back to NOT having it. I still do not think this is going to come close to replacing my beloved Range Finder/Perfect Balance/Counterbalance Year 2 Haakon’s Hatchet… but it will make a decent primary to swap over to my Warlock and Hunter alts. The real take away of the evening however is that I had a blast… and I am hoping we can get back in the habit of doing the Thursday night shenanigans.