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Wed, 11/09/2016 - 08:35
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Remember how EVERY Iron Banner event since it first started gave you a package at Rank 3 and Rank 5? Well, Bungie has mysteriously taken that away without mention of the change. Now, it might be a bug, but who knows?

People are reporting that they are not receiving Rank 3 and Rank 5 packages this time. The Rank 3 was usually "meh", but the Rank 5 usually gave a nice piece of loot. I didn't get to play any IB last night, but most people are reporting very generous post match drops.

Perhaps the improved drop rate at match completion and the easier Bounties will make this less of an issue. I guess this is more of a "FYI" post so people will know the packages are not dropping.

I would hope that if this was not intended, Bungie would issue a hotfix. 

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 08:41
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At 392, I managed to get a 394 chest, 395 boots, 397 bond and 396 scout (latter two from bounties).  I need 1 more match to finish the other two bounties and am just shy of rank 3 with IB.  Loot drops for me were low, but all of my non-interchangeable gear was 390 on the warlock.  She made it to 393 last night.

Shaxx bounty gave me a 394 scout as well, I was a bit disappointed in that one, but was happy to see it did drop over 390.

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 09:20
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It's not a bug, it's a feature, and it was known last month:

http://www.inquisitr.com/3562752/destiny-iron-banner-evolved-what-you-ne...

I for one have been quite happy with the drops from the last Iron Banner, hardly noticed the lack of rank packages. 

Played three games last night, first game dropped a helmet, second dropped a MG with a very good stats roll. Already at rank 2.5 with one bounty completed. It's smart loot, so just make sure to have your LL as high as possible before the end of each match.

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 10:37 (Reply to #34)
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BLAMnation wrote:

It's not a bug, it's a feature, and it was known last month:

http://www.inquisitr.com/3562752/destiny-iron-banner-evolved-what-you-ne...

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OK, now I remember reading that, but it just didn't register with me. I think many thought the Rank 3 and 5 packages were replaced by the "quests" Lady Efrideet had during the last IB where you had to return to her at Ranks 1, 3 and 5. Those quests apparently have not returned, so no more rewards for reaching those ranks.

I actually think this is a good change, because gaining rank can sometimes be frustrating if you go on a losing streak (especially if you play solo). The increased drop rates of items hopefully means people will get the drops they want post-match. 

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 10:49 (Reply to #35)
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It is a good change.  The only thing really forcing you to continue to play one character to rank 5 is the ability to purchase the rank 5 gun from Efrideet.  Which does happen to be a pretty good roll.

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 15:39 (Reply to #36)
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DarthTabasco wrote:

 

BLAMnation wrote:

 

It's not a bug, it's a feature, and it was known last month:

http://www.inquisitr.com/3562752/destiny-iron-banner-evolved-what-you-ne...

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OK, now I remember reading that, but it just didn't register with me. I think many thought the Rank 3 and 5 packages were replaced by the "quests" Lady Efrideet had during the last IB where you had to return to her at Ranks 1, 3 and 5. Those quests apparently have not returned, so no more rewards for reaching those ranks.

I actually think this is a good change, because gaining rank can sometimes be frustrating if you go on a losing streak (especially if you play solo). The increased drop rates of items hopefully means people will get the drops they want post-match. 

Yeah, I think that is the source of the confusion people are having over this. My guess is that the Efrideet quest was there to "tell her story" (i.e. show you a few cutscenes/play some dialogue audio).

I think you still get a drop when you hit rank 3 or 5, you just don't have to go to the Temple to pick it up.

Sat, 11/12/2016 - 10:25 (Reply to #37)
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BLAMnation wrote:

DarthTabasco wrote:

 

BLAMnation wrote:

 

It's not a bug, it's a feature, and it was known last month:

http://www.inquisitr.com/3562752/destiny-iron-banner-evolved-what-you-ne...

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OK, now I remember reading that, but it just didn't register with me. I think many thought the Rank 3 and 5 packages were replaced by the "quests" Lady Efrideet had during the last IB where you had to return to her at Ranks 1, 3 and 5. Those quests apparently have not returned, so no more rewards for reaching those ranks.

I actually think this is a good change, because gaining rank can sometimes be frustrating if you go on a losing streak (especially if you play solo). The increased drop rates of items hopefully means people will get the drops they want post-match. 

Yeah, I think that is the source of the confusion people are having over this. My guess is that the Efrideet quest was there to "tell her story" (i.e. show you a few cutscenes/play some dialogue audio).

I think you still get a drop when you hit rank 3 or 5, you just don't have to go to the Temple to pick it up.

So final correction: you get your drops when turning in bounties. Looks like 2 weapons and 2 gear pieces from the four weeklies.
Wed, 11/09/2016 - 10:24
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Did the old IB bounties drop light-scaled loot? If they did, I must have had terrible luck with them, because I feel pretty happy with random light-scaled drops plus bounty goodies.

A couple of pulse rifles dropped for me yesterday. One was pretty meh, but the other one was perfect balance / high caliber / rangefinder, which I think I'd like to level up and try out. I find high caliber rounds so annoying when used on me, I just have to share the love.

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 10:25 (Reply to #39)
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hemihuman wrote:

Did the old IB bounties drop light-scaled loot? If they did, I must have had terrible luck with them, because I feel pretty happy with random light-scaled drops plus bounty goodies.

A couple of pulse rifles dropped for me yesterday. One was pretty meh, but the other one was perfect balance / high caliber / rangefinder, which I think I'd like to level up and try out. I find high caliber rounds so annoying when used on my, I just have to share the love.

The old IB bounties didn't drop loot, they gave IB rep and marks - for loot you had to get to the Rank 3 or 5 packages as Darth mentioned a few posts back, or you had a chance for drops post game.

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 10:04
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The bounties dropped up to +5 LL from my level for me last night.  More testing will be had tonight.

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 10:10
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Will be playing some tonight. Looking forward to the loot!

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 08:10
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 Out of 20 games, I've had 1 chest, 1 boots, 1 machinegun (finally!) and 2 ghosts from end match rewards so far.    Roughly 1 drop every 4 matches at a +2 or 3 LL item.

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 08:35
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In the eight games I played last night I got 2 Machine Guns, 1 Pulse, one Artifact and one Exotic engram (heavy), so that's pretty good. I'm sure the drop rate will change as my sample size increases, but a good haul over just a few games.

 

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 13:12
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I got a 395 machine gun to drop, 1 exotic engram, and from a bounty I got a 395 cloak. I was 390 before those 2 drops. This was from about 5 matches.

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 17:22
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Bungie commentary on the changes to Iron Banner are featured in TWAB: 

https://www.bungie.net/en/News/Article/45436/7_This-Week-at-Bungie--1110...

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 07:15
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I'm still struggling with loot drops.  I think I got 1 ghost out of 2 hrs of play last night, rest of the time it was motes/strange coins with the occasional blue thrown in..  I also got 2 exotics out of 25 3oCs. RNG really dislikes me right now.

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 09:19 (Reply to #47)
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KalSC wrote:

I'm still struggling with loot drops.  I think I got 1 ghost out of 2 hrs of play last night, rest of the time it was motes/strange coins with the occasional blue thrown in..  I also got 2 exotics out of 25 3oCs. RNG really dislikes me right now.

Sorry Kal, I think I stole your drops.  IB has been VERY generous to me:

Started IB w/392 Warlock, 388 Titan, 386 Hunter.  Played through all the bounties on each (maybe 20 matches, one toon per day).  Now have 399 Warlock, 395 Titan, 392 Hunter, and that is with my Warlock hoarding much of the rewards (I even infused a 399 primary with a 400 primary).  Current 400 tally: 25 items.  I'm stuck with my 399 ghost though, so it's not all peaches for me.

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 10:20
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Sorry, Kal, like Hammerdrake said, the drops have been very generous. I've personally had 3 instances of double 400 drops in the last couple of days. I'm actually worried they might turn down the drop rates in some future IB.

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 10:40
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I'm sure I'll get some eventually.  I was thinking 1 in 4, ok, not great, but not bad, but now you all have confirmed its just bad.

At least I'm guaranteed 4 from the bounties.  Those are easy to get and I'll be running all 3. 

I'm starting to wonder if the RNG looks at your vault and decides if you need anything.  Or maybe its hey look she likes strange coins, lets give her 2 more.  Yes please, I need more than 1,000 strange coins!  I can only spend so many each weekend before I get bored with holding down buttons.

Overall though, I've had a lot of fun so far.  Matches haven't been too sweaty.  We had the occasional team who kicked our arses but overall I think we have had some pretty good match ups.

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 09:14
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For the record, I ended up finally getting loot.  Enough that I was able to raise the light level on all three characters.  Two bits that I found funny though.  1.  It took me playing the class I dislike the most to get drops, and she is now my highest light character.  2.  All 6 of the weapon bounties turned into very similarly rolled scout rifles. 

Out of the loot I got, I barely got any boots or chest pieces.  Seems like the weapons were the items that dropped the most often.  But I did manage to catch a couple of ghosts, artifacts and an emblem along the way too.

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 17:41 (Reply to #51)
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KalSC wrote:

For the record, I ended up finally getting loot.  Enough that I was able to raise the light level on all three characters.  Two bits that I found funny though.  1.  It took me playing the class I dislike the most to get drops, and she is now my highest light character.  2.  All 6 of the weapon bounties turned into very similarly rolled scout rifles. 

Out of the loot I got, I barely got any boots or chest pieces.  Seems like the weapons were the items that dropped the most often.  But I did manage to catch a couple of ghosts, artifacts and an emblem along the way too.

Interesting... For me, earlier in the week it seemed like the only things that were dropping were boots and chests, and by the weekend it was mostly pulse rilfes and a few MGs. 3oC's really did not pay out very much either.

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 17:49
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One of my Clever Dragon drops has Perfect Balance, High Caliber Rounds, and Counterbalance. Gonna run it for a while - maybe I can fend off all the other CDs that have been shredding me the last few days.

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 08:31
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With the update yesterday I was kinda hoping they would announce SRL was coming next week.  Nope.  Its Iron banner rift next week.  I haven't played a rift IB yet.  Not sure how much I'll play as I don't care much for that mode, maybe it will be more fun with a fireteam that is actually playing the objective.

Scouts, fusions, helmets and class items are up for grabs.  I've had a "few" scouts drop from the bounties and one with a decent roll.  Its a very mida like gun.

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 08:50
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Rift is definitely more fun when you play with a team focused on the objective and you have a better chance of winning if the other team is just playing clash. Based on last year I'm gonna speculate that SRL will be back the week after IB. Expect lots of saltiness as Bungie will no doubt try to entice us to buy Silver like they did with the Festival. Should be a good time anyway.
Fri, 12/02/2016 - 09:30 (Reply to #55)
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Been a lot of saltiness for a while.  I was reading a thread today on reddit which said if you play solo to expect to go into a lot of games already in progress and be mercied a lot.  The person who started the thread felt it was a good thing for those who are just there to farm for loot as it means you'll go through a lot of games more quickly. 

 

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 11:06
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Never played much Rift until IB, it was actually fun.

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 13:01
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Saw the roll on the vendor scout rifle.  Its looks pretty sweet.

The Distance Star (Scout Rifle)

Sights Perk (1) Perks (2) Perk (3)
Iron Red Dot Braced Frame Full Auto Hidden Hand
Iron Warrior Sights Hand-laid Stock Extended Mag Firefly
Iron Ranged Scope - - -
Tue, 01/17/2017 - 07:42
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Time for Iron Banner again!

Lady Efrideet will have the Sidearm and Rocket Launcher in addition to Chest and Gloves.

Game mode is Clash. 

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 Though I haven't seen any so far, I'm hoping IB drops a heavy machine gun for me. I want a void one.

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