Why Knucklehead Radar Is A Great PVP Helmet

This week Xur is selling his wares as usual but with a difference for Hunters, now you can purchase one of the best Helmets for the Crucible. The Knucklehead Radar is almost a crutch for many PVP specialist Hunters because of it’s Exotic Intrinsic Perk, which we’ll get onto in a bit. The Helmet is easily recognisable and will completely change the way you fight other Guardians across the Crucible, and with Destiny 2 Season 2 fast approaching you’ll definitely want this in your armoury for the next Iron Banner event.

Let’s start with what this Helmet is all about. The Exotic Intrinsic Perk is called Upgraded Sensor Pack, which provides radar while aiming. Yes you just read that, this Helmet fundamentally changes a mechanic in the game that is meant to provide balance to the Crucible and those who prefer to play PVP over PVE. I cannot stress enough how useful it is being able to maintain that radar while aiming in PVP, simply because no enemy will be able to sneak up on you while you’re firing on their team.

The Mods on the weapon are Plasteel Reinforcement Mod, which increases Resilience and therefore the amount of damage that you can take, and Restorative Mod, which increases your health recovery. Of course you have to switch between these mods and that can be challenging to decide. Personally I go for the increased Resilience because I’m the kind of Hunter who dives into the enemy and does all kinds of damage with whatever’s going, mostly my fists. The Helmet also comes with the optional Impact Absorption Mod. This further increases Resilience and can actually boost it even further so that you’re almost a tank that can take a decent beating but ultimately come out on top in a close quarters firefight.

The Knucklehead Radar will set you back 23 Legendary Shards but it’s totally worth it. If you’re a PC player at the moment then you’ll be looking for the best armour you can to up that Power Level, and I can’t recommend this Helmet enough. Even if you have to dismantle some Legendary gear or weapons that you wanted to infuse later on I’d just go ahead and dismantle them so you have this now. If you do you’ll be on the path to better gear faster, and it’ll drop at a higher Power Level. Let us know what you think of the Helmet in the comments.

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Destiny 2 Tips For Control In The Crucible

The recent Iron Banner event that showed us just how much Bungie is changing things in Destiny 2 didn’t manage to change everything, Control is still here! I player a whole lot of the classic Crucible mode and I know that with a slew of new players just in from the PC launch there will be Guardians out there looking for tips on basically anything they can get. Here are my tips for playing Control and how to help your team win.

Objective

The biggest mistake most players make in Control is trying to kill as many of the enemy as physically possible, completely ignoring the capture points. This game mode is all about gaining control of as many points as you can as a team and holding onto that control for as long as possible. With that said, all a team really needs to do is capture two points out of the possible three, and hold onto them for the rest of the match. I’ve seen so many teams lose, including my own, because they’re too focused on getting the next point that they don’t control. I cannot stress enough that if you want to win in this mode all you need to do is get two of the points. If the enemy takes a point from you, then go and get the one furthest away from them, but always maintain control over two.

Spawn

First off you need to know that you’ll be spawning in some very questionable areas. Bungie is pretty good at not spawning you right in an enemy nest but it does happen, so you need to be ready right from the word go to kill every member of the opposing team if it comes to it.  With that said, you also generally spawn quite far away from all of the Control points, so you need to become familiar with where these are pretty fast to help you know where to run from anywhere on the map.

Weapons

This isn’t a mode where you need to bring the absolute best gun in Destiny 2, all you need is something you’re comfortable with. For me this means a Hand Cannon with a high rate of fire, though I’m usually taken out by Auto Rifles so I’d say they were a good bet as well. What I’m trying to say is don’t bring something fancy, bring something safe because at the end o the day you need to kill all of the enemies on a control point as fast as possible in order to hold it or take it.

Defence

Working as a team is the only way you’ll win in Control. I understand more than most that players without microphones are generally crapped upon, but that’s no excuse for playing poorly. You need to follow your team mates and present a united front to the enemy, gunning down every enemy you come across regardless of where you are. What I mean to say is stick with your team, follow at least one of them from the get go and you’ll be alright. Two Guardians is better than one unless the one has something ridiculous like Wardcliff Coil.

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Destiny Xur’s Inventory: Should You Buy Hard Light?

This week Xur is selling, among other things, Hard Light. This Exotic Auto Rifle is one of the most interesting in Destiny, with a unique perk that makes it incredibly useful to those who like to hold the trigger down until the bullets are gone. Volatile Light, the exotic perk, means that rounds fired from this gun have no damage falloff, overpenetrate targets, and ricochet off hard surfaces.

If your rounds have no damage falloff, then they will do as much damage to your target when they hit them from a hundred metres away, as they they would if they hit them from three feet away. This alone is deadly, as damage falloff is a big part of how enemies get away from your shots in both PVE and PVP. I would say thanks to this the weapon performs better in PVP because there is less change for enemies to avoid serious damage from you shooting at them from a distance.

Overpenetrating bullets will pass through enemies and hit others behind them. In PVP this won’t come in handy too often, but you know how important this could be in PVE. This part of the perk will make Hard Light perform well in strikes and Raids. You’d be surprised how useful this is when facing hordes of smaller enemies, even just when you’re out patrolling.

Finally we come to what makes this weapon so interesting, the bullets that ricochet off of surfaces. If you fire the gun at a surface then you’ll see the bullets bounce off at an angle, it’s that simple. You may not notice this at first, but you will see some bullets bouncing around as you kill foes in PVE, but taking the gun into PVP is where you’ll make the most of it. Hard Light lets you effectively shoot enemies from around corners, so if you master the angles that the bullets bounce off at, you could kill an enemy as they hide from you.

I have found Hard Light to be a really useful Exotic weapon, though not as good as some of the others out there. Really it depends on what activities you participate in the most, but I will put it out there that this gun is more well-suited to PVP than it is PVE. Taking the gun into a raid might make you the enemy of your fireteam however, because it’s not as good as some of the other exotics out there. If you enjoy using the gun, then go for it, it will do a lot of damage and it will help you reach those achievements that you haven’t met just yet.

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