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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Goodbye Destiny Loot Grind

Luke Smith has been talking about the loot grind in Destiny, specifically how it’s going to disappear in Destiny 2 in favour of a much fairer system for both players and developers.

Currently in Destiny we have a situation called the Loot Grind. What this boils down to is hammering away at every single activity until Guardians get Engrams to take back to the Cryptarch and decode. At the moment these Engrams could be anything depending on whether they’re rare or legendary. Most players prefer a legendary Engram for the loot it provides. This legendary loot could then be something that the Guardian already owns, but the grind teaches us that it might have slightly better stats, and that’s what we’re all after.

Of course we also now have infusion, the process through which a player can upgrade gear and weapons with other gear and weapons of a higher Light level by combining them. This means that once players find some gear they really like, they can continually upgrade that gear as they earn other items of higher Light levels. While this is a system that solves the problem of wanting to have those perfect stats on your best gear, it’s problematic for Bungie.

For example, if a particular weapon with a certain set of stats, which can be re-rolled, has a superior edge in the Crucible, Bungie need to correct the advantage in order to keep the game fair for everyone. However, correcting the imbalance requires Bungie to change the stats for all of a certain type of weapon, because no one weapon can be singled out.

In Destiny 2 this is all changing. Each piece of gear, armour, and weapon is handcrafted to have specific stats and work in a certain way. This means that you’re never looking for a better version of Clever Dragon, you’re just looking to up the Light level. For Bungie, this means that if a weapon is overpowered or imbalanced, they can just tweak it in an update, or tweak a few other weapons to match it.

This might not sound like a huge change to the game, but for Bungie it is. Now the updates they push out don’t need to nerf all of a type of weapon, they just need to nerf that one pesky weapon that’s getting in the way. This frees Bungie developers up to focus on important things, such as loot caves, the placement of collectables, and making Raids as awesome as possible.

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