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Joy turned into sorrow after we finished the Nightfall as I realized that you only get an Aura if you beat the Raid.

You don't get an aura for completing the Nightfall like you used to.

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You don't really need it

You start every week with a XP buff for your first 3 levels. Then you get everything normally (except the time Bungie breaks XP progression)

 

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I am actually digging the game mechanics for the Crimson Days event in The Crucible. 

I am not sure I want to participate and humiliate my partner with my less than stellar small team PvP game, though..

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18 hours ago, J.T. said:

Joy turned into sorrow after we finished the Nightfall as I realized that you only get an Aura if you beat the Raid.

You don't get an aura for completing the Nightfall like you used to.

You get an aura from the Prestige Nightfall still I believe. It's a higher light level and a shorter time limit.

If you're looking to do the Rat King this weeks Nightfall is perfect for 3 Void Hunters with invisibility grenades. Torrent is the modifier and you're grenades recharge as fast as it takes for the invisibility to wear off. On top of that there's only 4 (I think) enemies you have to kill during the entire strike. You can just run through it all and get to the boss room with 15+ mins left. We 2 manned it with around 3 left on the clock so you should be able to smash it with a full team.

Alternatively, any Nightfall with the Anomaly time extender is a good pick for the Rat King since you can run between corridors and the anomalies resporn. You can stack the time to the full 30 mins and have an easier go of it.

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Thanks, Basara! 

I figured out that running a Nightstalker wearing a Graviton Forefeit (I knew I shoulda bought that damn thing two weeks ago...) and sporting armor mods to speed up melee cooldown, and then lobbing smoke bombs every five minutes would be good for making a Rat King run, but I did not think about Nightfalls running the Anomaly time extender.

I've already run the Nightfall this week with friends and I don't think I'll get another chance to do it over the weekend with a Rat King crew.  I've got to work on the 14th so I think it would be wise for me to take my boo out to dinner this weekend and celebrate an early Valentine's Day.  I've already made a note to keep an eye out for repeats of this week's strike as the Nightfall and hopefully Torrent will still be active.

  • I completed the ENHANCE~! quest for Devrim Kay on Earth and was rewarded with the MIDA MINI-TOOL~!  FUCK YEAH~! 
  • So much for working on Infinity +1 tonight.... MIDA MULTI-TOOL IS WITHIN MY GRASP~!
  • I immediately started shooting things in the head with my Masterwork Nameless Midnight scout rifle in order to earn progress for the MIDA weapon quest and while I was at it,  I also knocked out Ikora's Challenge Milestone.
  • After getting the headshots / kills without reloading thing done, I pounded the Heroic Strike playlist until I got five scout rifles to drop. That shit took longer than it should have.
  • While pounding Strikes, I ran with some dude from Italy who ran a 323 LL Titan wearing the Actium War Rig and using Sweet Business as his primary.  He was a fucking walking chaingun that fired FOREVER~!.  That shit was so broken.  I absolutely have to get that shit for my Titan.
  • I finally got the fifth Rare / Legendary scout rifle to drop and now Banshee-44 wants me to score SMG kills while airborne.  Banshee-44 is fucking crazy.
  • Speaking of Banshee-44, I found his scannable datapad down in his storeroom.  I thought it was hilarious that the manifest has been password locked since he was Banshee-43 due to account violations.
  • For now, I'm now sporting a complete set of Took Offense armor and have two more ornaments to collect.  This is important because.
  • I was bummed that RNG had not gifted me back Quickfang, until I gave Zavala my tokens from the Strikes and he dropped Double Edged Answer on me.... a sword with the Vanguard insignia on it... that matches the rest of my armor.... OCD was very pleased.
  • I miss D1's schedule.  I hate Xur showing up in the afternoon now instead of first thing in the morning.  I have worked in ZULU time for so long in my line of work that my brain automatically converts EST to GMT and visa versa.  When weekend gametime is extremely limited, my only opportunity to see what Xur has is Monday afternoon when I get to the 'rents from work.
  • Not that I worry about that too much, since Xur rarely has the items that I really want to buy.
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48 minutes ago, RIPPA said:

I would have thought that we had said enough times to make sure you had scout rifles saved for exactly that reason

Serendipity.  If I had no run those strikes I might not have my new Vanguard sword to swoon over.

That and getting to see Italian Death Machine Titan at work was very educational.  I now know what exotics to obsess over for my Titan.

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2 hours ago, RIPPA said:

Don't worry - when playing as a Titan you will get every armor exotic 85204282 times

That fills me with zero confidence since what I really want for my Titan is Sweet Business and that's a weapon.. 

I'm not worried about acquiring the Actius War Rig because that is one of the Exotic rewards that Titans are supposed to get as they run through the Red War story missions.  I think that analytics says that most players pick the Doom Fang Pauldron.

And there are no new ideas under the sun. 

This morning when I was cashing in Legendary Engrams after dismantling the last scout rifle I needed for MIDA, I saw a female Awoken Hunter (run by an actual female player, Lady Greyfire) in full IB armor and sporting The Dragon's Shadow chest armor. 

I was sad for a brief moment until I got my new sword.

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We've all been naughty this week.  Santa's sack is full of coal.

I think I may visit Xur anyway and take a chance purchasing a Fated Engam to see if I can score a Foetracer. 

With my luck, it will gift me a pair of Lucky Pants. :(

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27 minutes ago, J.T. said:

Hey, I thought I'd save you a trip to Io or across the internets by telling you he didn't have squat, but whatevs.

He hasn't had squat in months though since I need all the Warlock stuff now for my collection I usually pay him one visit.

But I definitely stopped buying Fated Engrams because I sure as fuck don't trust them anymore after the third of it giving me something I already have

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2 minutes ago, RIPPA said:

But I definitely stopped buying Fated Engrams because I sure as fuck don't trust them anymore after the third of it giving me something I already have

Yeah, I bought an FE and then commenced to shred The Prospector it gave me. 

I'll just try my luck with the Three of Coins consumables like the old days.

I saw you pounding on the Crucible playlist on Sunday, but we were watching  Cavs / Celtics and catching up on our ABC TGIT shows.  I'll be on this afternoon, though.

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I only ran a couple of matches with my Warlock mainly to get a couple of more of those fucking drops for the Lost Prophecy shit from Brother Vance though

It was worth it as I finally got Vance to give me the Signal Lost quest.

Also - finally finished the story with my Warlock and I am suddenly playing a lot more with her. She might need to be my default Crucible character as the two matches I ran I had 23 and 20 kills.

Also Also - the Drang I got to drop on my Warlock was crazy good as it was 25 points higher than my first AND it dropped as a Masterwork

 

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20 minutes ago, RIPPA said:

I only ran a couple of matches with my Warlock mainly to get a couple of more of those fucking drops for the Lost Prophecy shit from Brother Vance though

It was worth it as I finally got Vance to give me the Signal Lost quest.

Also - finally finished the story with my Warlock and I am suddenly playing a lot more with her. She might need to be my default Crucible character as the two matches I ran I had 23 and 20 kills.

Also Also - the Drang I got to drop on my Warlock was crazy good as it was 25 points higher than my first AND it dropped as a Masterwork.

Drang is okay as far as PvP sidearms go.  You really really really want to use Last Call if you are going to insist on packing a sidearm in the Crucible.

I've got a 310 Masterwork Drang and it pretty much stays in the Vault unless I'm rolling as a PvE Gunslinger and am also packing my 313 Sturm.

And yeah, nearly every Warlock exotic has some sort of extremely effective PvP / PvE application while Titans and Hunter exotics seem to split the difference between PvE and PvP. 

Quite a few Warlock exotics buff their Melee so that either their lunge range is extended or a successful melee kill either returns melee / grenade / super cooldown or improves melee damage for successive strikes.

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5 hours ago, RIPPA said:

I should clarify that I don't plan on using Drang after I finish this quest line and that is probably why this one is so much better than the one I got as a Titan

I don't blame you.  The Sturm / Drang combo is fun when you're playing any PvE realm not named Nightfall Strike as a Gunslinger and that's about it.

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I am now the proud new owner of a MIDA Multi-Tool and a Masterwork MIDA Mini-Tool.

I have started doing Ikora's meditations because they are good for cheap experience points and hey it's another source of purple rewards that can be turned into shards..

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1 hour ago, RIPPA said:

Shaxx dicked over my Warlock last night. I am sad.

Substitute Rahool or Banshee-44 for Shaxx and daily for last night and you will begin to understand my pain.

I will be on around 6PM if you want to harass people in the Crucible.

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1 minute ago, J.T. said:

Substitute Rahool or Banshee-44 for Shaxx and daily for last night and you will begin to understand my pain.

I will be on around 6PM if you want to harass people in the Crucible.

I will definitely be on - especially if you want to do some Crimson Days bullshit (assuming they don't FUBAR everything with the server maintenance today)

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