Destiny 2’s Season of the Worthy has been a mixed bag of excitement for the new and indifference towards the old. Players have been eager to jump back into the recently returned Trials of Osiris, but the PvE side of this season has been relatively dry compared to previous seasons. The focus on the Rasputin Bunker system has been a very soft way to keep players interested, but the overall sentiment has not been overwhelmingly positive.
Enter the newest Destiny event: The Guardian Games. For the first time, the three Guardian classes are being pitted against one another. Titans versus Hunters versus Warlocks in a great challenge to decide who gets to wear the gold for the remainder of Year 3.
What Are The Guardian Games?
Replacing last year’s Revelry, the Guardian Games is a challenge for the three classes of Guardian to show who is strongest. Players can launch the celebration by heading to the Tower and talking to dear old Eva Levante! After Eva, I had to talk to Zavala, but his dialogue was very Titan-specific. It’s possible that if you’re a different class she may send you somewhere else. From there you learn how to “bank” your medals like motes in Gambit. These medals are the currency that will determine which class wins the Guardian Games.
Talk to Eva one more time and you’ll see her whole list of bounties. There are many! The first row of white bounties are merely there for XP and for Bright Dust on the weeklies. If you only have limited time to play the game, you may skip these until later. The bottom row of bounties are the different medals you can earn. Bronze medals are usually easy bounties, silver are harder, and gold are the hardest. Completing these bounties gives you the corresponding medals that you can then bank in honor of your class.
Finally there are Laurels. Many of the bounties and triumphs to complete for the Guardian Games require the collection of Laurels which are new items that drop with ability kills. Make sure to equip your best ability focused builds and spam grenades, melees, and supers to collect these as fast as possible.
What are the Rewards?
According to the official Guardian Games page, Guardians will be competing for the gold medal. In this case, though, the gold will appear on a new and unique class item available to all players. Every day at reset, these marks, hoods, and bonds will change color to reflect the previous day’s standings with gold, silver, and bronze. At the end of the competition, these positions will be pooled into a cumulative total and the class with the most points will have their items locked into gold for the remainder of the year.
In addition to the cool medal system, players will be able to earn the newest exotic weapon, the Heir Apparent LMG. This enormous Cabal-themed weapon will act like a Sweet Business on steroids and pack a huge punch all while providing a shield to keep you safe. In a way, it feels like a bigger version of the newest Hyperion weapons in Borderlands 3. Finally we’ll be able to give those beefy Colossus enemies a taste of their own medicine.
Bungie has also shown off a number of new Eververse items that will be introduced for the event as well. There’s new ghosts, new sparrows, and also new armor ornaments. Most of this will be available via Bright Dust which is fine by me. Bright Dust will be a reward for the weekly event bounties which is par for the course at this point. The Bright Dust economy remains relatively stale and restrictive, but at least it gives players the opportunity to acquire some of the new cosmetics without dumping a bunch of cash into Silver.
One other note that has been mentioned on social media: It looks like the games are going to be balanced such that the total number of Guardians in each class will matter less. Historically, the majority of Guardians have been Hunters by a reasonable margin. Thankfully, it seems that Bungie has taken this into account in weighting the scores so it doesn’t come down to such a sideways numbers game.
Best of luck to all Guardians out there!