In just under eleven hours after the weekly reset today, Destiny 2 players have achieved their final community goal of “lighting the beacon”. While none knew for sure exactly what Guardians were building towards this season, many had their suspicions due to a plethora of clues. Thanks to a late night video release we now have confirmation: Trials of Osiris is back. The infamously sweaty, highly competitive PvP mode is returning and looks to be the highlight of our weekends for the foreseeable future.
What is Trials of Osiris?
Trials is the true endgame of Destiny 2 PvP. An original take on 3v3 elimination. Crucible in its purest form. Every weekend from Friday until Monday, players are given the task of winning a string of games straight without losing. In the past we have seen the streak be anywhere from seven to nine games in a row. If players are able to accomplish this task they are given exclusive access to a location known as “The Lighthouse”. A clubhouse for the most skilled players that grants them access to high-tier gear and weapons.
It seems that our friend Saint XIV will be the announcer this time around. We had our bets when he made PvP-esque banter during one of our missions earlier in the season. Trials also features its own set of extremely unique, Egyptian themed armor that has always held a special place in our hearts. This armor is returning and if players are able to go flawless, their armor will glow for the remainder of the week. This way players can show off their accomplishments and others can stand in awe.
Trials is also bringing back more maps from Destiny 1. Cauldron, Exodus Blue, and Anomaly will all be making a comeback next season. This will really breathe a fresh breath of nostalgia into returning players, and give less experienced players some exciting new maps to look forward to.
Keeping Trials Competitive
Also revealed during the video is that Trials will be Power-Enabled. This is great for a couple of reasons. For one, it rewards players that have put in the work to increase their power level every week. Those who increase their power the most will have an advantage over those who are not as dedicated.
*Update (2/27): According to Director Luke Smith, the Artifact Power is NOT included in this advantage. The Artifact will be disabled in Trials of Osiris. This means that your Power is entirely determined by your gear. Time to run those pinnacles!
More importantly, having power enabled makes it so that new accounts will be very discouraged from trying to jump in without leveling up. This is a very big deal when trying to get rid of cheaters. If a cheater gets banned in any way, they’ll have to climb back up before they can compete. With the ever-increasing power-cap, this could be a daunting task. Great solution!
Another way that Trials will keep players palms as sweaty as possible is Card-State matchmaking. If you are six wins in to your streak and begging for that last win, you will be much more likely to be matched against another team that is also vying for the same spot on their card. No more teams on the verge of victory fighting against players just starting fresh.
Finally, in contradiction to Destiny’s normal skill-based matchmaking, it has been revealed that Trials will be more focused on connection based matchmaking. Historically, Destiny has always run on peer-to-peer connections. Looking for the best connection will always allow for the best version of any fight without ping or stability getting in your way.
According to Destiny 2 Director Luke Smith, Trials of Osiris is returning on Friday, March 13th. Expect a massive wave of players both new and old to be diving into one of Destiny’s most important modes. Pvp has been suffering over the past year and this will breathe new life into Crucible like never before. We can’t wait to see your best moments from Trials of Osiris so make sure you post your favorite clips to Clutch.Win. Eyes up, Guardians. It’s time to get your fireteam together. Destiny’s Season of the Worthy is about to go big.