For the first time in the recently launches season 3 of Destiny 2, Lord Saladin has returned to the Tower to begin a new edition of the Iron Banner. Along with plenty of new loot to acquire, Iron Banner season 3 also introduces a new ranking system where players can unlock new loot from Saladin by increasing their standing with him. For solo players however, the updated Iron Banner experience appears to be less than rewarding.
Taking to Twitter to discuss Iron Banner feedback, Destiny 2 Crucible lead, Derek Carroll, confirmed that the matchmaking isn’t behaving quite as most people expect. While fireteams are having little difficulty, solo players are getting overlooked when matching opponents, meaning that these players are getting put up against coordinated teams, rather than other solo individuals. More often than not, the end result is solo players getting crushed or losing matches more consistently.
We've heard your feedback about solo players getting wrecked by teams in Iron Banner, and can confirm that solos in Iron Banner do not get the benefit of our FTMM system (yet). We're running the numbers for 6v6 and plan to roll out an adjustment before the end of this event.
— Derek Carroll (@_mantis_) May 24, 2018
Part of the issue is that solo players are not the beneficiaries of Bungie’s planned Fireteam Matchmaking update. Introduced last month, FTMM is an under-the-hood update which attempts to level the playing field for solo players who are matched up with well-coordinated teams in the Crucible. Essentially, instead of using a normal skill value for fireteams, Bungie instead uses a modified value that takes the fireteam size into account. The larger the team, the larger the potential modification.
That’s not the only issue the Iron Banner is facing however. Earlier this week, a new exotic emote called Salute of the Lords was added to Tess’s Eververse stock. While Bungie has been trying to lessen the focus on microtransactions, this emote can only be acquired by purchasing a special Iron Banner Emote Bundle for 1100 Silver, equivalent of 10 US dollars. Unfortunately, the emote does not drop anywhere else, leading the community to criticize the move for implementing a feature which essentially goes against what the developer has been slowly fixing over the past couple of months.
Destiny 2: Warmind is available now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.