Destiny Update 22.214.171.124 introduces changes that make Grandmaster Heists easier
Bungie is making an effort to address the difficult nature of Grandmaster Battlegrounds in Destiny 2 with Update 126.96.36.199, aiming to provide a slightl...
Bungie is making an effort to address the difficult nature of Grandmaster Battlegrounds in Destiny 2 with Update 188.8.131.52, aiming to provide a slightly easier experience for players.
Although Battlegrounds have been well-received as part of Destiny 2's seasonal content, their introduction into the Grandmaster rotation has garnered a mixed response due to the challenging nature. In response to player feedback, the studio has decided to make adjustments to address these concerns.
The most recent patch focuses on reducing the enemy count in specific combat areas of the Heist Battleground on Mars for higher difficulty levels. This adjustment aims to address player feedback regarding the excessive number of enemies in the Grandmaster Battlegrounds, which often led to overwhelming enemy density.
The addition of Battleground Heists to Destiny 2's Grandmaster rotation significantly increases the level of difficulty, which Bungie aims to alleviate with Update 184.108.40.206, alongside several other patches. Grandmaster strikes, by nature, offer a more challenging experience where players have the opportunity to obtain top-tier PvE loot comparable to that found in raids and dungeons. This includes the rotation of various adept Nightfall weapons on a weekly basis. However, based on player feedback regarding the difficulty of Grandmaster battlegrounds in the current and previous seasons, it appears that the studio has taken note and is attempting to make the experience slightly easier.
Battlegrounds have become a core element of Destiny 2's seasonal content since their introduction in the Season of the Chosen, quickly becoming popular among players. Although they have been adapted to fit seasonal themes, the activity typically involves three players engaging in chaotic battles with significantly higher enemy density compared to strikes, raids, or dungeons. The Season of the Witch did not introduce any new Battlegrounds, but elements inspired by it can be found in activities such as Savathun's Spire and Altars of Summoning.
While Battlegrounds initially gained popularity upon their introduction, their inclusion in the Grandmaster rotation received a more mixed reaction from the Destiny 2 community due to their challenging difficulty. In response to player feedback, the studio made attempts to address this concern in the latest update. The patch notes for Update 220.127.116.11 revealed that in the Heist Battleground on Mars, which is the Grandmaster Battleground at the time of writing, the number and frequency of enemies encountered would be reduced in select encounters for higher difficulty levels. This means that in certain combat areas, players will face fewer enemies when the Heist Battleground is set to a higher difficulty, such as master or grandmaster.
The high density of enemies in Grandmaster Battlegrounds has been a major concern for many players, particularly since the inclusion of the Heist Battleground on Mars in the Season of Defiance. The already formidable strength of enemies in Grandmasters, coupled with the large number of enemies in Battlegrounds, resulted in many players expressing their dissatisfaction with the activity, as it started to feel more like a tedious task. These complaints persisted with the introduction of additional Battlegrounds in the Seasons of the Deep and the Witch.
It is uncertain how much impact the latest patch will have on the Battlegrounds in the current Grandmaster rotation. At the time of writing, the patch has only been active for a few hours, and players have been facing difficulties accessing the game due to ongoing DDoS attacks on Destiny 2. It may take several days before players can accurately assess the effectiveness, or lack thereof, of this change in Grandmaster Battlegrounds.
Destiny 2 is currently accessible on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
Source: Destiny 2 Patch Notes