Next week, Destiny 2 will have its first Iron Banner event of the year, and the patch brings a number of changes to the game as well as new armor ornaments and general improvements which were detailed by Bungie on the Destiny blog earlier today.
The Iron Banner event this time around is Control, in which teams hold down capture points to earn more points per kill. The event be the first time players can earn ornaments for the Iron Banner gear by completing specific challenges in the mode. As is the norm in Season 2, players will be able to directly purchase gear and three different weapons from Saladin instead of having to hope it will drop from an engram.
This update also includes the addition of Masterwork Armor, which provides players with a three-percent defensive boost during a super (for a total of 15 percent with five pieces of masterwork armor equipped) and can be re-rolled to have a different stat package for one Masterwork core and 10 legendary shards. So you can customize these pretty darn well.
Raids will also be more rewarding from this patch forward. Raid weaponry and gear will drop after every encounter and with mods that offer raid-specific perks, making them more useful and varied. Exotic gear will also drop from raids, and players will be able to use these items immediately. Additionally, Prestige raids will now drop twice as much loot per encounter giving you another reason to take part in the Prestige raid. And because Bungie has heard your complaints loud and clear, you'll be able to start buying raid gear directly from the raid vendor. There is also a new exotic raid ghost shell which will increase the chances of getting Bright Engrams and new exotics during raids.
Finally, Bungie is looking at ways if reworking the game's shader system. "It should be easier to get rid of a stack of shaders. We are looking at mass exchange solutions," said Destiny 2 lead designer Tyson Green. "We know you miss i Armor Shader mechanics. [We are] looking at ways to re-integrate that capability without losing the ability to shade weapons, Ghosts, ships, Sparrows, or customize specific pieces of armor. We also understand you want shaders to be more freely usable and not limited by availability. We're looking at re-introducing shader collections or a way to get copies of a shader in your possession." Personally, I think they should just bring back the old shader system, but then, I'm all about the fashion in Destiny. Which is why I play as a hunter even though I'd probably be better off as a titan.