Yeah I'm digging it. Only infusing I'm doing(aside from the one blue I infused into the new exotic HC you get from the season rank up) is if I get a higher light version of a weapon I already had with a good roll(ie, tonight I got a Go Figure that was 30some points higher than my masterworked Go Figure with Outlaw and Rampage).
Only made it to the high 780s and not real far into the story since I didn't do much Tuesday night after seeing the servers were having issues before I got home, then tonight I watched AEW before getting on, but really enjoying it so far.
Things we need to do while we have six people playing...
- Last Wish (Some of us still need 1KV) - Scourge of the Past (Numerous weapons here that I'd like to have) - Crown of Sorrow (Again some of these weapons are nice) - Menagerie Heroic (the Izanagi's Burden catalyst drops on 1st completion)
And of course Garden of Salvation.
Would be nice to do the first three raids a few more times, namely hoping for some catalysts and that Calus throne emote.
As the first week comes to a close, I got all of my characters to a base power of 920 or higher. Highest right now is my Titan, who still had a powerful to go. Warlock is 921, having done everything but the NF.
Hunter is 920, and did nothing but like one powerful (Vex invasion).
With two powerfuls remaining and a couple days of prime engrams to get, my Hunter is base power 946... which is pretty good considering this is the first week I've done the powerful milestones on him.
I'm hoping with the drops I have remaining this week, and the powerful drops next week, that I can hit 950 before jumping into Iron Banner and getting those pinnacle bounties completed. The sooner the better, because I really want to take advantage of that bug they know currently exists where you can do the pinnacle bounties every day instead of just four in the week.
950 base power achieved. No longer have to do the powerfuls every week, as the only thing that will progress me now is pinnacle drops, and outside of next week those probably won't be too frequent. Even then, they only drop at 951, so even with perfect RNG there's no way I'll come close to hitting the 960 hard cap before the end of the season. Kind of a dumb move, obviously catered to the 20 hours a day streamers who for years now have complained that power level should be "prestigious" instead of obtainable by everyone.
I.e. "we play 20 hours a day and have an endless supply of people to run content with, our commitment should be rewarded with the highest power."
I'm not a fan at all of this new upgrading armor system. Or the infusing system. But especially the upgrading.
It's yet another change that creates a pain point for every player that doesn't play the game as a job. Streamers/Youtubers can farm the Nightfall at 980 40 times a day... they're doing nothing else and they have a constant supply of people to run it with. These are the folks who talk about "you're not suppose to buy the materials, just farm the endgame for the drops."
The average player is going to be lucky to run it once a week. An enhancement Prism costs 10 cores and 10,000 Glimmer. An ascendant shard costs 10 Prisms.
Where is the magic supply of Enhancement Cores at? The old Mercury farm isn't half as good anymore, because you're not going to have a chance at getting masterworked armor.
I can't imagine how much of a joke it has to be to someone who just started playing the game.
Bungie spent two months leading up to Shadowkeep talking about how they wanted players to "play how you want to play" and have the freedom to "build your character the way you want." Yet, they've basically given a finger to everyone who can't no life the game or play it as a job.
No one wants the game to be super casual like D2 was at launch, but because they do nothing but bring streamers/youtubers in for summits, they've leaned way too far to the extreme side of grind. It's not even hardcore, lord knows I play the game a lot. But unless you can spend 12+ hours a day, every day, grinding this on three characters you're completely screwed. New players don't have a chance.
It ties right into the changes to the power system. Unless you do raids/100K NF's, on three characters every week, you can forget about advancing past 950 and certainly won't come close to hitting 960.
A season of this is whatever, but they need to pump the breaks and walk this crap back some going forward.