Destiny 2’s Trials of the Nine mode is a competitive slaughterhouse that can be really hard to crack – but it’s also your quickest route to really good gear.
Luckily, the fine folks over at IGN (who know competitive gaming and Destiny in particular better than most) have come up with a series of tips to help struggling Guardians dominate in the Crucible.
Learn the Modes
Survival puts you into a game with only eight lives on each team. There are no revives in the game mode, so staying alive is key. Once you’re dead, you lose a life – and once all lives are gone you’ll be knocked out and the game goes to your opponents. You must win four rounds to take the game.
Countdown – which will be the first week’s Trials – requires you to totally arm a bomb in a certain location, or defend a bomb from being planted. You can revive fallen allies in this mode with a revive token – but be warned… you lose this if you die. Six rounds claim the victory points here.
You can train in both modes in the regular Crucible.
The Best Weapons
You’ll need to learn the best weapons to use in PvP. Auto Rifles and Pulse Rifles are your best bet in this game. Don’t rely on your knowledge of how weapons felt the first time around – they handle very differently this time. Scathelock seems to be the most effective Auto Rifle, Nightshade seems to be the most popular Pulse Rifle at the minute, and Better Devils for Hand Cannon fans.
Seek out the randomly-spawning power ammo, too.
Mobility, Recovery, and Resilience affect how your character reacts in the Crucible – IGN recommends you add as much Resilience and Recovery as possible for your PvP build: this helps your shield recover quicker and enables you to absorb more shots. Rifts and Shields can be used to set up choke points in maps, too.
Nothing can turn the tide of battle like a well-timed Super: a Titan’s Defender subclass can shield all your allies with a bubble, whilst a Power Shield run and smash can be really effective, too. IGN gives the Titan top marks for variety and versatility in PvP.
Learn the Maps
IGN recommends you take the time to learn the lanes and sight lines of each map (the first week’s map is Eternity) and keep an eye on the location indicator below the map to ensure you get to mark where you are in the arena. The map will also allow you to keep an eye on various ammo pickups – these could ensure your victory if nabbed before your opponents.
Communicate With Your Team
Learning the callouts for map locations, letting your teammates know about Power Ammo pickups and calling out when you have your Super available all impact how your teammates work with the tools available to them. Destiny 2’s Trials is a 4v4 affair, so the team that communicates best is always likely to come out on top. Even when you’re killed, you can help call out Intel from the grave by observing the setup from your Ghost view, or following teammates around.
Team Shots are Key
If you’re running low on health and you have a teammate beside you, don’t be afraid to duck away and recover – your ally can carry on the assault. You need to learn and move and fight as a unit: Destiny 2’s time-to-kill is longer than the first game’s, so you’re going to want to make sure your team and you always work together to take down the enemy.
Destiny 2’s PvP event Trails of the Nine is set to go live later today.
The PvP event sets teams of Guardians against each other in a 4v4 elimination-style game type that tasks you with getting a win streak long enough for you to reach an area of the game that’s otherwise locked off to you.
In this location, you can purchase rare gear that’s unavailable elsewhere in the game.
The event is timed – in Destiny, similar event Trials of Osiris was only active from Friday (10:00 AM Pacific, 5:00 PM UTC) until Tuesday (2:00 AM Pacific, 9:00 AM UTC).
The game mode will take place on the PvP Eternity Map and for the very first time, this week’s mode of choice will be Countdown, a new mode introduced with Destiny 2.
There are some specific rules to Trials of the Nine, and we’ve explained everything you need to know about accessing the competitive mode below:
Destiny required you to complete a story mission before being able to access Trials of Osiris – it stands to reason you may be asked to complete a similar mission in order to access Trials of the Nine.
You’ll need to find a good fireteam to squad up with in the game: Trials of the Nine is 4v4 and will take place on one map specifically. Learn the map inside out, and make sure your Light is as levelled as possible – it’ll make a difference in this arena, unlike in standard PvP.
Expect the need to gain a win steak in order to progress through the mode and earn rewards.
You can also take a look at our comprehensive guide to Trials of the Nine to find out more about the incoming game mode.
For help understanding what Trials of the Nine is, you need to look back on what Trials of Osiris was in the first Destiny.
Trials of Osiris was a weekly Crucible event, featuring an Elimination style game type with level advantages enabled.
The playlist became available on Friday (10:00 AM Pacific, 5:00 PM UTC) until Tuesday (2:00 AM Pacific, 9:00 AM UTC).
In order to participate in the Trials of Osiris, players needed to collect a Trials Passage from Brother Vance in the Vestian Outpost, and enter the Trials of Osiris playlist with a pre-made Fireteam of 3 players.
Players could also purchase the Favour of Osiris, Mercy of Osiris, and Boon of Osiris buffs with Passage Coins before taking part.
Those successful in the trials were able to earn exclusive Trials of Osiris Armor and Weapons by winning five and seven matches on a single Trials Passage, with the rewards.
The conclusion of which was a trip to ‘The Lighthouse’ located on the planet Mercury which lead to a whole chest full of exciting loot.
As the game shifts to Trials of the Nine, there will, of course, be some changes, but we suspect that a lot of this will remain largely unchanged.
The biggest change, given the games new PVP direction, is that this is no longer a 3v3 PvP mode, but 4v4 in line with every Crucible game mode in the game.
We also suspect that Trials of the Nine will likely still be a weekly Crucible event, with some sort of Elimination style game type. although looking at the roadmap, the new countdown mode will also feature.
Though looking at the roadmap, we can also see that the new countdown mode will also feature in rotation with a Survival game mode.
Again looking at the roadmap, another Friday start is on the cards, and while no official start time is mentioned, we can’t see the game deviating from the existing formula fans have been used to since Trials of Osiris launched with the House of Wolves expansion.
Best of all though, we suspect that as was the case with Orisis, fans could be able to earn some Trials of the Nine themed Armour and Weapons.
We’re certainly looking forward to the prospect of Guardians rocking some moody all black cosmo-goth robes.
Better still, what if the victors are transported to another new location, somewhere close to the Agents of Nine collective, in much the same way that the Trials of Orisis transported fans to the Mercury Lighthouse.