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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Kicking Ghaul in the Cabals…. Clan review Destiny 2


It’s been nigh on a month since the Red Legion destroyed the tower and we commenced our counteroffensive to reclaim the city, the tower and our light (or should that be power now?)

So what did we think?  We have all read (or watched) the reviews from the great and good (and somewhat dubious) but as a clan we wanted to give our view on Destiny 2.

We looked at Destiny 2 on its own and in comparison to Destiny. The campaign, the look the feel, the guns, abilities and PVP.  We have collectively completed all available end game activities with a number of sound flawless Trials teams and are getting to know the underbelly of the leviathan very well (the pipes! The pipes!).

So in their own words, here’s what the clan thought.

The Story

It actually has a story! Ok so it hasn’t got the narrative driven story of say, the Mass Effect Series, but that’s not Bungie’s style anyway.  What it has delivered is the connection to NPCs which was largely lacking for most of Destiny (things did start to improve with The Taken King).  You saw Zavala (Vuvuzela) having an existential crisis (“Without the light, are we even Guardians anymore?”), Ikora, the fearless Warlock suddenly fearful for her life, and as for “The Cayde-6” he got out of that Tower and into a mess.  Bungie’s campaign strategy has been about getting to the end game, the campaign is merely a means to that end.  However, compared to Destiny, the story to me had purpose, we had someone or something to get angry at; we suffered loss (RIP purple ball and our over-stuffed vaults), we were at our weakest and we had to start all over again.  Our fears about not getting all our sub-classes back was unfounded (nice touch with the lessons) and we completed the campaign with a sense of revenge being achieved.

Clan thoughts

Clan leader Isoromic gave me some concise but very useful comments 

“Destiny 2 feels like I've upgraded to the 2017 model car from its 2014 version. There are tons of little changes that make it feel so much better, 
- The Crucible redesign brings back that Halo feel
- Streamlining the levelling and item management removes a lot of time originally spent wasting way in inventory screens.
- Not having to "Go to Orbit" to trigger a new activity is an amazing option
Basically Bungie gave us more time to shoot things”

MstrBubbles; “In PVE stuff feels so much better. Like SOO MUCH better.  How you get from A to B.  What you can do besides queuing for activities and how this is presented. 
The power gain experience feels just amazing IMHO (as someone who didn't optimise his power gain on the first character). Just at the right pace. Items having fixed stats and them being ready to go is awesome too! I HATED it whenever I haven't had materials to unlock my perks. The way you level the factions is better too imho.

What I don't like is how they handle mods. I don't mind having to farm Glimmer but I mind having to pay a lot for getting RANDOM rolls. Let me buy the specific kinds of mods for 2.5k and then a 2.5k  fee for upgrading them to legendary mods and make it like 2k max for putting them in the item or remove that altogether and at least lower the price for putting on shaders. The pricing doesn't make any sense. And I hate how they basically made Strikes irrelevant after the 2 or 3 initial strikes. Add a weekly incentive to run 5-10 and add Heroic strikes.

In PVP I feel like I can actually contribute to my team. Like in Trials. I was overall the weakest player but I still contributed as much as I could to the team and felt like I've earned my flawless. That wasn't even remotely possible (for me) in D1 in Trials.
Same in normal PvP. I don't see all those complaints people have about it. Sure your K/D also includes the assists (probably; don't know for sure but it just looks like it) but I feel like, with just 4v4, I can do more for my team than with 6v6.”

JohnnyRah : The campaign is a lot of fun.  Bungie made significant improvements to story telling.  It was reminiscent of Halo in that the characters had depth and even Ghaul seemed to have a method and purpose to his madness.  Gameplay is still the same, and that's not a bad thing.  One thing that always set Destiny apart from all of the other FPS games is the near perfect gameplay.  The game still feels great.  Graphics are definitely stepped up, although the use of particles and texture help with immersion.  I haven't played PVP yet, mainly because there's so much to do in PVE.  Supers are smooth, and I'm very happy they fixed the super issues from the beta.  Supers still make us feel like a badass walking, but they are limited which creates a sense of urgency if you pop them.  There's so much to do!  And so much to do within what there is to do!  It was genius to add a heroic version of public events.  All in all, I'm very happy.  This game is a blast to play and I'm looking forward to getting back to grind out in prep for the raid.  Bravo, Bungie!”

 Adkyth: “Prior to Destiny, I had never played a game that truly made me feel (other than pure rage in Dark Souls) significant emotions. Games were fun, they were entertaining, but that I didn't really involve myself in them to any extent. Even World of Warcraft which ate up an absurd amount of time, never really connected with me emotionally. Not too long into Destiny, however, I was in it. I created twitter and reddit accounts just to learn more, I played every day. I even joined a clan of amazing people who also just wanted to play and talk about Destiny. It was sad to see it come to a close.

Destiny 2 blew it out of the water. From the beginning, I was furious at the enemies, I was genuinely upset at the losses we suffered, I was elated in victory. I have been an emotional wreck for the past week. The campaign was amazing, the worlds are better, the enemies are better, the weapons are better, the progression, the variety and diversity. The post campaign missions, exotic quests, everything has been better, and not even just incrementally better, everything is substantially, amazingly better… except the actual gameplay. Don't get me wrong, Destiny2 is an amazing game. I cannot wait to play more of it...but while the world creates incredible feelings, the gameplay just misses something magical that Destiny1 held. In Destiny1, you became truly, utterly, inescapably, LEGEND. I still have memories of incredible plays, both PvE and PvP from Destiny1, I used to daydream about those plays. Skating over a wall, popping hammers and laughing, literally laughing as enemies would flee, and I laid my enemies to ruin. Last Guardian Standing? Hold mah beer, I got this. Maybe it's because I was 'the skinny kid' growing up, but I loved that immense power, it was incredible. Was it balanced? No. Was it 'competitive'? Laughably no. But was it fun? OH MAH GERD.

Destiny 2 is more tactical, the controls are better, there is more balance, the wins and losses are a true measure of skill...and yet...I am not Legend as I was. In the Pantheon of games, it will hold a place of great will truly, and possibly forever be the #2 game I ever play...but maybe that's why it's Destiny2 and not Destiny 1.”

And me?  Destiny holds a special place in my heart.  At a time where I was struggling it gave me a place to escape.  The fact that I made friends and joined a clan where it didn’t matter about ability, it was about having fun and supporting each other through the game, has truly enriched the experience.  Was I good at trials? Hell no! But I had my go to weapons and load out and by the end Destiny it was like a comfy pair of slippers.  Destiny had moulded to me, but was wearing out. It needed something new.

Destiny 2 is fresh, the graphics are sharper even on a standard PS4.  Am I bothered by it being 30 FPS? Not really, except when the frame rate goes nuts during an heroic event.  I like the changes to the Warlock jump,  I still fluff them from time to time but it is easier to control. I love the clamber, which has provided already many a clutch save from certain death.  Like vanilla Destiny, there’s not the massive number of strikes, and raids, but that will come with expansions.  I am loving Destiny 2 and spend an inordinate amount of time in that world, but it’s a much spending time with my friends as playing alone.   I haven’t yet spent much time in PVP and I haven’t yet attempted trials, but I hope to try that soon.  The fact that SBMM doesn’t apply makes me feel happier about it.  Essentially, it's evolving, it needed to, is everything perfect? not in the slightest.  I am not a fan of single use shaders no matter how plentiful they are.  The Tower loading screen crashes have been annoying, but they hope to have patched it. I am glad Mida-Multi Tool is back and that they have kept a number of the old exotics.  It's in the same universe so I would not be happy if you couldn't find some of the old stuff.

But… I find myself firing up Destiny 1 from time to time and at the moment that still feels like “home”.  I’m sure that will change and I will adapt. Now about those noodz Ubo...

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Don't Tread on.....Us!!!!

We've chosen our banner. We also expect a Cease and Desist letter from Metallica's Legal team shortly.....

Saturday, August 26, 2017

3 Years Later and we're still here... Dick jokes and all!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

DRs Meme World

Below are a selection of memes made by various DR members, staring other DR members!

Please enjoy but do not use without our permission!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

DestinyRaiders LAN Party 2018

What do you think about when you hear that a bunch of Guardians from all over the country get together, some may say that’s a crazy idea and some may think that its plain awesome. Well guess what last year that is what happened. In March of 2017 the DestinyRaiders Crew did just that. From all around country we came together to be a family, a clan and one big awesome group of people. We drank “some” Beers had a lot of laughs and gamed our little hearts out.
The Conference Room at the Fourpoints Sheraton was the
place to be last March!

This year the LAN Party 2018 will be March 8th thru the 12th. And let’s just say that it’s going to be amazing. I’ll give you a little bit of info to DRsLAN2018: gaming, drinking, exploring and more drinking. We’re going to have a board game day and a VR station where some of the DRs might shit their pants depending on the game that they are walking around in. Beware don’t get on the VR Roller coaster after drinking a lot. And Cheesesteaks lots of Cheesesteaks. If you couldn't make is last then get ready to meet some amazing peeps and put a face to that voice you have had in your ear for a long time now.
If I were you I would book your tickets now and set your hotel arrangements! You are not going to want to miss this craziness and amazing time with great people that you will build a lasting friendship with!

If you need any info on DRsLAN2018 get it anyone on the Admin team or just click on the DRsLAN2018 Chat and you will find pictures, info and lots of memories from the OG LAN2017 Peeps. We hope to see everyone there. And if not we JT or Brit will probably facetime or Facebook video you when they are drunk so you can join in on the fun times since you won’t be there IRL. ~Britt
Pre-Gaming at Stewart's
Brewing Co.

2018 North American LAN Party Details

Who: If you are in the Clan, you are invited! 
What: 2018 DRs Meet up / LAN Party 
When: March 8th - 11th 
Where: FourPoints Sheraton Hotel. Newark, Delaware [USA] Reserve room: 
Why: Because we’re fucking awesome… duh 
How to help: Donate here

Monday, August 21, 2017

Destiny Raiders presents ... Crucible Premier League

You think not having private matches would stop us...think again!

DRs CRL will pit teams of 4 guardians, chosen by you guys (including picking a captain) against each other in a league format
to prove whos team has the biggest "cabals" !!

Each week your LOCKED team of 4 will play 5 PVP matches in a row in the competitive playlist, scoring points in the league that will run for a season at a time.

Can you team take home the trophy in season 1?? More rules and information coming soon, in the mean time start tapping up your team mates with them sweet noodz, once you finalise your 4some, pick a name and team captain.

Struggling to find a team?? Need 1 or 2 more, no worries the DRs super computer will LFG that shit!

Single?? Looking to meet hot men in your area...wait wrong advert...Solo player but wanna join a team, maybe too shy to speak up, again the supercomputer will find the team for you!

Crucible Premier League - where the big boys play...with each other!!!


Monday, May 22, 2017

Anoobis Destiny Event - Manchester

Anoobis Event

After being invited to Belong Manchester Destiny Event by Anoobis, Hype is one
word to describe it!

After planning to attend a month prior arriving at the event I was met with
excitement and new/old friends. The Gaming Arena the event was held at did not
disappoint, the place was decked out with top grade PC/consoles and gaming
equipment ( was hard not to steal the comfiest gaming chair I've ever sat in).
Great people from the Destiny community appeared Anoobis , Monkey_Pi, Bk
Spleen among many others.

The setting was perfect for strike races and DestinyRaiders were out to win. Myself,
Jhead13 and Monkey_Pi were ready to take on any opponent we sat down for the
first team to set a strike time. The Strike was Nexus Mind, the goal to set the fastest

We ran into the strike all guns blazing, our first run was a respectable 7.58 mins ( I
totally wasn't wearing my PVP gear).

We then decided to have a a fun rumble match while others completed their strikes. To our dismay another team beat our time so we got our game faces on and delved
back into strikes.... at the last minute we grabbed an amazing time of 5.18 mins !

We were sure we would be victorious as no one had come close to our time but team
moobis were still on their last run and seemed to be doing well.
At the Last second Team moobis stole our lead by 8 seconds!

Although we didn't win the strike races, the night was great for all, many laughs
were had by all. Destiny is more than just a game but a community building
friendships and making memories.

MayHam - The results!

MAYHAM - The results!

MayHam has been and gone, and in true DRs fashion is was both awesome and super fun! Laughs were had, headshots were made, grenades were thrown and golden guns were abused!

Below are the final tables and results, congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who took part!

HAM LEAGUE        
LastSunDance92 6 4 6 16
TheBurningStone 5 5 6 16
Bmiggy17 4 6 5 15
Monkey_pi 6 4 5 15
thejojo86 5 6 4 15
Aranel91 4 5 1 10
Eckelbopp_ 2 3 3 8
Skatooter 2 2 4 8
violenthistory73 3 3 2 8
Adkyth 3 1 3 7
isoromiC 1 2 2 5
kby69 1 1 1 3
Jayssin_ 4 4 4 12
Pen7old 4 3 4 11
Bronco 3 4 3 10
Jhead13 3 3 4 10
Angel_Eyes_66 2 3 3 8
chrisbfc 4 1 3 8
Danos_ 4 2 2 8
LittleUbo 3 1 4 8
Ohhdanyboy 3 4 1 8
DarthBrodie 2 4 1 7
InResponse 2 1 3 6
Jabawokee 1 3 2 6
antraumada 1 2 2 5
Wiegerthefarmer 2 1 2 5
Lu3_666 1 2 1 4
MstrBubbles 1 2 1 4

Top 3 of HAM vs Top 3 of BACON
1 SunDance 1st
2 Jayssin_ 2nd
3 BurningStone 3rd
4 Bronco 4th
5 Pen7old 5th
6 Bmiggy 6th

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


DestinyRaiders presents MayHam
When: Saturday, May 13th 2017 @ 3:00pm EST / 8:00pm BST
Game: Mayhem Rumble 
Weapon/Class Restrictions: None 

After the first round*
Top 3 players from each match move to the HAM Bracket 
Bottom 3 move to the Canadian Bacon Bracket 
* This may change depending on the amount of players we have. 
Winner of the HAM Bracket will get a Ham delivered to their door 
Winner of the Canadian Bacon Bracket will get a pack of Bacon sent to them.(edited) 

Friday, March 31, 2017


Destiny 2 has not only been confirmed but we have a released date as well as some juicy info!  It will be released on September 8th, it is available to pre order now, with various versions available.  A few retailers are even giving the bobble head pictured below as a sweet preorder bonus - 

Thumbs up for Cayde?!?

Pre-ordering also guarantees BETA access, so if you haven't already done so, stop reading this, put your pants back on, and go pre order it NOW!  The first glimpse of gameplay with be brought to us via a Bungie stream on May 18th, make sure to come watch it with all of us in the DRs Twitch channel.

And just in case you have missed it, you can watch the Destiny 2 trailer below - 

See you aboard the hype train guardians!