We’re all used to the notion that online games are most fun when played with friends. This is a no-brainer. You get your gang together in Destiny 2 and queue up for the Vow of Disciple raid because you know that you will beat it. And if not, you’ll still have a great time and a few laughs watching the team fail in the most ridiculous ways.
Each game has a clear progression where you start with easy challenges and enemies that pose almost no threat. Then the game gradually progresses to the level of difficulty relevant to the latest raid, called Vow of the Disciple. So, your ability to play as a team with your friends is tested in some of the game’s activities. Between you going around various planets and completing story missions, there isn’t really a need to be concerned about stuff like the class build or a loadout. But as you get closer to the Power Level cap, things start to get serious.
So, if you’ve made it your next goal to defeat the final Vow of the Disciple raid boss, you and your friends need to perform at the maximum level because the developers made sure to punish any mistake made in a boss fight. So, unless you and your friends want to spend 3–4 hours on a raid run, you’d better start working on those communication skills.
Raiding is regarded as the most challenging PvE activity in the game. You and two of your teammates set out on a journey through several boss encounters, unique puzzles that involve precise communication, fighting AI, and doing all of it hastily.
All of that then culminates in a huge final battle where usually all of the mechanics your team came across throughout the raid are utilized in that last fight. So, in a way, the last battle is the final test for your team; for instance, Destiny 2 Vow of Disciple for instance, that utilizes a set of glyphs that only one player from the team can see, and they must relay them to other teammates so that the team can progress. The entire raid is designed with the idea of these symbols, and each new “room” puts a new spin on this mechanic. Finally, it gets to the point where even in order to defeat the final boss, these symbols must be used.
The stakes are very high in the Vow of the Disciple raid, just like in any other raid, since every D2 player knows that the most powerful gear comes from raid rewards. And since the Witch Queen raid is the latest one yet, there’s not a single player who didn’t want to beat it and claim its rewards.
But there are a number of problems. And, arguably, the biggest one is having an actual team to play with. You can choose to play with randoms, but this is a miserable experience. Even if you manage to find someone to teach you the Destiny 2 Witch Queen raid mechanics, there’s no guarantee it’ll be a fun ride for everyone involved.
When Raiding Gets Crazy
Everyone wants to snatch some of that sweet loot from the Witch Queen raid, but not everyone has the team or the knowledge that it takes to beat the raid. And these aren’t the only things you’re going to need to take on the raid bosses and all the challenges. You’ll also need your character to be the most powerful, have the best armor, and have the most damaging weapons you can get your hands on.
Your team is bound to fail if your weapons aren’t good enough to deal with the adds while someone is focused on the puzzles. Boss fights regularly involve waves of adds that you must also deal with. So, unless you can whip out something like a Gjallarhorn or some crazy LMG that can mow down weaker enemies, your team might not even make it to the final boss.
So, it’s always a good idea to get your gear in order and practice some of that team synergy in a safer environment. If you want to have the challenge level of a raid, yet something you can practice on more often, at least in terms of fighting enemies, then the Nightfall Destiny activity should be on your to-do list. It has difficulty settings that will allow you to scale the challenge to the appropriate level.
If you want to go all-in and put your team to the test, then the Grandmaster Nightfall rotation is at your service. This variation has some insane modifiers that keep the players on their toes, making them adapt to the new game rules and conditions by making the enemies stronger or even immune to some types of attacks. The list of modifiers is random, but to give you an idea of what they look like, here are a few of them:
- Champions: Unstoppable
- Champions: Barrier
- Champions: Caba
- Hero Modifiers: Extra Shields
- Zahn’s Stratagem
- Equipment Locked
- Match Game
- Legend Modifiers
- Master Modifiers
- Champions: Mob
Using Strikes for Practicing Teamwork
Nightfall Strikes Destiny 2 is a great way to prepare yourself for raiding. They, too, offer a good range of powerful rewards, and your team should really think about obtaining those, if you haven’t already done so.
Although a Nightfall Strike Вestiny 2 is vastly different from a raid, the core principles of team cooperation are universal between these two activities.
To keep things fresh, the missions available for completion in this game mode are on a weekly rotation. Which means you’re going to have to check what mission is on Destiny 2 Grandmaster Nightfall this week. That way, you’ll know if that mission has something your team needs to work on, such as a particular mechanic or a modifier. Or maybe you’ll be after a particular reward from this week’s reward loot table.
These Nightfall Destiny 2 missions are accessed from the same menu as the normal Strikes, so all you have to do is talk to Zavala in the Tower or open the tab in the Destination menu. From there, you can select the difficulty, what modifiers are on the current week. Make sure that you and your teammates have a sufficient Power Level otherwise you won’t be able to start the mission. Of course, higher difficulty offers a higher tier of rewards, with the Destiny 2 Grandmaster Nightfall having the cream of the crop loot.
Pay special attention to the mission modifiers, especially on higher difficulty levels, because often, they will determine what classes of weapons you’ll end up using.
How Nightfalls work
Enemy modifiers that we mentioned previously call for specific equipment and certain mods installed in your Seasonal Artifact. Specific to Grandmaster Nightfall might have exclusive modifiers unique to the mission in rotation.
Some modifiers make it impossible to change weapons during the mission, which is very much how raid rules work too. So, when looking for the most authentic, raid-like challenge, be on the lookout for the Equipment Locked modifier that some Grandmaster Nightfalls come with.
Be mindful of the fact that if you have the goal of completing or practicing using the highest difficulty level of any given Destiny 2 Nightfall mission, a pre-made team is a must. The game doesn’t offer any type of matchmaking for that, which is another thing that is very similar to raids.
All in all, this game mode is a great tool for you and your team to practice your teamwork and get some valuable loot that will come in handy when you decide to start raiding.