Last month, developer Bungie told Destiny 2 players that it would be nerfing the One-Eyed Mask exotic helmet, one of the most powerful exotics in the game. Now, Bungie has detailed exactly how the exotic will be nerfed in the game's next season. One-Eyed Mask has become an annoyance for many players going up against it in the Crucible because it has been so strong. But these upcoming changes should knock the exotic down a bit.
One-Eyed Mask is an exotic Titan helmet, which currently functions by giving Destiny 2 players who have it equipped a perk called Vengeance. When that player is damaged by another player, Vengeance marks the enemy player so that the Titan player can see them through walls. If that player is able to defeat their opponent, they gain health regeneration, an increase to their damage, and an overshield.
There's a lot of things going for a player that can activate the perk and finish up with a kill. Despite a nerf earlier this year which reduced the duration of Vengeance and changed the health regeneration method from an instant 100% health function to starting health regeneration, the exotic has remained one of the best in the game. And players have been asking en masse for more nerfs. They will get it soon.
With the upcoming nerf in Season 9, One-Eyed Mask will no longer grant an overshield upon a kill of a tracked enemy. The tracking and health regeneration function of the exotic will remain. It seems that Bungie will be mainly making these changes to the sandbox (adjusting weapons, exotics, and abilities) at the beginning of each season, so while some fixes to pressing issues and some other changes have come via patches mid-season, players will need to wait until December 10 to see this change come to One-Eyed Mask.
Alongside One-Eyed Mask, this same patch will bring a nerf to The Recluse pinnacle submachine gun, which has been used extensively in both PvE and PvP for quite some time now. So that means that with the launch of Season 9, two of the most powerful items in Destiny 2 will receive a nerf. On the other hand, the underwhelming and underperforming Xenophage exotic machinegun is set to get a damage buff within the same sandbox update on December 10, 2019.
Destiny 2: Shadowkeep is available now for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, with a Stadia version launching on November 19.