Each month, Destiny's Iron Banner PvP event goes live, turning on level advantages and handing out a special set of rewards. That playlist should be a bit more chaotic in May with Mayhem Clash being the mode for the first time in the playlist.
The move was not completely unexpected, because a small note made its way into the patch notes that accompanied the launch of Age of Triumph in late March, which mentioned that support had been added to Destiny for Iron Banner Mayhem Clash.
For some, news of the mode coming to Iron Banner is reason for hype, while also being a source of dread for other fans. Mayhem Clash is a pretty niche mode in Destiny, with its defining quality being the fact that all ability cooldowns are greatly reduced. That means, supers, grenades, and melee attacks are used at a crazy rate. How much fun that is obviously depends on the person and their opinion of what they want to get out of Destiny's PvP.
However, the addition of Mayhem Clash in Iron Banner will break up the usual cycle of the Control, Clash, Rift, and Supremacy mode rotation. The hesitation that some fans have over the mode is tied to certain subclasses or abilities that much of the playerbase has grown annoyed with over time. Gunslingers and their Golden Guns are usually extremely dominant in Mayhem Clash, with their ability to shut down other Guardians (even in their Supers) from a distance and the availability of multiple shots to do so.
The other common annoyance that has grown, especially recently in light of the past few balance tweaks, are that of sticky grenades. Every class has access to some form of grenade that will stick to an enemy player, and lately those types of grenades have become a go-to in the ultra-competitive Trials of Osiris playlist. The concern is that with reduced cooldowns, said grenades will be flying around the map with abandon.
As Iron Banner always does, a set of weapons and armor will be available to purchase from Lady Efrideet or to gain from drops post-match. This Iron Banner, players can earn The Clever Dragon pulse rifle and The Silvered Dread machine gun, with the armor drops being chest and leg pieces.
Iron Banner Mayhem Clash begins Tuesday, May 9 at 10 a.m. Pacific and runs until the next weekly reset on May 16 at 2 a.m. Pacific.
Destiny is available now on PS4 and Xbox One.