Destiny‘s Iron Banner tournament is set to return soon, and Bungie is promising would-be Guardians new weapons, as well as better drop rates for goodies.

Later today, Destiny‘s Iron Banner tournament goes live once more, and, in order to promote its resurgence, Bungie has revealed a machine gun and a hand cannon — an updated version of Timur’s Lash with an Iron Banner logo painted on the side — for those who reach Rank 5 in the event. Lord Saladin’s competition is set to be available as soon as November’s Update 2.0.2 arrives.

Not only will Destiny‘s Iron Banner include the aforementioned firearms as rewards, but it also will bring about some wide-reaching changes. For starters, Bungie is assuring fans that there will be better drop rates for loot. Plus, one of the biggest amendments involves the use of Clash as its PvP mode instead of Control.

The additional alterations the studio is introducing to the contest are as follows:

  • Iron Banner reputation from winning matches increased by 20
  • Activity completion rewards increased at all ranks, with even more significant increases at Rank 2 and above
  • Packages from Lord Saladin upon reaching Rank 3 and Rank 5
  • Iron Banner Artifacts can be obtained from the Rank 3 package
  • Iron Banner Ghost Shells can be obtained from the Rank 5 package or activity completion rewards

The Iron Banner’s debut back in 2014 was a welcome addition as far as Crucible fans were concerned. Although the tournament doesn’t offer as much of a challenge as others like Trials of Osiris, the mode’s Iron Banner gear often garners a decent draw of players.

And while some may be less than thrilled about what is essentially a copy and paste of Timur’s Lash being presented this time around, at least most of the modifications can be seen as improvements, as fans will be privy to a variety of options with the more frequent loot drops. After all, a lot of players had been complaining about receiving a lack of diversity when it came to the different types of drops.

Since the only real attraction to Iron Banner is primarily its PvP aspects, these revamps ought to boost the tourney’s popularity somewhat. However, there’s really no telling how Destiny fans will take to the refinements, as they may save their average daily play time of 3 hours for other modes in the game.

What do you think about the changes being made to Destiny‘s Iron Banner mode? Does it seem more enticing, or are you planning to skip it altogether? Let us know in the comments below.

Destiny and its most recent expansion The Taken King is available now for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

Source: Bungie – Twitter (via VG 24/7)