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Destiny's two big PVP modes return soon - and they're a bit different

Iron Banner and Trials of Osiris changed.

Destiny's two big player versus player modes are set to return soon and slightly different.

Iron Banner, which sees player character power level matter, returns on 13th October, Bungie said in its latest Weekly Update.

The developer said power still matters in Iron Banner, but it was adjusting the damage curves to work with the new measurement systems introduced with the expansion The Taken King. The recommended minimum Light for Iron Banner is 230. Only level 40 Guardians can lead a Fireteam.

There are other changes: drop rates have been increased so they should be the primary source of rewards from Iron Banner, rather than buying them from vendor Lord Saladin during the event. If you do buy gear from Lord Saladin, you'll need to spend Legendary Marks, giving the new material a new use.

Iron Banner comes with all new bounties (nine daily bounties and three new weekly bounties). These reward Legendary Marks. The tempered buff is now automatically applied and continues to grow in effectiveness each day of the event, so there's no need to remember to apply it.

Meanwhile, changes have also been made to the Trials of Osiris PVP event, introduced with the House of Wolves add-on.

Trials of Osiris returns on 16th October and, once again, character power levels matter. The recommended minimum light level is 290. Only Guardians with at least 251 Light can lead a Fireteam.

One big change is Trials gear now drops exclusively as end-of-match rewards for winning teams. The more you win, the better the drops will be. So, there's no need to return to vendor Brother Vance.

As before, players that get nine wins without a loss get invited to The Lighthouse area. But now, you can continue to play in the Trials plast nine wins - but you won't get any better gear.

Also new are Trials bounties, available each weekend to provide players with a way to get Trials gear, even if they don't reach the Lighthouse.

Here's another important change: Destiny will now try to match up teams with similar win counts. So, if your team has one win, it will try to match you with another team with only one win.

If you have eight wins, Destiny will try to match you with another team with eight wins, which should make for some nerve-wracking bouts as both teams battle for the previous ninth victory.

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