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Destiny 2 to nerf The Last Word and Izanagi's Burden

Published: 14:47, 21 February 2020
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Destiny 2 - The Last Word

Bungie released another This Week at Bungie blog post, outlining more plans for the Season of the Worth which they still keep redacted for some reason. Among the many nerfs, those to Izanagi's Burden and The Last Word capture the spotlight.

Destiny 2's The Last Word is the best weapon ever or a part of degenerate builds, depending on who you ask. Both groups' opinions are largely influenced by the weapon's bullet magnetism which results in optimal TTK in many situations as players land headshots despite aiming for the nuts.

Bungie has had it with the complaints apparently and the devs are about to hit the hand cannon with a nerf hammer as soon as Season of the Worthy arrives. It will no longer be as good at the medium range since aiming down sights will no longer provide additional effective range and damage falloff should kick in at the same distance as when hip firing.

Furthermore, the effective range overall will be decreased, on top of the previous HC range nerfs. Coupled with the new impact changes, this will make The Last Word a weapon that is still formidable at close range but not nearly as dangerous as it is currently at mid-range.

Namely, precision hits will now deal only 52 damage on each headshot while aiming down sights. Therefore, you will need three precision hits plus one body to kill a Guardian while ADSing or just three headshots while hip firing if you can pull that off.

Oh, and it will now be less accurate on PC as stability will be lower for mouse and keyboard users, which probably means more recoil compensation will be needed. 

As for Izanagi's Burden, this weapon's nerfs in Season of the Worthy will be aimed at PvE due to reload speed nerfs. The first one is a nerf to Honed Edge reload which will no longer be affected by the reload stat. 

Destiny 2 - The Dawning

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Destiny 2 - The Dawning

The second one is that Outlaw trait will be replaced by No Distractions which will reduce flinch while scoped but killing minor enemies will no longer make the super shot load up as fast.

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