With Destiny 2 just around the corner, the original game is understandably drawing less and less attention. It makes a ton of sense—almost nothing players do in the game will carry over to Destiny 2. Plus, the sequel has been soaking up most of the spotlight lately. That’s probably why Bungie has begun to shut down some of the game’s most popular competitive events.
The Iron Banner is coming back one more time on August 1, and Trials of Osiris will get its final outing on August 11. They’re both going to reappear in Destiny 2, of course. Though, since Bungie said they’ll be back in “unexpected ways,” they will probably be reworked to infuse some new life into them.
In Destiny 1, both events are centered around PVP, and they offer special rewards in the form of unique weapons, equipment, etc. The Iron Banner is open to anyone and, whenever it’s around, players can participate in missions to accrue points over the course of the event which grants access to such gear.
Trials of Osiris is a bit of a different beast. Matches are limited to three players per team and keeping your squad alive is the key to victory. Tokens can be earned to unlock tiers of gear. The best part is that, for those skillful and lucky enough to make it through nine straight victories in a row, a special location becomes available which offers a chance at some of the best gear, along with an identifying emblem and bragging rights.
Apart from the nostalgia of running through them one last time, players can earn emblems that will carry over to the sequel. It’s a safe bet that these emblems are a one shot deal. If you miss the boat, you’ll never get another chance at them—not that it’s a huge deal if you do miss out. Though, it might be irksome for completionists who have bothered to earn just about everything else in Destiny.
As was mentioned above, Destiny 2 is coming very soon. It’s scheduled to release September 6. If you haven’t yet already, you can pre-order the game right now. Doing so will grant you early access to the Beta.