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Destiny has a serious mercenary problem in the Trials of Osiris

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Destiny, a video game with the year one in-game narrative of a pre-school colouring-in book, is all about the loot. Delicious legendary engrams, Exotic weapons and armour that stirs a certain longing in your pants as you realise what Coldplay was singing about when they released “a rush of blood to the head”.

But to get the best loot in Destiny, you have to work for it. Maybe you’re lucky in Prison of Elders and the Crucible, or maybe you know when to spend your Strange Coins whenever Xur arrives. But there’s one guaranteed way to truly pick up equipment that will leave fellow guardians green with envy: The Trials of Osiris.

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A three on three team effort, the Trials of Osiris tasks players with achieving one of the hardest goals in the game, outside of a solo Vault of Glass run on Heroic. Nine straight wins. No losses, no ties. Get in that arena, and work some Guardian magic until your thumbs bleed. Needless to say, it’s a feat that few are capable of, and fewer actually manage to pull off.

But the rewards are worth it, as those few Guardians who can pull off a nine-win record will get access to the Lighthouse on Mercury, and a chance to obtain the following:

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You can’t get this gear anywhere else, and needless to say, people want it. Bad. I won’t even bother with the Trials of Osiris. Destiny’s multiplayer gameplay is already fine-tuned for quick 1:1 kills, with killstreaks being reserved for the truly talented.

That makes getting the nine-win streak impossible for players such as myself, who were born with two left thumbs. In a jar. But let’s say that you’re desperate to get that gear, despite your digital handicap. What’s a Guardian to do? Easy: You hire some muscle.

Ebay is filled with adverts for people who can guarantee you a trip to the Lighthouse. For a price of course. Starting around the $50 mark and sometimes being as cheap as $15, these Guardians promise you riches and rewards in the hardest of Elimination modes available in Destiny.

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But here’s where things get dodgy.

The Trials of Osiris is home to some damn good talent. And if you’re guaranteeing results, then chances are high that you’re going to see some lag-switching. The Bungie forums are filled with people complaining about this, with numerous Reddit threads fingering culprits.

If you’ve never heard of lag-switching, here’s a quick description of it:

A lag switch is a piece of equipment installed on a home network that allows you to insert delays into the flow of local traffic to the Internet. Lag switches are normally used by unscrupulous players wanting to cheat at online video games.

And while I’m not saying that the Ebay vendors are all guilty of this, the frequency of lag-switching coupled with the amount of for-hire Destiny mercenaries out there does raise a few eyebrows. With positive reviews on the Ebay side that reveal nine straight wins within an hour of the seller using your character with their team, something is definitely fishy.

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Of course, such get-rich quick schemes may soon be coming to an end, when Bungie starts a new round of ban-hammerings. For a short while, at least. Because you can’t keep a good mercenary down. How about you?

Have you ever been on the receiving end of such shenanigans that have cost you a flawless run in the Trials of Osiris?

Last Updated: August 18, 2015


  1. Whenever I hear about people actually paying for stuff like this…


    • RinceThis

      August 18, 2015 at 10:13

      You really do have a good memory!


    • The Gnome

      August 18, 2015 at 13:48

      I know a dad who bought his kid a 9-0 trip… what an awesome gift. I normally wonder about things like this too but Bungie has asked for this by how they set their game up, and if people want to pay a few bucks to get a great experience (less than a night at the movies mind you) then so be it. More power too the legit services that help people go 9-0. Lag switchers, yea, ban em’….

      What I find a little over the top is paying ~$100 for a blacksmith shader on eBay. A single shader?


      • Terence R

        August 18, 2015 at 15:18

        thats true though, a night at the movies can cost $20 for the ticket and $15 for food. if someone has more joy into playing ps4 for the night, a trip to mercury might be better. but hey, i love video games, so i kinda understand


  2. Hammersteyn

    August 18, 2015 at 08:48

    9 wins in a row!? Must be fun when you lose after 8 wins.


    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      August 18, 2015 at 08:53

      If you’ve paid & that happens do you get a refund? 😀


      • Paratrooper2000

        January 27, 2016 at 12:55

        they try again i think. thats the risk of running a business… 😉


  3. WitWolfy

    August 18, 2015 at 08:49

    OH BURN!!! PAY TO WIN!!! I knew this day would come! I just knew it!

    Now that you mention lag switching, I remember back on the 360 people thought I used a switch when I used to game on Iburst. Thats how back my latency was.. LOL

    Good times, good times…


    • Hammersteyn

      August 18, 2015 at 08:52

      Best part is, the weapons you can win doesn’t seem all that special to begin with


      • WitWolfy

        August 18, 2015 at 08:53

        It’s not the weapon that counts, its the $$$ you paid to buy that weapon that counts… HASN’T BOBBY KOTTICK TAUGHT YOU ANYTHING!?!


        • Hammersteyn

          August 18, 2015 at 09:13

          No he hasn’t 😛


  4. Jonah Cash

    August 18, 2015 at 08:53

    I have seen this in the Iron Banner quite a bit. But the last Iron Banner had almost none of this! So ban hammer the shit out of them again and again…


  5. Dawid Eduard Roestorf

    August 18, 2015 at 10:14

    This was really needed, the ban hammer I mean. I hate these mercenaries


  6. RinceThis

    August 18, 2015 at 10:20

    LOL. Ban dem ALL!


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