Thread of Generation Destiny 2 Shard Could Lose Top Spot in Season 21

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If you’ve been following Bungie’s dev blog recently, you’ll know that the Thread of Generation Destiny 2 Strand shard will be nerfed next season. So much so that it is in danger of losing its place as “the best piece of the Strand.”

The next change focuses on the shard’s relationship to the damage over time mechanic and frequent damaging weapons like trace rifles. We’ll tell you right now, both of them will be nerfed hard. For some of us, that may seem like a foregone conclusion.

Before we discuss the nerf, let’s talk about what the shard actually does.

Destiny 2 Spawn Thread Fragment

Dealing damage generates grenade energy. But it has the cost of -10 Discipline.

Destiny Generation Thread 2 Item 01

As stated above, the Thread of Generation Destiny 2 shard spawns grenade energy after dealing damage. Note that nowhere in the description does it say it has to be weapon damage or ability damage. All you need for it to activate is the damage numbers that appear on the screen.

Ideally, the reasonable rate of energy gain is with weapons like automatic rifles. A constant stream of damage can knock over a minute off your cooldown, even if you only have 30-40 Discipline. The weapons and damage over time mechanics apply damage at somewhat higher rates, so it would stand to reason that you generate more grenade energy faster. At least that’s how it works now. And that will change starting next season.

Thread of Generation Nerf Details

Starting in Season 21, Thread of Generation will be affected by the following nerfs:

  • Reduced energy generation provided by some damage over time mechanics.
  • Reduced the energy generation provided by Trace Rifles by 36%.

Damage over time mechanics like poison (I’m looking at you, Le Monarque) and searing weapons are affected by this nerf. This also applies to certain bow attacks. More importantly, it would seem that unraveled projectiles will no longer generate as much energy.

We don’t know where this trace rifle nerf came from. (What a strange and specific number.) With something as powerful as Thread of Generation, it’s easy for certain types of weapons to slip under the radar. It is possible that with Trace Rifles, a Strand user could retrieve their grenade almost instantly. That may have prompted the direct nerf for the upcoming season.

As for who will be affected the most by these nerfs, it will be Guardians who will be using Grapple a lot. Hunters who don’t use grenades with grapple points and Threadling wizards who want to add a bit of mobility to their Threadling build will be affected by this nerf.

What does this mean for Thread of Generation in the future?

Ultimately, we’ll have to see how the nerfs affect the shard next season. We could find ourselves in a Loreley Spendor Helm situation where we end up investing more in the recovery to have almost the same effects. In the worst case, players could abandon Thread of Generation for another shard entirely.

But we’ll have to see that. Bungie has yet to announce how much they are reducing damage output over time. Although they did mention that they will be releasing a more detailed blog by the time season 21 launches.

So how can you prepare for the nerfs of the upcoming season? If you’re a hunter looking to maintain Grapple’s uptime, you might be tempted to run three copies of the Bomber mod instead of two. Warlocks may very well need to use Verity’s Brow to get the same level of grenade regeneration as before.

And that’s it on Thread of Generation for now. We’ll continue to monitor for more updates as we get closer to Season 21. So stay tuned. Good luck to the rest of your Guardian Games, Competitors!

Watch this video of youtuber aztecaross Going over the expected class changes in Destiny 2 Season 21.

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