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    Official Mixed Martial Arts Thread

    My heart says Conor pieces him up on the feet and makes him look ordinary like he did Alvarez but my head and gut tell me that he'll get taken down early in the first and mauled, survive but be exhausted and TKO'd in the second. Can't stand Khabib. Phenomenal wrestler but the guy has deeply unpleasant associations and views, is a one-note fighter and thinks he's invincible. Maybe he is as good as he says he is but there are a lot of top fighters in the LW division that he has yet to prove himself against. I hope Conor fucks him up. McGregor's become a parody of himself these days and it's difficult to root for him too much after that press conference but people have short memories. He's always done this to one degree or another, it's just that this time it seems genuinely personal and he dialled it up to 11. Remember the 205 press conference when he came out in a white mink coat and looked and acted like a completely unhinged moron who'd lost the plot? He then went on to produce one of the most calmly clinical championship performances the octagon has ever seen. Maybe this is his Rousey moment, where the bullshit drowns out the ability and his limitations are truly exposed. A part of me does wonder whether the hunger is still there as he sits on his mountain of cash. Or maybe he's yet again played everyone for a fool and will display what he's learned in his time off and make it all look easy. It's hard to remember when you had such a fantastically contrasting match-up of styles and personalities with so much bad blood before the fight. It's a mouth-watering prospect and I can't wait.
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    Splatoon 2 - Octo Expansion AVAILABLE NOW

    The Octo expansion is hair-tearingly, frustratingly hard in places and this is a pretty widely held view, so I wouldn't worry too much if you're struggling. I just got through it until I could access the Octoling player character and have never gone back to it as I didn't find it all that enjoyable.
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    Destiny: Forsaken - Last Wish Raid thread

    Fourth encounter down! Spoilers for that and the final encounter follow: Having seen pretty much all of it now I can safely say that this is definitely up there with the best raids so far. It has a consistent visual theme that I love and that carries on as a natural progression from the Dreaming City, giving it a connection and relevance to the main game that was completely absent in the Leviathan. Of particular note is the sense it gives you of having fought your way through an epic journey towards a final showdown with a truly showstopping foe. And although featuring some complex mechanics they're never annoying and I've really enjoyed figuring out every encounter. It's stunningly well-designed. I can see it being a lot of fun to run through every week but it's the hardest raid yet I think and I wouldn't be surprised if a fair number of people really struggle to beat it for a good while yet. But on the whole it's a resounding return to form. Bravo Bungie. (apart from giving me three rocket launchers from four encounters, you utter bastards )
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    Destiny 2: Forsaken. No raid spoilers please.

    I've been spoilering anything relating to encounter mechanics in the raid thread. Anything out in the open is just about my overall feelings of the raid, its aesthetics & the rolls I've had on raid weapons etc. It's safe & I'm getting lonely in there.
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    Destiny 2: Forsaken. No raid spoilers please.

    I've been working my way through the raid this weekend & making posts in the dedicated raid thread as I go. Think I may be the only one who's attempted it so far though because no-one else has posted in there yet. Think there are a couple of pre-set teams in the clan that raid together but I'd be happy to be part of a new one after the next reset if we have enough people.
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    Destiny 2: Forsaken. No raid spoilers please.

    I just got very lucky indeed and had the EP shotgun drop after 9 boss kills. It's a fucking beast! Are the others worth getting? I never use SMGs and have a nice selection of snipers so the EP one would have to be pretty good for me to consider farming for it.
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    Destiny: Forsaken - Last Wish Raid thread

    More progress tonight! Managed to have a really clean run of the second encounter with all the experience I'd picked up from the night before. Spoilers for third & fourth encounters: I've had a couple of raid armour pieces drop which look awesome on my hunter but have been a little disappointed with the weapons I've got. Rocket launcher which isn't going to replace Sleeper in the heavy slot any time soon, the sniper, which is decent but sits in the primary slot so I don't anticipate ever being used and the energy auto rifle which has insane range and is actually pretty good. I guess this is the downside of having raid weapons drop with random rolls although apparently there are 'curated rolls' that can drop and come fully masterworked, so I think these are the extra layer of loot chase that they've implemented in this raid. Could see some of those taking months to obtain. All in all I continue to be mightily impressed and think it's a fucking fantastic raid. Has anyone else made any progress in it? Would be interested to see if others are enjoying it as much as I am. If not I'll continue talking to myself in this thread.
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    Destiny: Forsaken - Last Wish Raid thread

    So I had my first proper crack at this tonight after grinding my ass off for the last two weeks & getting my main character up to 558. Went in blind as is the best way. Spoilers for first two encounters: Still a long way to go & who knows if I'll manage to clear the whole thing this week but impressions from what I've seen so far are hugely positive. I love the aesthetic which recaptures that sense of epic mystery & journey that Vault of Glass had but was so sorely lacking from the bizarre & off-key Leviathan. The mechanics, although demanding, are genuinely fun in a way that I felt they haven't been since Wrath of the Machine & I really can't wait to see what the later encounters are like. Maybe it drops the ball later on but I don't think it's too presumptuous to suggest that based on what I've seen so far, as a crowning glory it really cements Forsaken as a superb expansion all round. It has the potential to be the best raid yet, which is just about the highest praise I can give. It's great to play something so genuinely exciting and thrilling again and it just reaffirms that a blind Destiny raid is right up there with the very best that gaming has to offer.
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    Destiny 2: Forsaken. No raid spoilers please.

    True that. Getting stomped and the mercy rule triggering can be a real blessing sometimes.
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    Destiny 2: Forsaken. No raid spoilers please.

    The 5 & 6-stacks are out in force in Iron Banner aren't they.
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    Destiny 2: Forsaken. No raid spoilers please.

    I sense another cunt incoming.
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    Destiny 2: Forsaken. No raid spoilers please.

    Welcome to the Cunt Club.
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    Destiny 2: Forsaken. No raid spoilers please.

    I used Trust for the Crucible part. Found it much more reliable for getting precision kills than Better Devils or Crimson because I found it to have a consistent recoil pattern & it's rate of fire seems well suited to my boss-eyed aim but just go with whatever feels best for you. Most of the kills will probably be steals on opponents that have been hurt by a teammate already. As Oz says, it's definitely worth suffering through it to get the Ace of Spades. Fantastic gun.
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    Destiny 2: Forsaken. No raid spoilers please.

    It’s awesome in Crucible but if you’re not one of those assholes who’s relying on the crutch of Sleeper to invade then I think Ace of Spades is perfect for the exotic slot in Gambit too as you’re facing so many densely packed groups of enemies all the time. The perk set is made for it & you get showers of motes all over the shop. It’s like Sunshot but with a bigger magazine, higher damage & faster reloads. Depends on your playstyle but if you can reliably hit those headshots I’ve found it to be an absolute beast & it really helps at the crucial first stage of a match when you’re trying to quickly grab as many motes as possible & send blockers across to the other side. Crimson’s very good too but I’ve used it so much that it’s nice to change it up a bit. @Thor Which part of the quest are you at currently? I’m a bang average player in competitive modes but maybe I can give some tips as to how I managed it with my limited skills. Just to humblebrag a bit more, I also got the Chaperone yesterday. Fun to run in strikes if you want to piss about for a bit but its skill ceiling is way too high for me to use reliably in the Crucible. Hit 540 & had a quick pop at the raid but I think I’m gonna leave it till I’m closer to 550 (hopefully next weekend) because even the first encounter is a recommended power of 560 & I don’t fancy spending 5 or 6 hours trying to eke out an unlikely victory. Do we have a PS4 raid team in here? Would be nice to play Destiny with some rllmukers for once.
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    Destiny 2: Forsaken. No raid spoilers please.

    Holy shit, Ace of Spades and Gambit are a match made in heaven!
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