ESL Announces Destiny Esports Ruleset

By: Ryan Cox | January 5th, 2017

In September of 2016, Bungie released Rise of Iron, the newest expansion for Destiny. Alongside the expansion came the arrival of a frequent item of community demand—Private Matches. Private matches in Destiny would of course pave the way for competition and esports, something that is on plenty of gamers’ minds.

ESL, one of the leaders in esports tournament operation, has officially announced that they will be expanding into the field of Destiny. Alongside their announcement of their first 4v4 Destiny tournament, they have announced their ruleset for competitive Destiny that they have crafted alongside competitive players. Details below.

Gameplay Changes

  • Duplicate subclasses are prohibited
  • All Exotic Armor pieces are prohibited
  • Heavy Ammo is prohibited
  • Class specific weapons are not allowed (Stillpiercer, Tlaloc)
  • Intentional suicides are prohibited
  • Your character’s total armor value may not exceed 7.


Item & Perk Bans

  • Backstab (Bladedancer Perk)
  • All Rise of Iron Arifacts (excluding Memory of Jolder)
  • Year 1 armor pieces with the perk “Special Weapon Ammo”
  • Year 1 shotguns with the perks “Crowd Control or “Kneepads”
  • Hawkmoon
  • No Land Beyond
  • Universal Remote
  • Invective
  • Ice Breaker
  • Queenbreakers’ Bow
  • Luck in the Chamber (Weapon Perk)


With numerous items banned from competitive play, as well as new gameplay rules, competitive Destiny is off to an interesting start. The first ESL Destiny tournament will take place on January 8th for the European region.

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