Destiny 2 Leviathan Raid’s Prestige Mode Delayed, Here’s Why And When It Goes Live

Those getting ready for the Prestige version of Destiny 2‘s Leviathan Raid now have some additional time to make their preparations. Bungie announced today that it has delayed the launch of Prestige mode after the discovery of a serious bug.

In a post on its website, Bungie explained that this bug would have negated the difficulty of Prestige mode–which is basically the entire point, being the hard-mode version of the Raid. “An exploit has been discovered in the Leviathan Raid that causes the encounters to be stripped of their intended challenge,” it explained. “To allow time to fix this issue, we are delaying the start of the Prestige Raid until next week. It’s important to us that the team who earns World First status doesn’t have their legacy tarnished by doubt, skepticism, or uncertainty.”

No further details were shared about the nature of the bug. It could be related to the recently discovery exploit that allows players to easily defeat Calus, which is documented here on Reddit.

The Leviathan Prestige Raid now launches at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM BST on Wednesday, October 18 (4 AM AEDT on October 19). That’s a full day after the weekly reset; it had been scheduled to launch just after this week’s, at 10 AM PT on October 10.

We don’t yet have a complete idea of how exactly the Prestige Raid will differ from the standard version. “We do not expect everyone to be successful in completing this activity,” Bungie said when it was first announced. “Mechanical changes to the encounters are minimal, but they are there.” We also know that rewards will be less about making you more powerful; instead, you can expect “unique rewards to help you shine.”

While Tuesday’s weekly reset may not bring a new challenge for Raid fans, the first-ever Iron Banner in Destiny 2 does kick off. It will run for a week and offer up some new rewards. Players can also look forward to the next Nightfall Strike, among other things.

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WWE’s Bray Wyatt & Sister Abigail Storyline Is A Bad Idea

The WWE’s current Bray Wyatt/Finn Balor storyline has been going on for close to half a year. And yet, somehow, even though both men have exhausted their narrative possibilities, WWE is continuing this feud for at least another month. This past Monday, we learned that Bray Wyatt will finally introduce Sister Abigail–his oft-referred to mentor from his promos. This is a terrible idea.

At one time, back when Wyatt was the heir apparent to the Undertaker, this might have been exciting. Now, it feels like a cheap, short-term solution rather than a long-term commitment to Wyatt’s success. Sadly, that’s nothing new.

Like the Undertaker, Bray Wyatt debuted as a heel; the two of them share the same dark appeal. Undertaker had his Creatures of the Night. Wyatt has his sheep-masked Fireflies.

The Undertaker was supernatural. He could shoot lightning. He could float from the rafters. He could shrug off beatdowns and sit up like Dracula. A brand new wrestler, attempting the same sort of schtick in 2017, would probably be laughed out of arenas.

And this is why WWE grounded Bray Wyatt in reality. He was a backwoods cult leader who–with the exception of a 2015 feud with the Undertaker–had no magical or otherworldly powers. His only powers were his charisma and his voice, which dripped with religious fervor. Like Undertaker, Wyatt was a monster. But unlike Undertaker, Wyatt could conceivably exist. And that’s what made him so disturbing.

Wyatt’s promos made little sense, but that was the point; they were the product of an addled, delusional mind. And it was during these monologues that fans learned about Sister Abigail.

What we know about her has been relayed through rambled mutterings, and Bray himself is not the most reliable narrator. But the basic idea is that she raised him, probably in the abandoned cabin that Wyatt delivered his promos from. The now iconic rocking chair is probably hers. And she made Wyatt the leader of her cult before she died. Fans have speculated that she might have been a nun, which is where her “Sister” designation comes from.

Sister Abigail is dead and buried beneath the floorboards of the Wyatt cabin. We know this, because the week after Randy Orton burned down the cabin, Wyatt went inside to retrieve Abigail’s ashes, which he then used to “baptize” himself..

At least on the surface, introducing Sister Abigail might seem like a good idea. But it doesn’t hold up to scrutiny. This will be akin to killing a golden goose–the “unmasking Kane” moment of 2017.

It’s better to leave this part of Wyatt’s personality and personal history vague and abstract. Not everything needs to be spelled out and defined. A character like Wyatt’s thrives on mystery and half-truths, left open to interpretation. Take away the mystique, and the character loses its appeal. It’s that hope of learning more that keeps fans coming back.

Whoever WWE assigns to perform Sister Abigail will face an uphill battle. Thanks to social media, fans will treat her as the wrestler who is performing Sister Abigail, rather than Sister Abigail herself. And narratively, because Sister Abigail is dead in-storyline, this whole premise is a stretch. How did she come back to life? Was she alive all along? Was she resurrected? Has her spirit possessed another wrestler’s body? WWE fans know this is all fiction, but we still look for consistency–the fictional universe has to abide by its own rules.

Speculation is running rampant over Sister Abigail’s casting. Due to a suspicious looking tweet, many fans are theorizing that NXT wrestler Sage Beckett will perform the role:

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And then on Thursday, there was another, more substantiated rumor floating around that Wyatt himself would be Sister Abigail–that she is an alter-ego, who Wyatt will put on a different costume and makeup for. This seems a bit odd, but it might actually be the best solution, as it reaffirms that Bray is just an unstable man rather than an otherworldly being.

But whether Sister Abigail is Beckett, another NXT prospect, or Wyatt himself, there is one thing for certain: A one-off gimmick, no matter how cool and creepy it is, has not and will not get Wyatt over by itself. It didn’t work in 2014, when Wyatt paraded a choir of sheep kids out on Raw. It didn’t work in 2015, when he possessed the Undertaker’s powers. And it didn’t work earlier this year, when he fought Randy Orton in a gonzo-style House of Horrors match.

Because you see, Wyatt ultimately lost all of those feuds. The solution to getting Bray Wyatt over does not require lighting tricks, lens filters, ‘found footage’ camerawork, or Sister Abigail reveals.

Wyatt just needs to actually win–decisively, consistently, and cleanly. There is no amount of smoke and mirrors that can compensate for a losing track record.

Wyatt has expressed frustration with this fan perception, most recently in an interview with Uproxx:

“Is that true? Do y’all really believe that? What are you talking about? You don’t know. You don’t know. So shh! Shut up, all of you, shut up! Shut up! … I was just World Champion. I was a Tag Team Champion last year. I beat Randy Orton, I beat Seth Rollins, I beat Finn Bálor on Monday. What are y’all talking about? What are you talking about? You don’t know. You don’t know.”

While it’s true that Wyatt held these titles, he held the tag titles for less than a month. He held the WWE championship for less than two months. Heck, Jinder Mahal has held the world title for longer than Wyatt did. It’s also true that Wyatt has individual wins over most major superstars, but many of those wins are due to hocus pocus shenanigans. And even if he wins a match here or there, he still loses the larger feud.

Wyatt shouldn’t even be feuding with Balor, because this is a feud that he cannot win. The company clearly wants to push Balor to the moon. Even if Wyatt wins this upcoming, inevitable Sister Abigail battle, he’s still going to lose the bigger war.

Wyatt needs to stay in the midcard, at least for the time being, where he can mentally torture someone for weeks and emerge victorious. His recent match with Goldust was a great example of what Wyatt can do to get his notoriety back.

There’s no rambling promos. There’s no “lights out” special effects. One cannot build a career on gimmicky spots. One builds a career on wins. So long as Bray Wyatt is stuck in high profile feuds as a glorified jobber to the stars, he will continue to produce diminishing returns. This upcoming Sister Abigail reveal is yet another small crack in his mystique. And if WWE continues on its current path, then Wyatt won’t even have that a couple of years from now.

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Destiny 2 Leviathan Raid’s Prestige Mode Delayed, Here’s Why And When It Goes Live

Those getting ready for the Prestige version of Destiny 2‘s Leviathan Raid now have some additional time to make their preparations. Bungie announced today that it has delayed the launch of Prestige mode after the discovery of a serious bug.

In a post on its website, Bungie explained that this bug would have negated the difficulty of Prestige mode–which is basically the entire point, being the hard-mode version of the Raid. “An exploit has been discovered in the Leviathan Raid that causes the encounters to be stripped of their intended challenge,” it explained. “To allow time to fix this issue, we are delaying the start of the Prestige Raid until next week. It’s important to us that the team who earns World First status doesn’t have their legacy tarnished by doubt, skepticism, or uncertainty.”

No further details were shared about the nature of the bug. It could be related to the recently discovery exploit that allows players to easily defeat Calus, which is documented here on Reddit.

The Leviathan Prestige Raid now launches at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM BST on Wednesday, October 18 (4 AM AEDT on October 19). That’s a full day after the weekly reset; it had been scheduled to launch just after this week’s, at 10 AM PT on October 10.

We don’t yet have a complete idea of how exactly the Prestige Raid will differ from the standard version. “We do not expect everyone to be successful in completing this activity,” Bungie said when it was first announced. “Mechanical changes to the encounters are minimal, but they are there.” We also know that rewards will be less about making you more powerful; instead, you can expect “unique rewards to help you shine.”

While Tuesday’s weekly reset may not bring a new challenge for Raid fans, the first-ever Iron Banner in Destiny 2 does kick off. It will run for a week and offer up some new rewards. Players can also look forward to the next Nightfall Strike, among other things.

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Why Is There No Internet in Blade Runner’s World?

The world of Blade Runner is one full of futuristic cyberpunk technology, including lifelike androids, space travel and giant, holographic billboards. But there are a few pieces of modern technology that are strangely absent in this sci-fi universe. Namely, there are no cellphones and no Internet. That might seem like a strange omission in this day and age, but there are actually several reasons why the Blade Runner universe is missing those crucial pieces of technology.

The simplest explanation is that the original Blade Runner simply couldn’t have predicted the ubiquitous nature of cellphones, the web and social media in the 21st century. Not only was that film released in 1982, it was based on a Philip K. Dick novel published in 1968. In some ways, Blade Runner was very prescient in envisioning the world as it would exist in 2019. The film predicted China’s rise to become a global superpower, the nonstop sensory barrage that is modern advertising and the fact that humanity would increasingly have to deal with the effects of climate change. But in other ways, Blade Runner was way off the mark. Unless some big changes happen very quickly, we’re not likely to have flying cars, androids and off-world colonies by the year 2019.

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