A surprising Exotic now dominates the PvP and Trials of Osiris in Destiny 2.

If you’ve been playing Destiny 2 this weekend in particular, but really, have been for a few weekends now, you might be saying to yourself:

“Wait, why is everyone using No Time To Explain?”

But now, the pre-order Exotic Pulse Rifle from Beyond Light isn’t just suddenly meta, it is the most dominant weapon in Trials of Osiris this weekend. From TrialsReport, here are the top 10:

  1. No Time To Explain (Pulse) – 1.3 million kills
  2. Piece of Mind (Pulse) – 1.1 million kills
  3. Ausstringer (Hand Cannon) – 1.06 million kills
  4. Beloved (Sniper Rifle) – 1.02 million kills
  5. The Last Word (Hand Cannon) – 647,000 kills
  6. Main Ingredient (Fusion Rifle) – 631,000 kills
  7. BxR-55 Battle (Pulse) – 438,000 kills
  8. The Messenger (Adept) (Pulse) – 395,000 kills
  9. Jotunn (Fusion) – 390,000 kills
  10. Ace of Spades – 373,744 kills

The rise of No Time to Explain is due to a general increase in Pulse Rifles. Now they’ve finally dropped hand cannons as the top kills in Trials. This week they account for 17% of all kills with 4.7 million compared to 14% Hand Cannon with 3.9 million kills.

So what’s up? A few things:

  • Pulse Rifles got a small bump in the final sandbox pass to make them more viable than before.
  • The changes to mid-air effectiveness have caused many people to steer clear of hand cannons who were more reliant on mid-air play but are now finding that their shots aren’t as reliable. The next best option is legumes.
  • No Time to Explain is specifically just a very powerful pulse rifle that allows full auto fire on the exotic without a mod, rewinds rounds and rewinds ammo and his little orb buddy for extra free damage.
  • Why is it in the top slot? The former King of Pulse Rifles, Messenger, has had its main perk Desperado nerfed. Piece of Mind is so high because it’s a fast fire that can be double upgraded, but NTTE works instantly without pattern finding and 20 level grinding.

I’m curious as to why Bad Juju and Vigilance Wing haven’t made the list yet as both should be solid in this current meta as well. I think there’s at least some level of “herd mentality” here that can snowball, if you start seeing a bunch of enemies using a weapon, you too will start using that weapon. Or some YouTubers make a “NTTE is amazing now” video and it helps propel it up the charts. The meta can shift in this way for individual weapons, although the switch to pulse rifles away from hand cannons is more of a fundamental change to the overall meta based on sandbox changes.

So give NTTE (and this new ornament!) a try, but also consider some other Pulse options if you want to break out of the top 10 usage charts for fun.

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