Yesterday, Destiny launched their week long Valentine’s Day event Crimson Days featuring a new player vs player mode, exclusive shaders, candy-based ghost shells, and new emotes including one based off of Drake’s Hotline Bling.
The new round-based game mode Crimson Doubles is only available during the event which runs through Feb. 16 and features two-on-two player action where the last remaining player on the team gets a power buff. It is a fun game mode designed around the idea of forging a connection with a friend and taking on the galaxy together. How romantic.
What many people didn’t realize until the update went live is that Crimson Doubles doesn’t have matchmaking, meaning that the only way to play the game mode is to find a friend to form a Fireteam with.
A Bungie developer had this to say on the decision to remove matchmaking from Crimson Doubles:
“You need a friend. 🙁 I tried hard to make the Event more friendly toward solo players (especially since I basically am one), but there were significant design reasons why we set it to Fireteam Only. Valentine’s is about asking someone to be your partner and getting the Bounties to share progress across both players meant there had to be a Fireteam for technical reasons.”
Many Destiny fans don’t have a core friend group or clan that they can reach out to in times like these. I certainly don’t. I was lucky enough to find the one guy at work who owned the Playstation 4 version of Destiny to play with. For anyone looking for a partner to play Crimson Doubles with, hit me up. Or if you think I’m moving too fast, consider going to one of the handful of websites dedicated to grouping Guardians together. Here are five of my favorite Destiny Looking for Group (LFG) sites.
The Reddit Destiny LFG community is one of the most supportive around. Here you’ll find a group of dedicated people who are willing to help out practically anyone, even the less experienced players. If you’re not a strong PvP player, you might want to try finding a buddy here first.
This was one of the first LFG sites to spring up when Destiny launched in 2014. It became many Destiny players’ go-to site after the first raid The Vault of Glass was released. Like Crimson Doubles, all raids require players to form teams outside of the game, so the site quickly became a crowd favorite. Bungie even interviewed the site’s creator in their weekly community blog.
I’m partial to this site because it dons the .net proudly just like Top Shelf Gaming. This Destiny LFG is probably my favorite because the site updates in real time making sure you always see the most recent listings. The ability to reply to any user’s listing via instant message is the icing on the cake.
Destiny Team Finder helps you filter the most relevant LFG listings by asking you the specific platform you’re playing on right from the start. From that point on, you’re only served listings from people you can actually play with. With a large chat box at the top of the page, you can request immediate backup from anyone who is currently browsing, which is convenient for raids and public events.
This Destiny LFG has a few special features that make it convenient for the most dedicated fans. Its homepage lists the current bounties and has videos showing off Xur’s weekly collection of exotic gear and curios. In addition, when you link your Destiny account with the site, you have access to a daily progress tracker so you can see at a glance what tasks you need to complete. Perhaps the most useful aspect of the LFG specific features is a bolded red number that lists how many players a group is looking for.
So there you have it. If you are searching for someone to forge a lifelong friendship with, look in the mirror and say something nice to your reflection. The only person who has to deal with you forever is yourself. But if you want someone to play Crimson Doubles with, these Destiny LFG sites got you covered.