Community Focus: illPhysics – Destiny 2 Games Guide


It’s time to spotlight another interesting person in the Destiny community. This week we have a biomedical engineer who now creates content full time, a lover of handheld guns and a specialist in breakfast cereals.

Please meet the wrong physics.

Tell us a little about yourself and how you got into the game? What inspired your callsign?

IllPhysics: Hey, guys. My name is IllPhysics, aka Tony, and I am honored. I make content regularly, mainly for Destiny 2. I have also been a biomedical engineer by profession for over a decade.

Growing up, we didn’t have money to buy game consoles, so I played my first games on an original Nintendo I got from my best friend in high school. I’ve played Super Mario Bros. 1 and 3 more times than I care to admit! After college I got into the Call of Duty franchise, particularly World at War (MP40 go brrrr!) and played several sequels until my brother introduced me to Destiny in 2015.

What makes me return to the game is the reward of gradual improvement and the ability to take on the challenges of the game. That’s why the abundance of viable subclasses, weapons, and playstyles in Destiny PvP got me thinking. If there is a skill ceiling, I have to reach it, which means there is always something new to learn. I got hooked on late game PvP success through hard work, perseverance, and playing with a purpose. My life is built on the pursuit of excellence in everything I do. For better or worse, I only know 0 or 100.

IldPhysics was inspired by my love of Destiny’s unique motion mechanics and my desire to master them across all classes. I like physics too! One of my favorite podcasts is Star Talk with astrophysicist and science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson. I owe my way of thinking, communicating and solving life’s problems to my strong background in math and science.

It’s hard not to love the physics of Destiny’s movement mechanics. Tell us about your roots in Destiny and why you decided to get more involved in the community?

IllPhysics: My brother introduced me to Destiny in 2015 so we had something to play together, since I was living in another state at the time. Taken King was the highlight of Destiny for me, and while the PvE was intriguing in its own right, it was Destiny’s own PvP experience that has kept me playing non-stop ever since.

Before I start, I want to say that the Destiny 2 community is the best gaming community I’ve ever been a part of. In 2016, my community building journey began with the creation of the Phantoms7 clan from my still close gamer friends. With the launch of Destiny 2 on PC, I started doing broadcasts and building a larger community through my Twitch channel and Discord server. I’ve always had a passion for writing and began to find a home on Twitter, as it was a natural way to interact with my Twitch community outside of the stream.

I’ve always found there’s something to be said for everything from detailed commentary on Destiny 2’s gameplay, to more general commentary on social issues, to messages of inspiration, empowerment and personal growth. Moreover, it is of utmost importance to promote healthy communication in these conversations. When I realized there were people in the Destiny community who also appreciated my words (and they are great people to learn from every day!), I decided to get more involved.

New custom animations for Hard Light and Borealis

– Tony (@illPhysics) 9. February 2021

I made a lot of great friends during that time. I am grateful that the community I have built over the past five years continues to grow and flourish each day. My recent collaboration with Twitch is proof that a relentless focus on building quality connections through organic community building can lead to success. I want to emphasize that there is a way to develop this sector by focusing on what is innate to us as human beings: Cultivate authentic connections and community.

Very well said, glad to see you succeeding! What’s your favorite weapon you’ve used this season? Favorite exotic? A privileged subclass?

IllPhysics: First off, I’ve been a PvP fan for almost five years, and the multiplayer experience in Destiny 2 is second to none and among the best shooters out there. In particular, the fantasy movement (not to mention class design and weaponry) sets it apart from the crowded genre. Regardless of the criticism, the caliber of the PvP gameplay experience is undeniably top notch and has stood the test of time.

Hand cannons. It’s literally the only reason I switched from PS4 to PC at launch. They just weren’t viable in the PvP sandbox of consoles at the time. Hand cannon mastery will always be at the top of my PvP bucket list. My whole playstyle is geared towards getting as many cannonballs as possible, with as much accuracy as possible. Honestly, I never literally thought about it at that point haha.

Month of the falcon. This is a fresh take on an old classic and is definitely my exotic favorite this season, with or without weapons. If you see me on the river with it, you will literally hear me scream Ka-Kaaaah! Everyone. Single. The game.

Incredible work by the team that designed and redesigned Hawkmoon. All I have to do now is get the Moonglow ornament from Destiny 1 (hint, hint, hint).

Head Tree of Dawn Blades (Heavenly Attraction). I play PvP in my favorite subclass, and unless we bring back Twilight Harrison (hint hint), I don’t see another top one. The unique movement of Destiny’s classes and subclasses is the element I love most about this franchise. Not only does Icarus Dash have a fairly high skill ceiling and anyone can have fun while working to master it, but the shotguns in this subclass are pure adrenaline.

I regularly switch between classes and different subclasses, but I played Attunement of Sky for four months straight when the double changes were introduced in Icarus Dash. This is an absolutely wonderful subclass, and I personally thank the team that worked on it.

(It’s opening night!)

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I’m no wizard, but I have to admire how you fly like jets. Tell us what kind of content we can see on your channel. Favorite decklist and crucible card ?

IllPhysics: Improved PvP with a wide variety of PvP events: Mostly raids with spectators or high power events like Grandmaster Falls at night. To sum up the game: The emphasis is on mastering individual class movements (which show style and substance), well-practiced gunfighting (on a good day there is no shortage of handgun fire!) and light-hearted banter.

I usually run what I call Community Customs on Sunday afternoons, where I watch community members (via Discord Flow) try to get better at PvP. Sharing detailed and constructive feedback on individual and group play is a remarkable or creative approach to play (My community laughs at me and my playbook while I watch). I’ve played with and against most of Destiny’s top PvP players. Sharing my years of PvP experience at a reasonably high level is a way to give back to the community. Many people don’t have access to the kind of patient, non-judgmental, inspiring atmosphere that I try to cultivate in my social practices.

Oh, I do cereal reviews too, haha.

Other than that, my channel is a space where we (first) listen and talk about all the topics of life without indulging in tribalism, bullying or personal attacks. I will continue to work hard to make sure it is inclusive and respects our differences, and to find ways to find points of agreement. I’m very committed to protecting marginalized communities, and it’s important for me to use my platform wisely to do that.

One of my favorite quotes is from Lee Alexander, who said: If you refuse to create or nurture culture in your space, you are responsible for what is created in the void. Leadership sets the tone and I always want to be an example of authenticity, acceptance, humility, support and intellectual curiosity.

The trials of Osiris. There’s nothing remotely comparable in a shooter, and while it has its own issues that sometimes cause me to take long breaks, it remains my favorite playlist. I’m optimistic for the future and hope that it will always be a core activity in the endgame of the Destiny franchise.

Lance. It’s relatively symmetrical. This is a great card for melee and midrange that balances the deck with main and special weapons. It has dedicated lanes and also offers numerous shelters, elevated platforms and narrow quarters/entrances. There are detailed but well mapped features with limited ecological features that discourage movement/verticality, multiple rotation routes, and good spawning protection facilities. It sounds very sophisticated.

Look, uh… Grape seeds are the perfect cereal to throw in a bowl, as are three cups of sugar. I digress, do you have a favorite moment from your Destiny gaming experience?

IllPhysics: First impeccable card of 2016. It took me weeks to finally get to the lighthouse, and I was playing with the same two people from LFG, who were also never at fault. I was still relatively new to PvP, and we failed for weeks, but we got closer and closer each time. The final win on the Blind Watch card and subsequent visit to the Lighthouse was literally a moment of perfect timing. A memory that will forever remain in my memory and in the memory of those I still call my friends. An extremely rewarding experience and the main reason why this playlist will always be special to me.

Where can we find you online?

IllPhysics: You can find all the places I call home here:

Anything else you want to add before we let you go?

IllPhysics: A tip of the hat to my Destiny clan and my good game friends, Phantoms7. They have kept me in this community since 2016 and I would not be where I am without their support and friendship.

Finally, it’s Women’s History Month, and I want to congratulate all the amazing women in my life. In particular, I want to praise the black women whose success and perseverance in the face of unique and constant adversity are an inspiration and role model to me, not only in my career, but in my life. Thank you all very much.

Go ahead.

Thank you, illPhysics, for taking the time to share your story with us. Don’t forget to drop by his channel and say hello.

We have more articles planned in Community Focus! This one came out a week later than expected, but we’re grateful to illPhysics for patiently working with us to get it out of our heads! Over the next three weeks of Women’s History Month, we want to highlight special women from our community. We already have a selection for next week, but if you know someone who should be highlighted, please let Dmg and me know via Twitter or on our
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