I've been in a similar situation with the suros regime catalyst. For this season, if your clan hits level 5 the catalyst drop rate will increase if you're playing with clan members. So if you hit clan level 5 try to play activities with clan members and some catalysts might drop. The whole system is dumb and flawed but they wont change it even if it benefits them to do so.
Another sparkling feather in the cap on the head of Bungie.