Read on for another Destiny 2: Forsaken State of Game:
Grab your friends, your bounties, and your guns. The Drifter is calling and it’s time to play some Gambit folks! Gambit may possibly be the hottest thing in Destiny 2 right now and is definitely the most addictive. I for one can not stop playing it and in my opinion this pvp vs pve mash up is one of the best things to happen to the franchise in awhile. Most fans of Destiny 2 have probably played a few matches, but I’m going to break it down for you anyway.
Gambit is a hybrid mix of player versus player versus enemies all at the same time. You and a team of three other guardians are put together as a team and take the field against a random enemy force which is determined by The Drifter via a coin toss before the match. The Drifter is also your source of commentary, humor, and heads up warnings. I think he is rather annoying, but very helpful for this new mode of play. This pregame coin flip can be rather funny as you can see the other team separated from you by a glass wall. Taunting shall ensue, and Bungie has created emotes just for this purpose. Players are then dropped in to a random playing field full of just about every baddie in the game, so equip weapons accordingly.
There will be three spawn points on the map and a bank in the middle. Rules are pretty simple for Gambit and getting the hang of this new mode came pretty fast for me. You and your team will run head first and guns blazing into the enemy zone and with each kill the enemy will drop a mote that you collect. Save these motes to power up the bank and send blockers to the enemy side. Five motes grant you a small blocker, 10 gives a you a medium blocker, and 15 is the maximum and gives a large Taken blocker such as an ogre. If you are killed, you will loose all non-deposited motes you have at the time. I would suggest banking at every five until you get pretty good at this mode. The fun is just beginning because as you fill the bank a portal to the other side will open and one member of each team can cross over and it’s PVP time. The enemy will be glowing red and have a shield. They will most likely be trying to snipe you from a distance. Teamwork is key here to call out location of the invader before you die and lose all your motes.
Once you have banked 75 motes as a team you will summon a Primeval, which is a huge Taken boss you have to try and melt before the other team defeats theirs. It isn’t easy in the least due to it being surrounded by more Taken. Depending on which enemy type you are facing; there very well could be knights, wizards, phalanx, captains, and always snipers everywhere, all dead set on taking you out in this chaos. If this isn’t hard enough, the portal is going to open and an invader is going to come and try to kill all of you and each death heals that Primeval. And the same goes both ways as your invader kills heal theirs. It’s kind of simple once you get it. Players also progress in rank just like in Crucible, with rewards upon reaching each rank. You increase this through bounties and just by grinding matches. The rewards are powerful gear and Gambit specific weapons. There is a pulse rifle that unlocks after you reach Mythic Rank named Bygones that just wrecks things. There is also a bounty you can’t access until resetting your rank which I haven’t gotten to yet.
Here is some advice from yours truly though, this is not the Crucible. Don’t bring a scout rifle to this party and expect to get motes. Think sidearms, hand cannons, and smgs for fast kills and quick banking. Invaders will be armed with Sleeper, Whisper, or linear fusion rifles for one shot kills. Make sure you fight back accordingly with the same. Some invaders are becoming braver as well and I have racked up a fair amount of shotgun kills also. You will find your routine and your flow on how you play as well as what you are most comfortable with.
In the last week a prime evil servitor has been, on very rare occasions, showing up in matches and upon defeat it drops the exotic quest for the Malfeasance hand cannon! Gambit is the only way to get it and the quest to obtain it is rumored to be very long and tedious. Malfeasance has Gambit specific perks, such as bonus damage to Taken enemies and invading players. It’s also 180 RPM and it’s slugs explode all at once after landing five critical hits. Sounds perfect for taking out pesky blockers and melting those Primeval Taken! If I ever manage to get the quest I will be sure to rank it.
In conclusion Gambit is my current favorite of the Destiny 2: Forsaken modes. There is a bit of a learning curve, but with practice you will be banking those motes in no time! Take it slowly, try to bank early at first, and have fun. I hope to see you out there Guardian.
Destiny 2: Forsaken is available now on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. This article is based on an Xbox One version provided by the publisher.