Gambit Free Trial for Destiny 2 lets you get an exclusive emblem

Gambit Free Trial for Destiny 2 lets you get an exclusive emblem

As you know by now, the Forsaken expansion for Destiny 2 is right around the corner. Part of what the developers at Bungie are doing to let players sample the content is a Free Trial for Gambit — the PvPvE mode that will debut in Forsaken. You can play it for free until tomorrow at 10 a.m. PDT. Plus, if you get matched up against Bungie employees and partner streamers, you may even get an exclusive emblem.

Destiny 2 Forsaken Gambit Free Trial Emblem Sign Of Mutual Combat

Destiny 2 — Gambit Free Trial

That’s the Sign of Mutual Combat emblem, the exclusive reward you’ll get if you manage to beat the team of developers and partner streamers listed here. You could even face off against Smosh Games if you’re on PS4.

For PC players, you’ll have your chance against Engineer Adam Pino and his team from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. PDT.

  • Champino#1395
  • Shon3n#1976
  • Cruel #11104
  • Atrain#1885

If you also own Destiny 2 for other systems, you’ll have multiple chances as well. However, be forewarned that due to the number of players, you’ll probably have a hard time encountering any of these groups.

How exactly do you win at Gambit?

How exactly do you win against those teams or anyone for that matter? Well, it’s simple. Gambit is a 4-versus-4 mode where you need to kill enemy mobs. Mobs will then drop motes which you can carry up to a maximum of 15.

You need to bank a certain number of motes in the central area’s pillar to spawn “blockers” for the enemy team. Depending on the number of motes you bank, you’ll spawn stronger blockers to harass and annoy your opponents. Having blockers active also prevents enemies from banking in their own spot. Players that die will lose the motes they’re carrying.

The Primeval

Once you’ve banked 75 motes, you can spawn a “Primeval” — a boss-type mob. Killing the Primeval wins the round. You’ll need to win two rounds out of three to win the match.

Invader Alert

Every now and then, you can send one of your teammates to invade the opposing team. If you invade, make sure to take out the opponents with a high number of motes carried. Also, defeating an opposing player while their Primeval is active heals the boss by a small amount.

The Free Trial map has four areas — beach, ruins, trees, and center. If you see an invader, call out where they spawned so your teammates can take them out quickly.

Gambit Tactics

Your best bet is to have specific players in your squad picking up motes. From there, whenever you bank and spawn a blocker, try to have a player with a super ready to invade. Taking out enemies with a high mote count greatly helps your chances of winning.

If you have a high mote count and the enemy sends an invader, simply hide in a safe corner and let your teammates handle the nuisance. If you’re already fighting a Primeval, stay back at your spawn area or in corners.

Gambit Loadout and Subclasses

After a few victories, we figured out that Arcstriders do exceptionally well when taking down the Primeval. Likewise, your team can also opt to use Whisper of the Worm when sniping from afar. Tractor Cannons followed by Nova Bombs and Void element rockets can also help.

If you are invading, needless to say, you’ll want to have a ranged super ready. Gunslingers and Dawnblades excel in this area. Ideally, you’ll want a Sunbreaker to save their super for the Primeval instead of attacking the enemy team.

If you are defending from an invader, one player with a Sleeper Simulant is invaluable since a decent shot can kill the opposing player instantly. All your team needs to do is hang back and let the Sleeper’s lucky ricochet do the job. Likewise, the Sleeper’s bounced shots can also do tremendous damage to the Primeval.

Destiny 2 Gambit Free Trial Forsaken
Usual callout: “Hang back and use Whisper. Invader coming in, just stay back and teamshot. Invader at Beach…”

Check out Gambit in Destiny 2

For those who’ve purchased Destiny 2 recently, you can check out the Gambit Free Trial without the need for any expansion or DLC. You don’t even need Forsaken pre-ordered. Just log in the game and start matchmaking. That also goes for players who might’ve obtained the base game from Humble Bundle when it was offered in the Humble Monthly some time ago.

After a couple of hours on PS4, we couldn’t get matchmaking to pit us against Bungie developers. I’ll be trying it on PC later on just to test my luck. Hopefully, I’ll be able to face Engineer Champino and his squad. If you do end up defeating a team of developers and streamers, well congratulations. You’ll be one of the lucky few who can show off that exclusive emblem to everyone in Destiny 2: Forsaken.

Update: It looks like the meta has become more defined. As mentioned before, Arcstriders and the Sleeper Simulant are amazing against the Primeval. Check out some videos below where pro players are taking out the Primeval in less than ten seconds.

Unless some changes are made, you’ll no doubt have an easy time in Gambit once Forsaken launches.

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  • Jrodriguezwp

    I’m a small business owner who’s also writing on the side, contributing in various websites under the Enthusiast Gaming umbrella — Destructoid, Flixist, Daily Esports, PlayStation Enthusiast, and PC Invasion.
    My Steam library has 1,131 games at the moment so we definitely have a lot of things to talk about.

    • Trim Dose

      The changes so far made to D2 are useless and a step back, they remove the Heroic strike for a daily special mission, I tried the mission at the highest level (360) and it didn’t me gave jackshit , also the normal strikes you no longer can get more legendary s more than one, so a no no for you if you like to farm the strikes, Bungie did this to force you to play their retarded nighfalls that also gives you useless weapons, the weekly resets challenges are half of it of what you used to have in the Director screen, the new weapon drops system for power weapons, special , etc is useless now, I mean if they did this why you need now to group the the weapons into certain groups now?,.

      Destiny 2 was already a mess some months ago that I started playing and with this changes Bungie are getting into a bigger mess with their game, and this new gambit thing after seeing what it is no freaking way I’m touching it !, it looks like a freaking behemot of a grind shit fest.

      • Jason Rodriguez

        Forsaken isn’t out yet and we do know that this current week is more of “playtesting” to iron out the kinks. There’s a chance that there will, of course, be better rewards come next week.

        I would disagree though about the dailies since there is a possibility of getting exotics with their Year 2 perks/variants. The Nightfalls are also fairly easy to finish (for now) but certain rewards such as the D.F.A. and Silicon Neuroma are worth the grind to many players.

        The weapon slot changes can be a bit controversial. After all, when you’ve got shotguns for all slots that’s going to change things back to the dreaded “shotgun meta” in Destiny 1. I do hope some tweaks are in store, otherwise it’s just going to be blinking Voidwalkers and rushing Titans eager to shotgun people in the face more often than not.

        On a more positive note, at least I can use a sniper rifle again on a non-power slot.

        • Trim Dose

          “There’s a chance that there will, of course, be better rewards come next week.” , I’m still giving Bungie the benefit of doubt, so I really hope this weeks lack of stuff to do or earn stuff is just because their DLC hasn’t been released yet, I know next week lots of their new stuff will be lock unless you get their DLC but still this will not prevent me from seeing lots of videos of it and judge if its worth the purchase.

          Next week Bungie needs to do a comeback with a bang cause if not it definitely will loose even more players.

          • Jason Rodriguez

            > Next week Bungie needs to do a comeback with a bang cause if not it definitely will loose even more players.

            If the community’s any indication, the game has generated more interest than before. In fact, the main Destiny subreddit which once went below 500k for the first time ever (during Curse of Osiris) is now at a healthy 664k subscribers. But yes, the early days of Forsaken will establish how engaging the expansion will be moving forward.

            • Evan Lazer

              sht thanks for reminding me to unsub over there i never sign in to reddit anymore

      • Ryder

        Imagine being that guy that doesn’t read notes. They clearly stated that rewards wouldn’t be active until Forsaken on the daily heroic missions. You can still farm the new strikes playlist, for your catalysts, and legendaries. The weapon system is basically how D1’s weapon system was, and 90% of the player base asked for that back. You’re one of those who just looks for anythign to complain about.

        Gambit is amazing, takes strategy, and can be extremely fun when playing with friends against other well organized teams.

        Go play The Sims, or Rollercoaster Tycoon.

        • Trim Dose

          lol gambit is amazing ?, good that you like it, I played once Won and never touched again is just horde mode with a twist, the only cool part I can say is the one before you start the match and see the opposite team and the mocking starts XD. Is funny how people forgot how in Destiny 1 Bungie introduce two new enemy types at least in its lifespan, the Hive and the Taken, but in D2 they haven’t introduce a new single new enemy type, the enemys are just the same with different colors, with the Forsaken you will again fight the Fallen for the gazillion time, yeah “I’m so excited for the Forsaken”, lets see what happens this tuesday. :/