Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works] Vol.2 Booster Pack Introduction Part 4: The Golden Servant
Welcome to another week of Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works] Vol.2 Booster Pack previews! This week, we’ll be taking a look at cards featuring Gilgamesh, the villainous King of Heroes that everyone loves to hate. Gilgamesh also appeared in the Weiss Schwarz Fate/Zero expansions, but was known as “Archer” there, his class designation.
He was a primordial king of immeasurable wealth that possessed many treasures, including a multitude of powerful weapons. He often uses these weapons (most of the time swords and spears) as projectiles, summoning them from his vault and shooting them at his enemies in rapid succession. Our developers have done a great job in reproducing his somewhat haphazard fighting style and arrogant personality into Weiss Schwarz, and we’d like to share with you guys exactly how!
“A Battle of Legend” Gilgamesh and “Endless Blades” Gilgamesh
[CONT] If a yellow climax is in your climax area, this card gets +1 soul.
[AUTO] When this card attacks, put the top card of your deck into your waiting room. If that card is a climax, all of your characters get +1 soul until end of turn.
[AUTO] Encore [Put a character from your hand into your waiting room] (When this card is put into your waiting room from the stage, you may pay the cost. If you do, return this card to its previous stage position as Rest)
As every Weiss Schwarz player knows, climax cards are very valuable. They grant additional effects, enable powerful synergies with specific characters, and help you cancel damage dealt by your opponent. In a way… they can be called “treasures”, right?
“A Battle of Legend” Gilgamesh gains additional soul when a yellow climax is in the climax zone, increasing his damage output by 1. “Endless Blades” Gilgamesh even gives the other
mongrels characters on your field +1 soul when it reveals a climax card with its effect, which will help you open up a damage gap between you and your opponent.
Seems fitting, doesn’t it? The king who possesses many precious weapons becomes stronger when his “treasures” are used in battle! But wait! You exclaim. Don’t climaxes often feature other characters, too? How can Gilgamesh get a bonus from almost any climax?! Well, Gilgamesh claims that all treasures in the world belong to him, since he is the most ancient king. He’s obnoxious like that.
“Highest Class Noble Phantasm” Gilgamesh
[AUTO] [(2)] When this card’s battle opponent becomes Reverse, you may pay the cost. If you do, search your deck for up to one climax, reveal it to your opponent, put it into your hand, and shuffle your deck.
When he deems his opponent worthy, Gilgamesh will draw his most powerful weapon and bring it to bear against any
mongrels characters that stand in his way! When this card puts its battle opponent to Reverse, you get to search your deck for a climax card and add it to your hand. This will help you to activate specific climax synergy effects, as well as help to trigger effects similar to “A Battle of Legend” Gilgamesh’s. Although it reduces your chances of cancelling on your opponent’s next turn, you get to guarantee your own climax synergy for the next turn!
“Gate of Babylon” Gilgamesh
AUTO] When this card’s battle opponent becomes Reverse, if a card named ““Gate of Babylon”” is in your climax area, put the top two cards of your deck into your waiting room. For each Soul trigger icon revealed among those cards, perform the following action. “Deal one damage to your opponent.” (This damage may be cancelled)
[ACT] [Put a 《Weapon》 character from your hand into your waiting room] This card gets +4000 power until end of turn.
The vault from which Gilgamesh draws his weapons is known as the “Gate of Babylon”, which is also the name of his ability. When “Gate of Babylon” Gilgamesh puts its opponent to Reverse, you get to deal 1 damage to your opponent for each Soul trigger icon revealed by its effect. For maximum effect, building your deck with Soul trigger icons in mind is very important. Of course, there is only 1 type of card that has more than 1 Soul trigger icon – that’s right, climax cards. On a good day, you can get 2 climaxes with this effect, and deal 4 damage in total! Because you have to put these cards to the waiting room, you also prevent yourself from triggering climaxes when you attack.
The card flavour just gets better with this card’s second effect; by discarding a《Weapon》 character from your hand, you get to power up “Gate of Babylon” Gilgamesh so that he can take his opponents down!
I don’t know about you guys, but I think the way Gilgamesh’s abilities and personality were adapted into the game were great. A lot of other cards have their effects based on the character’s actual abilities, too, like“Strongest Warrior” Berserker or “Idealism’s Despair” Archer. If you’re a fan of the series like I am, you’ll definitely enjoy these little titbits that have been included in the game!
The Wandering Columnist
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