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Noble Knight Gawayn
If you control a LIGHT Normal Monster, you can Special Summon this card (from your hand) in face-up Defense Position.
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3 is average.
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Date Reviewed - July 24, 2013
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The week takes an upswing, as we come to Noble
Knight Gawayn. Right off the bat, this guy has a
lot of good things going for him. He's Light, as
opposed to Earth, like many of his Noble Knight
brothers. Obviously a Warrior, he also boasts 1900
attack, so he's also the strongest non XYZ Noble
Knight I believe. The 500 defense is troublesome,
but he can be Special Summoned from your Hand, but
only if you control a face-up Light Normal Monster.
Only in defense position, so if you do, you better
XYZ Summon or something that turn. That "Normal"
part kinda makes that a kick in the ass. He's got
value as an attacker, but you're probably not going
to get that Special Summon but once out of a hundred
times, even in the Deck. Not a terrible card
though, not at all.
Noble Knight Gawayn gives Noble Knight Decks
their consistency and adds a lot of synergy to the
deck. With 1900 attack, it is also still good on
it’s own as a beat stick monster and as a light
monster, it is great in light decks. Today we are
going to look at Gawayn with respect to Noble Knight
Decks, but it can be very useful in a HERO deck with
Elemental HERO Neos Alius.
Now let’s look at some plays. A Rescue Rabbit and
Gawayn in hand will net you a Shock Master by
special summoning two Noble Knight Artorigus’s.
Any Noble Knight and Gawayn will net you a strong
Warrior, Light, or Noble Knight Xyz monster. The
play from yesterday to summon Noble Knight Medraut
from your hand or with Summoner Monk, using its
effect to special summon Gwalchavad and then using
it to get Gawayn to your hand from the grave and
then summon it for ether a Shock Master or two good
Xyz monsters is always good.
Noble Knight Gawayn has great synergy with the light
dominated Noble Knight deck and a monster called
Genex Ally Birdman as you can normal summon one of
your light normal type monsters, special summon
Gawayn and then bounce it for Birdman. At this
point, you can special summon black Rose Dragon to
blow up the field or special summon Gawayn again and
Xyz summon or Synchro summon monsters that love
equip cards like Power Tool Dragon and Seven Swords
After almost a full week of reviews, you should be
getting the idea that Noble Knights can be a fun
deck and pull off some nifty plays. It is a fun deck
but still dependant and not the greatest for hand
management. If you want to have fun, build the deck.
If you want to do well in Regional’s and YCS’s you
will need to stick to top tier decks.
After a long break off *Stares at still broken
laptop* I return during Noble Knight week it seems.
Gawayn is a really good card for the archtype. A
strong level 4 LIGHT/Warrior monster with 1900/500
for ATK/DEF. If you control a face up LIGHT-type
normal monster, you can special summon this card
from your hand in face up defense position. This
card is useful in a Noble Knight deck, as it can
help out in gathering a strong field presence or
just for Xyz summoning in general. Other decks can
benefit from this, such as HERO Beat with Neos Alius
and a certain upcoming structure deck revolving
around a famous normal LIGHT-type dragon. Overall a
decent card that can hold its own, in ATK position
Advanced: 3/5 if used in the right deck
Noble Knight monsters (not counting Joan) are
based off one of the Knights of the Round Table, and
all of the currently released Noble Arms are meant
to be their swords (thankfully you can equip them to
any Noble Knight you want; if you could only equip
them to the same Knight, that would be horrible!).
They tend to have effects that let them become
Normal monsters or to benefit other monsters, and
have effects that can destroy Spell/Trap Cards,
including their own Equip Cards which will let you
re-equip them to someone else.
Unlike most other Noble Knights, Gawayn has no
connection with the Noble Arms cards. However, he
gives sense to Artorigus, Medraut, and Gwalchavad
being Normal monsters, allowing Gawayn to come
flying right out of the hand. It’s a common strategy
to use Medraut to summon Gwalchavad out of the deck,
then to use Gwalchavad to salvage Gawayn from the
Graveyard into your hand, where he can summon
himself. This is very easy as Rescue Rabbit can get
out a pair of Artorigus and Summoner Monk can get
out any Noble Knight. Now you have at least three
Level 4 Light Warriors out. Even though he has to
come out in his frail Defense Position, the point is
to Xyz Summon with him right away with the two other
Noble Knights (if you choose to do only a double
Xyz, usually it is better to do it with Gwalchavad
instead of Medraut). Also, since you can summon
multiple Gawayn per turn, you can summon a whole
bunch off the same Normal Monster. This also makes
Gawayn a good choice to pay any costs that need to
return him to the hand, such as for Genex Ally
Birdman. Otherwise, his 1900 ATK makes him the
strongest Level 4 Noble Knight, so you have that
kind of power if you need it in a pinch.
As a semi-splashable, Gawayn has a lot of
versatility built into him, because all he needs is
a Normal Light to use his effect. Can anyone tell me
what are most popular Decks that utilize Light
Normal Monsters are? That’s right, Blue-Eyes White
Dragon and Hieratic. The problem is, even though
Gawayn can be Special Summoned super-easily, what’s
the point? These Dragon Decks have a focus of Rank 8
Xyz Summoning and a Level 4 Warrior with 500 DEF
would only slow them down. There are also six Gemini
Monsters but they’re not all so spectacular.
However, in Elemental HEROes, he may have a niche.
Nowadays, it’s a popular strategy (actually it’s the
focal strategy) to use the 1900 ATK Neos Alius and
the self-summoning Bubbleman to create the strong
Rank 4 Warrior Xyzs like Blade Armour and Excalibur.
Since Neos Alius himself is treated as a Normal
Monster, it would be a sound idea to use Gawayn on
Trad: 1.25 (I don’t know how you can make Normal
Monsters work here)
Aesthetics: 4.8/5 Gawayn is the wielder of Noble
Arms - Gallatin. He is based off of Sir Gawain, and
he is usually seen as the nephew of King Arthur and
next in line for the throne, as well as Lancelot’s
best friend. A great knight (probably the most
famous Round Table Knight behind Lancelot – I
remember how on the kids' show Between the Lions
there was a segment called "Gawain's Word" and I
thought that was pretty funny), Gawain is famed for
having many virtues such as his high honor,
courtesy, and solid loyalty to promises and friends.
He’s also great with medicine and all the ladies
love him. He’s known to have three kids named
Florence, Lovell, and Gingalain, but it’s not always
sure who is Gawain’s wife (Gingalain is the son of a
fairy, but in one story, Gawain marries a women
named Ragnelle). Another quality of him is that his
power grows over the morning and is tripled by noon,
but after that, it will drop again and he is weakest
at night. I feel his green scarf is based on the
story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. In the
original story, a mysterious huge man comes into the
castle during Christmas dinner. He comes in peace,
but he offers the challenge for a man to hit him
with his huge axe and will give the axe as a reward,
as long as he gets the chance to hit back at him at
the Green Chaple in 366 days. Arthur decides to go
for it, but Gawain takes his place. He chops the
guy’s head off, but he isn’t dead! To avoid
spoilers, I’ll just say that the rest of the story
shows example of Gawain’s politeness and loyalty,
culminating in meeting the Green Knight at the
designated area and time. On this card, though his
face looks like he’s constipated or something…kinda
reminds me of Syndrome from that movie The
Incredibles. I also don’t get the lava on the