Gideon, Ally of Zendikar


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Limited Legal
Frontier Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Highlander Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Casual Legal
Legacy Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Battle for Zendikar (BFZ) Mythic Rare
Promo Set (000) Mythic Rare

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Gideon, Ally of Zendikar

Planeswalker — Gideon

+1: Until end of turn, Gideon, Ally of Zendikar becomes a 5/5 Human Soldier Ally creature with indestructible that's still a planeswalker. Prevent all damage that would be dealt to him this turn.

0: Put a 2/2 white Knight Ally creature token onto the battlefield.

-4: You get an emblem with "Creatures you control get +1/+1."

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Gideon, Ally of Zendikar Discussion

ArchFline on Norin Sisters Weirding

1 week ago

@VesuvanDoppelbanger I am aware of Muddle the Mixture but i feel as though it slows down my clock with little compensation. This deck certainly can win via a Zur's Weirding lock but it primarily wins via burn and Myr token spam. So proving space and spending mana on a card that does not protect or ensure my core strategy would be baseless. As for Ajani Goldmane I will think about it. I feel that should i require pumping I would be better served using Gideon, Ally of Zendikar as he better synergies with my core plan. Life gain is merely a means to survive against long term strategies in which my Zur combo must be utilized (that and it completely shuts down most burn and aggro decks).

Snap157 on Stall Till Time is Called

2 weeks ago

Okay, lets see what you've got. I like the idea of stalling, but I think that there are better ways to do it. I think what you are missing here is a true win con and true control.

First, with only about 9 mana producing lands, Emrakul is a waste of space. I'd sell her off and use the cash to buy these other cards:

Pillow fort cards will not save you. If the opponent has a 7/7 Death's Shadow out, it's better to fix the problem with a Fatal Push than to stall with a Holy Day.

I like the inclusion of Thoughtseize, but I would add in 2 or 3 Inquisition of Kozilek in addition.

Cantrips like Opt and Serum Visions are your best friends. They gain you advantage and help you dig for answers to what your opponents throw at you. I would add 7 copies of these two in the combination of your choice.

As I said before, I like the idea of stalling for a win but I'm not sure Norn's Annex is your best choice for a slow win. If they play any lifegain or white deck, it's gonna be a tough game. Personally, I think that plainswalkers are your best choice for a more reliable win. Some great options include Elspeth, Sun's Champion, Liliana, Death's Majesty, Gideon of the Trials, Gideon, Ally of Zendikar, Elspeth, Knight-Errant and Sorin, Lord of Innistrad.

In order to really control the board before you can drop a walker, I would drop the damage preventing spells, Rest for the Weary, and Noxious Revival in favor of Fatal Push, a Mana Leak or two, Snapcaster Mage, 1 copy of Murderous Cut and one copy of Tasigur, the Golden Fang.

In modern, The goal is to lock down by turn 4. By then, you need to either gain board state or recover quick. Waiting for your opponents to make a move usually results in them doing something you can't control. Best of luck!

Tethys on B/W Tokens (New SF/LOTV Build)

2 weeks ago

Thanks Cafelattis! If you're making a B/W Tokens control core similar to my build but want to skip the Liliana of the Veils, an easy change that would still be very effective would be swapping them for a second Collective Brutality and one mainboard Gideon, Ally of Zendikar. Even with the revised planeswalker rules, Gideon is generally superior to Sorin, Lord of Innistrad in my experience.

Good luck with your build!

albino_ninja on Mardu Swarm

2 weeks ago

Thank you for the suggestions Pheardemons!

Both those suggestions are vital if aggro swarm is the main goal of the brew, like with the Orzhov token deck that I have been running for years. But this one focuses on ETB triggers to chip away at the life total of your opponents. I can definitely swarm late in the game, but getting the board set up in your favor is definitely priority. Its for that reason that I chose Elspeth, Knight-Errant over Gideon, Ally of Zendikar. While having access to all of Gideon's abilities is nice, the anthem pump doesn't do much unless you aggro. But Elspeth's ult has won me more than a few games and her loyalty is never stagnate like it might be with Gideon.

As for Indomitable Creativity and Emrakul, the Aeons Torn combo, I actually have another deck that utilizes that exclusively Tricky Budget Tokens (Turn 4 Emrakul). But in here, it doesn't fit.

Pheardemons on Mardu Swarm

3 weeks ago

Any reason Intangible Virtue is not included? Definitely should be considered as it stacks with multiple copies, and you will always have blockers while still being able to swing wide. Gideon, Ally of Zendikar could be another possible thought. It gives more powerful tokens than Elspeth, Knight-Errant, plus it can emblem the turn it comes down.

Something else that may be up for consideration is Indomitable Creativity and something huge like Emrakul, the Aeons Torn. The problem you have now is that you play creatures in the form of Auriok Champion and Purphoros, God of the Forge, but if you ever wanted to go creatureless (in a sense as tokens are creatures) this could be an interesting combo to think about.

Mandalorian on UW Control

3 weeks ago

No Gideon, Ally of Zendikar? I think you need a couple more Gideons to make GotT's emblem worth it

mtgApprentice21 on The Dirty Dozen

3 weeks ago

More suggestions:

  1. Cut the 4-drop Elspeth, add Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
  2. Cut the Jace, Architect of Thought, add Jace, the Mind Sculptor
  3. Cut the Narset-walker and both Kiora planeswalkers, add Nissa, Steward of Elements, Ajani Unyielding, and Nissa, Worldwaker
  4. Cut Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker and the two white Sorin walkers, add Liliana Vess, Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh, and Ajani Steadfast
  5. Cut the mono-blue Tamiyo, add Ob Nixilis Reignited
  6. Cut the 5-drop Vraska for Vraska, Relic Seeker
  7. Swap Death Cloud for Damnation, Profound Journey for Wrath of God, Decree of Pain for Deadly Tempest, Obliterate for Terminus, Jokulhaups for Fumigate, and Obzedat's Aid for Planar Outburst


3 weeks ago

The deck feels like somewhat of a cross between Soul Sisters and Tokens.

Entreat the Angels>Devout Invocation?

For more Soul Sister and mono token stuff I would see about adding these-

If you can afford them, Serra Ascendant is a great life gain pay off and can be searched up with Ranger of Eos who can also get your Soul Sisters and Martyr of Sands.

Honor of the Pure

Path to Exile

Spectral Procession

Gideon, Ally of Zendikar

Hero of Bladehold

For more token synergies I would go up on the Intangible Virtues as they are the best buff your tokens can get

If you add you can add these cards-

Lingering Souls

Sorin, Solemn Visitor

Blood Baron of Vizkopa


If anything is taken from this comment I would suggest it be Path to Exile since your removal package is basically non existent.

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