Gideon of the Trials


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Arena [BETA] Legal
Brawl Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Amonkhet (AKH) Mythic Rare
SDCC Promo 2017 (S17) None
Promo Set (000) Mythic Rare

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Gideon of the Trials

Planeswalker — Gideon

+1: Until your next turn, prevent all damage target permanent would deal.

0: Until end of turn, Gideon of the Trials becomes a 4/4 Human Soldier creature that's indestructible and is still a planeswalker. Prevent all damage that would be dealt to him this turn.

0: You get an emblem with "As long as you control a Gideon planeswalker, you can't lose the game and your opponents can't win the game."

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Gideon of the Trials Discussion

DeviousPenguin666 on Is this Superfriends?

1 week ago

Yeti_Confetti while I do really like the emblem on Gideon of the Trials, I don't really see room for any more in the maindeck. I have been considering adding another Gideon Jura to the sideboard though. Thanks for the comment and the upvote!

Yeti_Confetti on Is this Superfriends?

1 week ago

I would recommend upping the amount of Gideon Planeswalkers cards if you really want to utilize Gideon of the Trials’s emblem. Having other Gideon cards can make for some decent beaters while you can’t lose.

Just my thoughts. It looks neat! +1

Xica on Strongest Color?

1 week ago


You have some major misunderstandings if you think that Liliana of the Veils -2 can even hit Gideon of the Trials (hint: its related to the question "when can you use pw abilities?")

So heres my evaluation of the colors:

  • - has the best card value, from Dark Confidant, Liliana of the Veil, Thoughtseize, Gurmag Angler, Death's Shadow to stuff like Ad Nauseam - but if you takd a step back and pretend that you forgot the decks that are built to abuse these cards, all of them habe some significant drawbacks. They are often the best core cards but need support to be viable. Black is also the second best color for hate cards.

  • - best hate cards. Rest in Peace, Stony Silence, Rule of Law... etc. Its also the king of "symmetrical" (and crippling) effects and exile - exiling creatures is VERY underutilized at the moment, just consider what Declaration in Stone does to hollow one...

  • - ramp, best fatties, insa card that support creature based strategies & ways to deal with anything but creatures. I think Primal Command & Tarmogoyf sum it up pretty well

  • - is the color of counters, stupid stuff with spells (Snapcaster Mage, Gifts Ungiven... etc.) and nearly great cards, like Vapor Snag, Reality Shift, As Foretold, Disrupting Shoal, Delver of Secrets  Flip and the list goes on. Its also USED TO BE the undisputed king of card filtering and card advantage but that got banned (Ponder, Brainstorm, Treasure Cruise) we have Search for Azcanta  Flip, Serum Visions - the draw package is much more intact than filtering (sadly it was weaker to begin with). Problem is that red is arguably better at filtering with its loot effects - scry is good for miracles if its preceeded by a draw, while looting supports any strategy that is willing to get its hands dirty with using the grave (lets hope surveil makes blue better). (And black has plenty of good draw engines.) So its basically counters + stupid support cards for instants & sorceries.

  • - is a pretty good color that is pretty nice all around, but gets little to no credit as burn is an easy cop out answer wjen asked "what does red do?". Yeah it has reach, but it also has Blood Moon, Koth of the Hammer, Faithless Looting, Through the Breach all great quality cards that need no introduction. And it has some of the best 4 & 5 drops (Hazoret the Fervent, Stormbreath Dragon) - which are great in the push + bolt meta (and not that bad when you got the help of path to be able to play them early), and the vest 1drops - yes Goblin Guide is not bad - but its no Grim Lavamancer. Oh and it has all the mana acceleration you may want - Vessel of Volatility & Infernal Plunge are absurdly underappreciated cards - the former is basically a fixed Seething Song that can't be abused by storm, the latter is frickin Dark Ritual if you have cheap creatures in your deck - which is an achievable goal (not for storm though, apparently Wotc hates storm).P.s.:if you have run the old squee, all the loot effects becom card advantage engines.

During my recent excursions into mono red hollow one land, i relized that there are stupidly powerful lands like Nephalia Academy or Scavenger Grounds that simply don't fit into 3 color decks. Am i the only person who sees these cards a very good reason to not get greedy with color splashing?

Xica on Strongest Color?

1 week ago


When did Gideon of the Trials become black?

(Imho black simply must have a second color for support to be viable. Sure it got some beaters with delve but they aintg gonna be on the field before turn6+ without the help of red or blue cards)

LoneCrusader399 on Azorius Control

2 weeks ago

Hey Silverdrake thanks for the suggestions! The reason why I'm playing Gideon, Ally of Zendikar over Gideon of the Trials is due to my local meta being filled with other control and midrange decks. Aggro isn't common where I play and AoZ is a much better threat and can help stabilize better against the decks I commonly face. I'd highly recommend testing out AoZ if you never have, personally I believe he's underplayed in Modern.

I've played a lot of Search for Azcanta  Flip in the past, but I actually think it is somewhat poorly positioned at the moment. Again, this also involves how my local meta is, but I'd rather have Ancestral Vision against the other control decks and all of the discard decks I face. SfA just eats a Field of Ruin against other control decks, and more people are switching over to control at my lgs.

Oloro_Magic on Procellam Legit [[Ad Nauseam]]

2 weeks ago


Whilst Gideon of the Trials could work Phyrexian Unlife is almost always simply better. To better understand we need to consider the conditions under which we play Phyrexian Unlife which is often the turn before or a couple turns before we combo off. It is important to consider that unlike Angel's Grace, when we cast Phyrexian Unlife we more than likely are not winning that turn and when thinking of replacing it we need to consider that fact. The main problem I see with using Gideon of the Trials is the fact that he can be killed by our opponent preventing us from winning if they time it right. They can Lightning Bolt him quite simply or just attack him, and considering we need the emblem to do anything he will only ever be at 3 loyalty. Phyrexian Unlife on the other hand for our deck basically says "gain 10 life and 1-3 turns" as well as being harder to remove and requiring our opponent to play enchantment hate. So to answer your question, yes Gideon of the Trials can work, however in 99% of situations Phyrexian Unlife is just safer and better for this deck as we don't win the turn it comes down.

Flooremoji on Procellam Legit [[Ad Nauseam]]

2 weeks ago

Oloro_Magic, could Gideon of the Trials be a possible Phyrexian Unlife replacement? Just a though. =)

Silverdrake on Azorius Control

2 weeks ago

Beautiful, every bit of it. Consider Gideon of the Trials instead of your current Gideon - kicks ass against burn and aggressive creature decks which will generally be some of the matchups you struggle more against. He still protects himself and applies only slightly less pressure a whole turn earlier.
I'd also recommend at least considering shifting 1x Jace for 1x Teferi. I'm just as much a fan of Mind Sculptor as the next control fanatic, but in the current meta he just doesn't do what he needs to.

Stepping away from planeswalkers for a second, you may want to consider 1-2 Search for Azcanta  Flip. I can't overstate the power of the incremental advantage.

Of course, these are just my opinions from one control player to another. Whatever you decide to do, good luck and have fun!

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