Gideon of the Trials

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Custom Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker 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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Tokens

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

heckproof on I believe in miracles...you sexy thing

2 days ago

So W/U Terminus control seems to be at about at its peak in terms of tuning, and unfortunately that means that, if you wanna make this deck optimized to its fullest, you’re going to need the fetches, Jace, etc. The nice thing about W/U control, though, is that there are a lot of free slots that you can play around with. Here’s my own list, which is reasonably close to the standard (save for a few one-ofs that I just like playing with): NOT A BREW

If you want a cheaper build that’s still decent, however, you’re not out of luck. You can build a slightly budget version of the “oops, all Gideons” control that was running around in 2017. You usually run a 2-1 split of Gideon of the Trials and Gideon Jura , which both keep you alive and eventually become win conditions. I would recommend purchasing a full playset of Field of Ruin , which both act as budget fetches and also keep you alive against Tron. I would also recommend some number of Mana Leak and Logic Knot , although admittedly Logic Knot is only at its best if you’re playing Search for Azcanta  Flip, which is not a budget card. Instead of Snapcaster Mage , which is quite expensive but also is crucial to your strategy, you could run Mission Briefing , which lacks the body that makes Snapcaster so good but gives you a chance to set up your next draw. I would recommend looking at Raph Levy’s deck for PT Rivals of Ixalan. It’s not budget, but it gives you a frame of reference for what I’m talking about. If I can find a link to the decklist, I’ll link it later.

And...I think that’s about it! I don’t know if this was any help. Good luck, and may you draw all the salt from your opponent as you counter your way to victory!

hungry000 on B/W Gideon, Brisela

3 days ago

What types of decks do you usually play against? Knowing that will help people give advice. For some general tips, I would cut all of the "standard" cards that you're playing right now because most all of them are too slow, not powerful enough for modern, or have better versions of the card available: 1 Dusk / Dawn , 2 Fumigate , 1 Ironwright's Cleansing , 2 Never / Return , 1 Decommission , 2 Gideon's Reproach . I would also cut the 4 Authority of the Consuls , but they could be reasonable depending on what you play against. In their place, you should play some of the Modern "Staples" as they'll help increase the competitivity of your deck (look up modern staples if you don't know what I'm talking about). In your colors, Path to Exile is the most important considering the current meta. 1-mana discard spells such as Inquisition of Kozilek and Thoughtseize are played in virtually every deck that plays black; they'll give you an edge against control and combo and are still very useful vs aggro and midrange. The downside of those staples is that they cost a lot of money. If that's a trouble for you, I can suggest some other cards that are at least semi-competitive, though again it would help to know what you play against.

If you really like gaining life, take a look at a Martyr Proc deck (example: Martyr Proc). Martyr of Sands can gain you huge amounts of life starting turn 2, and it works quite well with Squadron Hawk . It's easy enough to slot in a few Gideon of the Trials and Brisela/Bruna in place of some other cards, and it gains a heck ton more life than the deck you're playing now does.

Another way you could take the deck is a B Devotion deck to make use of Gray Merchant of Asphodel . That deck has cards like Vampire Nighthawk , Gifted Aetherborn (which you already have), and Gatekeeper of Malakir . It could make casting Gideons and Brisela/Bruna harder though.

Chhris on The Safari Zone {Primer}

5 days ago

Qolorful: Defense of the Heart looks great. It'll slide right in. I think it'll take the place of Dubious Challenge once I acquire one. Thank you!!

KongMing: I will definitely play test Warstorm Surge . I had Where Ancients Tread in the list before for a similar effect, and I found that I often had better things to do with my mana, and it often ended up as a dead card, or I just never got value from it. Surge seems suitably different though, and i'll give it a try. Cheers!!

Flux27: OOPS. Little typo. Thanks for picking up on that. I think I believed I was referring to Gideon of the Trials rather than Angel of Grace ! Thanks!!

JP-Romero on Gideon's Knights

2 weeks ago

Always Watching and History of Benalia do not play well together.

You are running mono-white, so why not use the typical staple Honor of the Pure ? Yes, you won't get vigilance, but it's cheaper than Always Watching and your generated knights will also get the boost.

Also, Gideon Jura and Gideon of the Trials don't really work as well as Gideon, Ally of Zendikar with History of Benalia . I would keep the Gideon of the Trials for the Gideon emblem though.

I think this deck has also no real reason for running only 2 Path to Exile . Run a playset!

So, suggestions: -2 Lightning Greaves -2 Inquisitor's Flail -2 Always Watching -1 Gideon Jura -1 Godsend

+2 Path to Exile +4 Honor of the Pure +2 History of Benalia

BMHKain on 1000% Spark Storm (EDH Superfriends Primer)

2 weeks ago

BUMP! BUMP! B-(Ran over by a Bullet Train in Nippon.)

You probably are wondering what I want for this... Well, eat this:

I still need some alts for Aminatou, the Fateshifter + Felidar Guardian in the situation I don't have enough Blink/Flicker in play. Do you think Ashiok, Dream Render sucks as well? I can think of two Gideon's better than Gideon, Champion of Justice : Gideon of the Trials , & Gideon Blackblade . Do you think either is good; & if so, what would you recommend over Champion of Justice? I'd like to keep Crucible of Worlds for my Landbase (Cycle Duals, & Tap Fetches.); your opinion? Everyone hates Rowan Kenrith , & Daretti, Ingenious Iconoclast for their huge drawbacks. Should I keep Saheeli, Sublime Artificer for the fact she can do the former 2's ideas, but better? I have Sundial of the Infinite for EOT effects. Should this be cut as well? What other Walkers/Wraths to Add/Cut? What's better between Chromatic Lantern , & Prismatic Omen ? & is Jiang Yanggu, Wildcrafter good here? We also have Ajani, the Greathearted here to back him up. Flux Channeler , Evolution Sage , & Ignite the Beacon / Call the Gatewatch are all awesome here; but what are your thoughts? Also, maybe your help could be good here again, DrkNinja? I'm in one hell of a bind...

BMHKain on A War on Sparks vs ...

3 weeks ago

If I BUMP, will you listen...?

I think I've made myself less noted about such a deck's goals until I reach 100 cards. So here they are again:

Is there any good alt Flicker effects than just Aminatou, the Fateshifter + Felidar Guardian ? I'd really like some options.

Is Ashiok, Dream Render good enough in here? Same for: Gideon of the Trials or Gideon Blackblade ? What about Flux Channeler , Evolution Sage , & Ignite the Beacon ?

Should I remove Crucible of Worlds ? I actually use it for the Landbase I'm using, be it Cycle Duals, or even Tap Fetches.

Since everyone hated Rowan Kenrith , & Daretti, Ingenious Iconoclast , I actually found another card that works WAY better; Saheeli, Sublime Artificer . But should I keep it? Casting for free tokens is awesome, but what to target? I suppose my rocks, but can I do this over & over, or does the "Another" part require different targets each time?

I put in Sundial of the Infinite for End Step effects; allowing for stuff that should be gone EOT, to stay. Do you think this should be cut?

What Walkers should be cut to reach 100?

What Wraths would you suggest?

Is Chromatic Lantern really better than Prismatic Omen ? Then why do I have Jiang Yanggu, Wildcrafter for a huge amount of mana for every one +1/+1 Counter on a creature each (One each; no higher.)?

What misc. stuff would you cut; and/or add in their stead?

BMHKain on A War on Sparks vs ...

3 weeks ago

BUMP!!!

Decided on Najeela after all. But what I still want to know is what cards to cut in order to get to 100 overall.

Also, SP3CTR3_chelts, I still need some alts for Aminatou, the Fateshifter in the situation I don't have enough Blink/Flicker in play. Do you think Ashiok, Dream Render sucks as well? I can think of two Gideon's better than Gideon, Champion of Justice : Gideon of the Trials , & Gideon Blackblade . Do you think either is good; & if so, what would you recommend over Champion of Justice? I'd like to keep Crucible of Worlds for my Landbase (Cycle Duals, & Tap Fetches.); your opinion? Everyone hates Rowan Kenrith , & Daretti, Ingenious Iconoclast for their huge drawbacks. Should I keep Saheeli, Sublime Artificer for the fact she can do the former 2's ideas, but better? I have Sundial of the Infinite for EOT effects. Should this be cut as well? What other Walkers/Wraths to Add/Cut? What's better between Chromatic Lantern , & Prismatic Omen ? & is Jiang Yanggu, Wildcrafter good here? We also have Ajani, the Greathearted here to back him up. Flux Channeler , Evolution Sage , & Ignite the Beacon are all awesome here; but what are your thoughts? BTW, I've already decided on Najeela, the Blade-Blossom as the CMDR.

Though I have one last question in addition: Everyone seems to be getting into Oathbreaker. In terms of Signature Spells as used in the other Command Zone (4 Max if you include Both Kenriths; & their respective cards.); does that spell have to apply w/ the Walker's Lore? I feel this is why everyone's breaking the rules of the format; & some walkers don't even have such a thing; especially since this only applies to Nonpermanents only as the Signature Spell. Is everyone really breaking the rules, or what am I missing out on? GREAT... Now you made me want to make an Inked Gaming Custom Playmat w/ 4 Command Zones. XP

BMHKain on A War on Sparks vs ...

4 weeks ago

@SP3CTR3_chelts: Thanks! Thought I was about to go insane w/ whatever post I made before you came along. XP

Anyways, Aminatou is kept. But I'd still like some options outside of her that can blink my walkers like mad; allowing for value that can even put The Chain Veil to shame.

Also, Damn... Didn't think Tibalt #2 sucks all around... XL Although, while we're on the topic of WAR, What other Walkers from War of the Spark should be chopped? Ashiok #2 is basically Stranglehold w/o Time Stop. I can't believe there are that many I like...

Hmm... Alright. The Golgari Queen gets the Perseus Effect (Having her head chopped off.).

Huh. Personally from experience, Gideon, Champion of Justice would get a lot of hate just from exiling a whole board; which in such a case is more problematic to you, than your enemies; & they'd be pissed. XP Frankly, I was thinking of either Gideon of the Trials , or even Gideon Blackblade . Maybe you could check either out? One can lockdown anything that can do damage, become a Creature/Walker Hybrid (As w/ all other Gideons...), & keep him alive, you can't lose, & your opponents can't win. The other is a literal Exile target nonland Permanent w/ ability granting until EOT. Gideon #7/8 even is a 4/4 Human Soldier creature with indestructible that’s still a Walker. for each of your turns, & damage won't phase him during your turn. Both are even low CMC, but I wonder what you'd like more...

As for colors, Purple Mana would've been a good choice; if it existed, which it won't, & never will. I do though, have at least one other idea; but I'm basically a blunt, mental, overlyintelligent being w/ info nobody cares about. XP , because of this, is out. Leaving me w/ one of two Golgari Swarm colors: , & . Though, I believe the world is more flawed than it was than ever; cutting out from the question. though... I do consider myself as a Cynical, Brutally Honest, & Ambitious entity myself. Easily allowing into the fray. Why hasn't the Shards of Alara Block made actual Shard Watermarks again? I just... Dunno.

But, yeah. I think I might actually be related to a non-necromancing individual; though I wouldn't be surprised if the Shard of Grixis rejected me. XP But for now, more questions:

Should I remove Crucible of Worlds ? I actually use it for the Landbase I'm using, be it Cycle Duals, or even Tap Fetches.

Since everyone hated Daretti, Ingenious Iconoclast , I actually found another card that works WAY better; Saheeli, Sublime Artificer . But should I keep it? Casting for free tokens is awesome, but what to target? I suppose my rocks, but can I do this over & over, or does the "Another" part require different targets each time?

I put in Sundial of the Infinite for End Step effects; allowing for stuff that should be gone EOT, to stay. Do you think this should be cut?

What Walkers should be cut to reach 100?

What Wraths would you suggest?

Is Chromatic Lantern really better than Prismatic Omen ? Then why do I have Jiang Yanggu, Wildcrafter for a huge amount of mana for every one +1/+1 Counter on a creature each (One each; no higher.)?

What misc. stuff would you cut; and/or add in their stead?

I think these are 20Q enough. I personally want to know your ideas on these, please. Thanks again! ^_^ Didn't think I'm (Grixis) ideas though. LoL. XD

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Gideon of the Trials occurrence in decks from the last year

Modern:

All decks: 0.09%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%