Gideon, Ally of Zendikar


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Limited Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Highlander Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Custom Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual 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."

Gideon, Ally of Zendikar Discussion

multimedia on Syr Gwyn's Horde of Knights

1 week ago

Hey, nice start. Cards to consider cutting to make 99:

  • Bond of Discipline
  • Campaign of Vengeance
  • Venser's Journal
  • Stoneforge Masterwork
  • Dowsing Dagger
  • Belle of the Brawl
  • Brimstone Trebuchet
  • Burnished Hart
  • Icon of Ancestry
  • Words of Worship
  • Goblin War Drums
  • Door of Destinies
  • Whispersilk Cloak

I think rather than aggressive overrun the battlefield with Knights instead play ones that are good with equipment who have evasion, more of a midrange strategy. I suggest this because there's a lot of equipment here which is taking the place of Knights and equipment are midrange cards. I think if you want to play an aggressive overrun strategy with Knights that you want to reduce the amount of equipment and increase the amount of low mana cost Knights especially two drops such as Knight of Grace , Knight of Malice , Stormfist Crusader , etc.

Cards within the budget to consider adding:

Cards to consider cutting:

  • Temple of the False God
  • Terramorphic Expanse
  • 5x Plains
  • Embereth Shieldbreaker
  • Order of Midnight
  • Foulmire Knight
  • Vanquisher's Banner
  • Basilisk Collar
  • Cathars' Crusade
  • Sorin, Vengeful Bloodlord

Good luck with your deck.

xtechnetia on Is there an Exact Formula ...

2 weeks ago

The only definitive "rule" I can see for planeswalker number calculations is that virtually every one of them is able to get themselves to 4+ loyalty (i.e. out of Lightning Bolt range) with an immediate loyalty activation. (This gets particularly egregious with low CMC walkers, cough Wrenn and Six .)

Other than that, "it depends". e.g. Gideon, Ally of Zendikar can use all of his abilities immediately, but obviously that's proportional to his casting cost and the fact that his ultimate isn't exactly an "I win" ability.

It may be worth noting that in recent times, Wizards has obviously been pushing to make competitively viable, low-CMC walkers more of a thing. As recently as ELD, Oko, Thief of Crowns and The Royal Scions can get themselves to 6 (!) loyalty with their first loyalty activation, for being 3cmc walkers. Back in DTK, Narset Transcendent raised a few eyebrows for being able to get herself to 7, and she was a 4cmc walker.

So who knows.

TypicalTimmy on Gideon oathbreaker

4 weeks ago

Also your deck may not be suitable for The Chain Veil , but you'll find great utility out of Oath of Gideon .

I'd also recommend Elspeth, Sun's Champion . She gives you creatures to bolster, is another boardwipe on a stick, and gives you an extremely powerful and game-winning anthem if you get her ultimate.

Gideon, Ally of Zendikar Will also be great as he allows you to tempo on curve, gives you more tokens to bolster, and that emblem might be small but what it does is it turns all of your 1/1 tokens into 2/2s. Gideon turns them into 3/3s. Keep them shy of being a 4/4 and just decimate the board with Elspeth. An army of 3/3s is a lot more powerful then 3x - 4x 4/4s. Against multiple opponents, spreading out the love is a better way to win, overall.

I'd stay away from Ajani as he is kind of a bland Planeswalker and doesn't really help you much in this regards. Ajani Steadfast would be the only one I would recommend, and only because of his -2 that you get two shots out of.

BKSlothWhopper on BW Control [Modern Competitive]

1 month ago

lagotripha Thanks for the comment!

I see your point, and Blood Baron of Vizkopa can be a good closer, but I feel it would be a better sideboard card. I feel as though the Sorin, Vengeful Bloodlord argument is kind of the same as it is for Liliana, the Last Hope , neither really affects board state immensely--however Sorin combos well with Gideon, Ally of Zendikar . My thoughts were to board in Liliana, the Last Hope when going up against Humans or something else tribal, as her abilities beyond +1 also don't do as much. Both her an Sorin can be useful if I board in Tidehollow Sculler . I just like the stabilizing power of Sorin. Would you still disagree here?

NensouHiebara on Valor & Vanity | Foil Knight Tribal

2 months ago


Light from Within is unable to boost Mutavault and tokens. Curving into it from a Turn 3 History of Benalia wouldn't be very effective.

Regardless, this deck doesn't need more 4cmc cards. Gideon, Ally of Zendikar provides everything this deck needs out of a curve-topper. Trying to find room for another 4cmc card that only accomplishes a fraction of what he does isn't going to work out.

Boogsbay on Seasons' Approach: How the seasons go by...

2 months ago

I really like the shell. :) Probably the best Approach shell I've seen in Modern. May I ask how it performs in FNM? I might build it for the funsies. Some non-budget cards to add to the deck would probably be:



rjphilla on

2 months ago

More Secure the Wastes Definitely need Raise the Alarm

Young Pyromancer is just better then the new one.

Dragon Fodder is baller too. If you have the money Monastery Mentor and Gideon, Ally of Zendikar

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