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."
|Have (3)||Obsolete , CompleteWaste , gildan_bladeborn|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
|Commander: Rule 0||Legal|
Gideon of the Trials Discussion
3 months ago
Lightning Helix would probably be better over Incinerate or Guerrilla Tactics. Might move the Incinerates/Tactics to the sideboard in case you run into regeneration creatures or hand disruption. While it's a cool survival tactic, you might not see a Wall of Hope to run Prismatic Strands with and you've only got the 4 creatures. I think the reversal cards are fun, but at a certain point it's better to just kill the opponent than live longer so Life Burst is another option to swap out rather than the Incinerates. You're also running a bunch of low cost instants, but have no way of refilling your hand. White struggles with that outside of EDH (which is why its game plan is on stalling or tax) but red has tons of options to refill the hand in Legacy.
But if you're intent on running so much lifegain Felidar Sovereign or Test of Endurance might be an alternate wincon for you but if Storm and spellslinging is of greater interest to you, you might consider Angel's Grace and Near-Death Experience over all the lifegain. If just being an annoying opponent to face in Red/White is the goal, keep the protection cards and instead slap in some Gideon of the Trials in there.
5 months ago
Had a Bo1 with Amulet Titan. Good lord that was one hell of a slog. It’s hard to keep track of what all they were doing but they got out an early Urza's Saga to follow up my Stoneforge Mystic . I took turn three to pop Saga with Field of Ruin . They quickly follow with another with some Arboreal Grazer action. I got out my Batterskull on an end step and deployed Gideon Blackblade to give the germ double lifelink. I pulled up ahead on line enough to take a hit for 18 from a Primeval Titan . I followed with Gideon of the Trials to pin the Titan. They managed to get another Titan off of Azusa, Lost but Seeking land drops and they had to eat a Gideon. They took out GotT with some Golems and got a second Titan on board to go at me. I deployed Kaldra Compleat with my Stoneforge sitting on the side to block it and take it down. My Batterskull was giving me big life at that point with a Sword of Fire and Ice attached so I could sponge some blows. Some more trading with another Blackblade sponging blows off the emblem and giving Batterskull big boy lifegain. I eventually foretold a Doomskar and that sealed the deal with my planeswalker beats and germ.
That was a real brawl. There was big work done by all contributors. Gideon of the Trials emblem made magnets of our Gideons taking a lot of pressure off our life total while Batterskull with double lifelink with Gideon Blackblade sent our life soaring. We were sitting at around 48-50 by the end? Blacksmith's Skill gave us clutch as a ‘block’ for one of our Gideons getting threatened by a Titan. That bought a turn for another GotT to come in and nullify it. Doomskar has been an all star coming in clutch to close out games. With a log of our threats being resilient to the sweep we could easily follow with a big swing. I was stunned we were able to hold the fight without a single Path to Exile or Solitude . Wow. Those would have been fantastic pulls. The one flaw in my play that I could identify was getting Batterskull instead of Sword of Hearth and Home . That would have been great for blanking Titan hits. So what we pulled performed wonderfully and and we had a lot of live draws that would have helped. This is a real confidence booster for this deck’s viability. I never even bothered attacking with Blackblade and I could have. xD
5 months ago
Played a quick game against W/B Pox Reanimator. I don’t even know if the deck was going heavier on Pox but it had Liliana of the Veil , probably as discard outlets.
They led on a pair of Inquisition of Kozilek and Liliana of the Veil to strip me. I was able to hold out long enough to get Gideon, Ally of Zendikar to threaten Lili. They continued stripping me down to top deck mode. I managed to pull Gideon of the Trials to to get an emblem before being taken down. Middle Gideon held down the fort for a couple turns and the opponent ate up their Lingering Souls . I got out Castle Ardenvale to help with the Smallpox . They got out a Priest of Fell Rites and I followed up fortelling Doomskar . We went a couple turns with a Knight Ally token and Priest trading blows with Castle providing blocks for Priest. They got a Smallpox to eat some board and eternalized Priest to get Archon of Cruelty to kill my token. I stupidly forgot about my Doomskar for a turn but was kinda hoping for a Path to Exile or Solitude but I ended up blowing it up on the next hit. They followed up with a Persist and I pulled a useless Stoneforge Mystic .
That was a slug fest as they stripped my hand, I deployed threats, they are my threats and got out a big boi with me blanking on removal. I should note that I had a Path earlier in the game but between double Inquisition, several Liliana activations, and Smallpox , I had lost it before it was relevant. We’ll played, opponent.
5 months ago
Martyr of Sands , Ranger-Captain of Eos , Judge's Familiar , Blossoming Calm , Isochron Scepter . If you go with Isochron Scepter you might also want Angel's Grace . You might want to upgrade your mana base. Gideon of the Trials is good. The deck looks great though.
8 months ago
10 months ago
Gideon of the Trials is a very versatile card on its own but i had to swap it out because Runed Halo has no synergy with any planeswalkers. Runed Halo showed to be just too good to be swapped out. (It only struggles if you always play against new brew decks)
Skyclave Apparition is an option i'm testing at the moment (Works quite good). It would fit way better if it were an Angel or Human though (for Caverns and Deck flavor). You would have to swap out Wall of Omens for Charming Prince then for the additional interaction.
Linvala, Keeper of Silence I keep her in here because i have someone who plays Slivers in my playgroup with a value combo Dormant Sliver and later Necrotic Sliver. If she enters the battlefield, it's game. Lyra Dawnbringer is really nice but its ability need a lot of Angels on the battlefield. She works way better if the Angels are cheap, like 2 - 3 mana drops. I've not seen a non lifegain Angel that low except maybe Serra Avenger
Giver of Runes is insane and would be a great addition, because i cannot deal with Path to Exile myself. I tried it with Ranger-Captain of Eos a while ago but somehow the deck got slow i lost one match after the other. Not sure how i could include Giver of Runes at the moment. I have a Eight-and-a-Half-Tails Sideboard against control which you can fetch.
Emeria, Shattered Skyclave is a must include for this deck even if you cannot fetch it. Every white deck i own has it now. Ondu Skyruins is not really needed, i included it because i play a lot of multiplayer at the moment.
Secluded Steppe + Mistveil Plains gives Weathered Wayfarer the ability to tap and draw a card for 4 mana (Activating Mistveil Plains cost 1 mana. At least some card draw engine, you can try Arch of Orazca if you like it more. I like the land fetch ability more XD).
What i really need for this deck is 3 drop removal better than Oblivion Ring. Grasp of Fate is strictly better but not modern. Banisher Priest and Fiend Hunter die easily to removal. I hope some day a set will bring something printed on an Angel
Kind Regards -Drcfan
10 months ago
Hi Drcfan! I have a few questions/remarks for you :)
- What happened to Gideon of the Trials? He has been tougher and tougher for me to play, the amount of threats being too high in aggro decks at the moment and him only being able to deal only with one per turn and coming at turn 3/4 (and being unprotected by Runed Halo).
- What's your opinion on Skyclave Apparition? Greater devotion than an Oblivion Ring, and they never get the card back, but on a creature which can be worse than an enchant.
- What's your opinion on Linvala over Lyra?
I also believe that you can't fetch Emeria's Call Flip or Ondu Inversion Flip with your Weathered Wayfarer after putting it back inside your deck via Mistveil Plains (or even before), as per the rules from Zendikar Rising, as the front face of these two double-faced cards aren't the land face:
Why you can't tutor Emeria's Call by searching for a land Show
"Most of the rules that govern how transforming double-faced cards apply to the new modal variety. While a modal double-faced card is in your hand, your graveyard, or exile, it has the characteristics of its front face only. So, if you're searching your library for a land card, you can't find a modal double-faced card whose front face isn't a land card. If an effect allows you to cast instant spells from your graveyard, you could cast Valakut Awakening, but you couldn't play Valakut Stoneforge."
But also for your interest:
From the "Zendikar Rising Release Notes" on Wizards' site, Septembre 10, 2020
"If an effect allows you to play a land or cast a spell from among a group of cards, you may play or cast a modal double-faced card with any face that fits the criteria of that effect. For example, if Sejiri Shelter / Sejiri Glacier is in your graveyard and an effect allows you to play lands from your graveyard, you could play Sejiri Glacier. That effect doesn't allow you to cast Sejiri Shelter."
- You could theoretically do a draw once per turn with Secluded Steppe and with your Wayfarer and Mistveil. It's less than Arch of Orazca (which you've told me in the past was too expensive to your taste, and too situational with the ascend mechanic), albeit colored mana and disruptable via destroying the Wayfarer. What do you think?
I love the Settle the Wreckage suggestion, have copied it in my deck! Works very well with the instant speed, with the lands fetched by the opponent and our Wayfarer, it keeps our board, and it exiles which prevents graveyard shenanigans. Only issue over a Wrath of God is having to target our opponent (and the lands given, indeed), but I prefer it this way.
Thank you for your time!
10 months ago
I think you can go down a copy of Gideon of the Trials for Gideon Jura (better protection) and remove Appeal / Authority. "Appeal" doesn't actually improve your board state and "Authority" doesn't do that much to protect your side of the field, and you really don't need the vigilance part of it because you have Ajani, the Greathearted. I think you can trade it for Ghostly Prison. Hope this helps.