Gideon of the Trials

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Archenemy Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Historic Brawl Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Planechase Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

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."

Icbrgr on Apple Accessories, Now with Malware

6 months ago

I love this commander... are things like Crawlspace/Silent Arbiter necessary in a deck like this (in case of removal of the commander?) or maybe Lightning Greaves/Swiftfoot Boots? and would things like Gideon of the Trials and Approach of the Second Sun fit in a strategy like this?

My brother is building this deck and we've only played a few games with it so im curious what may have to say about it?

TheoryCrafter on No Creatures, No Problem

7 months ago

My vote is for Ral, Caller of Storms. Considering the choices of the first two loyalty abilities, I don't think the power level justifies a 6 mana cost. That and I honestly believe you can get more bang for your buck with Guff's second loyalty ability.

Other cards that occurred to me and may want to consider adding are Reliquary Tower, Rowan, Scholar of Sparks  Flip and Teyo, the Shieldmage. I'm not entirely sure what you can remove to make room for these, but don't forget you have a commander who can get mana dorks on the battlefield for you and can draw you cards so don't be afaid to lean into that a bit.

While I was taking a another look at your deck, I noticed you have Blind Obedience. Even though the rules changed several years ago to allow it, the cost in the extort ability may be seen by some players as a violation of the color identity rule. I had a mono-black commander deck with a few extort cards and an opponent got really salty about it before another told him of the rule change. So I took them out to avoid future conflict.

If you choose to do the same, I'd recommend Lion Sash. Not only it will give you much needed graveyard hate without affecting your graveyard, but you'll be able to attach it to Gideon of the Trials while he's a creature and it can be tutored by Tezzeret the Seeker. Yes, I know its a creature, but Calamity's Wake and Rest in Peace will devastate your graveyard as well.

I hope this helps. Thank you for reading me out. Happy Hunting!

indieinside on LET HER COOK! [[Lae'zel//Master Chef EDH]]

9 months ago

thats cool. either way Made_Compleat, i like this deck. Deification + Gideon of the Trials looks fun.

Icbrgr on RDW: Enchantment Removal?

11 months ago

@Pabs4444 the specific combo that sparked my concern is Nine Lives with Solemnity.

So far its something that I have only seen on Arena but I haven't been to the "LGS" that supports Pioneer in awhile because its almost an hour drive away from me... more or less I am just afraid of driving an hour to be met with that combo going off by Turn 4 repeatedly and then driving back home another hour super salty lol.

I currently don't think its a "popular" deck people are playing in paper but I could be wrong... I'm willing to just take the "L" for an occasional bad matchup but if this combo or similar like Deification and Gideon of the Trials become rampant then I guess I will very reluctantly splash for .

Acetee on Queen Marchesa’s Game of Thrones

11 months ago

Great decklist ! A huge inspiration for my own Marchesa deck so thanks a lot. Ever considered to include planeswalker in that list ? Things like Gideon Jura, Gideon of the Trials or The Wanderer would work pretty well in my opinion. What do you think ?

Max_Hammer on These silly hoomans - Need Help

1 year ago

Well hello there! I had way too much time on my hands, so here’s this. By the way, it’s all ordered best to worst. (:

Pay less to play more.

  • Circle of Dreams Druid is going to drop loads of mana, assuming you can pay the three green.
  • Fallaji Wayfarer is going to give all of your stuff (including your commander) convoke! Not all, but a lot.
  • Hamza, Guardian of Arashin is going to make a lot of your creatures cost a lot less.
  • Herald of War makes all of your humans dirt cheap if he gets counters. But, oh, what’s that? This deck loves making counters for creatures? Perfect.
  • Nissa's Expedition is just Cultivate but it potentially costs a lot less.
  • Gaea's Cradle is perfect if you have a small fortune laying around and you’re in need of mana.
I need more! More!!!

  • Bennie Bracks, Zoologist every time you make a token? So every turn? Alright, sick.
  • Ulvenwald Mysteries lets you investigate the murder of your entire army. A board wipe kills this deck, but this (plus loads of mana) could help bring it back.
  • Season of Growth lets you scry a lot, letting you look for pretty much whatever and just pull it out.
No, you’re not allowed to have that! Because I said so! Exile it! Now!

  • Devouring Light, Conclave Tribunal, Hour of Reckoning are all removal spells but if you’re on a mana budget with a lot of 1/1’s.
  • Elspeth Tirel is a board wipe, if you manage to keep her around for long enough. If that’s not what you need, though, she’s got plenty of utility otherwise.
  • Coordinated Barrage, Kabira Takedown  Flip, and Outflank aren’t super powerful, but can destroy pretty much anything that comes your way. If it’s not hexproofed, shrouded, or indestructible, it will be killed.
  • Devout Chaplain says “The power of Christ compels you! Begone!” but this time it actually works.
  • Sanctuary Lockdown lets you say “Not this combat phase, Satan,” and if you have enough mana, you can do that again and again and again. Plus, if you decide you can’t, then it’s still a big boy.
  • Kamahl's Will will destroy just about anything in sight and can give you extra attacking force, if you can manage a way to keep all of your lands safe.
Gotta keep your stuff safe, yeah?

  • Loxodon Hierarch is going to save your deck (which is very sensitive to board wipes) from a board wipe, judy once. Use wisely.
  • Scapegoat won’t save your tokens, but it will save everyone else, commander included.
  • Kindred Boon can slowly but surely make literally every creature you own indestructible.
  • Ephemeral Shields is extra protection that can easily be pulled out of your back pocket.
  • Basri's Lieutenant isn’t going to save your deck, but it will buy you time or give you a chance next turn at a kill, if the board wiper was low.
Make all of your stuff bigger!

Make more stuff! The theme of these suggestions is Give me more, if you couldn’t have guessed.

Might of the Masses is always fun in a creature deck, one green for a massive “Fuck you” at instant speed is great. Now here’s a bunch of Might of the Masses style cards.

I was looking for cards with the keyword “Human” and a million Gideon cards came up, so here’s all of the Gideon Planeswalkers. None of them are bad, per se, but all Gideon cards are not made equal.

  • Gideon, the Oathsworn just happens to slip and give all of your creatures an absurd number of counters. Not to mention the big body (noticing a pattern yet?) and the one-sided board wipe! He’s got a weird face again, sadly, pass.
  • Gideon, Champion of Justice is a board wipe and a big, bad creature all wrapped into one. 7/10, he can dominate me.
  • Gideon Jura can goad and destroy stuff. Perfect for removal and instigating fights when you know you’ll win. Not to mention the big scary 6/6 lurking beneath. Also a weird face, pass.
  • Gideon of the Trials reads “Fuck your biggest creature, he’s not going to do anything, and also, as long as I’m around, fuck you more.” Nothing crazy, but can definitely make you public enemy #1 for having an effect like that. Pretty normal face, but that ability makes him a dick. 3.4/10
  • Kytheon, Hero of Akros  Flip is just some kid. Ignore him. This is a child, pass.
  • Gideon, Battle-Forged!? Where did you come from? Nothing super interesting here, but for one mana not bad. Weird face, pass.
  • Gideon, Martial Paragon can give buffs to all of your stuff, which is definitely not bad at all, and your opponents are automatically dead if he gets that ten ability off. That said, this Gideon can get it. 10/10.
  • Gideon Blackblade is eh. He’s okay. He can get it, though. 7/10.
  • Gideon, Ally of Zendikar can do some generic Gideon stuff. Make tokens, give buffs, be a 4/4. Eh. 6.7/10.
This is just stuff I couldn’t find a specific panel for, so yeah.

Your deck is pretty spotless, so unless some of these are direct upgrades or you know what you want to take out, then this is all I have for you here.

  • Thraben Doomsayer’s first ability can be easily beaten by other cards, and his second ability is mostly useless, since you’re pretty screwed at 5 HP either way.
  • Heron's Grace Champion Lifelink is cool, but not something you super need. It’d be worth it if it was permanent, but it’s not, so pass.
  • Maja, Bretagard Protector just feels a little expensive for such a lackluster ability, Idunno.
  • Icbrgr on Thursday Night Magic : What …

    1 year ago

    I MADE TOP 8! ... Out of 8 players I placed 8th; 3 rounds of best of 3 Swiss.

    Round 1 Vs. Affinity 0-2: Seemed like a pretty straightforward U/W Affinity deck... Urza's Saga is one heck of a card.

    Round 2 Vs. Mono White tokens 0-2: This was a deck based on a saffron olive brew utilizing Esper Sentinel with Force of Virtue and Mana Tithe.

    Round 3 Vs. Eldrazi Tron 2-1: This seemed to be a pure eldrazi list.... Reality Smasher and company with Ugin planswalkers and Walking Ballista.

    Granted I placed last but all my games really felt winnable; I was honestly pretty nervous for some reason and could/should have played better...heck i was frazzled just trying to figure out how to use the companion app because its the first I've ever seen it before lol...But I had a blast... I was kinda caught up in just the thrill and joy of playing in person for the first time since the original Zendikar set which apparently was over 10 years ago now!?!?!?... Gideon of the Trials with Pact of Negation is hilarious and was amazed that I pulled that combo off in 2 different games. I was able to interact well in all my games but lacked an offensive presence and or was not able to capitalize on a momentum shift after big plays like Settle the Wreckage.... I came pretty close but just couldn't quite close games out

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