Gisela, Blade of Goldnight

Gisela, Blade of Goldnight

Legendary Creature — Angel

Flying, first strike

If a source would deal damage to an opponent or a permanent an opponent controls, that source deals double that damage to that player or permanent instead.

If a source would deal damage to you or a permanent you control, prevent half that damage, rounded up.

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Set Rarity
Commander Anthology 2018 (CM2) Mythic Rare
Masters 25 (A25) None
Commander 2015 (C15) Mythic Rare
Avacyn Restored (AVR) Mythic Rare

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Highlander Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Gisela, Blade of Goldnight occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.04%

RW (Boros): 3.33%

RBW (Mardu): 0.76%

Gisela, Blade of Goldnight Discussion

Eternaldark866 on Mayael’s Overwhelming Stampede

4 days ago

Recommended additions and reasoning:

Mirari's Wake, Mana Reflection: These come at cheaper mana costs than your Zendikar Resurgent. Drawing a card on the Resurgent is good, but not good enough, since you have to cast the creature. While you likely will have enough mana to do so, it is going to be less common than cheating out the creatures. Additionally, Mana Reflection will work with all permanents, not just land. So your creature and artifact mana will double as well.

Strionic Resonator, Rings of Brighthearth: This lets you copy Mayael's ability. Digging 15 cards for 3 creatures is better than 5 cards for 1...

Exploration, Oracle of Mul Daya, Bloom Tender: all phenomenal sources of ramp. Highly recommend Oracle for the ability to remove land fromt he top of your deck, allowing you to dig that one card deeper... where you will find...

Kozilek, Butcher of Truth: Even if you aren't casting Kozi, you get a massive beater with Annihilator, and as a huge bonus, he helps recycle your graveyard in the event of a board wipe. Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx, Gaea's Cradle: You run a ton of green permanents, and if you take the Mana Reflections from earlier, you double the number of green you get from it. It is a really cool way to generate a ton of mana super quickly. about the Cradle, creature heavy decks can always benefit from it, and again... Mana Reflections doubles it.

Warstorm Surge, Stalking Vengeance: 2 enchantments that give you free damage that you can use as removal for opponent's creatures or nukes to the face. Additionally, fun interaction with the surge and the Blightsteel Colossus I also recommend, the Surge says the creature deals the damage... unblockable 11 infect shoots someone out of the game.

Panharmonicon: In a deck with a ton of creature based ETB effects, this artifact is a must. With the Surge from earlier out, now you get 2 of those triggers.... Eternal Witness: Phenomenal recursion, and can save you by getting back something you need from the graveyard.

Genesis Wave: Now that we have you pumping mana out like a pro, Genesis Wave for 40, and watch as a large amount of unnecessarily large creatures enter the battlefield and turn them sideways because you have...

Urabrask the Hidden: Yeah that's right, get that haste, and if someone tries to flash in a blocker it's useless.

Avacyn, Angel of Hope, Sigarda, Host of Herons, Privileged Position, Vigor: Because nothing says "fun" like having a boardstate that is hard to remove. Additionally, damage to your creatures makes them bigger. Thank you, Vigor.

Craterhoof Behemoth: You play this with 10+ creatures on the board, and you have an automatic 100 damage added to your total.

Tooth and Nail, Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker, Zealous Conscripts: This is an infinite combo as well as the tutor to get it. Tap Kiki, copy the conscripts, use the new copy's trigger to target Kiki, untap Kiki. Tap Kiki, copy the conscripts... Create infinite Zealous Conscripts to attack everyone for yes damage.

Gisela, Blade of Goldnight: Amazing for both extra damage and protection.

Vedalken Orrery: Because playing on your opponent's turn is funny. And your Seedborn Muse really gets to put in work in a 4 player game, on top of the Mayael useage.

Vexing Shusher: Because nobody likes blue. This card is a big middle finger to blue.

Lurking Predators: So your opponent wants to cast things? Maybe you get a free creature for it. Can be quite useful.

Recommended cuts and the reasoning:

Desolation Twin,Krosan Tusker: They don't do enough to better your boardstate in my opinion. Desolation Twin is a 10/10 sure, but other than that, nothing. Chances are, you won't be casting it that much to get the second 10/10 anyways. The Tuskar only benefits you if you cycle it, otherwise it is just a mediocre creature. Additionally, cycling it only gets a basic land, of which you are running very few. This is not a criticism of your land base. I didn't want to touch it too much because my own landbase is significantly more expensive.

Gigantosaurus, Woolly Thoctar: These are just vanilla big creatures, which isn't too bad on it's own, but I like to have creatures that actually DO something more than sit there and look pretty.

Pathbreaker Wurm, Tectonic Hellion, Tyrant of Discord: These guys are all decent, but the Pathbreaker only helps one other creature. The Hellion is cool, but what if you have the most lands? You aren't running Crucible of Worlds, but your opponents might be. the Tyrant is more of a personal preference, I don't like it because of it's random factor.

Rith's Grove: It is a bounce land, without the benefit of tapping for 2 mana like the dual color bounce lands. Not worth running in my opinion.

Pure / Simple: This card is too restrictive. Running the Krosan Grip, Swords to Plowshares, and Path to Exile are all better options. They don't force you to choose multicolor creature, or equipment or aura. They just remove a target.

Tragic Arrogance: I love boardwipes as much as the next guy, but this hits you just as hard as your opponents, and instead of using Invincibility to get through it, you have to sacrifice. Wrath of God would be a much better option in my opinion.

Emerald Medallion, Ruby Medallion: In my opinion, these guys are less useful since you are trying, for the most part, to cheat everything out.

Firemind Vessel, Firewild Borderpost, Wildfield Borderpost: While mana rocks are good, I feel that these guys are far too slow to be running.

Rith's Charm: To me it doesn't do enough by itself to warrant keeping. You have little to no ways of getting it back or making more uses of it, so it is a 1 shot item. I'm sure by now you have noticed I prefer things that have multiple and recurring uses.

Overall, I love it. I love Mayael, and she has been my strongest and favorite deck for a very long time (2012). My current version relies very little on her ability, because I played with a bunch of rather rude people that played Pithing Needle and named her all the time. It was not fun, but building my deck to use her ability as an option, instead of a strategy, changed the way I used her, meaning that the needle no longer leaves my deck dead in the water.

Please keep in mind that my recommendations are just that. if that Gigantosaurus doesn't do anything, but you like it because it's a dinosaur, and you don't want to cut it, you do not have to. I unfortunately gave up all my dreams of having cards I like for flavor, aesthetics, etc, because I decided to build my deck to compete and even stomp on combo and control decks. I have no room for cards that don't serve to better my boardstate as a whole.

Final Note: I will be more than happy to provide further insight and feedback if you have any other questions.

brianguy132 on Karona, The Pillow Enchantress

3 weeks ago

I like your deck and plan to make one that's similar. Do you plan to update it with the Impetus set of cards like Shiny Impetus? I'm considering going with a set of unblockable cards like Aqueous Form or Spirit Mantle that grant both unblocks let and protection from creatures so they are great blockers as well. My current setup has a large number of pillow fort cards like Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts, Michiko Konda, Truth Seeker, Windborn Muse, No Mercy, Crawlspace, and others that you still have in your deck. Have you found it better to go with just the ones you show as the rest are overkill? I also am running a suite of cards to promote my opponent attacking someone else like Crown of Doom, Gahiji, Honored One, Gisela, Blade of Goldnight, Marisi, Breaker of the Coil, and Duelist's Heritage. It sounds like you have playtested several versions and I'm just starting out. I appreciate all advice you have.

Chandra585 on Card creation challenge

3 weeks ago

I assume you mean completing the cycle of Gisela, Blade of Goldnight, Sigarda, Heron's Grace and Bruna, Light of Alabaster. Here's my crack at it:

Laria, Waker of Souls

Legendary Creature - Angel

Flying, Lifelink

Whenever a creature dies, if it wasn't a Zombie, Spirit, or Vampire, you may exile it. When you do, put a token onto the battlefield that is a copy of it, except the token is a 1/1 white Spirit with flying.

When Laria leaves that battlefield, exile all tokens created with her ability.


When the day comes, the souls of the fallen will return to the world, with Laria as their guide.

do a wildcard, or make a card with Splice onto _

Openil on [Primer] Political Subterfuge - Marchesa Aikido

1 month ago

Would you mind giving me some more details on the decision to include Bruse Tarl, Boorish Herder, I traded for one a few months back but have never slotted him into my version of the deck, outside of enabling one shots with Dark Depths and Gisela, Blade of Goldnight he doesn't seem to do much for the deck to me, hoping you can shed light on my ignorance.


DemonDragonJ on Maro's Core Set 2021 Teaser

1 month ago

dbpunk, that does have me feeling very optimistic, in that case.

As for today's previews, did WotC not learn anything from Nyxbloom Ancient? Fiery emancipation is far too powerful at only six mana, and the fact that it is not symmetrical makes it even more so. I would rather spend 1 additional mana for Gisela, Blade of Goldnight, because she is more versatile.

I like Garruk’s uprising, but 3 mana is too low of a cost for such a powerufl effect; also, green has ridiculously good card drawing in this set, so I worry that it is intruding on blue’s territory, in that regard.

Light of promise is nice, but I wish that is provided a way for the enchanted creature to gain life.

Hellkite punisher is simply a more powerful and more expensive version of Shivan Dragon, but dragon tribal decks will appreciate it, and the fact that it is not specific to any plane will increase its potential for reprints. In my mind, Moonveil Dragon is still superior to it, because it affects all creatures, not merely itself.

The fact that heartfire immolator cannot target players with its activated ability will severely limit its usefulness; being able to destroy a threatening creature or planeswalker is great, but it really would have been awesome if it could have dealt a significant amount of damage to an opponent.

Another thing about this core set that really bothers me is that, before “dog” became a creature type, dogs were always portrayed very seriously, but, now that they have their own type, there have been depictions of dogs that clearly are not bred or trained for combat. This is a game with wizards, dragons, and magic; I want to see fierce and ferocious dogs, not disgustingly cute and playful dogs. I prefer this game to be dark and serious, not light and humorous. Does anyone else here agree with me about that?

Hoobynobber7395 on Big Dumb Dinosaurs

1 month ago

It depends on what you are looking for, with gishath you want to get as many triggers off him as you can. Strionic Resonator, Aurelia, the Warleader, Gisela, Blade of Goldnight would all help. Aggravated Assault+Neheb, the Eternal can get you infinite combats as well. You can use Planar Bridge, Belbe's Portal, Temporal Aperture to cheat out other big creatures. Also, Helm of the Host will give you multiple nonlegendary copies of Gishath, Sun's Avatar

Patolea on Cersei Lannister, Queen of the Seven Kingdoms

1 month ago

Tylord2894 on If the Vicious Shadows is ...

1 month ago

For reference, you can surround a card name with two brackets, "[", in order for a card name to show it's picture.

The damage from Vicious Shadows will not be doubled due to Gisela, Blade of Goldnight post board wipe. In order for a replacement effect, like that of Gisela, to apply it must exist at the time of the event it is replacing.

Let's say I control Vicious Shadows and Gisela, Blade of Goldnight when my opponent casts Wrath of God. My Gisela will die which will trigger Shadows. When the trigger from Shadows goes to resolve, it's damage isn't doubled because Gisela isn't there to modify it.

In short, Gisela needs to be out when damage is dealt in order to modify it.

Hope this helps!!

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