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Gideon of the Trials
- Amonkhet

Reviewed April 28, 2017

Constructed: 5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 5
Multiplayer: 4
Commander [EDH]: 4

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Gideon of the Trials
I don't know if I can get past Gideon's second zero ability and the Worship effect. Planeswalkers are certainly possible to remove, but they're certainly harder than other card types, and it's not like white lacks other defensive effects to keep him on the table. Plus, in larger formats, you can always replace him with an older, harder-to-deal-with version of Gideon because it goes by his type and not the name. At least the other abilities are useful enough that getting an emblem is not always necessarily the right play on the turn you cast him, but this guy can cause Stasis-like stasis if not used wisely. Be cautious.
Constructed: 5/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 5/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5
James H.

Gideon of the Trials (4/28)


Another set, another Gideon that has people really excited. He's still a Gideon that does Gideon things, but with a couple of wrinkles.


His +1 is a really effective way to stop decks that are trying to win through one single attacker, and it's interesting to note that it also has no limitations. You could, for example, hit another Gideon with it, you can hit a Vehicle, or you can hit a land like a Lumbering Falls or Shambling Vent. His middle ability is the usual "Gideon smashes face" that we've come to know and love; 3 mana for a 4/4 is a pretty legit rate of return. And his ultimate is really a nuisance to work around, since it isn't tied to that particular Gideon; Ally of Zendikar works well with it, since it tends to protect itself slightly better. And since it doesn't cost loyalty, you still have a Gideon with plenty of loyalty to avoid dying.


I think it's fair to say Gideon of the Trials, at least at first glance, might be the most powerful card in Amonkhet. He protects himself, presents a clock to end the game, and protects you while he does it. What's not to love?


Constructed: 5

Casual: 5

Limited: 5

Multiplayer: 4

Commander: 4

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