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Guardian of the Guildpact
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Guardian of the Guildpact
Dissension

Reviewed April 16, 2012

Constructed: 3.80
Casual: 4.00
Limited: 3.75
Multiplayer: 3.90

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Guardian of the Guildpact

"Protection from monocolored" is such a strange ability to try to evaluate. At the time of its printing, it was considered worse than its counterpart, Enemy of the Guildpact (look it up) because most of Ravnica's best and most-played kill spells were multicolored. Guardian couldn't stand up to Lightning Helix, Putrefy, Mortify, or Wrecking Ball, but there were plenty of creatures running around that were powerless to block it or get past it. Trouble is, a 2/3 didn't strike fear into anyone's heart.

But here's the thing-- Ravnica block shared a Standard format with Kamigawa first, and then Time Spiral. And in those two blocks, Guardian of the Guildpact had protection from pretty much everything! Except for a few legendary creatures, and of course artifacts (which meant it could easily wield a Sunforger and swing for a hard-to-block 6). As time goes by, Magic keeps revisiting the multicolor or the artifact theme, so there's really never been a time since it first came out that there hasn't been a buzzcard that could cope with it. But the majority of Magic sets contain almost entirely monocolor cards, and so Guardian is always a hard card to deal with. As a 2/3 for four it may not look like much, but you'd be surprised how many games you can win with it.

Constructed- 4
Casual- 4
Limited- 2
Multiplayer- 3.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Guardian of the Guildpact
 
This fall, all roads lead to Ravnica again. But every road has two directions, and this week we're going the other direction, back to the first time we saw the great ecumenopolis. Today's card has always been a personal favorite of mine, despite the fact that it never got a huge amount of time on tournament tables, which tended to lean towards rare champions like Loxodon Hierarch. The Ravnica block was constructed very differently from, say, Alara Reborn, and the guilds themselves employed a lot of people and spells that were only one color, making the Guardian nearly untouchable by a lot of decks. To this day, he's a powerhouse in casual settings and in the Pauper and Peasant formats, especially any place that uses equipment.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5

Paul
Welcome back to an interesting week readers todays card of the day is Guardian of The Guildpact a 3/3 white creature with protection from mono colored. Having not played heavily during the Ravnica era I can’t comment on the effectiveness of this card during its hay day, there is a lot of powerful single colored creatures and spells making this an interesting choice I can attest it’s pretty awesome in the pauper format for its competitive use. In legacy and vintage I don’t think this card has made much of a splash so its probably a dud in that area. In casual and multiplayer having a ground blocker that dodges most forms of removal is awesome. In limited it seems to be a solid ground creature. Overall a highly interesting ability and a somewhat competitive one this card shines in pauper and perhaps in casual and multiplayer.

Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 4.0
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno Today's card of the day is Guardian of the Guildpact which is a four
mana White 2/3 with protection from monocolored. This is an excellent
defense to block creatures without Trample or evasion and with and
equipment can be an offensive threat that is very difficult to stop.
Artifacts are an issue, as would Eldrazi, but otherwise this is a solid
card overall that is slightly too slow by itself to really shine.

For Limited games that include this set this is a nearly unbeatable
annoyance on either offense or defense that can lock down an attacker or
regularly pick away at an opponent's life points. The single White
allows reliable play in multicolor decks and multiple copies are
possible and welcome in Sealed. Even though it is a common the
difficulty in removing it and value in nearly any scenario, particularly
a topdeck, make it worth picking very early in Booster.

In Multiplayer the somewhat slower format allows this to enter play at a
more beneficial time and can be put to use as a defense against any
number of attacks from different opponents. Accorder's Shield, Avacyn's
Collar, Batterskull, or Sword of Vengeance drastically boost the
potential long-term gains by adding Vigilance and shouldn't be
overlooked when including Guardian in a multiplayer deck.

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.0
John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming
Welcome to our return to Ravnica week! This week we will be looking back at some cards from the original Ravnica block. Just a reminder about Return to Ravnica being the next block, coming October 2012! So to begin the week, we are looking at Guardian of the Guildpact from Dissension. Guardian of the Guildpact is a common white creature spirit that costs three generic and one white mana. Guardian of the Guildpact is a 2/3 that has protection from monocolored.

Man, I do love the Guardian of the Guildpact. Protection from monocolored is amazing. Anything that is only a single color is made useless against this guy. No Path to Exile, or Dismembers here. The only drawback becomes that you need multicolored spells in order to beef him up. Luckily, that is where it is so wonderful having Hybrid cards around! Even if you run a mono-white deck, you can still use great enchantments such as Steel of the Godhead or Scourge of the Nobilis to beef this guy and grant him some amazing abilities, and since it is hard for your opponent to deal with him, you well could sail him to victory!

Limited: 4/5
Casual: 5/5
Constructed: 5/5
Multiplayer: 4/5

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