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Gisela, Blade of Goldnight
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Gisela, Blade of Goldnight
Avacyn Restored

Reviewed June 14, 2012

Constructed: 3.80
Casual: 4.25
Limited: 4.75
Multiplayer: 4.60

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BMoor

Gisela, Blade of Goldnight

This is an excellent card that will absolutely demolish your opponent even without being a 5/5 with flying and first strike. The very minute you cast it, your opponent is over a barrel because if they attack, their creatures only deal half damage rounded DOWN (the PREVENTED damage is rounded up) while any blockers you declare deal double damage back. Then on your next turn, you get to swing and all your creatures may as well have double strike-- meaning Gisela herself actually swings for 10 in the air! And best of all, Gisela's ability applies to all sources of damage based on who or what they're doing the damage TO, not who controls the damage. In multiplayer, your opponents will deal double damage to each other but half damage to you, which will encourage them to tear each other apart instead of uselessly swinging at you. And since you're playing Red, you could easily run a card like Pyroclasm, which will now deal 4 damage to everyone else's creatures and only 1 damage to each of yours, regardless of who casts it. Since Red likes to throw lots of damage around, and white likes big symmetrical destructive effects, Gisela is an easy card to build an incredibly fun deck around.

Or you could just swing for 10 in the air. That works too. ;)

Constructed- 3.75
Casual- 4.75
Limited- 5
Multiplayer- 5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Gisela, Blade of Goldnight

Is it a coincidence that Angel was confirmed to be returning in the console versions of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 so soon after Avacyn Restored, and Gisela, came out? Seems unlikely; perhaps she saw her sisters dominating fields of battle and wanted to get back in on the act. For dominating is exactly what Gisela does; unless you have another word for what happens when you combine Furnace of Rath, Baneslayer Angel, and Divine Presence on one card. The number of decks that can't fight her and also can't afford to ignore her is simply staggering, as is the number of cards that synergize with her in both of her colors (Sunhome Enforcer, anyone?).
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 5/5
Limited: 5/5
Multiplayer: 4/5

Paul

Welcome back readers todays card of the day is an amazing legendary angel. Gisela and her ability to allow double damage to be dealt to opponents and you only having to take half damage is extremely powerful and game changing. The only downside is obviously her mana cost. In standard the mana cost can be circumvented by using Unburial Rites or other reanimator strategies allowing her to come out earlier and for a cheaper mana cost. Aside from reanimation or perhaps Birthing Pod chained really high this card does not fare well in the format. In modern the same concept applies seven mana of two different colors is harder than casting something like a titan and reanimating this creature or finding a way to cheat it into play is paramount. In legacy and vintage I don’t foresee this card making much of an impact. In casual and multiplayer this creature is amazing as it provides players with a new boros colored commander and is a big splashy angel which is popular in casual and multiplayer. Another powerful aspect is this card doubles the damage dealt to opponents allowing you to play some games of politics and maybe get players to turn their attacks elsewhere. In limited it’s a bomb but requires a dedicated mana cost but definitely a bomb of a card. Overall another powerful and flavorful legendary creature that may see small amounts of tournament play and a huge amount of casual and multiplayer play.
 
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 4.5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Gisela, Blade of the Goldnight which is a seven mana White and Red 5/5 Legendary with Flying, First Strike, and effects that double the damage sources do to opposing players and permanents and halves the damage dealt to yourself and your permanents. 
The effects are quite powerful and come attached to a fairly expensive creature that while having evasion and being difficult to burn or defeat in combat is still vulnerable to many removal methods.  This somewhat works as a finisher, but really requires additional cards in play to do the job as she will likely tap all available mana and does not have Haste to do the job that turn.  Overall a very powerful card that benefits from acceleration or support and may see some play in specific Red/White builds.
 
For Limited this is another Legendary angel that is a bomb in the format and should make losing the game very difficult once she enters the battlefield.  An easy first pick in Booster that can be run in a primarily White deck with Red support and should be played in Sealed if the Red or White pools are playable.  A 5/5 with Flying is a potential game winner by itself, add in the other effects and it works as a strong defense while providing serious pressure.  The multicolor aspect is the only drawback and it should not prevent playing it unless the pools available are completely unusable.
 
In Multiplayer this is a card that changes the game drastically if not dealt with quickly as it impacts all of your opponents and makes attacking your forces difficult at best.  Depending on how the opponents react, which can be turning all attention against you or striking out at each other for double damage, it will likely be interesting and often bring a game to a swift resolution. Additionally, already strong in the format global damage spells from the Red side of things can become devastating weapons with minimal impact to your own forces.
 
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 5.0
Multiplayer: 4.5

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

      Welcome to another great card of the day right here at Pojo.com! This time around we are checking out Gisela, Blade of Goldnight from Avacyn Restored. Gisela is a mythic rare legendary creature angel that costs four generic, one red, and two white mana and is a 5/5. Gisela has flying and first strike and says that if a source would deal damage to an opponent or a permanent that an opponent controls it deals double that damage to that player or permanent instead. If a source would deal damage to you or a permanent you control, it deals half that damage, rounded up.

        I absolutely love Gisela, Blade of Goldnight. Of the three hosts, Bruna, Sigarda, and Gisela, I think that Gisela is by far the most impressive and powerful. A simple Lightning Bolt suddenly becomes a massive threat, at six damage for one mana. A Lava Axe could be a game ender. And a well pumped Red Sun’s Zenith could be extinction. What I truly love is that I can now wipe a field with spells like Slagstorm and Volcanic Fallout, and protect the main part of my forces, and then lead a massive charge in. I use Builder’s Blessing to ensure my creatures survive, then a Rally the Forces to ensure my opponent does not.

      Simply cannot say enough great things about this card. While seven mana may seem like a drawback, it really is not. Even in Standard it is very easy to get her out. Use cards like Faithless Looting once she is in your hand to get her into the graveyard, and then Defy Death to bring her back as a 7/7 for just five mana. And then there are also Manaliths that can be used to accelerate the mana needed to get her on the board. And as always, if you want to ensure she hits the table, use Cavern of Souls.
 
Limited: 5/5
Constructed: 5/5
Casual: 5/5
Multiplayer: 5/5


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