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Gideon's Lawkeeper
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Gideon's Lawkeeper
Magic 2012

Reviewed March 20, 2012

Constructed: 3.67
Casual: 4.00
Limited: 4.13
Multiplayer: 3.25

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BMoor

Gideon's Lawkeeper

This coupled with yesterday's Card of the Day makes me suspect that we're in the middle of some sort of theme week. Gideon's Lawkeeper is certainly a respectable first-turn drop, as it sends a very stern message to your opponents: you're not getting through for damage unless you're willing to overcommit and walk right into my Day of Judgment. It of course also combo's well with Gideon's Avenger, but so does Blinding Mage and so many other or white's tap effects. Though it may look like a fairly weak way to keep an opponent's creature off your back, it benefits from the ability to adapt to whatever's the biggest threat each turn, whereas a Path to Exile gets rid of one creature and then can do nothing about the bigger creature your opponent plays two turns later. As a result, this is a solid one-mana creature that you're still happy to draw long after the relevance of an Elite Vanguard or the like has waned.

Constructed- 3.5
Casual- 4
Limited- 4
Multiplayer- 2.5


David Fanany

Player since 1995

Gideon's Lawkeeper
 
I totally wish I had one of those whip katar-things Gideon uses. Granted I'd probably kill myself the first time I tried to put it on, but it's possibly the most badass fictional weapon I've seen, ever. In my opinion, Gideon's Lawkeeper is an appropriately badass user of it - if white is overloaded with two-cost creatures, it occasionally struggles to find a one-cost attacker that stays relevant late game. Plus, you've no doubt noticed that many of the premier big creatures of the current era have attack triggers or on-damage abilities, and the Lawkeeper lets you basically turn them off at will. No matter who you end up facing, though, this is undoubtedly a strong card.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Gideon's Lawkeeper which is a one mana White
1/1 that can tap for one White to tap target creature.  This is one of the best one drops for a White or Blue/White control deck and is useful at any stage of the game.  There is a variety of cards that benefit from an opponent's creature being tapped, so this works well in theme decks as well.  Expect to see it in soldier and control decks across formats for quite some time.
 
In Limited this is a very nice way to control most of the biggest threats and is a one mana 1/1 as well, making it good even in most topdeck scenarios and as early as the first turn.  Any Sealed build with more than a splash of White mana should include this as it is easy to maintain a lockdown and can potentially get in early damage.  For Booster drafting this fairly early is worthwhile as it works as removal in most cases and is still a creature, yet is less vulnerable than other formats due to the shortage of true destruction effects.
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.0

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

      Welcome to the Pojo.com card of the day. Today we are looking at Gideon’s Lawkeeper from M12. Gideon’s Lawkeeper is a 1/1white creature human soldier for one white mana. Gideon’s Lawkeeper says pay one white mana and tap it to tap target creature.

      Gideon’s Lawkeeper is just another way white likes to lock down the board. Most players utilize the Lawkeeper as a defensive weapon, tapping the largest creature an opponent could send during the declare attackers step. However, I personally enjoy using it offensively, removing the most annoying blocker from my path to my opponents face ;).

      However you choose to use the Lawkeeper, those are the ways he is most effective on it’s own. He truly gains advantage though once combined with the other Gideon cards. Using him for either purpose with Gideon’s Avenger out puts a +1/+1 counter on the Avenger. And of course should you get Gideon himself out, he can destroy whatever you forced tapped. But why use your planeswalker for such ridiculousness? I like white and black working together, and therefore, combine the Lawkeeper with our old friend, the Royal Assassin. One mana, tap something, blow it up. Lather, rinse, repeat.
 
Limited: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Constructed: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5


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