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Guardian of the Gateless
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Guardian of the Gateless
- Gatecrash

Reviewed February 4, 2013

Constructed: 2.50
Casual: 3.00
Limited: 3.50
Multiplayer: 2.75

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BMoor

Guardian of the Gateless

Being able to block multiple creatures seems like a cool ability, and occasionally it shows up on white creatures. It's never been all that powerful, for several reasons.

First, like life gain and damage prevention, it's an entirely passive ability. It doesn't get you closer to winning, just makes it harder for the other guy to beat you. Although, it does indirectly help you attack by letting you leave fewer blockers open. And Guardian of the Gateless is a 3/3 flyer on the offense, so she's not a completely defensive card.

Second, when it's an ability on the creature, the opponent can see it coming and choose who to attack with accordingly. This may work in your favor if your opponent just decides not to attack, but the ability would work much better on an instant. Sadly, the one instant that grants this effect to a creature, Valor Made Real, was a terrible card because its effect was too narrow and circumstantial and thus it wasn't worth making room in your deck for. Guardian of the Gateless escapes that fate by merit of not needing a target-- she is a creature with the ability all in one card.

Third, the blocker needs to actually be able to block the creatures in question-- abilities like flying, landwalk, or the like will thwart it. Guardian of the Gateless has flying at least.

Fourth, blocking more than one creature at a time will usually result in the death of the blocker, making it a one-turn trick. If your opponent sees that you have a Guardian of the Gateless, he will not attack with two or more creatures unless any two of the creatures attacking can kill the Guardian. The Guardian's third ability helps with that problem, but unless the attacking army all have one power, it won't help much.

Fifth, a creature that has this ability but not vigilance can't attack and stay back to exploit its blocking ability. Since creatures with this ability tend to have low power for their mana cost, that leads to a creature that sits in play and stares at the enemy but doesn't really contribute. Guardian of the Gateless DEFINITELY has this problem, as its costs five mana but only hits for three.
If Guardian of the Gateless had vigilance, it would be worthy of a spot on numerous white control lineups as a means to maintain control while still whittling the enemy down. Without it, it's little more than a warm body on the field.

Constructed- 2
Limited- 3.5
Casual- 2
Multiplayer- 2.5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Guardian of the Gateless which is a five mana
3/3 with Fling that can block any number of creatures and gets +1/+1 until end of turn for each creature it blocks.  This is an okay stall, particularly against tokens, and can be fun when combined with other effects that benefit when a high power or toughness dies.  White has many other angels that can provide a solid defense and a superior offense which leaves this as sidedeck fodder outside of a very token heavy metagame.
 
In Limited this is playable in Sealed as it has Flying, moderate power and toughness for the cost, and can stall an alpha strike if needed. 
For Booster it is a midrange choice unless it is the only viable pick in color and aside from being a little too defensive it can be supported with several in set cards that give First Strike, Double Strike, any removal after blocking is declared that resolves before damage is dealt, or effects like Murder Investigation.
 
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 3.0


Paul

Welcome back readers today's card of the day is an amazing limited card but doesn't show much potential elsewhere. In Standard this card doesn’t do enough for its mana cost and can be easily dealt with and as the old adage goes, Who Blocks? In modern the same concept applies the card is slow and outclassed and no immediate impact the same applies for legacy and vintage this card is powerful and good but not for constructed formats. In casual and multiplayer being able to block multiple creatures can be a powerful ability and the self pump for doing so may mean your creature sticks around, this card could have some impact around the kitchen table and is an angel to boot. In limited this is pretty much a bomb pick as it has evasion and can hold back armies of creatures and trade with some of your opponents powerful creatures. Overall a card for limited and possible casual circles.
 
Constructed: 1.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 3.0

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

Welcome to a new week of card of the day reviews here at Pojo.com! We are looking today at Guardian of the Gateless from Gatecrash. Guardian of the Gateless is an uncommon creature angel that costs four generic and one white mana for a 3/3. Guardian of the Gateless has flying. The Guardian of the Gateless is also able to block any number of creatures, and gets +1/+1 for each creature it is blocking.

The Guardian of the Gateless is by no means the best card ever. That being said however, it is in its own right an amazing card, especially for limited. The main reason being, Holy Mantle. Guardian of the Gateless would be a nightmare for an army of 1/1's, but combine it with tbe Holy Mantle and you truly have a nightmare. Sure, plenty of removal out there, but that doesn't always work, and there are lots of ways that you can respond with hexproof.

A solid uncommon, no real drawbacks. Should see a decent amount of play, especially in multiplayer and with extort based decks.

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


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