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Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
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Top 10 New MTG Cards of 2015

#2 - Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
- Battle for Zendikar

Reviewed December 30, 2015

Constructed: 3.75
Casual: 4.00
Limited: 4.60
Multiplayer: 3.75
Commander [EDH]: 3.75

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
 
I've been thinking a lot about Gideon's new incarnation here. I think the reason he's been consistently one of the strongest planeswalkers recently is closely related to why creature lands are so good: namely, that a creature that's only a creature when it suits you removes a lot of the risk involved with playing creatures. In Gideon's case, he does this while also generating card advantage in the form of repeatable effects, and in the case of his Ally of Zendikar form, those repeatable effects are about as strong as it's possible to be. His +1 makes him a creature that certain opponents won't be able to deal with at all, and his 0 ability plays well with every Ally card and means you'll never run out of Allies. And if his -4 ability seems less relevant on someone who can be a 5/5 by himself, don't forget that if your opponent has fewer creatures than you and/or yours are evasive, it makes him look oddly much like a four-mana white Overrun.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 5/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5

Paul

Welcome back were closing out the year with some of the most powerful cards available. Gideon, Ally of Zendikar is such a powerful planeswalker it can single handidly take over games. It protects itself by pumping out a large amount of tokens and being able to transform and swing in to beat your opponet, the emblem also just gives you Glorious Anthem to push through damage. In standard this card is a powerhouse in multiple decks its sheer power level pushes it over the top. This card comes down early and protects itself and can single handily take over the game acruing signifcrnt advantage. This card has been one of the major players of 2015 and its powerful is well documented. In modern this card is also powerful although to a lesser extent. In legacy and eternal format this planeswalker doesent quite meet the level of the powerful planeswalkers that came before him. In multiplayer and casual as well as EDH this card is amazing being able to pump out early blockers and pump your team espcially benefits token builds and provides a powerful early threat that can do work into the late game. In limited its a bomb it can be straight up unbeatable in a lot of situations. Overall this is one of the most powerful cards printed this year.

Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4
Limited: 5.0
Multiplayer: 4.0
EDH: 4.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

The number two card of the year is Gideon, Ally of Zendikar which is a four mana White planeswalker with four loyalty and three strong effects.  The -4 grants an emblem that gives your creatures +1/+1 which even if played right away is worth the four mana in a swarm deck.  The 0 puts a 2/2 token into play which is an easy choice for most situations, though after the first turn it can be better to play the +1.  The +1 makes a 5/5 Indestructible threat available and makes removal more difficult with the increased loyalty.  It should almost always be used at least once to leave the option of the -4 without sacrificing Gideon outright.  Overall a powerful planeswalker, particularly in swarm builds, and should see play across multiple formats as it both supports and is supported by popular designs.
 
Like most planeswalkers and other Gideons specifically this is a dominant force in Limited that just wins games when it hits the table. 
An absolute first pick in Booster that can not be passed even if out of color and should force your deck into White in Sealed unless the rest of the pool is utterly unplayable.  Token generation is always strong in the format and the 5/5 Indestructible is very difficult to oppose, making this a versatile threat in nearly any situation.
 
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 5.0
Multiplayer: 4.5
EDH/Commander: 4.5


Armuun

Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
 
Eh. Giddy does what he does. turns into a creature, enabling ally shenanigans (...Are anybody playing Ally tribal? No? Okay then.), Token generation, which is new for him, and an anthem emblem. Oddly enough, I'm sure this is just getting played for the Ult, and while I can't completely blame players for it, I do have to kinda go..... why should this be no. 2 on the list? Sure, it generates advantage, but vanilla 2/2's. One at a time. I don't care for it. It's blind beater deck bait over actual strategic value. Nope.
 
Constructed: 2
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3
Multiplayer: 2.5
EDH: 2.5


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