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Oath of Gideon
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Oath of Gideon
- Oath of Gatewatch

Reviewed January 27, 2016

Constructed: 3.67
Casual: 3.67
Limited: 3.17
Multiplayer: 3.67
Commander [EDH]: 3.67

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Oath of Gideon
 
The Oaths are an interesting balance of an immediate bonus and a long-term bonus, and I continue to be impressed how well each one fits with planeswalker-heavy decks. Gideon's, for example, gives you even more creatures with which to defend your planeswalkers, and having them start closer to their ultimate is very disheartening for damage-based decks. You don't even have to use it just for that, either; imagine the game-changing threat of, for example, Ajani Vengeant entering the field able to cast two Lightning Helixes without having to use his +1 first. Planeswalker effects are card advantage, and getting more of them per casting is advantage on top of advantage.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Oath of Gideon which is a three mana White enchantment Legendary that puts two 1/1 White Kor ally tokens into play and your planeswalkers enter play with an extra loyalty counter.  This is a fantastic card when used in token or ally builds that have even one planeswalker in the design.  For costs that equal the starting loyalty or when building up to an ultimate this is effectively a free turn and two defenders for your next play.  The small risk of getting the planeswalker out before this is mitigated by the potential for a later play, bounce, and at least the creatures in the worst case scenario.

Two tokens and the loyalty counter is a bargain for the mana and the enchantment can potentially support other effects by staying in play. 
This will very likely become a staple of multiple designs in Standard, Modern, Commander, and Multiplayer and should be kept in mind whenever White mana and planeswalkers are in your deck.
 
For Limited this is at worst three mana for two tokens which is an easy inclusion for any Sealed build with White mana.  For Booster this is a bit less of an automatic pick as a planeswalker isn't guaranteed and the tokens might not equal a particularly strong uncommon.  Barring that it can still be worth the first pick as tokens still make for a card advantage and it may have some small psychological benefit of the opponent thinking you drafted a planeswalker.
 
 
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.5
EDH/Commander: 4.5


Armuun
Oath of Gideon
 
Ugh, Superfriends. it's technically value on a stick, but yeah. the 2 1/1's are okay, I guess you could splash this in allies to make tappable tokens for various effects. The extra loyalty's why you'd play this thing at all. with this, you could potentially make ally Gideon more than just a one-off. Eh. but it really just feels mediocre. 
 
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 2.5
Multiplayer: 2.5
EDH: 2.5

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