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Deploy the Gatewatch
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Deploy the Gatewatch
- Eldritch Moon

Reviewed July 29, 2016

Constructed: 2.88
Casual: 4.50
Limited: 2.50
Multiplayer: 3.50
Commander [EDH]: 3.25

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David Fanany

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Deploy the Gatewatch
 
When Shadowmoor was the most recent set, one of the first decks I made with its cards was a variation on its five-color control decks which used only planeswalkers as its endgame. If this card had been in Shadowmoor, I might have been tempted to take that deck to a tournament instead of just using it around the house. We've pretty much all seen by now how even one planeswalker can take over a game, and we've pretty much all struggled to come back when somebody manages to get two of them in play at once. (For example, that old deck I mentioned used to like having Jace Beleren and Liliana Vess in play at the same time, so that her +1 could make his +2 asymmetrical.) This card encourages you to figure out what exactly is your favorite combination to try and engineer, and I suspect the results will be quite a sight to see.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 5/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5
James H. Deploy the Gatewatch (7/29)

It’s Collected Company, except for planeswalkers. And worse.

Deploy the Gatewatch is cool in concept: put two planeswalkers into play out of your top 7. The problem here comes in that planeswalkers are invariably expensive spells, there's a chance of hitting multiple planeswalkers with the same subtype (which only lets you choose one), and building a deck that guarantees you'll have hits indeed stacks the deck full of expensive spells that clog up your hand until you get to 6 mana.

The ability is impressive, but the execution is less impressive. I say pass, unless you want to go over the top.

Constructed:1.75
Casual: 4
Limited: 1
Multiplayer: 3
Commander: 2.75

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