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Mana persists during phases.

You can tap all your mana and have that much floating mana in your pool, then drop the -15 and exile everything and then spend the mana that YOU STILL HAVE IN YOUR MANA POOL. (likely 7 or 8 depending on the current turn / ramp and what not) Your opponent on the other hand just lost everything, literally.

Congrats, you essentially set the game back to turn 1 except you have a planeswalker and 7 - 8 mana to spend on turn 1. Now that is what I call an insanely defining advantage.

Why so much hate?
Posted By: Haziad (1/25/2013 10:37:44 PM)


The threat of his ultimate combined with the ability to put so many loyalty counters on him at once makes him more or less a life gain card, if only because your opponent won't be attacking you.
Posted By: Demento_Recraves (2/22/2013 12:44:41 PM)


"Hello, ladies. I'm Gideon. Whoa, steady there. I'm just on Ravnica for the weekend. Heard some Dimir butts needed kicking. Of course, Boros calls on the most badass and" *flips his luxuriouly long locks* "SEXIEST planeswalker around. But don't get too excited. I'm already in a relationship with Worldslayer. We've got a lot in common, you see. But I suppose I can leave you with this." *throws breastplate into screaming mob of girls*
Posted By: ButlerOfBolas (1/22/2013 10:04:46 PM)


People seem to be missing that after you -15 your going to have mana floating to cast something big. They also seem stuck on the worse case where your opponent has a ton of guys. No, in a normal game your opponent will have 3 or 4 guys on the field when you +1 giving him 8 or 9 loyalty and assuming you haven't been doing nothing you should be able to protect him such that on turn 5 your attacking with a guy that puts them on a 3 turn clock. Yes, old Gideon was better, but being worse than one of the best walkers isn't a bad thing.
Posted By: .Blaze. (1/24/2013 5:26:29 PM)


-15: It's fine dude, I'll deal with this myself!
Posted By: Villainous1 (1/23/2013 9:14:27 AM)


everyone is whining about him being some defenseless liability. he costs friggin four mana. If your opponent has that many threats out there that you have no answers for then Gideon's survival is the least of your worries.
He is totally awesome. just accept it.
Posted By: beerious (5/1/2013 11:56:47 AM)


Just saying... Pillow Fort deck. You got Blind Obedience, Pacifism, Arrest, Stab Wound, Martial Law, Sphere of Safety. With that much protection except from maybe Hero's Downfall. You're practically safe with Gideon and you can set up for the K.O.

Posted By: JB_Xyooj (3/20/2014 10:26:43 AM)


Every time my friend ultimates this guy, I lose the game.

That said, this planeswalker has my grudging respect.
Posted By: AnnoyingFogGuy (4/6/2014 9:05:03 PM)


3 words: Varchild's War-Riders
Posted By: El_Pared (1/23/2013 2:18:14 AM)


Eats other mass removal like supreme verdict and Terminus for breakfast. Powerful on its own
Posted By: forestlore44 (1/22/2013 2:40:29 PM)


Gatherer works better in the Companion app!