Wednesday, May 2, 2012

MTG: Gideon Jura Soldier Deck

Gideon Jura is a very good card if you know how to use it. He’s not ridiculously broken, but he’s very good at what he does, and is one of the best balanced Planeswalker who's able to be used both defensively and offensively. With his reprinting in Magic 2012, Gideon Jura is now much more readily available, and where he was a $30 card before, he’s able to be purchased as a singleton for between $15-20 a copy. Considering that you rarely, if ever, would run more than 2 copies of him, suddenly budget deck brewers have a fantastic strong card to build around. It’s obviously no coincidence that Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 so heavily featured Gideon. The 2012 Core Set was clearly built to favor White-heavy control decks.

Below is my sample version of a balanced deck containing Gideon.

Colorless (20)
18 Plains
2 Emeria, the Sky Ruin

White (40)
2 Veteran Swordsmith
4 Perimeter Captain
4 Ballyrush Banneret
2 Captain of the Watch
4 Aven Trailblazer
4 Gideon's Avenger
4 Preeminent Captain
2 Gideon Jura
2 Thraben Sentry / Thraben Militia
2 Righteousness
2 Oblivion Ring
4 Honor of the Pure
4 Veteran Armorsmith

Deck Analysis:

Average converted mana cost is 2.7 meaning it won't be too hard for you to get your soldiers into the battlefield.
Aven Trailblazer will ensure that you can both attack and defend from the air.
Emeria, the Sky ruin can return your dead soldiers back into the battle field on the begining of your upkeep during late game to ensure that you dont run out of creature on the battle field.

This deck is in Legacy format.


Preeminent captain will make it very easy for you to fling Captain of the watch into the battlefield without paying for the high casting cost which will also trigger its ability to add three tokens who are instantly 2/2 with the captain's presence and would pump up your preeminent captain with +1/+1.

Perimeter Captain and Gideon's Avenger will ensure that you can defend Gideon Jura once you have activated his ability to force your opponent's creature to attack and when they do you can cast Righteousness to easily take our your opponent's toughest creature rendering him helpless on your next turn.

The Veteran Armorsmith and Swordsmith will also come in handy to pump up the offense and defense of your soldiers.

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