We have long known that Gideon was in this set in some form or another, be it the Top 8 Playmat or the Gatecrash promotional art.
Looks like this new version is a lot more aggressive than the previous one that basically caused a Fog to occur for the player and your other planeswalkers.
The root cause for many curses and swear words in M12 and Rise of Eldrazi Standard.
This new Gideon has a couple of odd abilities:
That’s a minimum of +1 indeed. Sometimes the + can end up being absurd and you will most likely be playing some kid of board whipe afterwards. Some UW kind of deck that casts him, ticks him up a few and plays Supreme Verdict.
Otherwise if both sides are creature stalled and no one can really make an advantageous attack, he can also get huge loyalty boosts.
That’s something we’re used to seeing somewhat. However, he can potentially be bigger than a 6/6 and also instant speed removal will not kill him. Unsummon becomes the temporary solution then, and even at that…
What? That’s a while new level of Elspeth Tirel-like ultimate!
Thing is he has to be pretty loaded up for it to matter. However if have something that was ‘Flickered’ and is coming back at end of turn instead of the usual right away, this can be awesome. If your Gideon is like at 20 loyalty and you ultimate him, its probably safe to do and win in a few turns later on.
I’m not sure how often this will happen, but likely to occur more times than Tibalt’s ultimate:
Yeah, sorry buddy, you still kinda suck
How many times will this Ultimate occur in the new Standard? Your guess is as good as mine.