Gideon Jura, may he Rest In Peace, is one of the pound-for-pound most powerful Planeswalkers in The Multiverse. Unfortunately Gideon, Champion of Justice is the black sheep of the family.

This so-called champ is...bad. And not only is it bad, it's really weird! It gets bigger, but only if your opponent has a lot of guys (which presumably can all attack it), and then maybe it can wipe them out if he lives long enough...but all your other stuff is gone, too. This is tough to build around. It's not all that easy for White to give your opponent a lot of guys, and sacrificing all your stuff for one big thing is much more Red or maybe Black than White. Like I said, really weird.

Suffice to say, building a deck mechanically relevant to Gideon was not something I found particularly interesting or feasible. The next question became: is there anything relevant or noteworthy about this Gideon flavorfully that can be built around?

...You know what? I'll take it:

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Gideon, Champion of Justice by Andy Hurst

'Gideon, Champion of Justice' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Andy Hurst

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Freeform (Casual)

Market Price: $15.96

Cards

Gideon, Champion of Justice

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.66

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+1: Put a loyalty counter on Gideon, Champion of Justice for each creature target opponent controls.
0: Until end of turn, Gideon, Champion of Justice becomes a Human Soldier creature with power and toughness each equal to the number of loyalty counters on him and gains indestructible. He's still a planeswalker. Prevent all damage that would be dealt to him this turn.
−15: Exile all other permanents.

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Butcher's Cleaver

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Equipped creature gets +3/+0.
As long as equipped creature is a Human, it has lifelink.
Equip {3}

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Silverflame Squire // On Alert

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Sigardian Priest

Color Identity:W

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{1}, {T}: Tap target non-Human creature.

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Elder Cathar

Color Identity:W

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When Elder Cathar dies, put a +1/+1 counter on target creature you control. If that creature is a Human, put two +1/+1 counters on it instead.

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Unwavering Initiate

Color Identity:W

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Vigilance
Embalm {4}{W} ({4}{W}, Exile this card from your graveyard: Create a token that's a copy of it, except it's a white Zombie Human Warrior with no mana cost. Embalm only as a sorcery.)

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Hixus, Prison Warden

Color Identity:W

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Flash (You may cast this spell any time you could cast an instant.)
Whenever a creature deals combat damage to you, if Hixus, Prison Warden entered the battlefield this turn, exile that creature until Hixus leaves the battlefield. (That creature returns under its owner's control.)

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Rally for the Throne

Color Identity:W

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Create two 1/1 white Human creature tokens.
Adamant — If at least three white mana was spent to cast this spell, you gain 1 life for each creature you control.

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Ruins of Trokair

Color Identity:W

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Ruins of Trokair enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {W}.
{T}, Sacrifice Ruins of Trokair: Add {W}{W}.

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Plains

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Avacyn's Collar

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Equipped creature gets +1/+0 and has vigilance.
Whenever equipped creature dies, if it was a Human, create a 1/1 white Spirit creature token with flying.
Equip {2}

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Spurnmage Advocate

Color Identity:W

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{T}: Return two target cards from an opponent's graveyard to their hand. Destroy target attacking creature.

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Syr Alin, the Lion's Claw

Color Identity:W

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First strike
Whenever Syr Alin, the Lion's Claw attacks, other creatures you control get +1/+1 until end of turn.

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Thraben Inspector

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When Thraben Inspector enters the battlefield, investigate. (Create a colorless Clue artifact token with "{2}, Sacrifice this artifact: Draw a card.")

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Devout Chaplain

Color Identity:W

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{T}, Tap two untapped Humans you control: Exile target artifact or enchantment.

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Trueheart Duelist

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Trueheart Duelist can block an additional creature each combat.
Embalm {2}{W} ({2}{W}, Exile this card from your graveyard: Create a token that's a copy of it, except it's a white Zombie Human Warrior with no mana cost. Embalm only as a sorcery.)

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Ixalan's Binding

Color Identity:W

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When Ixalan's Binding enters the battlefield, exile target nonland permanent an opponent controls until Ixalan's Binding leaves the battlefield.
Your opponents can't cast spells with the same name as the exiled card.

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Suspension Field

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When Suspension Field enters the battlefield, you may exile target creature with toughness 3 or greater until Suspension Field leaves the battlefield. (That creature returns under its owner's control.)

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Longbow Archer

Color Identity:W

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First strike; reach (This creature can block creatures with flying.)

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Thalia's Lieutenant

Color Identity:W

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When Thalia's Lieutenant enters the battlefield, put a +1/+1 counter on each other Human you control.
Whenever another Human enters the battlefield under your control, put a +1/+1 counter on Thalia's Lieutenant.

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Village Bell-Ringer

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Flash (You may cast this spell any time you could cast an instant.)
When Village Bell-Ringer enters the battlefield, untap all creatures you control.

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Ardenvale Tactician // Dizzying Swoop

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Altar's Light

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Exile target artifact or enchantment.

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Repel the Abominable

Color Identity:W

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Prevent all damage that would be dealt this turn by non-Human sources.

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Eiganjo Free-Riders

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Flying
At the beginning of your upkeep, return a white creature you control to its owner's hand.

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Secluded Steppe

Color Identity:W

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Secluded Steppe enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {W}.
Cycling {W} ({W}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Azorius Justiciar

Color Identity:W

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When Azorius Justiciar enters the battlefield, detain up to two target creatures your opponents control. (Until your next turn, those creatures can't attack or block and their activated abilities can't be activated.)

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Bonds of Faith

Color Identity:W

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Enchant creature
Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 as long as it's a Human. Otherwise, it can't attack or block.

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Courageous Outrider

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When Courageous Outrider enters the battlefield, look at the top four cards of your library. You may reveal a Human card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.

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Sanctuary Lockdown

Color Identity:W

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Humans you control get +1/+1.
{2}, Tap two untapped Humans you control: Tap target creature an opponent controls.

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Hand of Honor

Color Identity:W

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Protection from black
Bushido 1 (Whenever this creature blocks or becomes blocked, it gets +1/+1 until end of turn.)

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Gaze of Justice

Color Identity:W

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, tap three untapped white creatures you control.
Exile target creature.
Flashback {5}{W} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost and any additional costs. Then exile it.)

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Alley Evasion

Color Identity:W

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Choose one —
• Target creature you control gets +1/+2 until end of turn.
• Return target creature you control to its owner's hand.

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Icatian Javelineers

Color Identity:W

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Icatian Javelineers enters the battlefield with a javelin counter on it.
{T}, Remove a javelin counter from Icatian Javelineers: It deals 1 damage to any target.

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Daysquad Marshal

Color Identity:W

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When Daysquad Marshal enters the battlefield, create a 1/1 white Human Soldier creature token.

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Second Thoughts

Color Identity:W

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Exile target attacking creature.
Draw a card.

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Crovax, Ascendant Hero

Color Identity:W

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Other white creatures get +1/+1.
Nonwhite creatures get -1/-1.
Pay 2 life: Return Crovax, Ascendant Hero to its owner's hand.

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Thalia, Heretic Cathar

Color Identity:W

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First strike
Creatures and nonbasic lands your opponents control enter the battlefield tapped.

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The Game Plan

Our plan is pretty simple: play Humans, attack with them, and keep doing so until the opponent is not alive anymore. Gideon's an honest fella. There are a couple of sweet synergies to exploit, and our equipment grants some strong extra bonuses.

The removal isn't great, but Bonds of Faith has some neat versatility and Ixalan's Binding is solid, if slow. Suspension Field and Second Thoughts are both situationally powerful, and [[Gaze of Justice—which might not have been playable in its Limited environment—is useful with a bunch of human doofuses sitting around waiting for something to do. Look to dominate a combat step with Repel the Abominable or Village Bell-Ringer, or suddenly change the math on a race with Rally for the Throne.

The Rares

This is a card many of you are familiar with if you've played any Modern. You know it's good. I know it's good. But it was laying around my rare pile from the box of Shadows Over Innistrad I bought, and turns out it is not only fairly inexpensive, but also the best thing this deck wants to be doing.

Thalia is a big beating. A 3-Power First Striker is difficult to trump in combat, and her passive ability can keep your folks aggressive and your damage race favorable.

In the lore, Hixus is the guy who teaches a young Gideon (aka Kytheon) how to use his Law Magic and master his powers. In the games, Hixus is a very beefy flash creature who will ruin either a combat or your opponent's board right after it. It's a little clunky—after all, you need to let the other guys hit you before you whisk them away into the aether—but Hixus can be game-changing in the right spot.

My goodness this guy is dope. A super neat flavor win, this Crovax depicts an alternate version of the character where he became a good guy instead of the Ascendant Evincar. And his abilities mirror both the Evincar and that of his angel Selenia, whose death precipitated Crovax's descent into madness in the main timeline. Anyway, Crovax is nigh-unkillable and will absolutely take over a board. An older school Elesh Norn, if you will. Keep in mind though, if you're ever playing against another white deck, that Crovax just doesn't really do much because its effect is symmetrical.

Unsung Hero

Did you know that there really aren't that many white human flyers? Obviously if you're a Modern player you're familiar with Mantis Rider, but that's 3 colors. With just white? Not that many! And several of them stink, and none of them are big. As a result, the Free-Riders (FR for short) are something of a useful outlier.

The size isn't just the only benefit; FR has a ton of synergy with our deck. We get more clues from Thraben Inspector, more pings with Javelineers, more detention from Justicar, reinforcements from Courageous Outrider, more untaps with Bell-Ringer. FR also resets our adventure creatures to essentially buyback the spells. I can't even do the math on how insane it is to get Thalia's Lieutenant every turn. FR is a strange Human. But that's okay! Gideon, Champion of Justice is all too familiar with making strange Humans useful.