With the guilds out of the way, it is time to turn to the guildless of Ravnica. These mono-colored cards have no affiliation beyond basic lands.
What is with these reviews starting with a whimper? As a combat trick, I wouldn’t play this outside of limited.
While expensive, I love the utility of this card. Exiling a creature or enchantment for 5 mana is expensive and the sorcery speed slows it down a lot too, but at the end of the day, this is unconditional removal. It isn’t a great card, but in slower formats it does okay.
An Akroma’s Memorial on a stick, Angelic Skirmisher looks like a lot of fun. The tool box approach of first strike, vigilance or lifelink allow her to force different strategies depending on the deck. Plus, she doesn’t need to attack for the benefit to trigger! While small for a six-drop, this card looks really fun – especially when paired up with multiple combat phases.
I don’t think my Griffin deck needs more three drops.
Court Street Denizen
As far as a utility creature goes, this is interest – especially with all the flickering abuse in Avacyn Restored. While I’m sure there are cards that can abuse this (untap cards maybe), most decks won’t bother. But that’s why I love multiplayer so much, there really isn’t anything as a truly unplayable card.
For an enchant land, this is absurdly expensive. Add in the fact that tapping, in multiplayer, is a much different animals makes me think it isn’t worth it. Though I do like the idea of tapping down someone’s creature for three or four turns…
Gideon, Champion of Justice
In my experience, Planeswalkers fall into one of three categories for multiplayer: everyone’s best friend (Baby Jace), adorable and ignore (Chandra and Nissa) or SWEET INEFFABLE KILL IT WITH FIRE (Karn, Nicol Bolas, Jace TMS).
Gideon is definitely in the kill-it-with-fire category. Thankfully, his +1 ability is target opponent but it only takes a turn or too to hit 15. His animation effect makes his +1 that much more deadly, while his ultimate says, “You have X turns.” Man, he’s good… at becoming a lightning rod.
Guardian of the Gateless
This is how uncommon should be built. An obscenely powerful defender, Guardian of the Gateless is at worst, a Fog. At best, she singlehandedly holds back entire armies of tokens. Now if she could just get something like protection from creatures or colors, then you’re protected.
A neat ability, but as an aura, it’s a bit clunky. Enemy of the Guildpact was neat, this just doesn’t quite work. Multicolor just isn’t as big a benefit as monocolor protection.
Hold the Gates
Look, I want to make a stupid Gate deck probably more than most, but this isn’t a good enchantment. Well, it isn’t bad. It isn’t better than Serra’s Blessing usually though.
It’s almost like this was made to be paired up with Guardian of the Gateless! Unquestionable Authority is one of those weird cards that many people seem to have forgotten but this is exactly the kind of power level I want auras to have. Protection from Creatures is absurdly powerful.
The pun in the name is great and the tokens play well with Selesnya, but at the kitchen table it is about being the best of the best and sadly, this isn’t up there.
In a few years, Gatecrash will be labeled as the beginning of the end for multiplayer formats in Magic. Return to Ravnica had some hints at it thanks to a handful of cards, but the Primordial cycle is incredibly good. It’s a creature that Swords to Plowshares a creature each opponent controls! Reanimate decks don’t need better targets in multiplayer. Add in how easy it is to flicker creatures now and this card just ends games far too well.
The fact that this is an enchant creature you control really ruins the fun of it for me. But from a flavor perspective, I love it.
White is bad at Overrun.
A neat trick, but too little for my liking.
A reprint from a long, long time ago, Smite is fascinating in multiplayer since the creature just needs to be blocked. As a one drop piece of removal, the targeting mechanism works far better than it should.
I think this was released in the wrong set – it should be in Avacyn Restored! Easy to abuse, this is a fine card are part of an engine.
In a super convoluted Cat-Sanguine Bond deck, maybe. But I think you’re stretching.
Top 5 White Gatecrash Cards for Casual & Commander
5. Holy Mantle
4. Guardian of the Gateless
3. Gideon, Champion of Justice
2. Angelic Skirmisher
1. Luminate Primordial