I just wanted to pop in and say I've been reading your guides and I'm impressed by the amount of work you put in them. A lot of them actually describe strategies we had in mind when the encounters were designed, and it's always super fun to see people figuring out pieces to the puzzles you've built, especially when they manage to break them!
I really would like to hear what kind of a deck do you need to have in order to beat the first Gideon encounter with Liliana.
Without Sword of the Animist, black has nothing to get rid of those supports. Almost had a vague shot with Smothering Abomination (defender) + first strike (Helm of the Gods) and deathtouch (Gnarlroot Trapper), but then I got Hixused and Bonded for the rest of the game. I feel like there is no way I can beat this encounter without access to another color. Would like to see more encouragement having bit more access to lifedrain to make it a viable alternative win con for black. For example update/redesign some of the Origins commons/uncommons to make more cards useful.
Some of these encounters are nearly impossible for certain colors (like Oblivion Sower for Gideon1 withouth Hixus/Bonds) and need lottery class luck to find the cards that give even a fighting chance.