If my opponent activates Gideon Jura's first ability targeting me, and I attack with a Kessig Cagebreakers, do the tokens have to attack Gideon?


No, the tokens are not forced to attack Gideon the turn they are put on the battlefield. They can attack the defending player or another planeswalker.

Gideon's first ability is a requirement placed on the turn-based action of declaring attackers. That action is the first thing the attacking player do in the declare attackers step.

The tokens created by Cagebreakers are not declared as attackers when the restriction is being applied, therefore they are not affected by it.

See this ruling for Cagebreakers:

Although the tokens are attacking, they were never declared as attacking creatures (for purposes of abilities that trigger whenever a creature attacks, for example).

And this ruling for Gideon Jura:

The first ability only affects the declaration of attackers. If a creature is put onto the battlefield attacking (thanks to Hero of Bladehold, Preeminent Captain, or the Ninjutsu ability, for example), that creature's controller may choose the defending player or planeswalker that it will be attacking in the normal way.

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    Correct. The tokens weren't around to "attack Gideon Jura if able", so the ability has no effect on them.
    – ikegami
    Nov 14 '13 at 15:26

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