The spoiler season for the next Magic The Gathering set is upon us, and as a old card gamer I need to look at every single card released every single day and say: BU or YAY! And even tho I’m not a huge fan of the current standard/type 2 format in MTG, I still await the moment when the change comes and stuff looks more fun and appealing. Cause appeal is truly everything when I play card games (I still miss the Zendikar vampires btw).
So on to the card!
Yes a new Ajani and he is now a dual colored card, and not surprisingly: Green/White. Even if it kinda makes me sad that Elspeth didn’t get her chance in the G/W zone it makes sense that it happened to Ajani instead. He’s a cat and he’s mean, a green white machine… Enough of that and on to the card with a mana cost of … 5! So okay let’s not panic, as long as he has some controlish elements to him he should be fine as a 5 cost planeswalker.
[+ 1] Distribute three +1/+1 counters among one, two, or three target creatures you control
The sad part about his first ability is that it’s one of those that demands that you have creatures out already. I’m a bigger fan of creating small creatures to defend himself with. Putting out three counters every turn is not bad, but I bet you will mostly use him for his second ability which is…
[+1] Look at the top four cards of your library. You may reveal an Aura, creature, or planeswalker card from among them and put that card into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.
So this is a planeswalker that not only draws you a card, but lets you look at the top 4 cards to find it. Tho you are limited to Enchantments, Creatures and Planeswalkers I don’t think this is a huge setback. If you play him you clearly create a deck that has a good amount of targets for this ability, and even his first ability is a sign that you want to have some creature focus.
[-8] You gain 100 life.
You gain 100 life. So, as long as you’re not playing against infect in some other format or dare I say it: The Maze! Not a great ability not a horrible ability, but 100 life will surley give you time to stabalize or make your opponent deck-out before the game is over. Or you know you can just punch him in the face while you take some damage (not sure if 100 is alot in the current format tho).
Overall I think Mr ajani will see some play like almost all Planeswalker… except for that one, you know, the 2 mana evil devil guy. His + abilities are clearly formed out for the green/white with enchantments and creatures to control the board. Question is wouldn’t you rather have an elspeth on the field turn five?
So what do you think about this lovley new form of our cat lord Ajani? Good, bad or ugly?
Leave a comment and let me know!
Until next time Nurglings, take care.