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Dovin Baan
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 Dovin Baan
- Kaladesh

Reviewed Nov. 8, 2016

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.25
Multiplayer: 3.38
Commander [EDH]: 3.50

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Dovin Baan
 
Dovin Baan is more or less the template of a defensive card in his colors, although what really caught my eye at first was the fact that his ultimate is a variant of Stasis. It's been what, more than a decade since the last such variant? While you have to wait an awfully long time for it, there will be occasions when a game goes long and it'll lock out someone's mana base for long enough that you can close things out. I think the more common use for him will be his -1 ability: his mana cost means that the effects will come at just the time when defensive decks start to be seriously threatened by aggressive strategies, and have the most need for both time and extra cards.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 3/5
James H. Dovin Baan
 
There’s something a bit poetic about a Vedalken being the Card of the Day on Election Day here in the US, but that's an entirely different affair. The third Azorius/Ojutai-colored planeswalker, Dovin does pretty much all the things you’d expect his character to do.
 
His ultimate is very awesome, but it's also a very unlikely one to go off; his -1 is more impactful immediately, and he’d need to be using his +1 for 4 turns before you can Static Orb your opponents.
That means he relies on his other abilities…and, thankfully, both of those are pretty decent. His +1 helps protect himself, and it's very useful if your opponents only have one creature (or one substantial creature) out, especially if it does irritating things on its own (though, sadly, it's pretty ineffective against Vehicles). His -1 is simple card advantage, an inverse Phyrexian Arena; paying 4 mana to gain 6 and draw 3 over 3 turns, while not the flashiest effect, is pretty decent.
 
I don't think Dovin Baan will be a constructed all-star; his effects are not bad, but they're more incremental advantage than bombastic board-changing effect. He’ll have a home, though, and he's worth considering in a control shell.
 
Constructed: 4
Casual: 5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 3.75
Commander: 4

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