Jinnie Fay, Jetmir’s Second – Streets of New Capenna
Date Reviewed: May 25, 2022
Commander [EDH]: 4.00
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is bad. 3 is average. 5 is great.
I don’t know about you, but that mana cost kind of makes my head spin. It’s probably just because they’ve almost never had hybrid mana symbols from more than one color combination on the one card before. You’ve got to go to the Mystery Booster playtest cards for that – I guess I should have paid more attention to what they were foreshadowing!
Jinnie Fay is an excessively cool-looking card, with a name that sounds like she should be an actress from the Golden Age of Hollywood and an interesting ability. It’s tempting to say that you’ll want to use her with cheaper things that would ordinarily make smaller tokens than hers, but it is notable that the cat tokens have haste. That means there might be a risk/payoff balance for certain decks, where you choose to get smaller tokens than usual, but gain the opportunity to attack faster in an opening. And of course, she’s an obvious choice for the growing cat and/or dog archetype in Commander.
Commander [EDH]: 4/5
Talk about raining cats and dogs. Jinnie Fay, Jetmir’s Second is an interesting take on token support, thanks to her being able to replace tokens with a flood of cats or dog. There’s an interesting bit of tension in one being more aggressive and the other playing more of a long game, though I suspect the slightly better option overall will be making 2/2 Cats with haste, since you can use them to try and explode then and there. Also of note is that Jinnie Fay has a flexible mana cost (less useful in Commander, but it enables her to slot into mono-green shells), and she works on any tokens and is optional (if you’d rather have something else, like Treasure. She’s tantalizing, but that three toughness means she’s likely only going to shine in formats bereft of Lightning Bolt; that said, her weird mix of abilities and synergies prove a tantalizing piece for any enterprising deck builder.
Commander [EDH]: 3.5
Jinny Fay’s interesting mana value can slot her into a wide variety of decks from the get go and not just Naya decks making her a very versatile card. Jinny’s ability will slot her primarily into token decks or token heavy strategies giving you the option of having a 1/1 elf (or any 1/1 creature) and instead getting a dog or cat token with a higher power instead. This can very quickly turn the tide of the game to your favor by having an army of more powerful creatures at your disposal. This can fit in a wide variety of formats from commander to limited and most certainly constructed.
Commander [EDH]: 4.5/5
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