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Visions - Rare
Limited: 2.62 (6 Reviews)
Reviewed July 30, 2002
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Black always has this way of producing big
with some detriment to itself. Aku Djinn is
exception to that rule, giving you a big creature
while making your opponent's creatures bigger.
trample is nice, too. While this isn't for
if you are prepared to use it, it should be good
In Limited, you don't get many options for huge
creatures with trample. Take the ones you do
Aku Djinn, eh? I mean, what can you say
about a 5/6 for 5 mana?
You can say, "What's the disadvantage?"
That might be an appropriate place
to start. Aku Djinn is a big body with a
slightly undercosted price,
certainly. But its disadvantage quickly
cumulates into a big ol' problem if
your opponent has creatures. Might see some
play where it should be the
only creature in play - Maybe a Draw-Go or
Wildfire style deck, but there
are better creature choices for those various
styles. I think Aku Djinn's
time is past. Its value lessens as the
creature count in the environment
grows - namely limited. In Five Color, I
would never expect to see the Aku
Djinn - there are just better cards at better
Constructed - 1.5
Limited - 1.2
This guy has trample, he's black (making him more
difficult to destroy), he's tough (making him
difficult to burn)and he's fairly cheap. But he
have a huge disadvantage.
Creatures are much more prevelant in limited, so
drawback is even greater, but he is a threatening
creature so... I give him a 3
In constucted he's much easier to deal with. On
he isn't that threatening and with dark ritual
the way of the dinosaurs there less chance of
him out earlier. He gets a 2.
3BB, Summon Djinn 5/6, Visions Rare
During your upkeep, each opponent puts a +1/+1
counter on each creature he or she controls.
“Your arrogance amazes me, Kaervek. Did you
not know the price you would pay?”
This Djinn is a good example of a card who would
have been very cost effective and maybe broken
had he not had the huge drawback of given 1/1
counters to all of your opponents creatures. MRV
Lite was a creature intensive format and by the
time you had 5 mana you would be giving counters
to 3-4 opposing creatures. This certainly made
AKU no bargain and therefore he received very
little tournament play. Limited wise he was a
little more playable but still had the same
He did have some of the best flavor text ever
especially if you replace Kaervek's name with
that of your favorite fallen magic player. But
you're on your own for what name to put in
|You know, as long as
this card has been out, I have wanted to love
it. Seriously! The artwork kicks butt,
and the thought of a 5/6 Trample for 5, especially
back in the glory days of Dark Ritual, was REAL
tempting. You know what I eventually came up
with? Pointy toilet paper. I was very
distraught - I wanted him to be good. He
eventually found a place in the board against
control. Double Dark Rit, Aku turn 1 was
game over for control. Otherwise, eh - crap.
In limited, kinda same story. If you
could get him down fast and bash, great.
Otherwise, you never wanted to cast it late, as it
would get blocked, killed, and all your opponents
creatures would get to "thrive".
Limited - 2.5
Current Price - $1.45
|Fletcher is only reviewing cards
that are Type 2 or Extended legal (November 2002)
|This is a card that I have a lot of
nostalgic feelings about. It holds the
record for "Longest Time in John's Trade
Binder with no one wanting it." A 5/6
Trample for 3BB is really fun, but it's drawback
is kind of crappy, especially in group casual.
Still, he is early beats, and can win games
if someone isn't careful, especially agains
control (sneak him in against control and go the
distance!). I give him a 1.5 in constructed,
because size always helps.
In limited, think about it. It's a large
body for 3BB, and tramples over. His
drawback is kind of bad, and can make him a
passable card, but I see him going fairly soon.
He is a bombshell for black, and wins games.
A 3 in limited, trample helps, and that
drawback can hurt more than it can help.