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Pojo's Magic The Gathering
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Aku Djinn
Visions - Rare

Pojo's Average Rating -
Constructed: 2.00 (6 Reviews)
Limited: 2.62 (6 Reviews)
Reviewed July 30, 2002

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Andrew Chapman

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Black always has this way of producing big creatures
with some detriment to itself.  Aku Djinn is no
exception to that rule, giving you a big creature
while making your opponent's creatures bigger.  The
trample is nice, too.  While this isn't for all decks,
if you are prepared to use it, it should be good for

In Limited, you don't get many options for huge black
creatures with trample.  Take the ones you do get.

Constructed: 3
Limited: 4


Contest Winner

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 prices.

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 does
have a huge disadvantage.

Creatures are much more prevelant in limited, so his
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 turn 5
he isn't that threatening and with dark ritual going
the way of the dinosaurs there less chance of getting
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 problem.
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 instead.



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".  Not good.

Constructed - 2
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.

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