FAT MOTI LIVES! I was very happy last summer
when I learned that one of my all-time favorite
blue creatures was back. It should be pretty
obvious that Mahamoti rules any 9th edition
limited format. In today's serious constructed
formats, there really isn't a spot on the team
for this guy.
Back in the day, though, when control decks
would include one or two fat blue (or white)
creatures as a win condition, Mahomoti Djinn
made the cut sometimes. The fact is, players
have gotten a lot more picky about the cards
they include in their constructed decks at the
six mana and above cost range.
If Ancient Silverback was a solid Green beater,
then Mahamoti here is the ULTIMATE Blue beater.
Enough power to end the game in four swings,
plus flying in a color that doesn't get a lot of
big offensive creatures. This gives it a crucial
role in Magic as Blue's quintessential win
condition. Any draft you open one of these, you
play it. You move into Blue if necessary, but
you play it.
The once and future king of the skies. While
black got Lord of the Pit and green got Force of
Nature, blue got Mahamoti. A big fat flyer with
no drawbacks for only six mana. While more
recent big fliers like Keiga have proven to be
stronger, Mahamoti still has a place in the
hearts of anyone who has been playing since the
early days. And he's still a great djinn, too.
5/6 fliers are dominant in any format where they
can be played. Constructed tends to require
creatures a little more tricky that 'moti, but
he's still a force to be reckoned with. And as
for limited, well there's not too many creatures
I'd rather open in core set limited. He's huge
and he gets the job done.
Blue’s trademark fat flier. It’s fairly alright,
with a reasonable body and evasion.
Unfortunately, there are far superior fliers for
the same cost, such as the Kamigawa dragons. I’d
pick a graveyard effect over one additional
toughness anytime, thank you.
Stellar in Limited. A fat body on a big flier
with no drawbacks for a reasonable cost will win
you the game unless you're so far gone that
nothing could win you the game. Again, there are
better options in the focused world of
constructed deck building. But I do remember the
days of losing to my friends B/U deck when I'd
have a huge River Boa with about 8 enchantments
on it by turn 4. Then he'd Terror it, drop the
Djinn and I'd lose. Then I figured out that I
could play terror, too...
Constructed - 2
Casual - 4
Limited - 5
The iconic blue flier. This is very similar to
yesterday's card because it's not bad at a 5/6
for 6, but there are always better choices
available. All this guy does is flies over and
beats for 5, whereas you can smash for 5 in the
air in other, better ways (hi, Keiga).
In casual, like yesterday's card, it's fine for
a budget deck as it's big and ends games quickly
if it stays out.
In limited, a very strong include if you're
playing blue. If they can't deal with it, it's
Continuing the 9th series, we have Mahomiti
Djinn. As Ancient Silverback sets the bar for
large regenerating creatures in green, Blue gets
to have the Huge Flying Fatty. In blocks like
Ravnica, Mirrodin, etc., you get variations on
the theme, whether it be through resistence to
opposing spells (Simic Sky Swallower), bonus
effects (Kiega, the Tide Star), or faster ways
to play them (BroodStar). Most big blue flyers,
however, can trace their roots back to simpler
cards like this one.
For being a standard by which expensive blue
flyers are measured, it actually does quite
well. If you are going to pay six mana for a
single card, you expect it to go far to win you
the game. A 5/6 flyer is going to do exactly
that. If it comes in for 5 each time, it will
win you the game in four turns. The only trick
is getting it into play as painlessly as
possible. Mono Blue Control (MUC for short)
loves to stall until they have the mana to play
something huge like this, so it's right up their
ally, strategy-wise. That may change, however,
come Time Spiral...
Constructed: 4/5. Quite useful, especially if
you are short on dough and need to get a win
condition on the cheap. Extra abilities like
trample and protection are often just gravy. If
it can evade an opponent's creatures, and it is
big enough to win the game fast, then it is
Casual: 4/5. It definitely isn't Akroma, but it
still says "You better have a way to kill me."
Limited: 5/5. A bomb in limited. If you pull
this, and you can afford the UU in its casting
cost, you play it, and you win games with it.
the theme of 9th edition cards, today we focus
on Mahamoti Djinn. Same casting cost as our
primate friend from yesterday, but this card
gives us a different feature...Flying! I really
don't know how I feel about this particular
card, there are several reasons that contribute
to my uncertainty. On one hand you do get a 5/6
flyer which is never a bad thing,although you
need 2 blue to cast it, and truth be told blue
isn't known for its aggresive tactics. On the
other hand, although blue does offer a plethera
of good flyers, you'd be hard pressed to find
one that's Type 2 Legal. Quite the predicament
if you ask me. So what's the verdict?
Constructed: 2/5- The power/toughness is nice
and makes it able to stand up against burn
spells, but I would rather build a deck around
more little flyers that actually hold to a theme
rather than resort to this one baddie.
Casual: 2/5- Again since most casual games don't
limit their cards to Type 2 Legal, there are
plenty of other good blue flyers out there
(Anyone remember Keiga? Same casting cost, but
less blue intensive)
Limited- 3.75/5- Here's the only one place I can
see it shining. A 5/6 flyer is never a bad thing
in Limited, no matter how you slice it.
Today's card of
the day is Mahomiti Djinn. It has a 5/6 body for
a 4UU casting cost. It's a plain vanilla blue
fatty. That's pretty rare for blue to have big
creatures without a drawback. In constructed,
there are far better blue creatures. Meloku and
Keiga before they rotated out, or Simic Sky
Swallower. Only use it if you're tight for cash.
In casual, there are better options, but it does
have evasion. So it's up to you. In limited,
this will be a game winner. It has evasion so go
smash face in limited.
A 5/6 blue flyer for six is definatly a nice
blue fatty. Double blue
can be a problem to hit in a draft, but in
constructed this guy will
be hanging around decks heavy on Cancels and
Rewinds, and those decks
won't be lacking islands. Somewhat simple for a
casual player, but a
good starting card(and thats exactly why its in
the core set).
Yesterday we had a big green 6/5 ape with
regenerate. Now we have a 5/6 Djinn with flying.
And Just like yesterday this guy is overshadowed
by bigger and better things in constructed. Now
with casual this guy is fun because blue hardly
get's big flyer's without some crazy cost or
some wacky draw back. But limited is where this
guy shine's. He take's down most flyer's in his
path. He eat's Air Elemental's for breakfast, of
course by noon he has gas but that's beside's
the point. Rathi Dragons? He punches them in
there face and laughs about it. The only thing
that can take this guy down in limited is a
Shivan Dragon and a Nightmare of course you must
be playing all black and in limited that will be
a rare thing.
Constructed - 2.5 there are better things
around, sorry Mr. Monkey Man..what that was
Casual - 3.0
Limited - 4.5 if you see it get it
Hi guys I'm
Cyrus Huang. Just to give you a brief
introduction on how I rate cards; For
constructed rating, I grade according to
standard (T2), however if the card is likely to
have an impact in other formats, I'll be sure to
mention it. For limited, I'll grade primarily
based on sealed as opposed to drafts.
Constructed: It's a great card that is shifted
to unplayable status simply because there are
far better cards. In our current standard,
Kamigawa provides with Meloku and Keiga which
are far superior to Mahomiti Djinn and you'll
never need more than those two as finishers.
When Kamigawa rotates, there's a higher chance
for this guy to see play as the finisher in blue
control decks, however it's much more likely
that control decks are going to splash white for
Windreaver or green for Simic Sky Swallower
(much more likely) which are far better. Teferi
also has the possibility of being the finisher
in mono blue decks. The reason why? Utility. You
can't kill a SSS, killing Keiga hurts you as
well, Meloku is just plain broken, and
apparently you can't kill Windreaver as well.
Mahomiti Djinn does nothing special for 6 mana
except for beat whereas all of the other
finishers do that and much more for the same,
slightly less, or slightly more mana.
I see this guy all the time though in blue
budget control decks though. It's only a notch
lower in power compared to other finishers and
much more cheaper. If you gotta play this guy as
your finisher, feel no shame. Just remember
there are far better choices.
Limited: Fat and evasion creatures are always
the backbone of limited decks. What happens when
you get both with no drawbacks and a great cost?
You play it, almost all the time. You know how
it's bad when your opponent drops a 5/5 or 6/6
wurm or something that's twice as big as all of
your creatures and you have no removal? When it
flies it's a million times worse. Kill your
opponent or this in 4 turns or less (most likely
less), or you die to this monster.
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