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Mahamoti Djinn
Cold Snap

Reviewed October 11, 2006

Constructed: 2.45
Casual: 2.9
Limited: 4.1

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Jeff Zandi

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Mahamoti Djinn

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.



Mahamoti Djinn

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.

Constructed- 3.5
Casual- 4
Limited- 4.9

Jordan Kronick

Mahamoti Djinn

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.

Constructed Rating - 2.0
Casual Rating - 3.0
Limited Rating - 4.3

Nick Tan

Mahamiti Djinn

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.

Standard: 3
Casual: 3
Limited: 3.5

Robert Overton

Mahamoti Djinn - 10/11

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


Mahamoti Djinn

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 game over.

Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 3.5


Mahomiti Djinn

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 viable.

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.

Gackley Ferguson

Continuing on 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.

Mr. Anderson

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.



Mahomiti Djinn

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).

Constructed- 3
Casual- 3
Limited- 4

Matt Cortez

Mahamoti Djinn

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 yesterday.
Casual - 3.0
Limited - 4.5 if you see it get it

Cyrus Huang

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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