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Ali from Cairo
Arabian Nights

Reviewed January 18, 2007

Constructed: 1.65
Casual: 2.35
Limited: 2.35

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Ali from Cairo

Ali from Cairo, just ain't so hot these days. We have a myriad of cards that do something similar (most notably Worship). He's also a lowly 0/1 creature. You can't fight with him, and he dies to just about everything. He's definitely not your go to guy. He usually draws a target on himself also, so he doesn't stay in play long.

Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 2
Limited: 2.5


Ali from Cairo

A fun card, and fun flavor I guess, though I'm not sure why Ali here can keep you alive. I have to think it's to do with that pendant he's holding. Anyway, Ali's effect is powerful, but he, sadly, is not. He's a 0/1, and thus gets killed by a lot. You can protect him, sure, but decks that are so centered around protecting a creature are usually protecting a win condition like a Dragon, not a 0/1 whose only purpose is to keep you from losing to damage. I'd sideboard him in against monogreen, the deck most likely to be unable to remove a 0/1 from play or win with anything other than damage, but otherwise he's trade bait.

Constructed- 2
Casual- 3
Limited- 1.5 (I never played Arabian Knights limited, but by general Limited principles he's fairly bad.)

KC MetroGnome

Ali From Cairo

This card was somewhat famous when I started playing. I came in around Ice Age, and I was in middle school, so I didn't have ready access to all the cards out there. This is one of those cards we heard rumors of and didn't quite believe. Since it was before we had the internet, I could never really investigate it, either. Then I saw it for the first time and found out the rumors were true. He's 7 feet tall, and if he were here, he'd consume the English with fireballs from his eyes, and bolts of lightning from his arse. Seriously, how can you lose the game with this in play?

It didn't take us long to figure out how you could lose with Ali in play. He's one of those cards that I love for the nostalgia, but would never actually put in a serious deck. Just run Platinum Angel in all formats over this (except Arabian Nights block constructed). If you're doing an Arabian Nights draft, all I have to say is please invite me. And please pay for my packs.

Constructed - 2+
Casual - 3+
Limited - 1+


Ali from Cairo

Worship on a stick. Worship is better than this, as it has a more manageable casting cost, and it's an enchantment instead of a creature, which leaves Ali susceptible to getting killed more easily as, in general, there is more creature hate than there is enchantment hate. Maybe if he weren't a 0/1, then he'd be more useful, but stick to Worship.

In casual, ditto.

I've never played Arabian Nights limited, but I could see this guy being very handy there, as there's less ways for him to get fried by spells.

Constructed - 1
Casual - 1
Limited - 3
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