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Ajani Vengeat
Shards of Alara

Reviewed September 24, 2008

Constructed: 3.00
Casual: 3.00
Limited: 3.67

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Wednesday - Ajani Vengeant

Not a bad card, but definitely not as strong as the other planeswalkers in the set. The mini-Stasis ability is OK, but nothing spectacular. Lightning Helix is good, and one-sided Geddon is great. The problem is that Sarkhan Vol is so much better than this, and by the time you build up to the Geddon effect it probably won't matter that much.

In limited, this is better, as you can keep a big threat locked down and then throw Lightning Helixes all day. I wouldn't bother with the Geddon effect here; by the time you get to it, it probably won't matter.

Constructed - 2.5
Casual - 3
Limited - 3

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Ajani Vengeant
I can't wait to see how they explain what happened to Ajani and why he's red now. Regardless of what the deal with that is, Ajani Vengeant is an excellent multi-purpose card. I like the fact that his +1 ability can affect lands (very important now that the Tenth Edition let everyone get a bunch of copies of Treetop Village and Faerie Conclave). He doesn't quite demand that a deck be made for him, but I find it hard to believe that no-one has a deck that will want him.
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5

Wednesday 9-24-08

Ajani Vengeant


Constructed: So far these Planeswalkers have not empress most players. This one is okay. If there is some big bad creature, like a certain Dragon, you do not want to untap. Or he is just a expensive Lightning Helix. If you can keep him out for 4 turns than you get to blow up all of someones lands. Interesting.


Casual: Planeswalkers are really big in this area. Multi-player he is useless. Nobody will not want their lands destroyed.


Limited: Mythic rares are going to make the drafting and sealed deck process a little different from other sets. 4 Mana for a Lightning Helix is good. If your opponent does not have many creatures than the keeping one lock down for 4 turns can be great. IF, thats a big if you keep him out until he has 7 counters than you won the game. Glad its Mythic.


Overall a cool Planeswalker. We will see how well it does with the others.


Constructed: 3

Casual: 2

Limited: 3




BeJose Ajani Vengeant 2RW
+1: Target permanent doesn't untap during its controller's next untap step.
-2: Ajani Vengeant deals 3 damage to target creature or player and you gain 3 life.
-7: Destroy all lands target player controls.
Nice is all I can say. Being the prerelease card should hopefully keep this cards price down.
Creature Control? Yes please
Lightning Helix on a stick? Yes please
One-sided Armageddon? Hell Yes
This is good in all formats. In constructed it is very powerful (don't forgot it can take down other planeswalkers) able to protect it self and you while building loyalty counters. Don't assume you'll always get to 7 though, opponent will go out of their way to prevent that. However this means they have to stop focusing on you so use it to your advantage
Limited gold, repeatable creature removal is king in limited so take this if your in the right colours, (maybe even consider a splash?)
Casual, this will make for some interesting politics, get another player to help you defend it up to 7 counters and take someone else out of the game, just remember your going to have to deal with the person that helped you.
Constructed: 3.5/5
Limited: 4.5/5
Casual: 4/5

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