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Ajani Goldmane
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Ajani Goldmane

Reviewed September xx, 2009

Constructed: 3.50
Casual: .3.80
Limited: 4.25
Multiplayer: 3.75

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Ajani Goldmane

One of the worst of the best: Ajani Goldmane has been pretty well overshadowed by the other planeswalkers, most notably Jace and Garruk, has gotten a new "improved" form that conveniently makes it impossible to have both Vengeant and Goldmane out at once, and even has suffered the indignity of having a second planeswalker, Elspeth be released in his color and be arguably more playable. The only other planeswalker that's had to put up with that is Jace Beleren, and even then Tezzeret only works in artifact-heavy decks. Elspeth and Goldmane both work pretty equally well in any mono-white deck-- heck, they even both have the exact same mana cost?

All that said, is Ajani worth playing? Yes. It's a good card, just waiting for the right time to shine. Heck, he's even gotten some appreciation already in token decks, what with that "Marshaling Cry" second ability. But as one of the original five, it just feels like he never got his day in the sun.

Constructed- 3.5
Casual- 3.75
Multiplayer- 4
Limited- 4.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Ajani Goldmane

I think it's funny how harsh some people are when a new planeswalker first comes out. Back when Ajani was part of that category, I must have heard everything about him, from "his first ability is useless" to "his third ability is useless" to "no-one has enough creatures to make him worthwhile." Because it's not like Cloudgoat Ranger and Captain of the Watch were released within two years of him. In the right deck, Ajani is devastating, a game-winner - and the definition of "right deck" gets broader the more creatures they release.

Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
The Missing Linc

-Balding for just over 5 years
-Playing MTG for just over 10

Ajani Goldmane

I learned my lesson a prerelease with this card. Don't fail to realize that the counters added are permanent in the second ability. Only is the vigilance temporary. If I had known this, I could have turned around a game quickly. However, I chose to keep gaining life instead. Bad choice. This card is showing up in several planeswalker decks. It is a fun card to play as are most of the planeswalkers because of the flexibility.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 4
Limited: 5
Multiplayer: 4
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno Today's card of the day is the planeswalker Ajani Goldmane, reprinted from Lorwyn in 2010. He remains a solid support card and quite useful in both White weenie decks and life gain themes. I don't really consider this to be a game winning card, but as a tool to support a deck's strategy.

To Constructed, Casual, and Multiplayer his abilities are fairly standard and either work on gaining life or using his -1 to have a few powered up attacks without losing your defense. Maintaining a defense is especially useful in multiplayer, but in all formats this can help swing the tide of battle.

In Limited Ajani is a decent pick if you have a good number of low cost creatures and possibly some included life gain. I prefer his -1 ability, but in the right situation the avatar can be deadly. It really isn't a card you can pass in booster and if you open it in sealed you'd be hard pressed to build a deck without it.

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 4.0

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