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Ajani Steadfast
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 Ajani Steadfast
- M15

Reviewed Aug. 20, 2014

Constructed: 3.67
Casual: 4.17
Limited: 4.50
Multiplayer: 3.67

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David Fanany

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Ajani Steadfast
Ajani Steadfast was clearly designed to be reminiscent of Ajani Goldmane from Lorwyn, and is usable in much the same decks. The differences are subtle, but important. This version's ultimate doesn't really help you win the game in the way that Goldmane's did, but both of his other ones definitely pull you towards creature strategies (though it's notable that his -2 also works with planeswalkers, while his +1 is arguably less important in a control strategy that's likely to have multiple planeswalkers). All three abilities are strong, though, and all three are likely to help some deck somewhere; I'd be a little surprised if Ajani Steadfast wasn't adopted by some deck out there.
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Ajani Steadfast which is a four mana White planeswalker with four loyalty.  The +1 gives a target creature +1/+1, First Strike, Vigilance, and Lifelink until end of turn which is very solid as a +1 if a moderately powerful creature is in play to be the target.  The -2 puts a +1/+1 counter on each creature you control and one loyalty on each other planeswalker, which outside of a multiple planeswalker Chain Veil build is more costly and lacks the temporary Vigilance of the original Ajani's -1.  The -7 gives you an emblem that reduces all damage to you or your planeswalkers to a maximum of one per source which makes losing or destroying your creatures extremely difficult, particularly if life gain is a theme in the deck to go along with the +1.  Overall this Ajani is built with planeswalker support in mind which is a fairly narrow design space to work with, leaving this as a card that is not likely to see much play.
In Limited the +1 is by far the primary usage for this Ajani as it puts a great deal of pressure on the opponent with First Strike attacks, life gain, and maintaining a defense with just this and a single creature. 
The -2 is very situational, but with two or more creatures in play can sometimes be more useful than the +1.  The -7 is powerful, though focus on the +1 should make using it both redundant and a loss of a tempo.  An excellent first pick in Booster or Sealed and with only a single White in the casting cost it is easy to splash or run as a secondary color.
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 3.5


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Ajani Steadfast
The latest incarnation of Ajani fits right in line with what white decks like to do. Giving one creature +1/+1, first strike, vigilance, and lifelink is a pretty impressive ability. The vigilance will often be the most important as it allows you to attack and still have someone back to block and help protect Ajani and build him up towards his ultimate. If you get him there and can pull of the ultimate, it gives you an emblem that's a throwback to a classic card: Forcefield. With it in play, your opponent has a very hard job ahead of them to take your life total down, especially since you've been building up your life total by giving someone lifelink.
But Ajani also gives you other possible strategies with his -2. If you're playing a weenie rush deck, putting a +1/+1 on everything - possibly twice - could be just the extra boost you need to run over your opponent before they knew what hit them. Or, in a superfriends (lots of planeswalkers) deck, you might combine this with The Chain Veil and get your walkers up to ultimate in record time.
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 5
Limited: 5
Multiplayer: 4.5

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