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Ali from Cairo
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Ali from Cairo
- Arabian Nights

Reviewed May 4, 2017

Constructed: 2.13
Casual: 4.00
Limited: 3.00
Multiplayer: 3.00
Commander [EDH]: 3.25

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Ali from Cairo
Let's get one thing out of the way: yes, if Ali had been printed just a year later, he would undoubtedly have been a legendary creature. In Arabian Nights' defense, most people never owned more than one of the rares anyway. And yes, nowadays we say this ability belongs to white, but whatever color it appears in, it's unique and it makes you start looking through the rest of your collection and thinking about interactions, and that's a good thing. I think it's funny that some people deride Worship for being unfair because it's too hard for some decks to remove, and also deride Ali for being too easy to remove. I thought the whole reason designers nowadays staple six abilities to creatures is because then they can "die to removal". Anyway, try Ali with Spectral Cloak, and add Copper Tablet for maximum hilarity.
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 3/5
James H.

Ali from Cairo (5/4)


While we haven't seen Ali from Cairo since Arabian Nights, we have seen Fortune Thief from Time Spiral approximate the effect rather nicely. As long as it lives, you can't take lethal damage. You can lose to life loss or alternate win conditions, but this can stymie lethal damage. The downside is that Ali from Cairo is a 0/1 for 4 mana, and it has no other prediction. Every color has no issues killing it, though there can be decks light on removal that Ali stonewalls.


If supported, Ali can be annoying to fight. But he needs a lot of support, and he doesn't protect himself well at all. It's imperfect protection, but it can be all you need to get the game going in your favor.


Constructed: 1.25

Casual: 4

Multiplayer: 3

Commander: 3.5

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