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Jeskai Ascendancy
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 Jeskai Ascendancy
- Khans of Tarkir

Reviewed Oct. 20, 2014

Constructed: 3.50
Casual: 4.00
Limited: 4.25
Multiplayer: 4.25

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Jeskai Ascendancy

The "prowess" mechanic offers a tenuous balance to any deck that wants to try and exploit it. You need the proper balance of creatures and noncreatures. Oftentimes, a deck like this runs the risk of drawing too many of one and not enough of the other. The good news here is that Prowess asks only for "noncreature spells", it doesn't care what those spells are or what they do. Today's card does a step further-- it doesn't even care which creatures you use. To that end, if your noncreature spells are card draw (a reasonable choice given that Jeskai is partly blue) then you can sift through your deck and make sure you have enough of each type of spell. Jeskai Ascendancy's second ability lets you do just that-- it turns every noncreature spell into a sifter. The discard isn't too bad of a drawback, since you can discard whichever you have more of; creatures or noncreatures.

This is before we even get into the first effect-- +1/+1 and untap your entire team. If you've got instants, this turns every one of them into a combat trick as well as a draw engine. It also lets you attack more often without fear of having blockers open, as well as get extra uses out of any activated abilities that require tapping. Sadly, none of the creatures with Prowess have such an ability yet (and you do still want Prowess creatures, even with this card, since they'll be getting +2/+2) but you may still find one you want to exploit.

Constructed- 3.5
Casual- 4.5
Limited- 4.5
Multiplayer- 4.5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Jeskai Ascendancy which is a three mana Blue, Red, and White enchantment that allows you to draw a card and then discard a card plus gives creatures you control +1/+1 until end of turn and untaps them when you cast a non-creature spell.  This is solid support for a deck balancing a creature based offensive with combat tricks or removal as untapping and giving the +1/+1 after declaring the attack or before declaring them as blockers is probably the most efficient usage.  It is a bit telegraphed, so an opponent can be prepared for it, though the value is definitely there and the hand filter can help set up additional uses.
 
In Limited this is a very strong card for maintaining offensive and defensive options more often and is well worth working around in Sealed by splashing a third color.  In Booster it is a solid, if somewhat restrictive, first pick that can be the cornerstone to aggressive or control builds depending on the pool.
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.0

 

Jeskai Ascendancy
 
If this card only gave (in effect) all your creatures the prowess ability, it would already be quite strong - note its colors and consider how fast white, and sometimes red, can generate tokens. Adding card selection on top of that puts it in an area where I suspect the competitive tables will also look at it. Drawing cards is literally the most powerful thing you can do in any Magic deck. Note also that you're not actually required to make use of either ability - you can build around one or both as you please.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
 


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