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Dragonlord Ojutai
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Top 10 New MTG Cards of 2015

#3 - Dragonlord Ojutai
- Dragons of Tarkir

Reviewed December 29, 2015

Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 3.9
Limited: 4.7
Multiplayer: 3.7
Commander [EDH]: 4.5

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Dragonlord Ojutai
 
I admit, I'm a little curious about what exactly makes these new dragons "elders", and what the long-term implications of that are. The elders from Legends fought each other for control of Dominaria at the dawn of time, and one of their number became the greatest planeswalker of all (Nicol Bolas). The first part of that is paralleled by the Dragonlords' dominion over clans, so I wonder if we'll see any of them again in ascended form.
 
Not that Ojutai needs much help to be selected for decks. Any opponent who depends on removal or damage spells to clear blockers has no hope of getting past him, and his damage-triggered ability keeps you stocked with answers for any late-game surprises your opponent might have - more important for control decks now that basically any opponent might have access to five- or six-mana bombs. He's easily one of the best control finishers of recent years, and even has an advantage over Consecrated Sphinx in that he doesn't have to be targetable unless it's safe.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 5/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

The number three card of the year is Dragonlord Ojutai which is a five mana White and Blue 5/4 with Flying, Hexproof while untapped, and whenever it deals combat damage to a player you look at the top three cards of your library and keep one then put the rest on the bottom of your library.
 
This obviously benefits greatly from an effect adding Vigilance or untapping effects, but it works well defensively or as an evasive source of card generation.  Even though the effects are opposed to each other it can be worked around, with Brave the Sands likely the best option, or Gleam of Authority with careful timing of the tap effect.  The overall package fits well for a Blue/White control theme, so this is highly likely to see play across current formats and possibly reach competitive levels.
 
In Limited this is a strong first pick in Booster even with the two color aspect as it offers many advantages for an efficient mana cost.
In Sealed one color can be splashed and there is little better than an elder dragon to build around.
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.0


Armuun

Dragonlord Ojutai
 
A 5/4 Pseudo-Hexproof flier that peek-draws every time it lands a hit? ...I sit here and wonder why I never attempted to build an EDH around this guy. 
 
Constructed: 4
Casual: 3.5 (Be nice during kitchen magic.)
Limited: 5 (Don't be nice here.)
Multiplayer: 3
EDH: 5


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