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Ajani Unyielding
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 Ajani Unyielding
- Aether Revolt

Reviewed Feb. 28, 2017

Constructed: 3.50
Casual: 4.75
Limited: 4.75
Multiplayer: 4.00
Commander [EDH]: 4.00

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David Fanany

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Ajani Unyielding (2/28)
 
The second (or third) Selesnya Ajani is about what we’ve come to expect from the big white kitty cat, a support planeswalker. His +2 is a potentially massive burst of card advantage or filtering, and the decks that would use him would be heavy on the card types it can hit. His -2 is Swords to Plowshares, which has always been fine (even if sorcery speed). His ultimate is a blowout, and (ignoring damage) leaves Ajani on board to start ticking back up. In a “superfriends" deck, you want this Ajani, since he can put more planeswalkers into your hand and pump them up.
 
He's six mana, though, with no impact on the board beyond hitting Swords to Plowshares on one creature if you need to. He needs time to tick up (and protection), and six mana is a lot to ask for when he can't end the game for you. Like almost every Ajani, he's good at stabilizing, but he needs a lot of help to close it out.
 
I think this Ajani is acceptable, and he’s better with Oath of Ajani (5 mana is a bit more reasonable), but his high mana cost and limited immediate impact makes him underwhelming.
 
Constructed: 3
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4
Commander: 4
James H. Ajani Unyielding
 
And you thought Takklemaggot had small text and a lot of abilities. Well, Kaladesh's flavor themes are innovation and creating trends, and Ajani definitely fits on that count. Yes, six mana, but even the original Swords to Plowshares is one-use-only - and that first ability of his is a one-sided Phyrexian Arena effect for decks like the old Mythic Bant (midrange with 33-36 creatures) or control-oriented versions of Enchantress. 
 
With how powerful Ajani has become and how many relics he's carrying around after the style of Kratos, I hope we're foreshadowing a climactic yet bittersweet scene where he fights his way to the pinnacle of Nyx and casts Heliod down from the sky. I want to see that happen at some point before Magic becomes unprofitable.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 5/5
Limited: 5/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5 

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