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Oath of Ajani
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 Oath of Ajani
- Aether Revolt

Reviewed Jan. 19, 2017

Constructed: 4.13
Casual: 5.00
Limited: 4.25
Multiplayer: 3.50
Commander [EDH]: 3.67

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James H.

Oath of Ajani (1/19)

 

On its own, Oath of Ajani gives all of your creatures a permanent +1/+1, all for two mana. This often isn't an ideal turn 2 play, but it can help a lot if you have some cheap creatures, making your trades more favorable. This even works well late-game, pushing your army over the top to hopefully crack through their defenses more efficiently.

 

The other effect is surprisingly good, because it does things like make Gideon, Ally of Zendikar a turn 3 play now. This is pretty scary. It's one of those little effects that does a lot, since it lets you run a shallower mana curve and it enables your planeswalkers to do more damage sooner. I'm not sure if this is an all-star, but I think it's easily the best Oath in terms of getting the game out of reach in your favor.

 

Constructed: 4.25

Casual: 5

Limited: 4.5

Multiplayer: 4

Commander: 4.25


David Fanany

Player since 1995

Oath of Ajani
 
This card has a number of facets, especially as it's one of the most playable Oaths in a deck that doesn't have a lot of planeswalkers. It's a permanent Overrun-style effect, for just two mana, meaning that multiples in one turn are far from out of the question; and it interacts with the various +1/+1 counter mechanics over the years like Rage Forger and Crowned Ceratok. It's easy to think that you'd rather just run other mana acceleration if you want to cast planeswalkers, but I wouldn't discount that element of it entirely: a planeswalker heavy deck is likely to need everything it can get to stay on curve.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 5/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 3/5

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