Abu Ja'far


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Oldschool 93/94 Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Chronicles (CHR) Uncommon
Arabian Nights (ARN) Uncommon

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Abu Ja'far

Creature — Human

When Abu Ja'far is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, destroy all creatures blocking or blocked by it. They can't be regenerated.

Abu Ja'far Discussion

ThoAlmighty on Ramos, Tribal Legend

8 months ago

@griffstick Leyline only grants legendary typing to a few dorks, so it doesn’t seem that worth it in this deck. I mainly use it to give Abu Ja'far Bands with other legendary creatures, and even then I often find it too janky for me.

Razulghul on First deck you Built

1 year ago

White weenie! Back in 2001 or so I ran a 60ish card deck with cards like Icatian Javelineers, Abu Ja'far, White Knight and Glorious Anthem(spent my lunch money on them). It was terrible but we all were back then.

djewell on No mana for you

2 years ago


This deck looks very frightening O.O and yet I think you can take it further in your "I can have stuff but you get nothing" play style. A few cards that came to mind are..

Abu Ja'far or Loyal Sentry (which is better than deathtouch because the destroy effect doesn't rely on dealing damage, so "prevent damage" won't save their creatures)

Devout Harpist because who doesn't like to tap remove an aura?

Intrepid Hero because who doesn't like to tap remove creature?

Oracle en-Vec because it's funny? if you can withstand some hits, say put in some Fog Bank or maybe with just your ability to control what's already on the field? IDK. I saw it and thought it was cool.

at the very least, these are honorable mentions. Your deck is scary as it is.

that's about all i got for ya xD cool deck!

forgetremembering on Slow Deck... Any help?

2 years ago

I'd take out Abu Ja'far, Adriana, Captain of the Guard, Ajani's Chosen, Ball Lightning, Dream Pillager, Hanweir Watchkeep  Flip, Magma Giant, Platinum Angel, Tormented Pariah  Flip, Humble, Fall of the Hammer, Where Ancients Tread, Jar of Eyeballs.

I'm going to suggest a few budget options without the reason stated right now. Keep in mind Magic is a huge game. Some of us have been playing for a long time and so we have seen a lot of cards, but by no means do i know all the cards. I just know what has worked for me and my Gisela deck.

Manabarbs, Burning Earth, Grab the Reins, Crib Swap, Lightning Greaves, Swiftfoot Boots, Revoke Existence, Tajic, Blade of the Legion, Pilgrim's Eye, Staff of Nin, Sunblast Angel, Vandalblast, Seal of Cleansing, Auramancer, Armillary Sphere, Phyrexian Rebirth, and Burnished Hart.

I like the Divine Reckoning in the maybeboard. I've used that card well in the past and its really worked for me.

ComradeJim270 on Magic-related humor.

3 years ago

One of my playgroups had a member who ran Abu Ja'far in his deck. This led to ongoing jokes about how Abu Ja'far is the best card ever and if it resolves for someone, victory is assured.

Pretty sure we had people waste countermagic and removal spells on that card just for laughs.

This then led into talk of Leper tribal decks (fun fact, he's been errata'ed to Human). We concluded nobody has done it because it would be unsporting.

SorinDankov on Here Comes Odric! Prepare Your Anus!

3 years ago

Thanks much for the upvote! :D

You say there are things, but you only named Ranger of Eos. :O I personally like that he grabs my one drops. Guarantees that when I drop him, there will be 2 other creatures coming with him. Also lets me grab Abu Ja'far for serious shenanigans.

Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite and Avacyn, Angel of Hope will be my next big adds. Cho-Manno, Revolutionary isn't something I'm worried about. Spirit Bonds, Dictate of Heliod, and Herald of Anafenza were in before, but got cut because they just weren't doing it for me. Emeria Shepherd may get the add, but as for the rest, they're just not soldiers. :O Wanna keep the bulk tribal with only a handfull of non-soldiers. Sudden Disappearance just isn't needed since I can sail past opponents defenses with Odric.

Thanks for all the suggestions!!!

DarkRequiem on Here Comes Odric! Prepare Your Anus!

4 years ago

Sure thing!

Your deck hates mass removal! I'd still run it but would remove Wrath of God. You get nothing in return from it. Abu Ja'far clears part of the board, allows for interesting politics and can be re-used through Emeria, The Sky Ruin and Angel of Glory's Rise (we'll get into that in a bit).

Revoke Existence could be swapped for Devout Chaplain. Same effect, can be reused. I know, one can be used as a suprise... But can't be used more than once. Up to you to check which one you prefer.

Darksteel Mutation is fun and all but somehow I feel that Condemn is better.

Aegis of the Gods sounds, to me, like a very meta-specific card. Are you targeted that often by an opponent's spell or ability? Its the only card with that effect that you're running. Ok, it has a low cmc but still... Knight-Captain of Eos instead since most probably it'll save you more often.

Elite Inquisitor sounds very meta-specific too. Unless you're playing against Vampires, Zombies or Werewolves, it won't do much for you. Ok, again low cmc with first strike and vigilance. You already have ways of giving those abilities to your creatures, so it doesn't matter much if has them. Slate of Ancestry so that you can draw into them faster.

Palisade Giant is fun. There are better options though. Angel of Glory's Rise being one of them. While the Giant needs to survive to do something useful, the Angel does just by coming into play. Even if your other creatures take damage (and combat damage becomes a bit irrelevant due to Odric's ability), you get to revive most of them.

Loxodon Gatekeeper is fun but it won't do much. Sure, if you were playing with a few more permanents that did the same like Kismet and/or Blind Obedience, I'd keep it. As is, I don't know... Grand Abolisher might be a bit more useful since it prevents spot removal when you're attacking with Odric, giving some form of protection to your commander.

I don't think Urza's Incubator holds much value on a low cmc deck. You already have Pearl Medallion, Ballyrush Banneret and Daru Warchief. Valor in Akros could easily replace it.

As most people here, I'm not sold on Fabled Hero either. You're playing a grand total of 25 artifacts and enchantments. Does your playgroup use mass removal for those? If so, Open the Vaults might be your friend. If not, leave it be.

Your mana curve would rise a bit with these changes but I don't think that would be problematic with your build.

DarkRequiem on Here Comes Odric! Prepare Your Anus!

4 years ago

Infiltration Lens on Abu Ja'far. :)

Somehow I missed Archtype. Oh well. As for Daru Encampment, I can understand your reasoning. It can be useful though.

You skipped Gempalm Avenger. I seriously find it mandatory in a soldier deck.

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