Ajani, Mentor of Heroes


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal
Custom Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Noble Legal
Hero Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Brawl Legal
Standard Legal
Arena Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Heirloom Legal
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Casual Legal
Oathbreaker Legal

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Set Rarity
Ravnica Allegiance: Mythic Edition (RNAMED) Mythic Rare
Journey into Nyx (JOU) Mythic Rare

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Ajani, Mentor of Heroes

Legendary Planeswalker — Ajani

+1: Distribute three +1/+1 counters among one, two, or three target creatures you control.

+1: Look at the top four cards of your library. You may reveal an Aura, creature, or planeswalker card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.

-8: You gain 100 life.

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Ajani, Mentor of Heroes Discussion

Patdypat on Serra's Playground

1 month ago

Zerraphon I think if you want a control based Angel deck Jenara, Asura of War is also a decent choice. The problem with white control decks is that you want to Boardwipe a lot, so your deck hast to be adapted to that. In a Selesnya deck i would rather play green draw like Rishkar's Expertise and Harmonize over Mind's Eye but it is a decent card to draw in mono white. Ajani, Mentor of Heroes is okish, it is a little costly for what it does and normally if you really want to play control you want your Instants and Sorceries in your hand and not lose them to the Ajani plus ability. If you like the card you can obviously make it work somehow ;). If you really want to play white control tho, i would recommend looking into stuff like Avacyn, Angel of Hope cause she gives everything indestructible and you can boardwipe away as you please.

Really Depends what you want to play but i think if you want to control blue is the way to go and Jenara is probably pretty good for it.

Zerraphon on Serra's Playground

1 month ago

Patdypat Awesome, I appreciate your feedback! Unfortunately there arnt a whole lot of great commanders for a control based angel tribal deck! I’ve ran a karametra edh deck and it was so stupid powerful! But that’s not really want I want to play again as it drew so much hate! (Hahah, and it got boring rather quickly) I never thought of making Shalai, Voice of Plenty as my commander if I’m being honest! Although, now I have some more questions! Lol. Do you think a Mind's Eye would be good in a control deck without blue? And what about Ajani, Mentor of Heroes , how would you feel about him being included? (I really only ask about some of these cards because of the masterpiece set(s) that they have! (I’m a big sucker for them) would you consider having a Darksteel Plate so I can wboardwipe and not worry about the death of my commander?

And lastly, what kind of instants and/or sorcories would you include in a deck such as this? Without the blue or black?

K4m4r0 on 100 life? I'm not losing first!

1 month ago

UpperDeckerTaco thank you for your suggestion but I like Ajani, Mentor of Heroes more than Ajani, the Greathearted . Both his +1 are better and care for more survivability. If I get my hands on another Rings of Brighthearth , I'll put them in. Nice tip, thanks!

UpperDeckerTaco on 100 life? I'm not losing first!

2 months ago

Ajani, the Greathearted would make a better Oathbreaker than Ajani, Mentor of Heroes if you are going hard on the +1/+1 them and using Inspiring Call .

TypicalTimmy on Card creation challenge

4 months ago

Davriel, Contract Killer

Legendary Creature - Human Shade

Shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.)

Whenever Davriel, Contract Killer deals combat damage to an opponent you may sacrifice a creature. If you do, that opponent also sacrifices a creature. Then put a contract counter on Davriel, Contract Killer. Then if Davriel, Contract Killer has four or more contract counters on him, exile him and return him to the battlefield transformed.

Let's make a deal...


Davriel, He Who Binds

Legendary Planeswalker - Davriel

+1 Put a contract counter on a permanent you control and a permanent your opponent controls. Those permanents become Shadowbound (If one of those permanents would be destroyed, they are both destroyed. The same is true for returning to their owner's hand, being moved into their libraries, being exiled, being sacrificed, etc.)

-1 Choose one: Destroy, Exile, or Sacrifice a permanent you control with a contract counter on it. You lose 3 life.

-7 Remove all contract counters from all permanents and each player sacrifice all of them. Each opponent loses life equal to the total amount of counters removed in this way and you gain that much life. If that value is 10 or more, each opponent discards their hands and you draw 5 cards.


Make an Oathbreaker that supports Superfriends (See: Ajani Unyielding , Ajani, Mentor of Heroes , Ajani, the Greathearted , Kasmina, Enigmatic Mentor , Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God , Nicol Bolas, the Arisen , Samut, the Tested , Sarkhan the Masterless , Sorin, Vengeful Bloodlord , Teferi, Temporal Archmage , Tezzeret, Master of the Bridge , & Will Kenrith )

Tzefick on Ajani, Soulforger

4 months ago

EDIT: Revised versions appear below after the initial iteration.


This idea bases around Ajani during the Shards of Alara story but not his rage mindset from Ajani Vengeant and instead focuses on his abilities to bring out aspects or avatars of the strengths of his allies.

Ajani has always kinda had this sort of behavior as we see in his planeswalker forms like;

Ajani Goldmane

Ajani, Mentor of Heroes

Ajani Steadfast

These sort of abilities have primarily manifested themselves in +1/+1 counters and often as a board wide buff or targeting multiple creatures. It works relatively well with White Wheenie strategies of many low cost efficient creatures.

However Ajani have also been shown to have abilities that are more focused. I'm thinking in the lines of Soul's Grace , Soul's Fire , Soul's Majesty , and Soul's Might - all of which are cards from Shards of Alara. To some extend it is also shown in Titanic Ultimatum . These abilities are more aligned with Naya's design of big fat creatures. I have always been disappointed that Ajani have never again shown any such ability in his future planeswalker designs and felt wanting a version that reflected these abilities.

So here goes an attempt at creating a Naya related version of Ajani Goldmane.

Ajani, Soulforger Show


Some issues I acknowledge right of the bat:

The abilities are rather lengthy and could be cut down to be less complicated at the expense of being less dynamic. For instance the +2 could be a static token that just copies the P/T at the time of creation. It's a lot less flavorful. So instead of manifesting a creature's soul and let that do the fighting and safeguard the actual creature, it would be more generic token creation, also with less limits. In the current wording you can in principle only have one avatar per creature but if the original creature gets removed, the magic of the avatar remains and can take on a new form whenever you have another creature enter the battlefield - which is something I like as an interaction.

Likewise the -1 could literally just be a Soul's Fire but it removes the ability to delay the damage to instant speed and the possibly to make the creature larger before blowing something up. It does however open the ability up to fizzling by removing the creature before the aura token is created.

The "ultimate" could be a fixed number of cards to look at. I was swaying a bit between a singular and a board wide application with more of an "ultimate feel" to it (obviously at a higher loyalty cost). However I figured this had a better application across formats and wouldn't be the typical EDH battle cruiser ability. It does however provide with some technical card advantage and can cheat out some powerful stuff, making it a risk removing permanents "enhanced" with a replacement. You are able to trigger it yourself but Ajani is also in colors that typically don't sacrifice their own permanents nor bounce them back to their hand. Well... green does have a slew of creatures that sacrifice themselves for lands or removal abilities, but in general these colors don't sacrifice their own. You can obviously utilize board wipes to facilitate their demise and secure you come out on top. It could be considered to change it so that you have to choose a non-artifact permanent, as many artifacts do sacrifice themselves.



I found it a bit more difficult than I imagined to create abilities that worked off of the Soul's X template that wouldn't just be incredibly powerful or incredibly bad, depending on cost and application. The concept is also heavily reliant on having creatures to be truly beneficial but I also think the abilities are strong enough to offset that drawback. The idea was to get away from the generic +1/+1 counters that in some terms signifies bringing out the power of the individual but is just so generic, boring, and done to death, and in that regard I consider this version successful.

The wording may need a helping hand, especially the +2 ability. In general tokens don't have abilities that grant them further abilities.

The flavor texts of all the Soul's X cards notes that Ajani sculpts these avatars (e.g. Soul's Majesty ) but it felt weird calling him Ajani, Soulsculptor... kinda running a bit too close to a certain other person of the Lorwyn-5.

Any feedback and suggestions are welcome.


Edit: I forgot to mention this before, but I figure this Ajani callback is destined for a supplemental product that doesn't go into Standard. First of all because he is quite powerful for typical Standard and more complex with ability keywords that is not explained directly on the card.

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