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.
|Have (4)||gildan_bladeborn , , Forkbeard , metalmagic|
|Want (2)||leon_bulminot , Silvercloud|
Printings View all
|Ravnica Allegiance: Mythic Edition (RNAMED)||Mythic Rare|
|Journey into Nyx (JOU)||Mythic Rare|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
|Quest Magic RPG||Legal|
Ajani, Mentor of Heroes Discussion
1 month ago
Elspeth would be good. While she is technically undead, unlike the Returned, she hasn't been corrupted by it. And she has been through trauma before, this time emerging victorious, so she hasn't been broken by that either. However, her specialty seems to be in battle magic. Elspeth, Knight-Errant does have the ability to protect her allies, but we have another white walker who can heal and someone who is close to Elspeth, in the form of Ajani, Mentor of Heroes.
1 month ago
I would change the GW “big bolstered butts” to a more value-style Selesnya deck. There are way too many to even list here but I’ll go for some haha
I actually recently built a cube with some of the same themes as yours such as WB Tokens, UW control, UG ramp, and Izzet Spells matter (but I call mine counter burn)
1 month ago
2 months ago
Enchantment - Aura
If enchanted permanent creates a token(s), create twice that many tokens instead
If enchanted permanent puts a +1/+1 counter on a creature, put twice that many counters instead
Wildcard, but create a unique challenge for the next person.
3 months ago
3 months ago
There is an old saying that goes something like "Making it harder to lose isn't the same as winning."
What this means is, it doesn't matter how many defenses you have up, if you're not actively pushing toward winning the game, you are actively losing it.
For example, unless you have some fringe Wincon that cares about your life total, Ajani, Mentor of Heroes won't win you the game with the ultimate. It doesn't matter if you have 100 or 200 or 6,000 life. If damage gets through, you'll lose.
That is why Swords to Plowshares is so good - Who cares if your opponent gets 4 or 5 or even 12 life. Take that life right back in a single turn.
But this card actively makes it easier for your opponent to win, because you are now that much closer to 0 - and thus losing.
It's not a bad card. In fact I rather like it. Great suicide card, beautifully balanced for black, really solid design space. Overall it checks all the boxes for a genuinely great card.
But, at the end of the day, it is a card that helps your opponent win. And you should never be doing that.
5 months ago
6 months ago
Good suggestions, thank you both!
Yes, card draw is something I feel like I need more of. I had already considered Dawn of Hope and Shamanic Revelation, but my experience with the former is that it is too slow, and as for the latter, I'm concerned that it would draw me too many cards. However, Mentor the meek and Lifecrafter's Bestiary are both worth a look.
I also had already considered Ajani, Mentor of Heroes, and while, yes, that ult is wildly tempting, it feels like I don't need it. On the other hand, Panharmonicon seems like it might be even more useful for the deck than Primal Vigor; it costs one less and only grants its ability to me. I know their effects are very different from each other, but do you think that I would benefit from swapping them?
Phyrexian Processor and True Conviction are both also definite maybes. I do already have somewhat of a mana curve issue, but had recently been suggested Endless Horizons, which will help a lot to deal with that. I'm sure that I can find a way to fit them both in here.
As for the commander, Shalai, Voice of Plenty is useful in more situations than Trostani, Selesnya's Voice. I think of Trostani more as just a redundancy of what many other cards in the deck do. Shalai is important for protecting the many planeswalkers, so I want to be sure to get her out every game.
Thanks again! Cheers!