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April 11, 2018

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Daily Dose of Dominaria – Angels, Djinns, and Oaths of course

Welcome all to the Daily Dose of Dominaria, where today I’m going to be reviewing some of the remaining cards from Dominaria.

Most of my Daily Dose articles for Dominaria have a theme to them, like green Legendary creatures, sagas, or historic cards. Today I just want to talk about some of the cards I’m excited about but haven’t had the chance to talk about yet. Some of these cards are reprints and some of them are brand new, but they’ll all be in Dominaria. Dominaria has turned out to be one of the most anticipated new sets in quite some time, and the hype train seems to be in full effect.

Today, I’m going to start off with another Oath card. The last Planeswalker Oath card we saw was from Aether Revolt with the Oath of Ajani. Well, there are some new Planeswalkers in town, so let’s make way for Oath of Teferi.

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The ability on Oath of Teferi is like what we saw on another card in Dominaria called Sentinel of the Pearl Trident. In that case it was just historic permanents, but with Oath of Teferi you can choose any permanent on the battlefield, including your own lands. If you do blink a land, you can use it again during your opponent’s turn to cast spells. Blinking a creature means that you can retrigger its enter the battlefield trigger or turn a tapped attacker into a creature that can block, giving it pseudo vigilance.

That’s only half the card, though. Oath of Teferi also lets you use the loyalty abilities of Planeswalkers twice a turn. Here are a few things you could with some Planeswalkers:

Karn, Scion of Urza – You can use both of its first two abilities to draw two cards per turn.
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria – You can use its first ability twice to draw two cards and have four untapped lands during your opponents turn.
Gideon of the Trials – You can prevent all damage from two permanents a turn.

Those are just some of the many options that are available to you when it comes to planeswalker abilities. The possible combinations are plentiful and could lead to some quick ultimate Planeswalker abilities with Oath of Teferi on the battlefield.

Next is a legendary blue creature that has an alternate casting cost if you have an untapped artifact on the battlefield. Here is Zahid, Djinn of the Lamp:

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If you’ve been playing Magic for a long time, you will be familiar with the card Mahamoti Djinn. It has the same casting cost, abilities, power, and toughness as Zahid, Djinn of the Lamp. What it doesn’t have, is a way to cheat itself onto the battlefield for only four mana.

Most four mana creatures that start like this have some kind of drawback once they’re on the battlefield, like Abyssal Persecutor. Not Zahid, Djinn of the Lamp. There are no drawbacks once this Djinn hits the battlefield. Having an artifact on the battlefield will require you to cast one within your first three turns. There are plenty of options for you to choose from. Either way, getting a 5/6 flying creature onto the battlefield will be tough for your opponent to deal with.

Lastly, I want to talk about a pair of Angels from Dominaria. One is a reprint and one is brand new. Let’s take a look at Serra Angel and Shalai, Voice of Plenty:

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Serra Angel is just a solid creature to have on the battlefield. A 4/4 Flying with Vigilance will allow you to attack each turn, and have a blocker available if needed. All that for five mana is solid.

Shalai, Voice of Plenty is quite the Angel. It provides protection for you and most of your other permanents on the battlefield. It also throws in an added ability to pump up your entire team with +1/+1 counters. More often than not, you won’t be able to use that ability the turn after you cast Shalai, Voice of Plenty, unless it’s later in the game. If your opponent doesn’t have any way to remove Shalai, Voice of Plenty, you can just hold off on attacking until you’ve made your army large enough to take over the game.

Which reprint are you most happy to see in Dominaria? It’s nice to see a mix of old and new cards in the same set. It allows you to check in your box of Magic cards to see if you have an older edition of the card that you can fish out to play in Standard.

I have a feeling that I might need to explain to some players what a Mono Artifact is. Thanks again for reading the Daily Dose of Dominaria. Join me again tomorrow as I have a look at some fun new Red cards from Dominaria. I’m talking ones that might not see much play but are still worth a look.