Ajani Through History

starfallstarfall Posts: 1,727 Chairperson of the Boards
The deckbuilding muse took hold of me last night, and I set about building a single deck which could play all of A Journey Through History... or rather, it can play the first node of all 4 chapters of A Journey Through History four times so I can get all the progression rewards!

Each chapter of AJTH is limited to four colors, and the only color which all chapters allow is green. So a 4AJTH deck will either have to be mono green, or multicolored. (Or, if you want to be weird, you could play a colorless PW and only include either green, colorless or multicolored cards in the deck!)

I've chosen to build with AJ1 because his second ability ties in nicely with a few of the objectives, and also I don't use him for anything else these days (and he used to be one of my favorite PWs!).

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Let's have a look at the 8 objectives we have to beat, 2 for each of the 4 levels:

Deal 12 or more damage to creatures
Kill 2 or more creatures
Create 4 or more creature tokens
Cast 3 or more supports which cost 10 or less
Deal 5 or more damage to a creature in a single turn
Cast 3 or more supports
Cast 3 or more supports
Win with only common and uncommon cards

We can condense these down to essentially four constraints on our deck:

Win with only common and uncommon cards
Cast 3 or more supports which cost 10 or less
Create 4 or more creature tokens
and
Burn a lot of creatures to death!

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There are a couple of other features of AJTH that we need to build around.

Firstly, a rather minor but notable inconvenience in The Phyrexian Compleation:
all nonblack and nonartifact creatures get -1/-1 every turn.

And secondly, a much more serious ability that Greg wields in The Long Cold Darkness:
Destroy all creatures and supports. Then, your opponent takes X damage, where X is the sum of all mana cost of all the cards destroyed this way (costs 18 loyalty)

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Finally, I'd just like to add that while I've built this deck with all these constraints in mind, I've so far only tested it against A Nightmare Of War. I might have forgotten some really important feature of a level that needs building around, or, perhaps I'll end up discovering I'm not playing enough creatures, or supports, or something-or-other...

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Without further ado, here's the deck!

Rupture Spire
Squire's Devotion
Gideon's Triumph

Ugin's Conjurant

Invade the City
Justice Strike
Fiery Finish
Invert/Invent

Sphinx's Insight

10th card which, um, I haven't decided on yet! Currently Bond of Passion (!)(?). It used to be Beacon Bolt but I think it's too slow.

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You'll notice there's a lot of burn, maybe too much, but that's a consequence of a bug; namely that Planeswalker abilities that deal damage, don't COUNT as dealing damage for the damage objective in A Nightmare At War currently. Hopefully it'll get fixed, but for now it has to be played around.

There's another objective bug which needs to be played around, too, which is that the second objective of A Nightmare At War (kill 2 or more creatures) does not count creatures killed by Gideon's Triumph. Still, that in itself is no reason not to play such a good card.

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The choice of creatures has mostly been determined by Long Cold Darkness effect: so I'm using Zombie Army tokens (which should have a converted mana cost of zero?) and Ugin's Conjurant which is huge but with a low mana cost. I get a little vampire from Squire's Devotion too (but I'd usually rather he wasn't my first creature so that something bigger has the lifegain effect).

Army tokens are black so they are unaffected by the Phyrexian Compleation effect, although, I think Ugin's Conjurant will be affected (this has literally just occured to me, I thought he'd be OK because he's colorless, but he's not an artifact. Still, he's huge, so he should survive the effect OK)

I've not included any support removal; when I get around to playtesting the other AJTH chapters I may find that I need some, or I may not.

One area that Ajani is weak in is card draw. I've included Invert/Invent, so I can look for removal spells or more zombies, and Sphinx's Insight to get me through my deck quicker, although it's quite a weak card. More card draw may be necessary, especially if I need to guarantee that I can play 3 supports.

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That's ma deck! Whatcha think of it? Any ideas for improvement? Or is there something glaringly obvious I've forgotten?

Comments

  • bken1234bken1234 GLOBAL_MODERATORS Posts: 2,831 Chairperson of the Boards
    edited July 2019
    Pun approved. 

    Your 10th card is Swift Reckoning, she works great with his first and is a staple in pretty much all of my Aj1 decks. However since you have a ton of removal, maybe take something else out and add Depose to go with her — a wise man who I cannot name here as he isn’t a member of this community taught me to always make sure there is plenty of draw. 
  • bken1234bken1234 GLOBAL_MODERATORS Posts: 2,831 Chairperson of the Boards
    What exactly do you want the the creature to do? Just hit? Defend? 
  • critmancritman Posts: 226 Tile Toppler
    Well I thought it's about time I updated this deck, as there's been a fairly major change to Ugin's Conjurant which drastically reduces it's power. Fortunately there is a worthy replacement! Here's version 2!

    Colossus Hammer

    Spawning Bed
    Sunset Pyramid
    Gideon's Triumph

    Invade the City
    Cathartic Reunion
    Fiery Finish
    Justice Strike
    Consecrate / Consume
    Invert / Invent

    Colossus Hammer is just what we need now Ugin's Conjurant has been mothballed, it provides a fast clock, it's a support for the support objective and its' small casting cost means we don't get hammered by it ourselves if The Long Cold Darkness destroys it.

    Leaving Sunset Pyramid out of version 1 was frankly was a bit of an oversight on my part, it's a great little card, and it slowly blows itself off the board so The Long Cold Darkness doesn't often get use out of it.. as do Gideon's Triumph and Spawning Bed.

    Consecrate / Consume again was an oversight last time, I obviously didn't look at the back side of the card :) The Long Cold Darkness, who it would appear is my nemesis, has a habit of putting rather large creatures down under a hexproof shield, so the untargetted creature kill of Consume is a must, and the life gain is a cheeky bonus.

    Cathartic Reunion draws a bunch of cards if, say, The Phyrexian Compleation makes you discard your entire hand through bad luck, and now that we're packing Colossus Hammer it's ok to use it to start off Invade the City for just one or two tokens.

    Fiery Finish still makes the cut because it's just big enough to kill Josu Vess :)

    Note that there's been a bug fix so Ajani's 2nd ability now counts for damage in objectives... athough currently there is still a bug whereby killing a creature with Gideon's Triumph does not count for objectives. Scion tokens are also currently bugged, but it's not a bug that affects us greatly (and it's apparently going to be fixed in the next update)

    We now have no creature cards, and only 2 cards that generate tokens.... but we do have 3 ways to draw extra cards and find them. It seems to be enough? Further testing will show the wisdom of it. Other creature cards I have considered are Silverflame Squire (his flip side is super powerful, although a little redundant when we already pack Colossus Hammer), and Dragon Egg (again, a support which kills itself, and it gives you a creature after The Long Cold Darkness triggers).
  • critmancritman Posts: 226 Tile Toppler
    Oh is this thread hidden? I shall repost it, ok?
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