MTG Dominaria United Phyrexians have planeswalker sleeper agents

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A Multiverse war with the Phyrexians is coming to Magic: The Gathering, with the planeswalker Ajani turning to the enemy ranks as a sleeper agent in Dominaria United

The Phyrexians are stepping up their ranks by Compleating planeswalkers. Tamiyo was the first MTG planeswalker to fall to the Phyrexians in Kamigawa: Neon Nights, while others have been Compleated as well behind the scenes, according to WotC during Wizard’s Presents. The newest planeswalker to take on the Phyrexian oil is Ajani in Dominaria United (DMU), acting as a sleeper agent to expose the plans of Karn and crew. 

Ajani, Sleeper Agent

Ajani Goldmane a Leonin from Alara that is a planeswalker of the Gatewatch. The DMU story has Ajani on the plane of Dominaria seeking to help Karn in his discovery of the Phyrexians. But somewhere between the first and second chapters, Ajani becomes a sleeper agent. 

  • Mana cost: 1G(G/W)W
  • Compleated: Players can pay either Green/White or two life. If life was paid, Ajani enters the battlefield with two fewer loyalty counters.
  • Type: Legendary Planeswalker—Ajani
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Starting Loyalty: Four
  • Plus-one: Reveal the top card of your library. If it’s a creature or planeswalker card, put it into your hand. Otherwise, you may put it on the bottom of your library. 
  • Minus-three: Distribute three +1/+1 counters among up to three targets. These gain Vigilance until the end of the turn. 
  • Minus-six: You get an emblem with “Whenever you cast a creature or planeswalker spell, target opponent gets two Poison counters. 

Poison counters return to Standard with Ajani, Sleeper Agent’s ultimate. Attaching to players and not cards, a player loses the game upon accumulating 10 or more poison counters. The Compleated planeswalker also has an alternative casting cost, similar to Tamiyo, Compleated Sage

Players can opt to pay either Green or White through the hybrid cost in addition to 1GW or pay two life, resulting in two fewer loyalty counters on Ajani. The minus-three loyalty ability is thematically Ajani, pumping up creatures’ power and toughness while providing them Vigilance and the plus-one synergizes with creature-heavy decks, fetching them from the library to hand. 

Players can test out Ajani and the rest of the Dominaria United cards when the Magic set digitally releases on Sept. 1 or through the global launch on Sept. 9.