Ajani Vengeant was absolutely insane in his day. Folks these days still get to see his effectiveness in MODO Cube Drafts, but back then the question was something like, "Is AJV the best Planeswalker?" And for a while the answer was, "Probably yes."

Obviously times have changed, but Ajani Vengeant still potent. What he's not is flavorful. I thought about Cats, but that's not really something white/red excels at. There is, however, another red/white tribe that struck me as unexplored space…

Were you thinking about Dwarves, too? I guess great minds do think alike.

Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to crush opponents we go:

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Ajani Vengeant by Andy Hurst

'Ajani Vengeant' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Andy Hurst

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Freeform (Casual)

Market Price: $37.92

Cards

Fairgrounds Warden

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.13

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When Fairgrounds Warden enters the battlefield, exile target creature an opponent controls until Fairgrounds Warden leaves the battlefield.

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Bastion Enforcer

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.25

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Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.12

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Restoration Specialist

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.23

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{W}, Sacrifice Restoration Specialist: Return up to one target artifact card and up to one target enchantment card from your graveyard to your hand.

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Depala, Pilot Exemplar

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $0.22

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Other Dwarves you control get +1/+1.
Each Vehicle you control gets +1/+1 as long as it's a creature.
Whenever Depala, Pilot Exemplar becomes tapped, you may pay {X}. If you do, reveal the top X cards of your library, put all Dwarf and Vehicle cards from among them into your hand, then put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.

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Lightning Helix

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $0.74

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Lightning Helix deals 3 damage to any target and you gain 3 life.

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Ride Down

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $0.10

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Destroy target blocking creature. Creatures that were blocked by that creature this combat gain trample until end of turn.

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Boros Garrison

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $0.18

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Boros Garrison enters the battlefield tapped.
When Boros Garrison enters the battlefield, return a land you control to its owner's hand.
{T}: Add {R}{W}.

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Duergar Hedge-Mage

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $1.16

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When Duergar Hedge-Mage enters the battlefield, if you control two or more Mountains, you may destroy target artifact.
When Duergar Hedge-Mage enters the battlefield, if you control two or more Plains, you may destroy target enchantment.

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Sky Skiff

Market Price: $0.06

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Flying
Crew 1 (Tap any number of creatures you control with total power 1 or more: This Vehicle becomes an artifact creature until end of turn.)

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Renegade Freighter

Market Price: $0.09

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Whenever Renegade Freighter attacks, it gets +1/+1 and gains trample until end of turn.
Crew 2 (Tap any number of creatures you control with total power 2 or more: This Vehicle becomes an artifact creature until end of turn.)

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Buried Ruin

Market Price: $0.78

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{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Buried Ruin: Return target artifact card from your graveyard to your hand.

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Warleader's Helix

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $0.12

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Warleader's Helix deals 4 damage to any target and you gain 4 life.

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Dwarven Bloodboiler

Color Identity:R

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Tap an untapped Dwarf you control: Target creature gets +2/+0 until end of turn.

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Dwarven Mine

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.10

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({T}: Add {R}.)
Dwarven Mine enters the battlefield tapped unless you control three or more other Mountains.
When Dwarven Mine enters the battlefield untapped, create a 1/1 red Dwarf creature token.

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.05

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Irontread Crusher

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Crew 3 (Tap any number of creatures you control with total power 3 or more: This Vehicle becomes an artifact creature until end of turn.)

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Gearshift Ace

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.10

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First strike
Whenever Gearshift Ace crews a Vehicle, that Vehicle gains first strike until end of turn.

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Fleetwheel Cruiser

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Trample, haste
When Fleetwheel Cruiser enters the battlefield, it becomes an artifact creature until end of turn.
Crew 2 (Tap any number of creatures you control with total power 2 or more: This Vehicle becomes an artifact creature until end of turn.)

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Veteran Motorist

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $0.10

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When Veteran Motorist enters the battlefield, scry 2.
Whenever Veteran Motorist crews a Vehicle, that Vehicle gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

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Start Your Engines

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.08

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Vehicles you control become artifact creatures until end of turn. Creatures you control get +2/+0 until end of turn.

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Aerial Responder

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.10

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Flying, vigilance, lifelink

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Wear // Tear

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $0.58

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Aerial Modification

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.07

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Enchant creature or Vehicle
As long as enchanted permanent is a Vehicle, it's a creature in addition to its other types.
Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 and has flying.

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Renegade Wheelsmith

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $0.10

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Whenever Renegade Wheelsmith becomes tapped, target creature can't block this turn.

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Siege Modification

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.10

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Enchant creature or Vehicle
As long as enchanted permanent is a Vehicle, it's a creature in addition to its other types.
Enchanted creature gets +3/+0 and has first strike.

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Dwarven Recruiter

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $6.62

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When Dwarven Recruiter enters the battlefield, search your library for any number of Dwarf cards, reveal them, then shuffle and put those cards on top in any order.

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Untethered Express

Market Price: $0.27

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Trample
Whenever Untethered Express attacks, put a +1/+1 counter on it.
Crew 1 (Tap any number of creatures you control with total power 1 or more: This Vehicle becomes an artifact creature until end of turn.)

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Stone Quarry

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $0.05

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Stone Quarry enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {R} or {W}.

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Dwarven Strike Force

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.14

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Discard a card at random: Dwarven Strike Force gains first strike and haste until end of turn.

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Ajani Vengeant

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $2.65

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+1: Target permanent doesn't untap during its controller's next untap step.
−2: Ajani Vengeant deals 3 damage to any target and you gain 3 life.
−7: Destroy all lands target player controls.

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Mobile Garrison

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Whenever Mobile Garrison attacks, untap another target artifact or creature you control.
Crew 2 (Tap any number of creatures you control with total power 2 or more: This Vehicle becomes an artifact creature until end of turn.)

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Borrowed Hostility

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.10

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Escalate {3} (Pay this cost for each mode chosen beyond the first.)
Choose one or both —
• Target creature gets +3/+0 until end of turn.
• Target creature gains first strike until end of turn.

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Sram, Senior Edificer

Color Identity:W

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Whenever you cast an Aura, Equipment, or Vehicle spell, draw a card.

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Ninth Bridge Patrol

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.02

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Whenever another creature you control leaves the battlefield, put a +1/+1 counter on Ninth Bridge Patrol.

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Aeronaut Admiral

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.11

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Flying
Vehicles you control have flying.

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Wind-Scarred Crag

Color Identity:R,W

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Wind-Scarred Crag enters the battlefield tapped.
When Wind-Scarred Crag enters the battlefield, you gain 1 life.
{T}: Add {R} or {W}.

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Audacious Infiltrator

Color Identity:W

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Audacious Infiltrator can't be blocked by artifact creatures.

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Caught in the Brights

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.04

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Enchant creature
Enchanted creature can't attack or block.
When a Vehicle you control attacks, exile enchanted creature.

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Bomat Bazaar Barge

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When Bomat Bazaar Barge enters the battlefield, draw a card.
Crew 3 (Tap any number of creatures you control with total power 3 or more: This Vehicle becomes an artifact creature until end of turn.)

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The Game Plan

We're looking to play vehicles, animate them with a bunch of dwarves that pick up some synergies, and drive over the opponents. Here's a live look at when our game plan is going well:

The creatures, generally speaking, don't have inspiring stats. There are some exceptions, like Aerial Responder. But for the most part, we're looking to hold the fort, chip in for some damage, and use those bodies to crew the vehicles—where the real good stats lie for our creatures.

Keep in mind the creatures we'll most want to use as pilots/drivers for our various vehicles: Veteran Motorist provides some stat buff, Gearshift Ace has first strike, Aeronaut Admiral provides flying, and Renegade Wheelsmith eliminates blockers.

Despite their somewhat lackluster stats, the rest of our squad provides a lot of bonuses. Fairgrounds Warden takes out our opponent's best creature, Duergar Hedge-Mage will be huge if opposing enchantments and artifacts are important, Dwarven Recruiter ensures we don't run out of gas, and Restoration Specialist can regrow our best demolished vehicle.

Our garage is full of some sweet vehicles. The Renegade Freighter is still sweet, even years removed from the days of Kaladesh Limited. It and Untethered Express still hit like the trains they are. Mobile Garrison and Sky Skiff aren't the most inspiring, but they're cheap enough that if we can crew them reliably, they can still do some work. Bomat Bazaar Barge is fat and gives us a card on the way in. And, of course, our rare vehicle is great.

The removal is lighter than other red/white decks, but what we have is awesome. For the rate, it really doesn't get better than Lightning Helix, although Warleader's Helix tries its best. Ride Down will absolutely blow out a combat step, and a pair of Caught in the Brights are flavorful and useful.

The Rares

And they said white couldn't draw cards! To be fair, it mostly can't. But Sram, Senior Edificer is a fantastic exception. We have 12 different Vehicles/auras, and they'll all come out after turn two when Sram, Senior Edificer drops, so if he shows up the spice will flow. A fantastic rare for our deck.

Depala, Pilot Exemplar is our MVP. Buffs our creatures. Buffs our Vehicles. Keeps the gas flowing when we don't have anything else to do, and does so while powering up Vehicles—all for a three-mana package. Depala, Pilot Exemplar is a truck. Someone we're hoping to see every game.

Wild to see this jumped in price between the time I built this deck, and now when I'm writing about it. Believe me, this was a JUNK rare for the longest time. Here, it's not at its most powerful, but it serves some purpose. It gives guys like Fairgrounds Warden or an unenhanced Ninth Bridge Patrol the chance to use their power to help crew some vehicles, or helps guys like Aerial Responder get in some damage.

This guy will fantastically mess up the opponent's combat math. Presenting a strong vehicle that doesn't need crew for its first hit, and has haste, is dynamite.

Unsung Hero

This fella had his day in Standard. He was an All Star in the Boros/Mardu Vehicles decks that dominated for a while, but I haven't heard of him since. Time for a comeback! For only two mana, we get a body that gives us some card selection with a Scry 2, a body that can crew damn near any vehicle we've got, and gives anything it drives a little buff. We really can't ask for more for such a cheap package. It seems a little innocuous, but the games where we have one or both of these online will be Night and Day from the games where they call in sick.