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"When you at last draw Johan, reavel him if your opponent if he/she is a jedi, then you shall at last have your revenge"
Is it just me, or does it seem like this guy looks a bit more demonic/infernal than to just give your creatures vigilance?
Love the mundane name for him ^^.
Posted By: Sironos (6/3/2010 8:58:34 AM)


giving him defender doesn't solve the problem, as creatures with defender can still attack under certain circumstances, and it still doesn't address the "tapped" clause.

I like how the people who write the rules text for oracle spend their days contemplating the rules text to get it to work exactly the way it was intended, and then every one gets on here and presumes they could have done better... and there are so many combos and tricky plays that require small differences in the rulings, i don't think it so much of a stretch that someone would try to use him that way.

also, it can't be an activated ability, those are more easily countered/prevented than triggered abilities such as his are.
Posted By: orisiti (11/19/2012 9:07:12 PM)


Because Vigilance would involve giving them an ability, and the ability as printed didn't give them the "doesn't tap to attack" ability. The Oracle is written with the philosophy of trying to stick as closely as possible to the original behavior of the card.
Posted By: JoshuaJustice (2/17/2011 1:25:17 PM)


so he gives them all vigilance...not bad
Posted By: GrimGorgonBC (8/4/2009 3:36:10 PM)


The problem that makes the Oracle text so wacky is that Johan becomes an attacker at the same time everyone else does, and it's during that same time that creatures that are attacking get tapped. Once you know whether or not Johan attacked, it's too late to futz with not-vigilance, so you have to give the rules some lead time with the lock-in clause.
Posted By: Tanaka348 (9/13/2011 1:40:03 PM)


Just about the best artwork in M:TG ever. Funky CMC, Whips Ass on the field, and is the ultimate commander of your army? Yeah...5/5
Posted By: Psychrates (1/10/2012 9:19:32 AM)


How many people with this as a EDH commander called their deck "You Don't Mess With The Johan"?
Posted By: thebeardedshuffler (2/20/2012 8:15:27 AM)


He's not Darth Maul.

Look at his forehead. He's obviously evil Aang.
Posted By: syrazemyla (6/16/2012 7:27:15 PM)


Being the main character of the novels, he'd better be one of the better cards in the set. But this is Legends- a "good" card is a relative term.

But I like Johan. I would use him in a Naya deck in a heartbeat- not only can he give your behemoths vigilance, but he also has 5 power. It's perfect!
Posted By: Weretarrasque (10/21/2009 6:52:22 AM)


Wow, what is wrong with this guy's oracle text?
Okay, I guess it's because if it was as long as he's not attacking, you could declare a bunch of attackers, him last, and the rest wouldn't tap.
Still, though, that's pretty ridiculous.
Posted By: littlebeast (12/16/2009 1:03:07 PM)