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5 mana.
Swing with squadhawk equipped with Sword of Feast and Famine.
Respond to the sword's trigger, and pay 5 mana.
Untap all lands, and pay 5 mana.

Flash make this big *** playable.
Posted By: StreamHopper (5/7/2011 7:12:26 PM)


This card is probably one of the most extreme forms of control available. Your opponent has no cards to play during your turn and only 1 during their turn unless they've got draw boosters or whatever.

It's cool and fun to use but it's an effective time bomb if it isn't returned to your hand soonVariable Colorless. If it is returned to your hand, it can be seen as 10 mana for XXXXX discard on your opponent and 7 card draw plus the mana of an unsummon.

Otherwise, one's deck needs to be full of something useful, something worth all this advantage and guarantee of no counters. It won't stop their creatures on the field but it provides a clear shot for burn if you're running UB with this thing for some reason, A spire chancellor would be better because of it's Chandra-esque enter the battlefield effect, or if you're running a mill deck where the aforementioned chancellor would still be much more effecti... (see all)
Posted By: Deepfried-Owls (6/2/2011 7:34:18 AM)


Fun, flavorful, and unique, but I'd have preferred it if he had 5 toughness to put him out of burn range. Of course since he's blue, it shouldn't be hard to protect him should he hit the field, but I'd have a hard time every playing this against any deck with red for fear of losing my 10 mana investment to a 1 CMC common. (For some reason, it just seems more insulting to get him burned for 4 than to have him hit with Doom Blade or Go For the Throat.)

Then again, even if he had 5 toughness, he'd still be susceptible to Artillerize, and the to-be-reprinted-in-M12 Goblin Grenade.
Posted By: Lyoncet (6/20/2011 8:30:50 PM)


@schlapatz - funny you should mention lab maniac as jin gitaxis is mainly how i fuel my legendary rites, self mill deck.
4 Unburial rites
3 Grand abolisher
4 Merfolk looters
4 Deranged assistant
2 Sun titans
3 Lab maniacs
2 Sheoldred, whispering one
2 jin-gitaxis, core augur
1 Increasing confusion
4 Jace's erasure
2 Jace's archivist
4 Think twice

get those jace's erasure, grand abolisher, merfolk looter, deranged assistants out onto the field and the sheoldreds, jin-gitaxis, sun titans into the gy. The have fun playing turn 3-5 sheoldreds/jin-gitaxis and watching peoples jaw drop.

with 4 jaces erasure out, and jin-gitaxis, i can mill 35 cards at the end of my turn. Then the archivist picks up the next amount during your opponents upkeep while he has no mana tapped. Grand abolisher keeps them from messing with your maniac while you mill out on your own turn...

And i get to choose whether i mill or not, so if I don't have access to the maniac yet then I don't mil... (see all)
Posted By: Vakyoom (8/17/2012 7:28:22 PM)


I passed this in a draft. It came back to me with one card left in the pack, so I took it.
I was thinking, "what kind of deck would I ever put this in?"
Then somebody said, "it's the best blue reanimation target of all freakin' time stupid!"

And then I was enlightened. With a blue/ black reanimanator, or even a mono-block reanimator, this is a damn, damn fine target. I don't think it's as good as Iona, but it's close.
Posted By: BegleOne (6/2/2011 6:48:06 PM)


In my EDH deck, he and Niv-Mizzet form a hip-hop group and go on tour around the table together with Mindmoil (Spellbook is one of the back-up dancers).

Take that and rewind it back, Jin-Gitaxis got the cards to make ya booty go (clap)
Take that and rewind it back, Niv-Mizzet got the burn to make ya booty go (clap)
Take that and rewind it back, Mindmoil got the flow to make ya booty go (clap)

Posted By: grynning (12/8/2011 8:20:56 AM)


Jin-Gitaxis is the God of card advantage. He is the essence of having more cards than your opponent. Every card that makes your opponent discard, every card that makes you draw- they all pray to him. Even if he isn't playable or whatever. Consecrated sphinx is pretty high on the long-term card advantage scale, but if he lives for even until their end step he's already by far the best card advantage possible.
Posted By: greg2367 (4/28/2011 9:21:27 PM)


5/5, for the sole reason that he made me burst my trousers laughing the moment I saw the guy.
Posted By: Splizer (5/10/2011 3:03:14 PM)


Turn One: Play a Swamp, followed by a Dark Ritual. Then play Entomb, search for this guy, and finish up with Exhume to put him in play.
Turn Two: There probably won't be a turn two, because unless your opponents can kill him with one mana on their first turn, they might as well forfeit.

Sure, it would only work in casual and would require the perfect opening draw, but it would be awesome to pull it off. And then you could switch to a different deck for the next game--otherwise, your friends will probably not be your friends anymore.
Posted By: TheMurderousKitten (6/8/2011 9:18:12 AM)


This card represents everything blue is supposed to be: a thirst for knowledge so obsessive-compulsive you could drown in it if you're not careful.

A sadistic way to win with this card that I really prefer is using Zedruu the Greathearted or some similar donate effect to donate Jin-Gitaxias (and however many Thought Reflections you've decided to put into play) and watch your opponent mill himself via card draw. Using Zedruu's card draw plus Solitary Confinement, your opponent can't really utilize the benefits you're giving him. Your pick of a Jester's Cap type effect can be used beforehand to remove any possible graveyard recycling.

Terribly inefficient way to do things, really, but it's an amazing 'win more' feeling if you can pull it off.
Posted By: Rendin (9/14/2011 1:06:06 AM)


Gatherer works better in the Companion app!