There are some intersting things about Auras entering the battlefield without casting
The Red Keep was full of cats: lazy old cats dozing in the sun, cold-eyed mousers twitching their tails, quick little kittens with claws like needles, ladies’ cats all combed and trusting, ragged shadows prowling the midden heaps.
“A game of thrones” by George Martin
Ajani’s Chosen is a white creature with two creature types — Cat and Soldier. If you need to choose a creature type, for example, to use Cavern of Souls, you’ll have to choose either Cat or Soldier. You cannot choose Cat-Soldier.
If you attack with Preeminent Captain, when its triggered ability resolves, you’ll be able to put Ajani’s Chosen from your hand on the battlefield tapped and attacking, because Ajani’s Chosen has a Soldier subtype.
If you play Cats deck in Tribal Wars format, you might think of including Raksha Golden Cub in the deck. While Rashka is equipped, he buffs all your Cats including Ajani’s Chosen with +2/+2 and Double Strike.
If you control an entire pride of Cat Soldiers: Ajani’s Chose, Ajani’s Pridemate and Kemba’s Legion and a Coat of Arms flies above them, each Cat will get +1/+1 twice, regardless of the number of shared creature types. Take a closer look at the Coat of Arms text and notice that it counts creatures and not types.
Now that we are done with creature types for today, let’s move on to the Ajani’s Chosen’s ability. Ajani’s Chosen has a single ability that reads: “Whenever an enchantment enters the battlefield under your control, put a 2/2 white Cat creature token onto the battlefield. If that enchantment is an Aura, you may attach it to the token.”
- “Whenever” is a keyword that helps us define at this is a triggered ability. The following event triggers this ability:
- “an enchantment enters the battlefield under your control” is the triggering event.
- “put a 2/2 white Cat creature token onto the battlefield. If that enchantment is an Aura, you may attach it to the token” is the triggered ability effect that only happens on resolution of the ability.
- Note that this triggered ability isn’t conditional, although it has the word “if”. This is not an intervening “if” clause, because it is not placed right after the triggering event description. This means that triggering and resolution of this ability do not depend on this condition. If the condition is met on resolution, you simply get to an additional part of the effect.
How does it work?
What happens when an Aura enters the battlefield under your control during resolution of an Aura spell?
Note that you can’t cast an Aura spell if there are no legal targets for it. For example, if your Ajani’s Chosen is the only creature on the battlefield and has Shroud, you won’t be able simply cast an Aura to attach it to the token.
As the Aura that Ajani’s Chosen’s effect moves is already a permanent and does not target anything, you’ll be able to attach it to a Cat token even if it has Shroud.
If you have an opportunity to copy Ajani’s Chosen’s triggered ability, the Aura that caused the ability to trigger can be moved twice.
Sweet bonus for dessert:
Now a few words on forgetfulness. On a Competitive REL tournament Ajani’s Chosen’s triggered ability will be considered missed if its controller didn’t show awareness of the trigger or didn’t perform any actions that are part of the ability’s visual effect:
- A player cast and resolved Pacifism and immediately put a Cat on the battlefield without saying a word. Everything is fine. It wouldn’t be bad manners to ask that player if he or she wants to attach Pacifism to that token.
- A player casts and resolves Awaken the Ancient. He then casts a sorcery. Unfortunately, if at this point he remembers about the token, the trigger is already missed.
- A player casts and resolves Awaken the Ancient. He then casts an instant, then puts a Cat token on the battlefield. Everything is fine. We assume that he cast that instant in response to the triggered ability.
- A player casts 2 Auras in succession, informing you that he or she is getting 2 tokens and those Auras will be attached to the newest one. While this action is not technically correct, everything is fine, as it is considered Out-of-Order Sequencing*.
- A player casts and resolves an Aura. Then he thinks and casts a second one. When it hits the table the player wants two kittens. In this case we will be assuming that he has forgotten the first trigger because you can only cast Auras while the stack is empty, so there were no triggers there.
In a Regular REL tournament, a player who forgets the trigger will often be able to get his or her Cat. However, he or she needs to remember about the trigger early enough so that the judge won’t change his mind to give away kittens to the forgetful people. “Early” in this case means early both in terms of time passed and game state complexity. If players have taken serious decisions based on the absence of the trigger, the game state will be left as is.
P.S. Fans of perpetuum mobile combos will love the interaction between Enchanted Evening and Ajani’s Chosen. Remember to check your hand for a Disenchant of some sort before casting this enchantment, otherwise your game will end in a draw.
Translated by Lev Kotlyar