Ajani's Mantra


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Duel Decks: Ajani vs. Nicol Bolas (DDH) Common
2011 Core Set (M11) Common

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Ajani's Mantra


At the beginning of your upkeep, you may gain 1 life.

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Ajani's Mantra Discussion

Dorotheus on

3 weeks ago

Mana base needs as much work as you can give it to get that consistency really, the scry lands New Benalia and Temple of Silence are probably super not worth anything otherwise just Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx for the devotion you end up building up, which is probably like $7 at more stores. Enduring Ideal works well with Nykthos and basically once cast, makes winning inevitable, usually, as long as you have enough of a toolbox, and is a personal choice.
I disagree that Blind Obedience is better, but they both are different enough too. Blind Obedience can set off your triggers, and slow non-creature artifacts also.
Porphyry Nodes is probably one of the better overall additions you can make to replace Sol Ring since it's not ever been modern legal, or Ajani's Mantra.
Hand hate is good, Duress, Inquisition of Kozilek, but the combo you are trying to achieve is disrupted by an opponent's Leyline of Sanctity so you need a way to deal with that which you do, just Cast Out is probably better majority of the time to Banishing Light because of cycling and flash, and Stasis Snare for devotion if you go that route, but only hits creatures if you need to, but flash, otherwise Journey to Nowhere can be great.

If any of that ends up being worth too much or too expensive, eh, you'll figure something out.

Good Luck.

cdkime on

3 weeks ago

First off, Sol Ring is not modern legal.

Collective Brutality is a pretty stellar card, that gives you considerable utility for just 2 mana. Do they run many counterspells or burn spells? Force them to discard. Do they have a creature in the early game before your pillowfort is established? Kill it. Do you need to gain life to trigger your infinite combo? It can do that also.

Norn's Annex is a strong pillowfort card, particularly against non-white decks. Generally, you will want to pay 4 life, and drop it for 3 mana.

Blind Obedience is better than Authority of the Consuls. Yes, Authority costs less mana. Yes, you get "free" life from it, rather than have to spend mana to gain life. But you need something to set your combo in motion, and Blind Obedience gives you control over when the combo starts.

While Ajani's Mantra sets your combo in motion, you still have to wait until your upkeep, which is not ideal. Further, one life per turn is a fairly insignificant.

Pillowforts work very poorly against combo and burn, since they can happily ignore what you are doing, and kill you through non-attacking methods. Leyline of Sanctity, Stony Silence, and Disenchant are all good cards to have in your sideboard.

jktorborg on Blasting Solemnity - Modern Competitive

3 weeks ago

For the Zur's Weirding + Axis of Mortality wincon, the only limitation is that you can't have an odd amount of life and win with it. I changed my other deck to include either Peace of Mind or Ajani's Mantra. Hmm, something to consider. Weirding might not be as much of a shoe in as I thought since you can't thoughtsieze/fateseal indefinitely without a lifegain outlet, which takes space.

I would definitely try Detention Sphere since you're already blue/white. Maybe go down 1 scry piece and 1 Spreading Seas for a pair, or find room for it in your sideboard?

ziegwolf on Life alert

1 month ago

Well I really like Authority of the Consuls due to life gain and it slows your opponents. I would also suggest Chalice of Life  Flip and Felidar Sovereign for an extra win con. I also run some Ajani's Mantra, Awe Strike and Abuna's Chant in my life gain deck. Lastly why the Forbidden Orchard?

Hyperalgialysis on $2 Angels (Angelic Accord)

1 month ago

If the dollar limit is arbitrary, and you could push it up some there are a few other gems like Nyx-Fleece Ram and Ajani's Mantra that can give you a little life each turn. I like the theme behind the deck, I think you can come down on mana costs with a chunk of your creatures and get some more effects to gain the life in spurts each turn. If you would like the idea, I think making it green white would really help too. Heros Reunion Captured Sunlight and then green guys like Jaddi Offshoot Grazing Gladehart and Retreat to Kazandu. Some solid lands to include are Radiant Fountain and Kabira Crossroads. Again if you add green these get even better with Selesnya Sanctuary Blossoming Sands and Graypelt Refuge.

Shadowdarkraity on Selesnya Deck (First Deck)

3 months ago


Thank you very Much!I ended up getting rid of Ajani's Mantra and Staff of the Wild Magus and replacing it with 2 Nyx-Fleece Ram. I also have 3 Ajani's Pridemate and 3 Blossoming Sands. Felidar Sovereign was originally used with Ajani, Mentor of Heroes, but I ended up getting rid of both of them and added Elspeth Tirel For the removal and also the really good life gain.I added a single of Soul Warden and Soul's Attendant, also a single Blessed Alliance and Lone Rider  Flip.

My new Sideboard (9)

2 Condemn2 Dawn Charm1 Eidolon of Rhetoric1 End Hostilities1 Nevermore1 Nissa, Worldwaker1 Unravel the Aether

I also followed xaerusblade and hopefully my mana curve is slightly better and maybe I could get more tips in that regard.

(I haven't changed the decklist in Tappedout so here is the stats)


Kjartan on Selesnya Deck (First Deck)

3 months ago

Long ass advice incoming:

[ [ island ] ]

(If you remove the spaces inbetween the brackets) > Island

1x Adventuring Gear 1x Ajani Goldmane 1x Ajani's Chosen 2x Ajani's Mantra, 1x Ajani's Pridemate 1x Ajani, Mentor of Heroes 1x Arctic Nishoba 1x Behemoth Sledge 1x Call of the Conclave 2x Emeria Angel 1x Felidar Sovereign 14x Forest 1x Gather the Townsfolk 2x Grazing Gladehart 1x Grove of the Guardian 1x Guardians' Pledge 1x Increasing Savagery 1x Jedit Ojanen of Efrava 1x Kemba, Kha Regent 1x Oath of Gideon 16x Plains 2x Precinct Captain 2x Pride Sovereign 1x Primal Bellow 2x Regal Caracal 1x Retreat to Emeria 1x Selesnya Charm 1x Staff of the Wild Magus 1x Terra Stomper1x Blossoming Sands

Just a hint if you come looking for help in the future :)

The first thing I would like to add is that you are playing way too much land. In a 60 card deck with a steap mana curve, you probably only want 24-25 lands. Now your deck is currently 64. That's not too bad, but if you could shave it down to 60 that'll be doing yourslef a sall favor. (Consistancy is just lovely.)

Secondly, I can spot a few cards that I either find too bad to play, imo, or doesn't really fit your strategy too well.

Ajani's Mantra and Staff of the Wild Magus fit's your strat reasonably well, but are both really bad overall cards, and they don't help you close out games.

Ajani's Chosen The card is perfectly reasoable as is right now, if not a little too clonky, but if you decide to take my advice on the Mantra's it's probably not playable afterwards.

Felidar Sovereign Awesome as it is, seems like a very unlikely wincondition for you. If you ever get to a point where it would win you the game, you are probably already winnning.

You have a couple more cards, that I'm a bit unhappy with, but are reasonable for the moment being.

Thirdly if you want to play a slower deck, you have to be able to interact.

If you can't answer the things your opponent does from time to time, you are going to lose to a lot of combo decks.

Fourthly: Here are some cards I hink you should look into, priced around the 1$ mark, or less. (If you want that lifegain theme to stick)

Qasali Pridemage Realy powerful card, that happens to be a cat, and can sometimes "interact" with opposing gameplans.

More Ajani's Pridemate - It's a great finisher, if you have some lifegain.

Nyx-Fleece Ram, not the best card in the world, but a good replacement for Ajani's Mantra.

Condemn - Cheap creature removal.

Lone Rider  Flip - Only play this if you really into life gain.

Soul's Attendant / Soul Warden are wuite good with tokens, and Ajani's Pridemate

More Blossoming Sands, fixing mana gaining life.

Blessed Alliance - Everthing goo in this world.

Eidolon of Rhetoric - put this in your sideboard, you wont regret it.

You are more than welcome to ask me for advice if you need an experienced player for something :) and good luck.

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