Ajani's Mantra


Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase 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

DenizenKane on Whte Cat Lifegain/Token

2 weeks ago

Your deck seems to have a high average mana cost, especially considering that you have a lowish number of lands. I would consider weighting your mana curve towards the low end. I would consider putting 4 Sacred Cats in your mainboard as they do a fantastic job of gaining you life to trigger your Ajani's Pridemates, as well as providing cheap card advantage. Another card that you might consider is Well of Lost Dreams, as it works well with your life gain cards, particularly Ajani's Mantra, and provides cheap and plentiful card advantage in the long term.

If you want to make it more of a token list, consider getting rid of your life gaining cards and add in more token generators, such as Raise the Alarm, even if it doesn't necessarily create cats. Blind Obedience may be better for tokens than life gain, as it makes it difficult for your opponent to muster an effective defence.

TheVectornaut on Whte Cat Lifegain/Token

2 weeks ago

I'd probably start by deciding which theme you want to pursue the most.

If you go more lifegain, increase copies of Ajani's Pridemate, Healer of the Pride, Felidar Sovereign, and Ajani's Mantra. Also consider Kemba's Skyguard, Pride Guardian, Sunbond, and Archangel of Thune.

If you go more tokens, increase copies of Brimaz, King of Oreskos, Anointed Procession, and Intangible Virtue. Also consider Adorned Pouncer, Sacred Cat, Jazal Goldmane, and Rhys the Redeemed.

Ajani, Caller of the Pride should be strong in either strategy as will most tribal support cards like Regal Caracal, Obelisk of Urd, Door of Destinies, and so on.

TitanWalls on I'm going off the rails on a crazy gain

2 months ago

As a possibility, Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim could be a useful addition. It'd work best if you had some tokens to sack in order to activate her second ability, but it would let you get some benefit by sacrificing your 20/20 Ajani's Pridemate in response to the inevitable spot removal. It could potentially replace some or all of your Mortify, since being 10 life over your starting amount should be pretty easy to achieve.

Also, Recumbent Bliss might be a good alternative to Ajani's Mantra.

Karzalar on Kambal, life Gain

2 months ago

Let's start by lands;

Replace Crypt of Agadeem by a basic Swamp (if not budget, Cabal Coffers), since you have only 5-6 black creature cards, the second ability won't be used that often.

Also, Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth could be nice, since you already run Crypt Ghast. You could replace Drownyard Temple for it.


Exquisite Archangel is too slow, Kingpin's Pet is bad, Tithe Drinker is so-so and costs as much as your commander, so most of the time you'll want to cast your commander instead of it.

DRmagic2017 made some good creatures suggestions. I personally suggest Soul Warden, Soul Attendant and Drana's Emissary in those. Otherwise, I suggest Rhox Faithmender, Wall of Reverence and Nyx-Fleece Ram.


Ouch. Let's start by replacing all of them exception made of Soul's Grace (you made me discover that card, and i need to get it, thanks) and replace by any of the following :

Tribute to Hunger, Path to Exile, Swords to Plowshares, Anguished Unmaking, Utter End, Silence the Believers...


Grim Discovery and Wander in Death could be replaced easily. Profane Command is not that good. You don't run that many precious creatures...

Replace by Solemn Offering, Read the Bones, Night's Whisper. Drawing is power, removal is important.


You're quite well builded in there, there's only like two you can easily replace.

Pyramid of the Pantheon and Bontu's Monument.

Suggestions : Staff of the Death Magus / Staff of the Sun Magus (play more basic lands if you intend to play these) or Well of Lost Dreams for drawing cards.


Curse of Vengeance, Font of Return, Quest for the Gravelord and Unhallowed Pact could be easily replaced. SUggestions to replace for...

Ajani's Mantra, Test of Endurance, Sphere of Safety, Whip of Erebos, Darksteel Mutation (to deny enemy commanders), Oblivion Ring, Banishing Light, Cradle of Vitality is slow but is a good mana dump, Polluted Bonds, Retreat to Hagra, Vampiric Link...

Hope that helps.


landofMordor on Ultimate RGW Ajani Theme Deck

3 months ago

Love this deck! My first deck was very much like it.

Some flavor suggestions: Ajani's Mantra, Ajani's Pridemate, Titanic Ultimatum, and the Soul's Fire/Majesty/etc cycle.

Shadow12721 on Angelic Accord (BUDGET)

3 months ago

Look at cards that gain you life every turn, such as Nyx-Fleece Ram and Ajani's Mantra. Felidar Sovereign can win the game for you by itself, and Whitesun's Passage is a nice life boost. Cards that can double as lifegain and protection include Dazzling Reflection and Awe Strike.

pinkhamster on Mitten's Pride

4 months ago

For commander, you don't want to run low power level cards (take out Graceful Cat, Oreskos Sun Guide, Sacred Cat, Skyhunter Prowler, Captain's Claws, Journeyer's Kite, and Ajani's Mantra at least). These cards may be okay early game in modern, but are completely useless in commander. Also, cards that do not help you toward your goal of cats/equipment, should be taken out (Ajani's Chosen, Ajani's Pridemate, Felidar Sovereign).

Okay, now that we've just gotten rid of half your deck, here are some replacements. Coat of Arms, Taj-Nar Swordsmith, Leonin Squire, Sigarda's Aid, Path to Exile, Ajani, Caller of the Pride and White Sun's Zenith. In commander, mana is kind of important, so cards like Sol Ring and Pearl Medallion should not be left out. Also, you might want to change your commander to Kemba, Kha Regent. He has much more synergy with the cat/equipment archetype. Hope this helps!

chaskins15 on Life Gain Power Gain

4 months ago

Hey! I saw you were new to magic. You posted the deck in the modern format which it technically is, but people there tend to only care about cards for their reputation rather than how you want to play them. I really like the deck. I have a life gain deck of my own. Godly Spike That deck isn't budget but you can get some ideas there. Some cards I'd recommend would be Spike Feeder if you put sunbond on your spike feeder you gain infinite life and have an infinte creature!!! Also if you have that on the field your ajani's pridemate becomes a 2 mana infinite creature which is INSANE value. Ajani's Mantra is the enchantment version of your Nyx-fleece ram. Of course if you add spike feeder you'll have to run green which is not bad, because you can then run elvish mystic which can allow your deck to get a Turn 3 kill! All of this turns your creatures into Serra avatars by themselves and they are cheaper so you can cut them. Overall this would boost your power level and make your deck kill super fast. Modern is a tough format, but you will be king of the kitchen table for sure. If you can check out my deck and give me some tips I'd appreciate it also. One last thing if you can afford $20, Archangel of Thune makes all of your creatures infinite and gives you infinite life and all you have to do is play spike feeder when angel is on the field it's an instant win! Good luck I really enjoy the direction the deck is going!!!

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