Ajani's Pridemate

Legality

Format Legality
Noble Legal
Frontier Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern 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
Magic 2015 Uncommon
Commander 2013 Uncommon
Duel Decks: Ajani vs. Nicol Bolas Uncommon
2011 Core Set Uncommon

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Ajani's Pridemate

Creature — Cat Soldier

Whenever you gain life, you may put a +1/+1 counter on Ajani's Pridemate. (For example, if an effect causes you to gain 3 life, you may put one +1/+1 counter on this creature.)

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Ajani's Pridemate Discussion

Hoschie on cat tribal modern

4 hours ago

I would go - 2 Ajani's Chosen and +2 Ajani's Pridemate ... You have only 4 enchantments, so the chanse for an token is really really low and a 3/3 for 4 Mana isn't great. On the other side Ajani's Pridemate, can be a huge problem for you enemy and fits 100% in the lifegain-theme

SynergyBuild on Life Gain Cat Deck

3 days ago

Changlist:

(Mainboard)

Drop 4x Zarichi Tiger, add 4x Regal Caracal

Ugh, to do the rest, I am just going to drop this text:

Drop 2x Pride Guardian, all artifacts but one Spear of Heliod, 1x Ajani, Caller of the Pride, 3x Ajani's Sunstriker, 4x Ajani's Pridemate, and 3x Healer of the Pride (24 total Cards), add 3x Glorious Anthem, 4x Qasali Pridemage, and 4x Lightning Greaves, 4x Loam Lion, 4x Pride Sovereign, 1x more Fleecemane Lion, and 4x Swiftfoot Boots

Lands - Drop 14x Plains and 2x Selesnya Guildgate, add 4x Windswept Heath, 4x Brushland, 4x Horizon Canopy, and 4x Temple Garden

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(Sideboard)

Remove ALL sideboard, add 4x Leyline of Sanctity, 3x Rest in Peace, 3x Stony Silence, and 4x Path to Exile

TheDuggernaught on White/blue life gain deck

2 weeks ago

Chalice of Life  Flip is a pretty meh card. If you want to gain 1 life per turn, there are far more efficient ways of doing so (Soul Warden and the like), and if you want to do damage by gaining life, there are more efficient ways of doing so (Ajani's Pridemate, Archangel of Thune and Serra Ascendant). I have used chalice once in a turbo fog deck... but that is a completely different deck.

But based on your description, some sort of control list might be what you are looking for. W/U Control is a pretty good deck. Most lists utilize a fair number of cards that gain life (Blessed Alliance, Sphinx's Revelation), although life gain is not a primary focus for the deck. Most W/U Control decks also use Celestial Colonnade as the primary win condition... and those are not cheap. Colonnades are good though as they are only creatures when you want them to be creatures -- which means you can play board wipes such as Day of Judgment and not lose your "creatures". I feel like this sort of style fits you needs best, so this leaves us with a few options.

  1. Planeswalkers. Some planeswalkers are kind of pricey... others are not so bad. But planeswalkers synergize very well with board wipes as they are not creatures and it gives them "free turns" to tick up to their big abilities which can often, more or less, win the game by themselves. Some examples of good planeswalkers for this sort of deck are Gideon, Champion of Justice, Dovin Baan, Gideon Jura, Sorin, Grim Nemesis, and maybe Nissa Revane.Other ones are that are more expensive might be Ajani Vengeant, Koth of the Hammer, Mike expressed that he has had no urge to self-harm as of late. and Nahiri, the Harbinger.

  2. Myth Realized. Is similar to a manland in that it is only a creature when you want it to be a creature, and can get scary big.

Alternately, if you are still keen on the idea of winning with Felidar Sovereign, there are a couple ways to help make sure you win. You could splash black and use Doomed Necromancer's ability to return your Felidar Sovereign back to play at the end of your opponent's turn once you are at 30+ life. This gives your opponent less time to be able to do something about the Felidar Sovereign as they have to be able to kill it with an instant -- or else you just win. Another option is to take a page out of the Emeria decks and run Emeria, The Sky Ruin. Play all the boardwipes, and do not care because once you hit 7 plains, all your creatures will start to come back.

Let me know what you think and I can start helping you carve out a deck list. Ultimately, you cant go terribly wrong with either of the establish archetypes, but brewing is not a bad thing either! As far as dealing with aggro decks, how fast are these decks winning? A normal aggro deck in modern will normally win turn 3 or 4. Although if you are playing against other budget decks, you likely have more time.

TheDuggernaught on White/blue life gain deck

2 weeks ago

To answer your last question, no. This would not do well in a tournament. There are currently only two life gain decks in the current modern meta -- and both of them are fairly similar to the point I would just say they are both variations of the same deck. Soul Sisters is a deck that abuses Soul Warden, Soul's Attendant, and Auriok Champion to amass a ton of life and very quickly make a large Ajani's Pridemate and Serra Ascendant. These decks will also often utilize Archangel of Thune to make all your sisters into massive threats. Martyr Proc aims to do the same thing -- it just does so much more explosively with cards like Martyr of Sands and Squadron Hawk. Both decks aim to gain life as a buffer and then use that buffer to fuel cards like Serra Ascendant and Ajani's Pridemate. There are also other decks that aim to gain infinite life through combos such as Kitchen Finks + Melira, Sylvok Outcast + Viscera Seer, but that feels like a different direction than you want to go.

If you are primarily worried about your opponent's creatures, spot removal is typically more effective and mana efficient than counter magic. Therefore, I might suggest cutting blue and adding either black or green. You can substitute the counter magic for things like Path to Exile, Condemn, Journey to Nowhere, Banishing Light, Fiend Hunter, Inquisition of Kozilek, Thoughtseize, Duress, and Blackmail. You could also stay mono-white for the consistent mana base and or being able to use more colorless utility lands.

So my next question would be -- what direction do you want the deck to go? How do you want it to play? Do you want to keep you walls and try to play around that and just being a defensive deck that will eventually find an "oops I win" card? Do you like the Soul Sisters or Martyr Proc ideas? Do you want to try and mix and match a little? I can try to offer direct suggestions, but I just want to make sure I know the direction you want to go in. It is your deck afterall, and I want to make sure it is fun for you to play!

TheDuggernaught on White/blue life gain deck

2 weeks ago

This looks a little bit like one of my first decks. I would strongly suggest Ajani's Pridemate. I also plan on suggesting other things, but first I am going to ask -- what types of decks is your play group running? What spells are you worried about countering?

snatchbeast on Soul Sisters Swarm

2 weeks ago

Sunbond win con for Ajani's Pridemate beatstick?

Mandalorian on Mono white horse/angel

2 weeks ago

I think if Crested Sunmare belongs anywhere in Modern it could be in a Soul Sisters deck.

Soul Warden

Soul's Attendant

Ajani's Pridemate

Path to Exile best white removal spell

Martyr of Sands

Archangel of Thune

G_man on Wary Sisters

2 weeks ago

Mannu_1978 I was considering Boros Charm for that reason (as well as for surprise wins) but I don't know what I'd take out for it. The only thing I could think of would be to cut one Champion of the Parish and one Ajani's Pridemate but since those are my main damage dealers I'm a bit wary of cutting them.

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