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

Sleazebag on help needed

4 days ago

You have quite a lot of lifegain, but not that many cards that put this to use.

I'd definitely run four Ajani's Pridemate.

Lifegain can be good, but cards that only gain life and nothing else are very much not so. I'd cut all the Chaplain's Blessing, Awe Strike's and Luminous Wakes. They don't do enough to be worth a card slot in your deck.

Another card that can put your lifegain to use is Sanguine Bond. It should give you a solid way to double up the damage you are dealing with your lifelinkers.

Next I'd work on adding some removal to your deck. Currently you have almost no interaction with your opponents gameplan.

Karlov of the Ghost Council is a super strong creature with a lifegain deck as he not only costs little mana and grows really fast, but he also doubles as creature removal.

As for instant speed removal, there is an incredible variety! One of the best removal cards in MtG is Swords to Plowshares. It can even be used as emergency lifegain in a pinch (Imagine using it on a Serra Avatar. In black you also have cards like Doom Blade, Murder, Go for the Throat, Tragic Slip and Fatal Push.

If you want a non combat way to gain life, cards like Soul Warden and Soul's Attendant give you many small and repeated triggers for only 1 mana, excellent cards.

For non budget lifegain goals, there's Serra Ascendant and Archangel of Thune at $18 and $25 each, but they are amazingly strong.

Also keep in mind that this deck is not "standard" legal, but casual. Standard legal requires you to only play cards printed the last 2 years in MtG.

grotteaalen on Life Gain

5 days ago

Ajani's Pridemate could be good.If nothing else you should replace Elfhame Palace with Blossoming Sands and/or Graypelt RefugeJaddi Offshoot could also be good.

CaptSillva on Oloro - Commander - My First Magic Deck!

1 week ago

Have you considered Ajani's Pridemate and perhaps a few soul sisters Soul Warden and Soul's Attendant. You could also slow your opponent's down with cards like Authority of the Consuls and Blind Obedience.

NV_1980 on Your loss is my gain

2 weeks ago

Hi MCortese274,

I think you're right about the effectiveness of the combo you're mentioning. However, the big reason why Ajani's Pridemate is in here is because I can cast him as early as turn 2. From that moment on, he grows each turn guaranteed (unless someone snipes him of course). The reason: Oloro, Ageless Ascetic. I gain life every turn whether he's in the command zone or on the battlefield. Therefore if I would add Serra Avatar, it wouldn't be instead of the Pridemate.

I think I should switch up Path to Exile with Swords to Plowshares; even if I wouldn't use it with Serra Avatar, I could still use it with a Phyrexian Processor token and win that way. Anyways, I'll have a think about the avatar. Thanks for your comments.

MCortese274 on Your loss is my gain

2 weeks ago

Hi NV_1980

I have an Oloro deck myself and from what I can see yours looks good. However I do have a suggestion. Some previous comments alluded to adding Serra Avatar to the deck instead of Ajani's Pridemate, and I would agree. Here's why, In addition to the previous substitution, replacing Path to Exile with Swords to Plowshares would give you another Aetherflux Reservoir style death beam to eliminate someone if need/want to while also maintaining that 1 drop creature removal. I was up against my buddy's Prossh, Skyraider of Kher deck, and he was about to swing with a bunch of big flyers next turn and win, but I had Serra Avatar and Sanguine Bond out and I used Swords to Plowshares on Serra Avatar and won the game. Just something cool you could try since your deck is already structured to pull something like that off. Good job!

Also, I'm still pretty new to magic, so feel free to take what I say with a grain of salt.

scarecrow777 on U/B/W lifegain

2 weeks ago

Also Ajani's Pridemate for a low cost threat.

total_euphoria on Life Gain/ Lifelink - Mono white

3 weeks ago

Rhox Faithmender is a must for lifegain decks. Either that or the Ajani's Pridemate/Wall of Reverence combo.

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