Soul Warden

Legality

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

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Set Rarity
Modern Masters 2017 Edition (MM3) Common
Modern Event Deck (MD1) Common
Planechase (HOP) Common
2010 Core Set (M10) Common
Tenth Edition (10E) Uncommon
Ninth Edition (9ED) Uncommon
Ninth Edition Foreign Black Border (9EDFBB) Uncommon
Exodus (EXO) Common

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Soul Warden

Creature — Human Cleric

Whenever another creature enters the battlefield, you gain 1 life.

Soul Warden Discussion

multimedia on Get A Life

1 week ago

Hey, there's a mono white archetype in Modern called Soul Sisters. What you have here is a twist on that strategy.

The Sisters are Martyr of Sands , Soul's Attendant and Soul Warden . These are the repeatable life gaining sources to give you a consistent source of life gain and a consistent play turn one. Martyr is a fast way to gain life to activate Serra Ascendant or pump Ajani's Pridemate . Ascendant is by far your best threat to win a game and reason to want to gain life; Martyr can get you to 30+ life fast.

Squadron Hawk is a good two drop with this strategy giving you four potential creatures to gain life with and it has flying. Hawk is like draw putting up to three cards into your hand which is good with Martyr to have a better opportunity to gain life with her since you will have more white cards in your hand. I also like the interaction of Martyr and Lone Rider  Flip as a way to gain three or more life for one mana.

Flying is the best evasion you can give the rest of your attacking creatures with Odric, Lunarch Marshal and he does seem good with Ajani's Pridemate , but I think 4x Odric is too much. Odric as a four drop isn't good by himself, he requires other creatures to be good to use his combat trigger. You only want to cast Odric if you have an established battlefield of creatures to get his combat trigger and having a flier helps too.

Hawk seems better here than Aerial Responder since Hawk fills your hand with creatures and it also has flying. Tokens are good with the Sisters; Spectral Procession is three flying Spirits for three mana. Procession with a Warden or Attendant on the battlefield can pump Pridemate at least three times. For three mana Procession seems more impactful than Ritual of Rejuvenation . 4x Ritual, 4x Revitalize and 2x Reviving Dose seems too many cards for this effect and Revitalize is better than the others. Gaining life and drawing is important, but creatures are more important.

Cards to consider adding:

Cards to consider cutting:

  • 4x Ritual of Rejuvenation
  • 2x Reviving Dose
  • 4x Aerial Responder
  • 3x Auriok Champion
  • 1x Odric, Lunarch Marshal
  • 1x Lone Rider

Attendant being a one drop I think is better than the color protections of Champion who is a two drop and both have the same repeatable life gain ability. Champion could be a sideboard card, but not sure you even need him. Champion and gaining life is great hate against mono red and burn, but the strategy here is gaining life even without Champion. Good luck with your deck.

koizintec9 on Teshar

3 weeks ago

I_Just_Like_Designing_Decks personally I believe your build has too much recursion but lacks a secondary plan in case you don't run into your combo.

If anything I'd begin by switching the cards that are doing nothing but lifegain, such as Staff of the Sun Magus or Soul Warden . Sure, you do have an Aetherflux Reservoir as a wincon, but most of the time it will only be such a wincon if you manage to find a loop and get infinite lifegain out of it, not by raising your life total with other cards.

As for other suggestions I believe Ashnod's Altar would fit very well into this deck as a way to sacrifice your creatures aswell as adding you mana to continue your loops.

If this aristocrat-ish strategy doesn't work out so well, I believe you should add anthem effects such as Benalish Marshal , since Teshar allows you to bring many creatures in a single turn, making them stronger seems good.

nfinley1045 on Resplendent Genesis Evangelion

3 weeks ago

Great deck! I have a very similar build, check it out. Lifegain (Angels)

My meta has very little removal so I can focus a bit more on populate with Rootborn Defenses . Works amazing, makes a token which triggers lifegain which often makes yet more tokens. Cant forget about that indestructible either.

Soul Warden has similar affect as Seraph Sanctuary . Angel of Vitality is super nice as it nets more life but also is an angel as well.

multimedia on Licia, Sanguine Tribune | Your Pain My Gain

1 month ago

Hey, saw your forum topic asking for help. I don't have any experience with Licia, never played the card, but I do have experience with Mardu and life gaining/aristocrat strategies with Alesha.

Cards to consider to upgrade your deck are tutors and an aristocrat combo. Cards within the budget to consider adding:

The most important cards to consider adding for upgrades are tutors. If you can afford them they're some of the best investments you can make in Commander because they can be played in all decks you make no matter the strategy. When playing combos then tutors are very helpful to find the combo pieces or Necropotence . Tutors can replace high mana cost cards, redundancy or reduce the amount of win conditions. Which in return creates smoother gameplay, reducing the avg. CMC of your deck, speeding up your deck.


Aristocrat strategies can strengthen your deck and give you another avenue to victory using life without needing Licia. Aristocrats are good for gaining life as well as making your opponents lose life which can be a win condition. A combo for Mardu aristocrats is called Razacats. It's Leonin Relic-Warder and Animate Dead with Razaketh, the Foulblooded , but you don't even need Razaketh. He's played with reanimation to tutor for Warder/Animate. Create the loop and then using Warder as repeatable sac to tutor for and assemble other combos. Razaketh's ability to tutor is powerful when you have a lot of life to use.

The two card Leonin Relic-Warder / Animate Dead combo are the cards to consider adding because it creates an infinite dying or creature ETB loop of Warder. If before you create the loop have on the battlefield an aristocrat such as Blood Artist then this combo kills all your opponents and you gain infinite life. The combo has interaction with the overall life gaining strategy. It can be used with Soul Warden / Soul's Attendant . One of them has to be on the battlefield before you create the loop to gain infinite life because Warder is repeatedly ETB and each time you gain 1 life.

When gaining infinite life you can add other cards to win such as Aetherflux Reservoir , Cliffhaven Vampire , Sanguine Bond . Aetherflux is the best option because you can cast it after you have made infinite life and broken the loop to use all the life you gained to kill each opponent. Declare you're gaining infinite life with the combo then break the loop then cast Reservior. Cliffhaven or Bond would have to be along with one of Warden or Attendant on the battlefield before you created the loop.

Sun Titan can reanimate Animate Dead which can be helpful to keep creating the loop as long as Warder is in your graveyard. If you are interested in learning more about this combo then I will explain it further.


Cards to consider cutting:

  • Beacon of Immortality
  • Storm Herd
  • Approach of the Second Sun
  • True Conviction
  • Minion of the Wastes
  • Serra Avatar
  • Sorin, Grim Nemesis
  • Hide / Seek
  • Sunbond
  • Nyx-Fleece Ram
  • Sun Droplet
  • Tainted Sigil
  • Debt to the Deathless
  • Angel of Vitality
  • Diabolic Tutor
  • 1x Swamp
  • 1x Plains
  • Tainted Field

The majority of these suggested cuts are high mana cost cards. This is to reduce the high avg. CMC that's 3.7. To improve your deck cut some these high mana cost cards and replace them with low mana cost tutors which can search for and get the better cards into your hand. Good luck with your deck.

Optimator on Kill The Poor

1 month ago

Also, Revenge of Ravens might be a decent lifegain tool with a political bent. Same with Kambal, Consul of Allocation , Authority of the Consuls .

They're very likely not be worth the slots but there's always Falkenrath Noble , Zulaport Cutthroat , Blood Artist . They're nice because they synergize with your removal plan. The family of Soul Warden cards are decent but probably not worth it without lifegain synergies. Lol add a Karlov! Pontiff of Blight and Blind Obedience can net you some fine Extorts.

This is all assuming you need help grinding out lategame. I think we briefly discussed it?

Generous Gift is pretty great if you feel you want more removal. Mortify has the versatility too.

OLucas on another life gain deck

1 month ago

The only modern competitive lifegain deck I know is soul sisters.

Soul Sisters - MTGgoldfish

I've also seen versions splashing green for Soul Warden and other versions splashing black for Blood Artist in conjuction with Forbidden Orchard .

A more janky idea that i thought of but didn't persue much is Ghirapur Orrery + Bottled Cloister + Venser's Journal and/or Ivory Crane Netsuke .

For the deck as is i would up the Resplendent Angel count since one of your best curves is Bishop of Wings into Resplendent Angel .

LordBlackblade on Cradle of Vitality or Archangel ...

2 months ago

It really depends on how you're gaining life. If it is in big bursts, like connecting with a Divinity of Pride , I'd say go with Cradle of Vitality . If you're gaining smaller amounts of life, but more regularly, like with something akin to Soul Warden , then I would recommend Archangel of Thune .

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Soul Warden occurrence in decks from the last year

Modern:

All decks: 0.08%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.03%

White: 0.4%

WB (Orzhov): 0.73%