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Soulmender Discussion

Eemanor on Life gain aggression

1 month ago

Hexcimal my man, sorry for taking so long to reply to your comment, but as you can see a lot has changed in my deck. I believe I have reached its final iteration, although I'm always trying new things. I got rid of the Soulmender since it wasn't doing much and Bloodbond Vampire it came in too late to be relevant. Also changed Lone Missionary for Augur il-Vec I know it seems like a bad idea for a creature, but I bassicaly use it as controlable life gain, waiting for the best moment to sac it and get 4 life or to sac it to Hidden Stockpile and get the scry and token, this allows me to better control my draws and start the self feeding engine assuring a creature entering the battlefield every turn.

As for alternate win conditions I got a sweet infinite combo that just drains the opponents life combining Exquisite Blood and Cliffhaven Vampire. Beating my oppponent to the ground is still the main idea but this combo has won me games where the board state was unfavorable or I was way too low in lifge to risk attacking.

Removal also got some upgrades with Anguished Unmaking to eliminate anything but lands and Unmake to take out big problematic creatures. Fatal Push is still on trial period. I'm considering Path to Exile and Swords to Plowshares to replace it since they are more flexible.

Lands got pimped too, Scoured Barrens is just lovely and also cheap, the downside of Caves of Koilos is practically negligible thanks to the nature of the deck, the scry provided by Temple of Silence comes in very handy most of the time, and Shambling Vent have done a good job at blocking and attacking when I'm low on creatures or need some life gain to occur. I'm only missing to acquire the Isolated Chapel (their recent price increase hasn't helped tho, but I'll get them soon).

Let me know what you think of this new and almost final version, I'm also thinking about building a sideboard that would transform it into a B/W tokens deck, just to throw off my opponent and have two strategies in one deck.

TheVectornaut on Black and White First Deck

1 month ago

One of my favorite B/W strategies is lifegain since it's budget-friendly and not terribly complicated to play. Efficient cards that gain life like Vampire Nighthawk, Lone Rider  Flip, and Soulmender set up other cards that benefit from lifegain like Ajani's Pridemate, Wall of Limbs, and Divinity of Pride. You can finish things with lifedrain on Sanguine Bond or Vizkopa Guildmage, or try to resolve a Felidar Sovereign if you're feeling lucky. Even if it's not your strategy of choice, you still might be able to borrow some elements. Nighthawk, in particular, always shines in midrange black decks.

zoefzoef83 on life counters

3 months ago

Why not replace Soulmender whit Soul's Attendant?

halfyoung on indestructible tokens- assistance welcome

3 months ago

Oloro_Magic just went through the white cards i have, luckily for me i can swing in 3x Raise the Alarm, 1x Soulmender, 1x Captain of the Watch. but i did find 3 Stone Haven Medic that could be a temporary soulmender

Oloro_Magic on indestructible tokens- assistance welcome

3 months ago

So if you are going soldiers then you won't just have tokens so you understand, I assume you want to keep this budget so I will try to not suggest any expensive cards without offering a budget alternative.

For the purpose at hand let's build around Elspeth, Sun's Champion using a top down deck building approach. We want to capitalize from her emblem as much as possible as it likely wins the game but in doing that we also want to make a soldier tribal to some effect. Firstly let's address the token generation, the wider we go the more value we get from Elspeth's emblem, we therefore start with 4 copies of Raise the Alarm, cheap and effective at what it does. We also want 2-3 copies of Captain of the Watch to fit with the soldier theme. 4 copies of Precinct Captain is also advisable. Though less budget friendly I would say you want 2 copies of Brimaz, King of Oreskos there is no real alternative to him. At the one drop slot you get options: Soldier of the Pantheon, Thraben Inspector, Soulmender, Soul Warden, Soul's Attendant, and Champion of the Parish could all work and it comes down to preference. You also want a singular copy of Secure the Wastes though not soldiers it can create a ton of tokens, the same can be said for Promise of Bunrei. We also want payoffs to creating these tokens, Crusader of Odric has the potential to be very big in this type of deck. As far as utility goes, Preeminent Captain is great to cheat in expensive creatures, and dont get caught up in solely buffing your tokens, Honor of the Pure is your best bet even though it is a little pricey. Timely Reinforcements is another card to consider. As far as removal goes Path to Exile should be the card you work towards but until such time Oblivion Ring and Cast Out (I prefer the latter) can serve the purpose of removal. Your mana base only really needs plains but you could invest in a Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx if you really want to.

Those are some starting suggestions for taking the deck closer to soldier's, if you have any questions or want advice on where to take the deck past these suggestions of good cards that could work well I am always willing to help.

Hexcimal on Life gain aggression

4 months ago

Hey man, it's been a while. Thought I'd touch back, how has your deck has been fairing?

Just a couple more suggestions. Soulmender is an okay card, but one of the soul sisters is always preferable to pull, and will net you more life throughout the game. I'd suggest removing him completely for a full play set of either Soul Warden or Soul's Attendant. Or for something completely different, as listed below.

An additional thought is to heavily consider an alternate win-con. I know it has been touched upon before with Felidar Sovereign, but the cat isn't the only way to win. Alternatively, you could try Vizkopa Guildmage. It isn't the only other option, but it's one I enjoy. Extra mana can go to granting a beefy creature (your +1/+1 beaters for example) lifelink for a turn, or go to draining life. When used together, it's game-ending. If you need to consider removing a slot for the alternate win-con, I would start with either Lone Missionary or Soulmender. Soulmender, as mentioned above. Lone Missionary has a decent amount of lifegain when he enters the battlefield, but its one-time effect is severely underwhelming when fighting for slots. An alternate win-con will ensure that you can still win when all-out aggression won't work.

One final thing, I've never played Shambling Vent, but it does sound like an interesting addition. You'll have to let me know if you ever try it and it works out well. I'm building a lifegain deck of my own, and it's something I've considered adding too. :)

Alkadron on Do You Wanna Build A Pillowfort

5 months ago

Needs more Exsanguinate, Blood Tithe, Gray Merchant of Asphodel, and Debt to the Deathless. Also, Pristine Talisman is really good with Karlov.

Also, I feel like cards like Voracious Hatchling and Soulmender will disappoint you. I imagine them dying a lot without accomplishing much. Scholar of Athreos seems much better than the Soulmender, at least - late game you can drop it and use it in the same turn, or use it multiple times each turn. on Mono White Life Gain

6 months ago

I know this sounds really mainstream, but I always try and put a Soulmenderinto my life gain decks

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