Ajani's Pridemate

Ajani's Pridemate

Creature — Cat Soldier

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

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Set Rarity
Mystery Booster (MYS1) Uncommon
War of the Spark (WAR) Uncommon
Core Set 2019 (M19) Uncommon
Iconic Masters (IMA) Uncommon
Magic 2015 (M15) Uncommon
Commander 2013 (C13) Uncommon
Duel Decks: Ajani vs. Nicol Bolas (DDH) Uncommon
2011 Core Set (M11) Uncommon

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Legality

Format Legality
Pioneer Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Modern Legal
Custom Legal
Legacy Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Unformat Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Arena Legal
Historic Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Vintage Legal
Limited Legal
Highlander Legal
Leviathan Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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Ajani's Pridemate Discussion

9-lives on Felidae Cult

2 days ago

But don't you think that 27 cats is enough, TriusMalarky?? I'd rather cut some cats and get more lands. Remember that this is also a token deck, so Pride Sovereign would greatly benefit when there are a lot of tokens of 1/1 lifelink cats which also get buffs.

Pride Sovereign in numbers of 2 is really useful with Blessed Alliance, and can generate tokens on his own. I am using Regal Caracal for tokens as well. I have 4x Anointed Procession for a reason. I've usually had great success using tokens in my cat deck. I also have 1xSundering Growth for its populate ability not to mention it will be useful if I ever need a artifact or enchantment removed, which will most likely be hard to draw this card, but regardless I believe it will be used often in games.

The reason I don't have many Feline Sovereigns is because I traded one for Unbreakable Formation. This balances out my ability to have +1/+1 with a creature and instant. But does the Feline Sovereign only give +1/+1 when its on the battlefield, or not?

I_Want_To_PlayAllTheDecks Birthing Pod is really nice. But I don't think I could use that to eternalize adorned pouncer or anything like that; the only card it would work on is Regal Caracal when paying 4 or 3 mana and 2 life for making a 5 mana creature. And Karn, the Great Creator is only useful if I'm running lots of artifacts. And what is CoCo? With Ajani's Pridemate if I have a lot of 1/1 lifelink cat tokens, and attack with those using Encircling Fissure, I can buff him up so much it will be very useful to have Setessan Training and/or Angelic Gift.

Adorned Pouncer is very expensive mana-wise when you eternalize it, so it will be late in the game when I use it. Same goes for Fleecemane Lion. And Bronzehide Lion is expensive for making a single creature indestructible when I can use something like Unbreakable Formation for 1 more mana cost while buffing my entire army. Yes, they're good for 3/3 for 2 mana, but regardless I have other cards for that. For instance, Prowling Serpopard is very useful against blue counter heavy decks, covering my entire army with their ability, and is a 4/3 for 3 mana.

Angelic Gift is a must if I'm facing flying decks or if there are decks that don't have fliers or reach so I can deal direct damage, and on top of that it functions as a 2 mana cost draw 1. Just think if I used that on a Eternalized Adorned Pouncer!

What I need are tutors or something that allows me to pick out what I need for whatever occasion; that's how a good toolbox deck would work. Perhaps splashing black for Agonizing Remorse and Lay Bare the Heartand Grim Tutor??? Hand control is great when you know what cards are best in their hand, and Grim Tutor is currently the best tutor in Pioneer, I think.

Omniscience_is_life on Lifegain cards

2 days ago

Basically, echoing some prior opinions: lifegain for the sole purpose of extending the game via "protecting" yourself is a very tepid and diluted way of staying alive til you can win. If you run more removal, you can stop creatures bashing in (removal is also more toolboxy, in general), and if you run more card draw you can dig towards answers. Unless you're running up against burn or some direct-damage decks, lifegain is primarily to combat combat damage--which can be dealt with by just killing the creatures from which that damage stems.

That said, if you're set on this path, Feed the Clan works well with beefy cats like Ajani's Pridemate, etc.

TriusMalarky on Lifegain cards

2 days ago

On the note of lifegain, life is far and away one of the least important resources in the game. It's only relevant against aggro or if you are actively using it as a resource with, for example, Ad Nauseam or Sign in Blood.

There are two main reasons to include lifegain: either you get advantages with cards like Ajani's Pridemate, Griffin Aerie, Resplendent Angel, etc., in which case you mostly want creatures with lifegain or Fountain of Renewal. Otherwise, you're looking at effects like Lone Missionary, Arashin Cleric or Life Goes On/Chaplain's Blessing as sideboard cards against aggro.

9-lives on Lifegain cards

2 days ago

Since my cat deck is somewhat of a toolbox, I like cards that have multiple effects that I can use or choose from, so Dawn of Hope is nice, but it requires that I gain life, and I don't really have any lifegain cards except for Fountain of Renewal. I didn't know that Ajani's Welcome worked with tokens. And yes, Ajani's Pridemates are one of the ones that I'll rely upon to be heavy hitters. When I have a lot of lifelink 1/1 cat tokens with buffs, I'll be able to get Pridemates to quite high P/T.

9-lives on Lifegain cards

2 days ago

I am running a green and white cats tribal deck. I would post my deck, but this isn't the place for that. And, thank you, Chaplain's Blessing is nice and probably better than Heroes' Reunion. I plan on using lifegain not only for simply gaining the main currency in this game, but also giving P/T to my Ajani's Pridemate consistently. This is why I want a card that gives 1 life per turn. I was thinking about Ajani's Welcome but that's finnicky; i want a reliable lifegain.

Kiran_M on Blight Sisters

2 weeks ago

I play Sisters in Modern, and while there are some differences I can honestly say that you need some better payoffs. While Blight-Priest can work in the long game, Sisters functions better as an aggro deck, and cards that fill s similar role to Ajani's Pridemate should be included. While I know PM is not Pauper legal, you might consider doing a Scryfall search for some lifegain payoffs that like to smash face. Also, consider Deathgreeter in the sideboard against removal-heavy decks.

birchmaster22 on Orzhov's Damaging Lifelink

1 month ago

Alright. I want to start off by saying thank you for all of these suggestions MrBoombastic. Now here are my responses:

  • Taborax, Hope's Demise was something that I always thought about putting in my deck, but replacing Grimdancer isn't something that I want to do. The main reason being the deathtouch counter, which has saved me more times than I can count on my hands when I playtested this deck. If anything, I might replace Expedition Healer and one of the Indulging Patrician for it, or Cling to Dust and 1 or 2 Revitalize depending on needs.

  • Nullpriest of Oblivion is probably going to be added in to replace whatever Taborax, Hope's Demise doesn't replace in the options above.

  • Impassioned Orator is indeed a direct upgrade. Only thing being... it's Core 2020, which is rotating out, so sadly not going to make it in the deck.

  • Hallowed Priest is indeed an arena-only card as it's part of the Arena Beginner Set, which isn't standard legal anyway. It's really just a reprinted Ajani's Pridemate.

  • I'm most definitely going to run some more of the modal lands. My friends have be egging me to do it for quite a while. Emeria's Call and Agadeem's Awakening are definitely going in.

  • In my personal experience, I have never run more than 23 lands at any given time if the deck itself isn't centered around the lands. My friends will also tell you the same thing. I'm not saying you're wrong, it's just my personal preference. And I'm not having any land troubles so far so I'm good for now. (And it's Radiant Fountain, not Hallowed Fountain)

  • I definitely agree with your statement, but in this particular case, I'm doing perfectly fine right now. I'm currently not having much, or any, consistency issue, so why fix something that's not broke. And I'm not having trouble choosing what to get rid of either, I just don't feel the need to do so right now. Should I find consistency issues in playtesting, I'll change up the deck, but until then, the disclaimer is staying.

Anyway, hope that clears some stuff up, and thanks again for your suggestions. If you have anything else you want to suggest or questions you want to ask, let me know.

Peoni on 01 - Wimpy White

1 month ago

Never considered this your commander before but they seem pretty fun. There's honestly not much I would change, this is a pretty solid list. Just for the hell of it though here are some cards you may or may not like:

Ajani's Pridemate, Alms Collector, Boon Reflection, Drannith Magistrate, Masako the Humorless, Rebuff the Wicked, Speaker of the Heavens, Suture Priest, Weathered Bodyguards.

I recognize this next bit is by no means a budget option, but Extraplanar Lens coupled with snow lands in mono decks offers some pretty killer asymmetrical ramp, assuming nobody else is running the same snows as you.

I like your deck! Hope this is of some use to you.

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