Ajani's Pridemate

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Archenemy Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Planechase Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

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.)

mlequesne on Dance Beneath the Moon

1 month ago

Soul's Attendant and Soul Warden are nice additions as another Essence Warden, for even more triggers. As a backup for your commander you can add Ajani's Pridemate and Ajani, Strength of the Pride

Love your deck friend :)

IHATENAMES on Life gain cat deck

1 month ago

I think this is a fun and interesting challenge to make lifegain cats good in modern. But first thing you should do is focus to clarify the identity of the deck. Leaning into Cats let's you better utilize a great lord. But you want multiple small cats maube tokens as there are a couple good ones to later pump for a lethal swing or tempo your opponent out makeing spot removal worse. Or lifegain which can play the Soul Warden effects and other noncat lifegain payoffs like your Ajani's Pridemate

Suggestions: I assume you are trying to stay budget most of these are a couple dollars. There might be a few more expensive cards that could be great with some deck building concessions like going green for more cats and Collected Company or focusing 1 2 and 3 drops and play Aether Vial

Kaheera, the Orphanguard pump cats. Can also be used as companion with some deck building restrictions

Leonin Arbiter All hail CAT JESUS. Seriously. It's a great card to slow combo decks otherwise it's a 2/2 body for 2. Worst case it deserves a Sideboard slot

Leonin Vanguard 1 drop. Gains 1 life a turn when you have 3 total creatures great curve starter for a cat deck

Regal Caracal create 2 cats. Then all your cats gain lifelink. Synergies for days

Ajani, Strength of the Pride - make Ajani's Pridemate ultimate is not impossible to clear the way so you can swing for game. +gains life. All great things.

Sideboard tech

Lion Sash graveyard hate on a cat. Or pump another creature

Felidar Retreat stick this vs control and it can take over a game

Seht's Tiger 4 drop neat vs damage based combos. Interesting but not great.

legendofa on lifelink 1-1 chains

2 months ago

The Thief of Sanity set doesn't really focus the life gain strategy, and the Dimir Guildgates mostly slow down your production. They're fun cards, but I would use them in a different deck. At 65 cards, cutting those eight, one Revenge of Ravens, and replacing the lands with or sources would improve speed and consistency.

Some smaller tweaks would be to drop a second Revenge of Ravens for a fourth Ajani's Pridemate, adding some more removal, and maybe another life gain payoff like Indulging Patrician.

KBK7101 on What is your favorite tribe, …

5 months ago

I think mine would either be cats or gods.

Cats, namely the leonin type ones like Ajani's Pridemate, Leonin Vanguard or Leonin Warleader remind me of just starting to learn the game with the M19 Ajani Planeswalker deck. I still have an upgraded version of it on Arena that I play every now and again.

I also really love god typed creatures. They're few and far between (though a bit more common these days) and because of this, they usually have this... sense of awe around them. It's hard to explain. Like, Kruphix, God of Horizons and Bontu the Glorified just make me feel small and insignificant in comparison and I love it. The Kaldheim ones don't quite have the same effect, but I love the flavor and design of them nontheless.

KBK7101 on Tis the Haunting Time

5 months ago

Very cool. Welcome to the game!

Some great resources if you've not discovered them already (sorry I don't have hyperlinks enabled lol):



Scryfall is the best MTG database, in my opinion. You can search for the most obscure things and it'll still bring up exactly what you're looking for. EDHREC pools together Commander data from multiple sites and records what cards are used most often and with what commanders/playstyles. Definitely not something to straight copy/paste, but very useful for gathering initial ideas and getting an idea of what staples you need or whatever you're building.

Some useful tips for deckbuilding on the site here:

You can use the little bar above the text box to make things bold, put things in italics, links to users like me KBK7101 and add in symbols like and . You can use these same options in the description in the deck builder. You can also add in accordion boxes as well. They look like this -

One of my favorite cards of all time is Ajani's Pridemate!
I want a return to Amonkhet as soon as possible!!

You can add in custom categories in the deckbuilder by adding in a # and the name of the category. For example:

Arcane Signet #Ramp

Azorius Locket #Ramp

Sol Ring #Ramp

Distant Melody #Card_Draw

Sire of the Storm #Card_Draw

Just be sure to switch the default category from "Type" to "Custom" down near the bottom where it says "Save" and "Save and Continue Editing". It's a very useful way to categorize stuff without the actual deck in front of you. Feel free to check out any of the decks on my page to see what I mean.

TheOfficialCreator on Elas il-Kor, Sadistic Pilgrim

7 months ago

First off, you may want some payoffs for your lifegain. Voice of the Blessed, Ajani's Pridemate, Regal Bloodlord, Nykthos Paragon, Archangel of Thune, and Ajani, Strength of the Pride are the first ones I can think of.

Card draw seems to be something this deck could struggle with, so I'd suggest at least adding Sign in Blood, Night's Whisper, etc. You already have a few but it might be best to add a few more just in case.

Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose is nasty in these kinds of decks.

And, finally, from the looks of it you're focusing primarily on Elas's second line of text, the lifegain part. Is this intentional, or do you want to find ways to exploit his second ability? I have a few synergies/combos that could help you get started if that's the case.

KBK7101 on Willowdusk, Dryad of Life and Death [PRIMER]

7 months ago

Jiang Yanggu, Wildcrafter is another +1/+1 counter piece that might work well here.

As for making the primer neater, you could separate your paragraphs into categories. It's the icon that looks like four horizontal lines in the bar above the text box. Between the exclamation point circle and the asterisk looking thing. They look like this -

Ajani's Pridemate is arguably my favorite card of all time!
My Multani, Maro-Sorcerer deck usually has Multani at like 20/20 most of the time!

You can rename them and can also add more categories by adding more panel blocks. I'd recommend making a new deck, setting it to private and then using it to test this out. Once you're satisfied with how it looks, you can come back to this deck and update it. If you're nervous about losing anything you have written here, just copy/paste the whole thing onto a text document on your computer. That way you can keep your current primer backed up.

Also, you can use brackets [[]] to designate card names.

Example - Nicol Bolas, Lightning Bolt, Brainstorm

Mrnibbles57 on Monoblack Burn [Budget/Casual/Jank]

7 months ago

The inherent life gain could make this deck annoying for some players. Have you considered a payoff to this? Like a Ajani's Pridemate effect.

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