Ajani's Pridemate


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Frontier Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Custom Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Noble Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Brawl Legal
Standard Legal
Arena Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vanguard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Casual Legal
Oathbreaker Legal

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Set Rarity
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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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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Ajani's Pridemate Discussion

dsdude3021 on No Pain , no Lifegain

4 days ago

wolfhead. Thanks! Tamanoa is my favourite design space, wish you luck on your deck.

The deck's mana-base also plays a different role to the deck than just mana. Honestly, I don't find this mana-base that bad in practice, but it can hurt with the sheer amount of mana symbols without Tamanoa . But usually, if it's becoming a problem, I'm going to lose anyway.

It's not set in stone, so I'm all for specific suggestions. This is my current thought-process:

Pain-Lands with Tamanoa:

-Draw with Dawn of Hope

-Gives Ajani's Pridemate and Archangel of Thune a smile for each tap

(Generally, the more, the bigger risk and payload)

Pain-Lands without Tamanoa:

-Great for mana-fixing

-tap for colorless

-Life-gain potentially reduces impact

Interplanar Beacon

-Mana-fixing for planewalkers

-Life-gain (trigger on cast is nice)

Prismatic Vista (Doesn't work with Tamanoa)

-Is any basic land

-Decreases chance of mana flood as well as reduces the card pool

-helps against stuff like Blood Moon if early

Sunbaked Canyon (Doesn't work with Tamanoa)


-Decreases chance of mana flood as well as reduces the card pool

-Generates deck's main colors


-Basics mean less risk and less pain

-Can fetch from Ghost Quarter , Field of Ruin , Path to Exile , Assassin's Trophy ... etc.

DragonzBane on The cat's out of the bag

1 week ago

It looks like you're pretty heavy into life gain. Since that's the case, I would drop 2 Leonin Skyhunter for 2 more Ajani's Pridemate . I would also drop the 2 Ephemerate for 2 more Path to Exile . From Ephemerate you're not really getting much except life, which probably isn't worth it. In addition I would change the 2 Gods Willing for 2 Brave the Elements . I would also change 2 Healer of the Pride and 2 Ring of Thune for 4 King of the Pride .

DiscountMarx on Sued Into Poverty (Orzhov Stax/Taxes)

1 week ago

I am interested in Rout as a board wipe that doesn't hit Obzedat That and Nevinyrral's Disk

Dawn of Hope is interesting as an extra card draw engine and I'm not sure what I would cut for it.

I'm not sure Ajani's Pridemate would get big enough to matter for as long as it would last. That said getting smacked down by creatures has been a problem in some of the groups I've played in town.

Also thanks! I like Obzedat and I'm trying to get it as effective as it can be within the color identity.

austintayshus on Sued Into Poverty (Orzhov Stax/Taxes)

1 week ago

Neat deck!

Could I interest you in a Dawn of Hope or Ajani's Pridemate ?

Rout could also be a good board wipe for your deck.

lagotripha on Cats Company

3 weeks ago

If you are doing the fetch plan and skipping arbiter, you need Steppe Lynx . Since this lets you push the curve a lot lower, it makes loam lion a stronger option too.

Leonin Relic-Warder can be extra copies of pridemage if your meta needs it, Scythe Tiger is a cool choice for control matchups- forcing a wrath is well worth a land.

Ajani's Pridemate points to a lifegain stratgy, but there isn't much else offering that. If there was a Squadron Hawk for cats or similar reliable lifgain, soul-sisters cats would be a thing.

Lordeh on life and death

1 month ago

One of the most important part of deck building is making your deck consistent.

Pick a few great creatures like Healer's Hawk and Ajani's Pridemate and put 4 of them in your deck.

Leonin Vanguard is a great choice until rotation. Ajani's Welcome is a good easy left gain enabler.

Ajani, Strength of the Pride is a good planeswalker. Gideon Blackblade is another good planeswalker.

Put in some removal such as Prison Realm or Mortify

Just pick a few good creatures/spells/planeswalkers and grind for those.


Murphy77 on Ajani (not Shrek) is life in Arena

1 month ago

While there are a range Ajani's Pridemate decks out there, a / version, such as Life-link Pride M is probably most rotation ready. Cards that are likely to become key to an Ajani deck will include Soulmender , Impassioned Orator and Vampire of the Dire Moon . While you will lose Resplendent Angel you gain multiple other creatures that grow in power each turn ( Twinblade Paladin , Gideon's Company and Bloodthirsty Aerialist ). By splashing Black you also gain Mortify , Murder and other creature-kill spells.

If you are enjoying this deck at present, I would not worry too much about rotation. I am sure that we will be able to keep similar decks competitive and fun to play.

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Ajani's Pridemate occurrence in decks from the last year


All decks: 0.14%


All decks: 0.07%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%