Daily D&D Deck Tech: Green-White Eight Mate

Every workday throughout the preview season for Adventures in the Forgotten Realms, Insight is taking a quick look at one new deck featuring the latest cards from the upcoming set. Today we grow our life total and our creatures. Let's see what we can do with eight Pridemates in Standard!


If you're a Modern player, you may have heard of decks like "Eight Rack" or "Eight Whack." Now we get an even better deck name because we can play with eight copies of Ajani's Pridemate in Standard!

Both Trelasarra, Moon Dancer and Celestial Unicorn do a great impression of life gain's all-star. In general, gaining life for the sake of gaining life has never been good in Magic but often proved great when paired with other effects. In this case it's making your creatures bigger.

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Trelasarra, Moon Dancer's upside over Ajani's Pridemate is the addition of scry 1 to the trigger. It's a huge boon, because you will be gaining life a lot and so you can prevent flooding out. Bare in mind that it counts each separate instance of gaining life. If you gain 3 life, it triggers once. If you gain 1 and then gain 1 and then gain 1, it triggers three times.

All the life gain in the deck is good against aggressive opponents by default and you can easily outgrow other decks' threats. In addition, you get to run a full set of both Heliod, Sun-Crowned and Lurrus of the Dream-Den, which are very resilient, sticky threats.

Once you get your Unicorn to a size of 9/8 or similar, you really don't want it to die, right? This is where Alseid of Life's Bounty comes in: a cheap attacker that can save any of your big creatures in a pinch. Unfortunately, you're not allowed to register five Alseids. However, we can play our fifth copy in the form of Selfless Savior. If you need even more, put more Saviors in. Alseid and Speaker of the Heavens also start gaining life as early as turn two—particularly relevant for Trelasarra. Though you don't have to rely on combat to gain life …

You've probably heard the term "soul sister." It traditionally refers to a creature like Soul Warden or Soul's Attendant. And indeed, we're getting a new soul sister too, to complement Daxos, Blessed by the Sun. Enter Prosperous Innkeeper. The original sisters may be cheaper. However, if you think about it, costing two mana but bringing along a Treasure virtually makes the Innkeeper cost one as well!

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