W/B Life Gain by humpaa on MtGO

Creatures (21)
4 Anointer Priest
4 Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim
4 Crested Sunmare
1 Pious Evangel
4 Sacred Cat
4 Thraben Inspector

Non-Creature Spells (14)
4 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
1 Sorin, Grim Nemesis
1 Anguished Unmaking
4 Fatal Push
4 Hidden Stockpile

Lands (25)
4 Concealed Courtyard
2 Forsaken Sanctuary
7 Plains
4 Shambling Vent
1 Shefet Dunes
5 Swamp
2 Westvale Abbey

Sideboard (15)
2 Anguished Unmaking
1 Cast Out
1 Declaration in Stone
1 Dreamstealer
1 Gonti, Lord of Luxury
1 Lay Bare the Heart
1 Liliana’s Defeat
2 Lost Legacy
1 Ob Nixilis Reignited
2 Transgress the Mind
2 Voldaren Pariah


With Pro Tour Hour of Devastation and Grand Prix Minneapolis results in, the format is starting to evolve to a very healthy place. With that being said, a ton of interesting decks have been popping up on MtGO that look to combat the top decks in the format. One archetype that a lot of players have been turning to is Life Gain, which puts pressure on the opponent while gaining life to put it out of range of Ramunap Red’s burn spells.

Sacred Cat and Thraben Inspector are both critical elements of this deck. Sacred Cat is a repeatable source of life gain, and is a very solid blocker (on both sides) against the aggressive decks in the format. Thraben Inspector replaces itself with the clue, and is also a solid blocker against the X/1’s in the format. Anointer Priest is usually a mediocre creature, but the embalm and token sub-themes in this deck allow it to gain a lot of life turn after turn, making a certain 5/5 horse very powerful.

That 5/5 horse is Crested Sunmare! Gimmick cards like these are usually rather mediocre, but the cost to make additional 5/5’s is very low, and the “fail state” of the card as a 5/5 for 5 is good enough that the Sunmare is never a wasted slot. Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim is another way of easily turning on your Sunmare, as you will usually have extra creatures to sacrifice, triggering the Sunmare twice during every turn cycle.

To facilitate the token sub-theme in this deck, this deck plays Gideon, Ally of Zendikar and Hidden Stockpile. Gideon, Ally of Zendikar has been recently dethroned as the best card in Standard, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t still incredibly powerful. Making a token every turn or putting pressure on the opponent’s life total makes Gideon a great draw nearly every time. Hidden Stockpile is a bit of an oddity, but the embalm sub-theme of the deck allows Stockpile (and Ayli) to have plenty of creatures to sacrifice into the late game, all while filtering cards through scrying.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:


-1 Sorin, Grim Nemesis

-1 Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim

+2 Anguished Unmaking


-2 Anguished Unmaking

-2 Lost Legacy

+1 Liliana’s Defeat

+1 Sorin, Grim Nemesis

+1 Ob Nixilis Reignited

+1 Declaration in Stone

This is day 220 of Spellsnare.com’s 2017 Deck of the Day column, where each day we’ll feature a different Standard, Modern, or Legacy deck that caught our eye. You can read day 119 here, where we featured a Modern tempo deck that hits hard and plays efficient spells.

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