Soul Sisters by oceanman94 on MtGO

Creatures (27)
4 Ajani’s Pridemate
2 Crested Sunmare
3 Martyr of Sands
3 Ranger of Eos
4 Serra Ascendant
4 Soul Warden
3 Soul’s Attendant
4 Squadron Hawk

Non-Creature Spells (11)
4 Spectral Procession
4 Path to Exile
3 Honor of the Pure

Lands (22)
4 Flagstones of Trokair
4 Ghost Quarter
14 Plains

Sideboard (15)
2 Burrenton Forge-Tender
2 Celestial Flare
3 Rest in Peace
2 Solemnity
3 Stony Silence
1 Sundering Growth
1 Worship
1 Wrath of God


In response to Ramunap Red’s impressive performances in Standard, some players have turned to dedicated life gain synergy decks to combat the aggressive deck. Modern doesn’t quite have the same density of red aggro decks, but nonetheless life gain decks have remained a fringe option in the format for years. The deck we’re featuring today is Soul Sisters, which gains an impressive amount of life which buys enough time for the small white creatures to get in enough damage to kill the opponent.

The deck’s strategy is focused on the creature-based ways to gain life. Soul Warden, Soul’s Attendant, and Martyr of Sands. While Martyr of Sands gains you a burst of life in one go, Soul Warden and Soul’s Attendant gain small bits of life over and over again over several turns. The inclusion of both Soul Warden and Soul’s Attendant shows that this deck is less concerned with the simple mass of life gained, but rather the amount of turns that can see this deck gain life.

Next, there are several important cards that make up the portion of the deck that cares about the life you gain. Ajani’s Pridemate and Serra Ascendent are the usual suspects for this archetype, but the newest addition, Crested Sunmare, allows you to pack a significant punch. While Serra Ascendent would like you to get to 30 life as quickly as possible, Pridemate and Sunmare take advantage of the repeatable sources of life gain in this deck to put an impressive amount of power and toughness onto the field.

Lastly, the rest of the deck is made up by a go-wide strategy featuring cheap creatures and a cheap pump effect. Squadron Hawk and Spectral Procession all represent multiple flyers for just one card, despite Squadron Hawk demanding a consistent mana investment, while Spectral Procession does it all for just 1 card. the pump effect this deck takes advantage of is Honor of the Pure, which is a 2 mana pump effect that allows the go-wide strategy to get in significant amounts of damage after the life gain synergies of the deck are fully in effect.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:


-1 Ranger of Eos

+1 Soul’s Attendant


-1 Wrath of God

+1 Worship

This is day 229 of’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 228 here, where we featured an innovative Modern deck that uses graveyard and discard strategies to its advantage.

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