As a new and more powerful variant on Soul
Warden, Healer of the Pride is definitely worth
a look. With its increased power comes an
increased cost, to a point that's sometimes
difficult and rather crowded for white decks.
However, the fact that you get two life per
creature, even before any shenanigans, is very
tempting and makes it perhaps more useful in a
deck that isn't dedicated to an infinite combo
of some sort. You'll notice that it also exactly
offsets the payment for a single Phyrexian-mana
activation of Birthing Pod (another card that
ultimately traces its ancestry to Worldly Tutor
- did I mention I loved that card?). Keep your
eyes open for mass reanimation spells or the
like in Return to Ravnica!
Today's card of the day is Healer of the Pride
which is a four mana 2/3 that gives you two life
whenever another creature enters the battlefield
under you control. Pure lifegain cards
generally aren't great, but they really aren't
worth it when they are this high in price and
unlike the single mana alternatives by not
counting creatures your opponent plays.
This could be used in combination with Ajani,
Caller of the Pride and possibly expanded into a
cat themed deck, but in most situations Soul
Warden or Soul's Attendant are much better.
For Limited this is a bit better and again quite
decent if it can be combined with Ajani, but
otherwise it is at best a low priority mana
curve filler in a deck using White. 2/3
for four is just a little too weak and the life
gain is unlikely to be a big benefit, though the
single White in the casting at least allows some
flexibility in a mediocre Sealed pool. For
Booster this will probably last until the ends
of a pack and should only be drafted if you have
a large supply of token generation or as an
on-color pick with nothing else worthwhile.
Welcome to the Pojo.com card of the day section.
Today we are looking at Healer of the Pride from
M13. Healer of the Pride is an uncommon white
creature cat cleric that costs three generic and
one white mana for a 2/3. Healer of the Pride
says whenever another creature enters the
battlefield under your control, you gain 2 life.
Life gain can be fun, especially under the right
circumstances. Two life for each creature you
drop means that you are going to want to drop
creatures, a lot of creatures. Tokens are the
easiest to drop, and while whit does it well,
green does it just as good. That is why
green/white decks work so nicely. Double token
drops with Parallel Lives for even more life
gained. And since the Healer is from Ajani’s
pride, look no further for some great token
drops then Ajani, Caller of the Pride’s final
ability. Beefing you life total with the Healer
means that even more tokens come out, and you
gain even more life for them entering play.
This card can be a game changer, if you can get
it out quickly enough to make a difference, and
keep it out to count. People will gun to get rid
of it in order to keep your life total in check.