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Pride Sovereign
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Pride Sovereign
- Amonkhet

Reviewed July 21, 2017

Constructed: 3.38
Casual: 4.88
Limited: 4.50
Multiplayer: 3.50
Commander [EDH]: 3.67

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David Fanany

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Pride Sovereign
Given the state of internet memes, I suppose it really was just a matter of time before we got cat tribal effects - and they're coming out strong, with Pride Sovereign being Amonkhet's second very playable effect, in the wake of Regal Caracal. I like that there is more than one type of cat visible in the art, too. If you observe house cats for a while, you'll see how similar their behavior really is to wild cats. They prowl like panthers, climb like ocelots, stuff themselves in holes like lynxes, and rub heads affectionately just like tigers. I'm tempted to steal the art description for a conceptual plane of cats in a Pathfinder campaign.
Even with an ability that can only naturally be used every other turn, a lot of decks will simply get overwhelmed by your neverending stream of lifelinking cats. And that's still before the Sovereign himself turns into a Tarmogoyf-scale presence (don't forget, Qasali Pridemage has exalted . . .). The scary thing is that he doesn't even need to be in a dedicated cat deck to do things: Amonkhet has a few incidental cards with the cat type, and there are plenty of limited decks that do well with reusable token generation, regardless of type.
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 5/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commaner: 4/5
James H. Pride Sovereign (7/21)
Looks like Cat Tribal may now be a thing. Or it moves up a rung on the tribal ladder, at least.
Pride Sovereign gets bigger with more Cats, and you can make tokens to get it bigger; exerting it is a very real cost, but you make two Cat tokens for the price of one. Add to this a body that scales well (it's possible to bring this out as a 4/4 or a 5/5 on turn 3, if you have an aggressive curve), and you have a potential winner. Just be mindful of it lacking combat keywords and protection not related to its exceptionally large backside.
Constructed: 3.75
Casual: 4.75
Limited: 5
Multiplayer: 3
Commander: 3.25

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