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Healer of the Pride
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Healer of the Pride
Magic 2013

Reviewed July xx, 2012

Constructed: 2.67
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 3.33
Multiplayer: 2.33

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Healer of the Pride

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!

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

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.
 
Constructed: 2.0
Casual: 2.0
Limited: 2.0
Multiplayer: 2.0

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

        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.
 
Limited: 4/5
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Multiplayer: 2/5


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