Upgraded Lifeline | LegenVD
For today’s Standard budget deck, we’re upgrading the green/white starter deck titled “Lifeline.” The additions will set you back 10 common, five uncommon and seven rare wildcards. This is a green/white budget Standard life gain deck with a multitude of life gain synergies legal in the Best-of-One format.
Lifeline Upgraded has two Clerics that pick up +1/+1 counters whenever we gain life. Trelasarra, Moon Dancer also lets you scry 1 every time, with the only drawback being that she’s legendary. Hallowed Priest is one of those Arena-only cards, which is why the deck can only be played in Best-of-One. Righteous Valkyrie rewards you for playing other Angels and Clerics, which represents the majority of the creatures in this deck. Once you get to the 27 life threshold, you’re also rewarded with an extra teamwide +2/+2 bonus.
Besides Valkyrie, this deck has a couple more repeatable ways to gain life to turn on your life gain synergies. Both Lunarch Veteran and Prosperous Innkeeper gain life whenever a creature comes into play under our control. Soulmender is another Cleric available in Best-of-One that can gain life every turn.
Cleric Class is another great inclusion, increasing your life gain on the first level, adding counters on the second level and eventually reanimating a creature on the third level. Priest of Ancient Lore provides board presence and a life gain trigger while replacing itself. Attended Healer can quickly generate an army of Cat tokens, which will gain more life with Innkeeper and Veteran. Activating Soulmender on the opponent’s turn is also a great way to make an extra Cat token in every turn cycle.
The extra rare wildcards are spent on a second copy of Valkyrie Harbinger, which can often generate an Angel token the turn it comes into play. Branchloft Pathway will also significantly improve the consistency of your mana base, with plenty of applications in other decks. Inscription of Abundance stays from the original build as a versatile instant that can be used as a pump spell, fight spell, life gain spell or even all three when kicked. One copy of Ranger Class can be found for free in the Growing Hunger starter deck. It’s a powerful inclusion in such a creature-dense deck.
The deck is only legal in Best-of-One Standard due to the inclusion of Hallowed Priest and Soulmender. While not particularly synergistic, Luminarch Aspirant is a powerful Cleric that could work as a replacement. A good sideboard includes Cosmos Elixir or Sigarda’s Splendor to fight more controlling strategies with card advantage. Elite Spellbinder is another Cleric that can provide hand disruption against combo and control strategies. Additional copies of Inscription of Abundance or Devouring Tendrils can serve as synergistic removal options where needed.
The land base can be upgraded to include a few copies of Cave of the Frost Dragon to give the deck an extra late game mana sink. Overgrown Farmland will further improve the mana consistency. Angel of Destiny could also give us an extra angle of attack and works wonders alongside Righteous Valkyrie.