For those who are unaware, I love enchantments. Enchantments are my favorite card type in Magic: The Gathering, and as a result, I tend to force Bogles in most formats that warrant it. Core Set 2021 successfully pulled me in with highly desired reprints that will provide a gateway for players to pick up once-expensive cards at an affordable rate. Core sets tend to be unexciting due to having no theme or mechanics to tie them together; however, this set sees the introduction of an enchantment that has caught my eye: Nine Lives.

It may not come as a shock that I've taken a shine to a hexproof enchantment, but Nine Lives is a brewer's dream. It's inexpensive, a fun build-around, and adorable. It's the kind of card that can create fun combos while being extremely flavorful. It may be unlikely to breach the competitive threshold of Constructed Magic, but if you take it to an FNM you will be the talk of the evening. What's not to love?

On the surface, Nine Lives looks to be a powerful card. We have seen similar variants on Nine Lives achieve success in older formats. Just look at Phyrexian Unlife.

Phyrexian Unlife sees mileage in Modern Ad Nauseam as a way to extend your life, buying a few turns before comboing off with Ad Nauseam and Lightning Storm. However, what makes Nine Lives a particularly attractive replacement is that it has hexproof. It's easy for an opponent to remove Phyrexian Unlife when you are in negative life, which results in losing the game on the spot. Nine Lives prevents damage as well as Phyrexian Unlife does, but Nine Lives checks each source of damage, which grants it the potential to last longer across numerous turns. Nine Lives can be awkward against cards that block damage prevention, such as Skullcrack, but this is a small downside given the incredible defense the enchantment offers.

However, what if there was a way to negate the incarnation counters altogether?

Solemnity was the original answer for energy in Kaladesh Standard that arrived too late to make a feasible impact. Despite this, Solemnity is an unusual effect that sees minor play in Modern alongside Phyrexian Unlife. As a result, Solemnity offers fantastic synergy alongside Nine Lives by achieving a similar goal. If you have both Solemnity and Nine Lives in play, you won't take any damage, and no incarnation counters will go on Nine Lives. As a result, they create a stubborn combination that makes it nearly impossible to lose the game. Cleansing Nova or Back to Nature can disrupt the combo, but they rarely see play in Modern or Pioneer at present.

Nine Lives in Pioneer

Joining Nine Lives in Core 2021 is Runed Halo, a powerful enchantment that sees frequent sideboard application in Modern. As a result, adopting a Mono-White Enchantment strategy in Pioneer may be another method of employing Nine Lives.

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Eidolon of Rhetoric

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Each player can't cast more than one spell each turn.

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Nyx-Fleece Ram

Color Identity:W

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At the beginning of your upkeep, you gain 1 life.

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Idyllic Tutor

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Search your library for an enchantment card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle your library.

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Sphere of Safety

Color Identity:W

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Creatures can't attack you or a planeswalker you control unless their controller pays {X} for each of those creatures, where X is the number of enchantments you control.

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Nine Lives

Color Identity:W

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Hexproof
If a source would deal damage to you, prevent that damage and put an incarnation counter on Nine Lives.
When there are nine or more incarnation counters on Nine Lives, exile it.
When Nine Lives leaves the battlefield, you lose the game.

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Starfield of Nyx

Color Identity:W

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At the beginning of your upkeep, you may return target enchantment card from your graveyard to the battlefield.
As long as you control five or more enchantments, each other non-Aura enchantment you control is a creature in addition to its other types and has base power and base toughness each equal to its converted mana cost.

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Hushbringer

Color Identity:W

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Flying, lifelink
Creatures entering the battlefield or dying don't cause abilities to trigger.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Baffling End

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When Baffling End enters the battlefield, exile target creature an opponent controls with converted mana cost 3 or less.
When Baffling End leaves the battlefield, target opponent creates a 3/3 green Dinosaur creature token with trample.

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Elspeth Conquers Death

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(As this Saga enters and after your draw step, add a lore counter. Sacrifice after III.)
I — Exile target permanent an opponent controls with converted mana cost 3 or greater.
II — Noncreature spells your opponents cast cost {2} more to cast until your next turn.
III — Return target creature or planeswalker card from your graveyard to the battlefield. Put a +1/+1 counter or a loyalty counter on it.

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Gideon's Intervention

Color Identity:W

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As Gideon's Intervention enters the battlefield, choose a card name.
Your opponents can't cast spells with the chosen name.
Prevent all damage that would be dealt to you and permanents you control by sources with the chosen name.

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Disenchant

Color Identity:W

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Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

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Castle Ardenvale

Color Identity:W

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Castle Ardenvale enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Plains.
{T}: Add {W}.
{2}{W}{W}, {T}: Create a 1/1 white Human creature token.

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Archon of Sun's Grace

Color Identity:W

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Flying, lifelink
Pegasus creatures you control have lifelink.
Constellation — Whenever an enchantment enters the battlefield under your control, create a 2/2 white Pegasus creature token with flying.

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Rest in Peace

Color Identity:W

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When Rest in Peace enters the battlefield, exile all cards from all graveyards.
If a card or token would be put into a graveyard from anywhere, exile it instead.

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Field of Ruin

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{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Field of Ruin: Destroy target nonbasic land an opponent controls. Each player searches their library for a basic land card, puts it onto the battlefield, then shuffles their library.

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Deafening Silence

Color Identity:W

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Each player can't cast more than one noncreature spell each turn.

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Elspeth, Sun's Nemesis

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−1: Up to two target creatures you control each get +2/+1 until end of turn.
−2: Create two 1/1 white Human Soldier creature tokens.
−3: You gain 5 life.
Escape—{4}{W}{W}, Exile four other cards from your graveyard. (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its escape cost.)

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Solemnity

Color Identity:W

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Players can't get counters.
Counters can't be put on artifacts, creatures, enchantments, or lands.

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Starfield Mystic

Color Identity:W

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Enchantment spells you cast cost {1} less to cast.
Whenever an enchantment you control is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, put a +1/+1 counter on Starfield Mystic.

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Banishing Light

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When Banishing Light enters the battlefield, exile target nonland permanent an opponent controls until Banishing Light leaves the battlefield.

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Runed Halo

Color Identity:W

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As Runed Halo enters the battlefield, choose a card name.
You have protection from the chosen card name. (You can't be targeted, dealt damage, or enchanted by anything with that name.)

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Mono-White Enchantments cares about your opponent playing to your rhythm. Nyx-Fleece Ram does an excellent job of soaking up damage against aggressive strategies, and Eidolon of Rhetoric slows down combo strategies that are rife in Pioneer at present. While the Nine Lives combo is one win condition, Archon of Sun's Grace allows you to trade enchantments for creatures, and overwhelming the board with 2/2 flyers is a sure way to end the game swiftly. One tip to playing the strategy is to understand what to name with Runed Halo, as this will improve your win percentage in matches. Admittedly, it may take a while to understand all the various strategies and archetypes in Pioneer, as with any format. Still, through experience, you will understand threat density and start to  convert this knowledge into wins.

Starfield of Nyx is an ideal sideboard option for strategies that side out all their creature removal, allowing you to become the aggressor with your enchantments. Also, Starfield of Nyx recurs enchantments back into play, enabling you to bring back Nine Lives or Solemnity to pull off the combo. As this strategy is mono-white, there is little option for card draw, hence the inclusion of Idyllic Tutor. This allows you to find whichever enchantment hate piece you need for a particular situation. There may be a world where Luminous Broodmoth fits in the build, as it offers excellent synergy with Solemnity by recurring threats from the graveyard without the flying counter.

If you want to splash into a second color, then Selesnya Enchantress could be for you.

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Nessian Wanderer

Color Identity:G

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Constellation — Whenever an enchantment enters the battlefield under your control, look at the top three cards of your library. You may reveal a land card from among them and put that card into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.

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Forest

Color Identity:G

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Rest in Peace

Color Identity:W

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When Rest in Peace enters the battlefield, exile all cards from all graveyards.
If a card or token would be put into a graveyard from anywhere, exile it instead.

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Starfield of Nyx

Color Identity:W

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At the beginning of your upkeep, you may return target enchantment card from your graveyard to the battlefield.
As long as you control five or more enchantments, each other non-Aura enchantment you control is a creature in addition to its other types and has base power and base toughness each equal to its converted mana cost.

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Seal Away

Color Identity:W

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Flash
When Seal Away enters the battlefield, exile target tapped creature an opponent controls until Seal Away leaves the battlefield.

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Sunpetal Grove

Color Identity:G,W

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Sunpetal Grove enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Forest or a Plains.
{T}: Add {G} or {W}.

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Banishing Light

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When Banishing Light enters the battlefield, exile target nonland permanent an opponent controls until Banishing Light leaves the battlefield.

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Deafening Silence

Color Identity:W

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Each player can't cast more than one noncreature spell each turn.

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Temple Garden

Color Identity:G,W

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({T}: Add {G} or {W}.)
As Temple Garden enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Starfield Mystic

Color Identity:W

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Enchantment spells you cast cost {1} less to cast.
Whenever an enchantment you control is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, put a +1/+1 counter on Starfield Mystic.

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Nine Lives

Color Identity:W

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Hexproof
If a source would deal damage to you, prevent that damage and put an incarnation counter on Nine Lives.
When there are nine or more incarnation counters on Nine Lives, exile it.
When Nine Lives leaves the battlefield, you lose the game.

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Herald of the Pantheon

Color Identity:G

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Enchantment spells you cast cost {1} less to cast.
Whenever you cast an enchantment spell, you gain 1 life.

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Baffling End

Color Identity:W

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When Baffling End enters the battlefield, exile target creature an opponent controls with converted mana cost 3 or less.
When Baffling End leaves the battlefield, target opponent creates a 3/3 green Dinosaur creature token with trample.

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Canopy Vista

Color Identity:G,W

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({T}: Add {G} or {W}.)
Canopy Vista enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or more basic lands.

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Nyx-Fleece Ram

Color Identity:W

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At the beginning of your upkeep, you gain 1 life.

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Solemnity

Color Identity:W

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Players can't get counters.
Counters can't be put on artifacts, creatures, enchantments, or lands.

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Sphere of Safety

Color Identity:W

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Creatures can't attack you or a planeswalker you control unless their controller pays {X} for each of those creatures, where X is the number of enchantments you control.

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Archon of Sun's Grace

Color Identity:W

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Flying, lifelink
Pegasus creatures you control have lifelink.
Constellation — Whenever an enchantment enters the battlefield under your control, create a 2/2 white Pegasus creature token with flying.

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Elspeth Conquers Death

Color Identity:W

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(As this Saga enters and after your draw step, add a lore counter. Sacrifice after III.)
I — Exile target permanent an opponent controls with converted mana cost 3 or greater.
II — Noncreature spells your opponents cast cost {2} more to cast until your next turn.
III — Return target creature or planeswalker card from your graveyard to the battlefield. Put a +1/+1 counter or a loyalty counter on it.

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Calix, Destiny's Hand

Color Identity:G,W

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+1: Look at the top four cards of your library. You may reveal an enchantment card from among them and put that card into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.
−3: Exile target creature or enchantment you don't control until target enchantment you control leaves the battlefield.
−7: Return all enchantment cards from your graveyard to the battlefield.

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Gideon's Intervention

Color Identity:W

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As Gideon's Intervention enters the battlefield, choose a card name.
Your opponents can't cast spells with the chosen name.
Prevent all damage that would be dealt to you and permanents you control by sources with the chosen name.

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Temple of Plenty

Color Identity:G,W

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Temple of Plenty enters the battlefield tapped.
When Temple of Plenty enters the battlefield, scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.)
{T}: Add {G} or {W}.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Runed Halo

Color Identity:W

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As Runed Halo enters the battlefield, choose a card name.
You have protection from the chosen card name. (You can't be targeted, dealt damage, or enchanted by anything with that name.)

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Setessan Champion

Color Identity:G

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Constellation — Whenever an enchantment enters the battlefield under your control, put a +1/+1 counter on Setessan Champion and draw a card.

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Selesnya Enchantress has remained on the fringes of Pioneer after seeing brief success earlier in the year. However, the introduction of Nine Lives may invigorate the strategy by offering this resilient combo. Considering Nine Lives and Solemnity are in the same color and are cheap the cast, it's easy to slot them in existing strategies such as Selesnya Enchantress. Compared to its mono-white counterpart, this variant offers a robust engine thanks to Nessian Wanderer and Setessan Champion. The inclusion of Setessan Champion may seem unusual as Solemnity negates the counters, but the card draw warrants the inclusion. Traditionally, you would want to use Setessan Champion as a threat, but her role in this list is to draw cards and find the combo sooner.

Both of these lists could easily include Nyxthos, Shrine to Nyx as a means to ramp into more enchantments. One fault to Enchantress decks in Pioneer is that they miss powerful ramp spells such as Utopia Sprawl or even Arbor Elf to jump ahead on mana. While Wolfwillow Haven is an acceptable placeholder, it's awkward to play on curve as you would rather play your enchantment reducers first to generate the enchantment discount later on.

Nine Lives in Modern

Although Solemnity and Nine Lives may not feature in Modern Ad Nauseam, there is a fringe strategy which could be ideal in employing Nine Lives.

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Leyline of Sanctity

Color Identity:W

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If Leyline of Sanctity is in your opening hand, you may begin the game with it on the battlefield.
You have hexproof. (You can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.)

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Form of the Dragon

Color Identity:R

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At the beginning of your upkeep, Form of the Dragon deals 5 damage to any target.
At the beginning of each end step, your life total becomes 5.
Creatures without flying can't attack you.

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Supreme Verdict

Color Identity:U,W

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This spell can't be countered.
Destroy all creatures.

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Boseiju, Who Shelters All

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Boseiju, Who Shelters All enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}, Pay 2 life: Add {C}. If that mana is spent on an instant or sorcery spell, that spell can't be countered.

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Sacred Foundry

Color Identity:R,W

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({T}: Add {R} or {W}.)
As Sacred Foundry enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Solemnity

Color Identity:W

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Players can't get counters.
Counters can't be put on artifacts, creatures, enchantments, or lands.

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Day of Judgment

Color Identity:W

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Destroy all creatures.

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Phyrexian Unlife

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $4.72

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You don't lose the game for having 0 or less life.
As long as you have 0 or less life, all damage is dealt to you as though its source had infect. (Damage is dealt to you in the form of poison counters.)

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Calciform Pools

Color Identity:U,W

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}, {T}: Put a storage counter on Calciform Pools.
{1}, Remove X storage counters from Calciform Pools: Add X mana in any combination of {W} and/or {U}.

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Mistveil Plains

Color Identity:W

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({T}: Add {W}.)
Mistveil Plains enters the battlefield tapped.
{W}, {T}: Put target card from your graveyard on the bottom of your library. Activate this ability only if you control two or more white permanents.

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Ghostly Prison

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $1.53

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Creatures can't attack you unless their controller pays {2} for each creature they control that's attacking you.

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Damping Sphere

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If a land is tapped for two or more mana, it produces {C} instead of any other type and amount.
Each spell a player casts costs {1} more to cast for each other spell that player has cast this turn.

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Oblivion Ring

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.35

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When Oblivion Ring enters the battlefield, exile another target nonland permanent.
When Oblivion Ring leaves the battlefield, return the exiled card to the battlefield under its owner's control.

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Runed Halo

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.26

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As Runed Halo enters the battlefield, choose a card name.
You have protection from the chosen card name. (You can't be targeted, dealt damage, or enchanted by anything with that name.)

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Rest in Peace

Color Identity:W

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When Rest in Peace enters the battlefield, exile all cards from all graveyards.
If a card or token would be put into a graveyard from anywhere, exile it instead.

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Temple of Enlightenment

Color Identity:U,W

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Temple of Enlightenment enters the battlefield tapped.
When Temple of Enlightenment enters the battlefield, scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.)
{T}: Add {W} or {U}.

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Dovescape

Color Identity:U,W

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({W/U} can be paid with either {W} or {U}.)
Whenever a player casts a noncreature spell, counter that spell. That player creates X 1/1 white and blue Bird creature tokens with flying, where X is the spell's converted mana cost.

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Lotus Bloom

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Suspend 3—{0} (Rather than cast this card from your hand, pay {0} and exile it with three time counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a time counter. When the last is removed, cast it without paying its mana cost.)
{T}, Sacrifice Lotus Bloom: Add three mana of any one color.

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Detention Sphere

Color Identity:U,W

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When Detention Sphere enters the battlefield, you may exile target nonland permanent not named Detention Sphere and all other permanents with the same name as that permanent.
When Detention Sphere leaves the battlefield, return the exiled cards to the battlefield under their owner's control.

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Greater Auramancy

Color Identity:W

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Other enchantments you control have shroud. (A permanent with shroud can't be the target of spells or abilities.)
Enchanted creatures you control have shroud.

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Stony Silence

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Activated abilities of artifacts can't be activated.

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Starfield of Nyx

Color Identity:W

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At the beginning of your upkeep, you may return target enchantment card from your graveyard to the battlefield.
As long as you control five or more enchantments, each other non-Aura enchantment you control is a creature in addition to its other types and has base power and base toughness each equal to its converted mana cost.

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Hall of Heliod's Generosity

Color Identity:W

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}{W}, {T}: Put target enchantment card from your graveyard on top of your library.

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Sphere of Safety

Color Identity:W

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Creatures can't attack you or a planeswalker you control unless their controller pays {X} for each of those creatures, where X is the number of enchantments you control.

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Porphyry Nodes

Color Identity:W

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At the beginning of your upkeep, destroy the creature with the least power. It can't be regenerated. If two or more creatures are tied for least power, you choose one of them.
When there are no creatures on the battlefield, sacrifice Porphyry Nodes.

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Overwhelming Splendor

Color Identity:W

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Enchant player
Creatures enchanted player controls lose all abilities and have base power and toughness 1/1.
Enchanted player can't activate abilities that aren't mana abilities or loyalty abilities.

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Temple of Triumph

Color Identity:R,W

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Temple of Triumph enters the battlefield tapped.
When Temple of Triumph enters the battlefield, scry 1.
{T}: Add {R} or {W}.

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Nine Lives

Color Identity:W

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Hexproof
If a source would deal damage to you, prevent that damage and put an incarnation counter on Nine Lives.
When there are nine or more incarnation counters on Nine Lives, exile it.
When Nine Lives leaves the battlefield, you lose the game.

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Rugged Prairie

Color Identity:R,W

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{T}: Add {C}.
{R/W}, {T}: Add {R}{R}, {R}{W}, or {W}{W}.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Enduring Ideal

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Search your library for an enchantment card and put it onto the battlefield. Then shuffle your library.
Epic (For the rest of the game, you can't cast spells. At the beginning of each of your upkeeps, copy this spell except for its epic ability.)

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Enduring Nine Lives revolves around a single spell—a powerful spell, since it explicitly states you won't be able to cast any more spells.

Admittedly, Enduring Ideal is not cheap to cast. But in Modern, where you have access to so many powerful enchantments, the power of Enduring Ideal goes through the roof. Surviving to seven mana is the hard part, and if you get there, you can establish a lock that your opponent won't be able to break. 

Form of the Dragon may look out of place, but it's the primary win condition of the strategy. Once you've hit Epic with Enduring Ideal, you fetch some combination of Dovescape and Form of the Dragon to lock the opponent from casting spells or attacking. From then on, it's only a matter of time before Form of the Dragon finishes the opponent off. Phyrexian Unlife supports Form of the Dragon by making you much harder to kill from 5 life. Nine Lives offers a similar benefit, which makes it a fantastic target for Enduring Ideal, creating another line for the strategy.

The list above is budget-focused with Lotus Bloom and Enduring Ideal maintaining the highest price. If you want to upgrade this down the line, I'd suggest picking up Sacred Foundry and Hallowed Fountain to replace Temple of Enlightenment and Temple of Triumph. Tap lands are acceptable in a strategy such as Enduring Ideal as adopts the approach of a control deck. Extending this, I could see Arcum's Astrolabe included to encourage card draw and meet the mana demands of Form of the Dragon. However, removing enchantments decreases the quality of Enduring Ideal, so be careful of what you take out!

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Nine Lives looks to offer an exciting win condition while oozing with cute factor. These kinds of build-around cards make Magic genuinely great. I'm excited to see where Nine Lives settles in Pioneer and Modern, and you better believe I'm running it in Modern Bogles because it's on theme with the strategy. It may not be the most optimal approach to Bogles, but it will be the most fun.

Either way, with Solemnity, you don't need to keep counting your lives.