Let's talk about the mono-white life gain commander you've been sleeping on: Linden, the Steadfast Queen. Forget Heliod, Sun-Crowned and Walking Ballista! We want this list to defeat opponents the old fashioned way. In this brew, we care about creatures, tokens, and swinging for maximum life gain. But how do we win? Life gain only takes us so far.

Linden, the Steadfast Queen may be royalty, but she is no weakling. Her art depicts her as strong and regal, brandishing an impressive sword, prepared for battle. Her earlier concept reveals her skirt to tear away into combat ready pants. This particular list matches the tone of Linden, the Steadfast Queen herself—we win through combat. There's strength in numbers, so let's get into it!

Token Generators

This deck's bread and butter are tokens. They're cheap, easy to make in vast quantities, and trigger Linden, the Steadfast Queen. They're great for chump blockers, and in the right moment make great beaters. Without them, this deck is greatly cheapened. We run a great deal of ways to create tokens in this particular list, but I want to highlight a few key pieces I feel are deserving in this deck!

Let's talk about creatures! There are plenty in Magic's history that create tokens when they enter the battle, attack, or even when you gain life! One such creature is Crested Sunmare. Not only is this card beautiful, but the tokens it makes pack an intense punch! This ability only triggers when we gain life, but, it's more potent because it triggers regardless of how much life we gain. It can be as small as one or as great as 30! Either way, we're gonna get an indestructible 5/5 thanks to Linden, the Steadfast Queen ability.

Another token generating creature of note is Twilight Drover. This spooky lad gets bigger whenever our tokens die. While this may be a sad occasion, he's able to spit tokens back out! One token dies, but thanks to him (and the removal of a +1/+1 counter) we generate two flying Spirit tokens! Seems like a good bang for your buck, huh?

There are plenty of single-use token spells, but we here at Always Be Brewing Incorporated like repeatable forms of token generation. Some of the best repeatable shenanigans come in the shape of enchantments! Let's start with Luminarch Ascension. This spell is insanely good early game, creating tokens after we've been damage free for four turns. For just two mana we can create 4/4 flyers! With enough untapped lands, we can sink as much mana as we want to make a battalion of terrifying Angels.

Speaking of mana sinks, let's talk about Sacred Mesa. I've always wanted a use for this spell, and I just couldn't resist slotting it in Linden, the Steadfast Queen. Much like Luminarch Ascension, we're able to pump out an insane amount of tokens with flying, as long as we have the mana. The caveat is a bit different, and yet the payoff of flying tokens still feels like a win-win to me! The final token-generating enchantment is one I've seen end games: Felidar Retreat. Like Linden, the Steadfast Queen, this piece is slept on. With this enchantment out, our lands make creatures! If we don't make creatures, then at the very least we can put counters on the rest of them with the added bonus of vigilance! Also, they make cute little Cat tokens. I see no drawbacks here!

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Linden, the Steadfast Queen by Chase Carroll

'Linden, the Steadfast Queen' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Chase Carroll

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Commander

Market Price: $487.48

Cards

Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $17.07

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Vigilance
Other creatures you control get +2/+2.
Creatures your opponents control get -2/-2.

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Well of Lost Dreams

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Whenever you gain life, you may pay {X}, where X is less than or equal to the amount of life you gained. If you do, draw X cards.

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Harmonious Archon

Color Identity:W

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Flying
Non-Archon creatures have base power and toughness 3/3.
When Harmonious Archon enters the battlefield, create two 1/1 white Human creature tokens.

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Keeper of the Accord

Color Identity:W

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At the beginning of each opponent's end step, if that player controls more creatures than you, create a 1/1 white Soldier creature token.
At the beginning of each opponent's end step, if that player controls more lands than you, you may search your library for a basic Plains card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle.

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Archangel of Thune

Color Identity:W

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Flying
Lifelink (Damage dealt by this creature also causes you to gain that much life.)
Whenever you gain life, put a +1/+1 counter on each creature you control.

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Starnheim Unleashed

Color Identity:W

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Create a 4/4 white Angel Warrior creature token with flying and vigilance. If this spell was foretold, create X of those tokens instead.
Foretell {X}{X}{W} (During your turn, you may pay {2} and exile this card from your hand face down. Cast it on a later turn for its foretell cost.)

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Elspeth, Sun's Champion

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+1: Create three 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens.
−3: Destroy all creatures with power 4 or greater.
−7: You get an emblem with "Creatures you control get +2/+2 and have flying."

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Heliod, Sun-Crowned

Color Identity:W

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Indestructible
As long as your devotion to white is less than five, Heliod isn't a creature.
Whenever you gain life, put a +1/+1 counter on target creature or enchantment you control.
{1}{W}: Another target creature gains lifelink until end of turn.

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Intangible Virtue

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Creature tokens you control get +1/+1 and have vigilance.

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Ajani, Strength of the Pride

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+1: You gain life equal to the number of creatures you control plus the number of planeswalkers you control.
−2: Create a 2/2 white Cat Soldier creature token named Ajani's Pridemate with "Whenever you gain life, put a +1/+1 counter on Ajani's Pridemate."
0: If you have at least 15 life more than your starting life total, exile Ajani, Strength of the Pride and each artifact and creature your opponents control.

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Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx

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{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}: Choose a color. Add an amount of mana of that color equal to your devotion to that color. (Your devotion to a color is the number of mana symbols of that color in the mana costs of permanents you control.)

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Kabira Takedown

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Kabira Takedown deals damage equal to the number of creatures you control to target creature or planeswalker.

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Court of Grace

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When Court of Grace enters the battlefield, you become the monarch.
At the beginning of your upkeep, create a 1/1 white Spirit creature token with flying. If you're the monarch, create a 4/4 white Angel creature token with flying instead.

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Castle Ardenvale

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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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Burnished Hart

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{3}, Sacrifice Burnished Hart: Search your library for up to two basic land cards, put them onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle.

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Generous Gift

Color Identity:W

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Destroy target permanent. Its controller creates a 3/3 green Elephant creature token.

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Regna, the Redeemer

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Partner with Krav, the Unredeemed (When this creature enters the battlefield, target player may put Krav into their hand from their library, then shuffle.)
Flying
At the beginning of each end step, if your team gained life this turn, create two 1/1 white Warrior creature tokens.

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Soul's Attendant

Color Identity:W

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Whenever another creature enters the battlefield, you may 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.

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Suture Priest

Color Identity:W

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Whenever another creature enters the battlefield under your control, you may gain 1 life.
Whenever a creature enters the battlefield under an opponent's control, you may have that player lose 1 life.

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Felidar Retreat

Color Identity:W

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Landfall — Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, choose one —
• Create a 2/2 white Cat Beast creature token.
• Put a +1/+1 counter on each creature you control. Those creatures gain vigilance until end of turn.

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Council's Judgment

Color Identity:W

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Will of the council — Starting with you, each player votes for a nonland permanent you don't control. Exile each permanent with the most votes or tied for most votes.

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Storm Herd

Color Identity:W

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Create X 1/1 white Pegasus creature tokens with flying, where X is your life total.

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Anointed Procession

Color Identity:W

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If an effect would create one or more tokens under your control, it creates twice that many of those tokens instead.

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Crested Sunmare

Color Identity:W

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Other Horses you control have indestructible.
At the beginning of each end step, if you gained life this turn, create a 5/5 white Horse creature token.

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Smothering Tithe

Color Identity:W

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Whenever an opponent draws a card, that player may pay {2}. If the player doesn't, you create a Treasure token. (It's an artifact with "{T}, Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color.")

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Linden, the Steadfast Queen

Color Identity:W

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Vigilance
Whenever a white creature you control attacks, you gain 1 life.

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Aetherflux Reservoir

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Whenever you cast a spell, you gain 1 life for each spell you've cast this turn.
Pay 50 life: Aetherflux Reservoir deals 50 damage to any target.

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Soul Warden

Color Identity:W

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Whenever another creature enters the battlefield, you gain 1 life.

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Cathars' Crusade

Color Identity:W

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Whenever a creature enters the battlefield under your control, put a +1/+1 counter on each creature you control.

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Lotus Field

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Hexproof
Lotus Field enters the battlefield tapped.
When Lotus Field enters the battlefield, sacrifice two lands.
{T}: Add three mana of any one color.

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Luminarch Ascension

Color Identity:W

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At the beginning of each opponent's end step, if you didn't lose life this turn, you may put a quest counter on Luminarch Ascension. (Damage causes loss of life.)
{1}{W}: Create a 4/4 white Angel creature token with flying. Activate only if Luminarch Ascension has four or more quest counters on it.

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Rhox Faithmender

Color Identity:W

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Lifelink (Damage dealt by this creature also causes you to gain that much life.)
If you would gain life, you gain twice that much life instead.

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Guildless Commons

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Guildless Commons enters the battlefield tapped.
When Guildless Commons enters the battlefield, return a land you control to its owner's hand.
{T}: Add {C}{C}.

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Crackdown

Color Identity:W

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Nonwhite creatures with power 3 or greater don't untap during their controllers' untap steps.

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Twilight Drover

Color Identity:W

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Whenever a creature token leaves the battlefield, put a +1/+1 counter on Twilight Drover.
{2}{W}, Remove a +1/+1 counter from Twilight Drover: Create two 1/1 white Spirit creature tokens with flying.

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Endless Atlas

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{2}, {T}: Draw a card. Activate only if you control three or more lands with the same name.

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Sacred Mesa

Color Identity:W

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At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice Sacred Mesa unless you sacrifice a Pegasus.
{1}{W}: Create a 1/1 white Pegasus creature token with flying.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Nyx Lotus

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Nyx Lotus enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Choose a color. Add an amount of mana of that color equal to your devotion to that color. (Your devotion to a color is the number of mana symbols of that color in the mana costs of permanents you control.)

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Settle the Wreckage

Color Identity:W

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Exile all attacking creatures target player controls. That player may search their library for that many basic land cards, put those cards onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle.

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God-Eternal Oketra

Color Identity:W

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Double strike
Whenever you cast a creature spell, create a 4/4 black Zombie Warrior creature token with vigilance.
When God-Eternal Oketra dies or is put into exile from the battlefield, you may put it into its owner's library third from the top.

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Swords to Plowshares

Color Identity:W

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Exile target creature. Its controller gains life equal to its power.

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Reconnaissance

Color Identity:W

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{0}: Remove target attacking creature you control from combat and untap it.

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Gustcloak Savior

Color Identity:W

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Flying
Whenever a creature you control becomes blocked, you may untap that creature and remove it from combat.

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Pearl Medallion

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White spells you cast cost {1} less to cast.

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Kjeldoran Outpost

Color Identity:W

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If Kjeldoran Outpost would enter the battlefield, sacrifice a Plains instead. If you do, put Kjeldoran Outpost onto the battlefield. If you don't, put it into its owner's graveyard.
{T}: Add {W}.
{1}{W}, {T}: Create a 1/1 white Soldier creature token.

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Myriad Landscape

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Myriad Landscape enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Myriad Landscape: Search your library for up to two basic land cards that share a land type, put them onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle.

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Sunscorch Regent

Color Identity:W

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Flying
Whenever an opponent casts a spell, put a +1/+1 counter on Sunscorch Regent and you gain 1 life.

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Dawn of Hope

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.56

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Whenever you gain life, you may pay {2}. If you do, draw a card.
{3}{W}: Create a 1/1 white Soldier creature token with lifelink.

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Path to Exile

Color Identity:W

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Exile target creature. Its controller may search their library for a basic land card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle.

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Wayfarer's Bauble

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{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Wayfarer's Bauble: Search your library for a basic land card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle.

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Serra Ascendant

Color Identity:W

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Lifelink (Damage dealt by this creature also causes you to gain that much life.)
As long as you have 30 or more life, Serra Ascendant gets +5/+5 and has flying.

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Hour of Reckoning

Color Identity:W

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Convoke (Your creatures can help cast this spell. Each creature you tap while casting this spell pays for {1} or one mana of that creature's color.)
Destroy all nontoken creatures.

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Felidar Sovereign

Color Identity:W

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Vigilance, lifelink
At the beginning of your upkeep, if you have 40 or more life, you win the game.

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Unbreakable Formation

Color Identity:W

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Creatures you control gain indestructible until end of turn.
Addendum — If you cast this spell during your main phase, put a +1/+1 counter on each of those creatures and they gain vigilance until end of turn.

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Land Tax

Color Identity:W

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At the beginning of your upkeep, if an opponent controls more lands than you, you may search your library for up to three basic land cards, reveal them, put them into your hand, then shuffle.

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Sol Ring

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{T}: Add {C}{C}.

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Solemn Simulacrum

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When Solemn Simulacrum enters the battlefield, you may search your library for a basic land card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle.
When Solemn Simulacrum dies, you may draw a card.

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Springjack Pasture

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{T}: Add {C}.
{4}, {T}: Create a 0/1 white Goat creature token.
{T}, Sacrifice X Goats: Add X mana of any one color. You gain X life.

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Authority of the Consuls

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Creatures your opponents control enter the battlefield tapped.
Whenever a creature enters the battlefield under an opponent's control, you gain 1 life.

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Griffin Aerie

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At the beginning of your end step, if you gained 3 or more life this turn, create a 2/2 white Griffin creature token with flying.

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Teferi's Protection

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Until your next turn, your life total can't change and you gain protection from everything. All permanents you control phase out. (While they're phased out, they're treated as though they don't exist. They phase in before you untap during your untap step.)
Exile Teferi's Protection.

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Righteous Valkyrie

Color Identity:W

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Flying
Whenever another Angel or Cleric enters the battlefield under your control, you gain life equal to that creature's toughness.
As long as you have at least 7 life more than your starting life total, creatures you control get +2/+2.

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Austere Command

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Choose two —
• Destroy all artifacts.
• Destroy all enchantments.
• Destroy all creatures with mana value 3 or less.
• Destroy all creatures with mana value 4 or greater.

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Resplendent Angel

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Flying
At the beginning of each end step, if you gained 5 or more life this turn, create a 4/4 white Angel creature token with flying and vigilance.
{3}{W}{W}{W}: Until end of turn, Resplendent Angel gets +2/+2 and gains lifelink.

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Divine Visitation

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If one or more creature tokens would be created under your control, that many 4/4 white Angel creature tokens with flying and vigilance are created instead.

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Mind Stone

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Mind Stone: Draw a card.

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Daxos, Blessed by the Sun

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Daxos's toughness is equal to your devotion to white. (Each {W} in the mana costs of permanents you control counts toward your devotion to white.)
Whenever another creature you control enters the battlefield or dies, you gain 1 life.

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Dolmen Gate

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Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt to attacking creatures you control.

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Path of Bravery

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As long as your life total is greater than or equal to your starting life total, creatures you control get +1/+1.
Whenever one or more creatures you control attack, you gain life equal to the number of attacking creatures.

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Endless Horizons

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When Endless Horizons enters the battlefield, search your library for any number of Plains cards, exile them, then shuffle.
At the beginning of your upkeep, you may put a card you own exiled with Endless Horizons into your hand.

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Let's Gain Life

Tokens aren't the only thing this deck does well. We gain obscene amounts of life whenever we attack thanks to Linden, the Steadfast Queen after all! However, we need to run other instances of life gain, otherwise our deck falls apart. Thankfully we are smart deckbuilders and have other great ways to gain life. Of course we run our soul sisters like Soul Warden, Soul's Attendant, and Daxos, Blessed by the Sun! But we have even more tricks up our sleeves!

Authority of the Consuls isn't necessarily a soul sister, but it sure acts like one! Whenever creatures come into play under our opponent's control, we gain life. While this may seem minimal, we run this bad boy for its stacksiness! Creatures our opponents control come into play tapped? CHECK PLEASE! Of course we have to run one of the less conventional soul sisters: Suture Priest. Not only does this baddie gain us life, but she makes our opponents lose life whenever a creature enters the battlefield under their control. Suture Priest GIVETH AND SHE TAKETH AWAY!

When I ran the concept of life gain by my friends, they all immediately told me to run Rhox Faithmender. While this Rhino does have lifelink, the fact that he doubles the amount of life we gain makes him that much more valuable (also he's just a cutie). This list originally ran Boon Reflection, but it was cut in favor of this Rhox Faithmender! Another piece of lifegain tech comes in the form of a Planeswalker: Ajani, Strength of the Pride. I love this card so so much! His 0 ability is incredibly potent, but ultimately we want to focus on his +1 and -2. When we plus him, we gain boatloads of life. However, his -2 is my favorite—creating an Ajani's Pridemate token. This card was a blight on MTG Arena, making me incredibly sad because dang do those tokens get outta hand fast.

Let's talk about our final pieces of sweet life gain tech. Many cards have the caveat text that says, "If you have X or more life..." Many of the cards that have this text get a great bonus, and since we're in Commander (a format with 40 starting life), we immediately hit this threshold! I want to specifically end on two cards that meet this threshold: Serra Ascendant and Felidar Sovereign. Serra Ascendant on turn one is a game ender in Commander. It immediately becomes a 6/6 with flying and lifelink, making it highly synergistic. Now, let's talk about Felidar Sovereign. One player's target for removal is another player's win con! If by some odd chance we can't win by combat, Felidar Sovereign allows us to win passively! Sometimes the path of least resistance ends up being the path to victory… sometimes!

Make Creatures Bigger

Let's face it—our tokens are only 1/1s, after all. However, we have ways to make our tokens a bit scarier. Chump blockers are neat, but giant 4/4 flyers are even better. Divine Visitation definitely has a place in this deck, but we have ways we can incrementally increase the power and toughness of our tokens without changing them at all!

Cathar's Crusade

Righteous Valkyrie is one of the newest pieces in this deck that really shines bright from the pieces from Kaldheim. Not only is she a cheap Angel, but her buff ability threshold is very low. Once we are seven above starting life total, all our creatures are buffed by two! Getting her out early is crucial.

Speaking of buffing our creatures by two, we're also running Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite. Yes this Praetor wants nothing more than to make our tokens perfect, and why not? She buffs our creatures and weakens our opponent's creatures. It seems perfect (pun intended)!

Lastly, we have Cathars' Crusade. I like to call this enchantment the math problem. If we make multiple tokens at once, it can get a bit confusing. However, there is no argument that once creatures start hitting the field, the counters will snowball and make our creatures a terrifying threat.

Chase's Choice

Every single time I do an Always Be Brewing stream, I have one veto. One card I refuse to cut from the deck, regardless of the reason why. For the purpose of article formatting, I've decided to call this card, "Chase's Choice." This week's veto is Storm Herd. At first glance this card seems like a meme card. It has a converted mana cost of 10, which is definitely steep considering our mana curve. However, this is a card I've always wanted to play. If our life total is high enough, we can make a disgusting amount of Pegasus tokens. I can guarantee the likelihood of us making 40 or more tokens is very small, however, the one game where we can make over 100 tokens is too tempting for us to not consider running it!

This week's deck tech was definitely a bit of a blast from the past. For the most part, I tend to lean toward newer commanders to build around and write about. However, I've exhausted my picks from Kaldheim and Time Spiral Remastered and have, instead, opted to focus on a commander and color that are underestimated. I myself have been… not so kind toward the W in WUBRG. This week's deck tech is a reminder that white is just as much of a threat as any other color in Magic. Don't sleep on it.