Modern on a Budget — Soul Sisters


Hello fellow Pucatraders, I have another "Modern on a Budget" article lined up for y'all. Today, we are having a look at a deck that has been around for a while, but recently got a new spicy piece of tech with Crested Sunmare: Soul Sisters.

Soul Sisters - Modern | Dennis Gabriels

Creatures (27)
4 Ajani's Pridemate
2 Crested Sunmare
3 Martyr of Sands
3 Ranger of Eos
4 Serra Ascendant
4 Soul Warden
3 Soul's Attendant
4 Squadron Hawk

Spells (12)
3 Honor of the Pure
4 Path to Exile
4 Spectral Procession
1 Aetherflux Reservoir

Lands (21)
2 Field of Ruin
4 Ghost Quarter
15 Plains

Sideboard (15)
2 Aven Mindcensor
2 Celestial Flare
3 Rest in Peace
3 Stony Silence
1 Worship
2 Solemnity
1 Wrath of God
1 Sundering Growth

I saved about 8,000 PucaPoints by not playing Flagstones of Trokair, replacing them with two Plains and two Field of Ruin. By adding Field of Ruin, you also get two additional answers to Tron-based decks.

About the deck

The strategy of the deck is fairly straightforward: Take advantage of cheap, efficient creatures such as Serra Ascendant and Ajani's Pridemate. Our life gain bolsters these creatures and turns them into very strong threats. Very few creatures in Modern can go toe-to-toe with a 6/6 flyer.

NOTE: Remember that Ajani's Pridemate entering the battlefield with a Soul Sister in play triggers its own ability and immediately nets itself a +1/+1 counter.

Ranger of Eos allows us to find our Serra Ascendants when we are at 30+ life, getting us two 6/6 flyers for WW.

The addition of Crested Sunmare gives an additional threat that needs to be dealt with. Unanswered, this card can create an army of indestructible horses for us. This Sunmare is a Clydesdale-quality horse, ready to do some work for us.

To add some spice to the deck, I added an Aetherflux Reservoir as a 61st card. Getting to 50 life is not that unheard of, and this card can finish the game out of nowhere if we are unable to punch through our opponents defenses with our creatures.

Sideboard Options

Aven Mindcensor — With its reprint, this has become an affordable option to deal with cards like Scapeshift

Celestial Flare — The deck is light on removal, and this card provides some a bit extra. Incidentally, it is also great against hexproof creatures

Rest in Peace — Shuts down any graveyard-based decks

Stony Silence — Affinity is still a significant part of the meta. Also solid versus Lantern Control

Worship — Some decks just cannot beat this card

Wrath of God — Sometimes you just need to have a reset button (think Elves)

Sundering Growth — A catch-all answer. Populate can sometimes be relevant (I'd like another 5/5 horse, please). We play enough Plains that the mana cost should not be a hindrance

Solemnity — Yes, it is a non-bo with Ajani's Pridemate, but being able to shut down Vizier combo (and Infect) warrants it's inclusion, just take out your Pridemates when you bring them in

Wrapping Up

Yes, this week's article is a short one, but the synergy the deck has speaks for itself. Rather than to bore you to death with a sideboarding guide, I'd like you to take a few moments to think about what you want to see us write about. With Joe's focus on Legacy and my focus on Modern, there are plenty of things that aren't talked about. Let us know what you are interest in the #articles channel in Discord, or email Jonathan at I am always open to expand my horizons and challenge myself in writing about a new topic.

Also, I would like to take a moment to congratulate our new Director, Jonathan Medina. Jonathan has done a lot for Puca, and I am very thrilled that he is now at the helm of the Puca ship. I am sure there will be some rough seas in the upcoming months, but I trust our new captain to lead us safely to find the treasures of Puca.

Go and find some treasures in Ixalan this weekend and share your bounty with your fellow Puca users in return for some PucaPoints!

Dennis Gabriels is an avid Modern player. Currently, he’s rocking casual Modern FNM's with the occasional drafts when a new set is released. Before moving to the USA from Belgium, Dennis' best finishes included several regional top 8 finishes with Izzetron in the Ravnica block / Time Spiral block Standard era. Dennis is also looking to expand his horizons to the Legacy format after having completed the Pox deck entirely through Puca.

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