Abzan Battle Priest


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Custom Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Iconic Masters (IMA) Uncommon
Khans of Tarkir (KTK) Uncommon

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Abzan Battle Priest

Creature — Human Cleric

Outlast (, : Put a +1/+1 counter on this creature. Outlast only as a sorcery.)

Each creature you control with a +1/+1 counter on it has lifelink.

Abzan Battle Priest Discussion

DemonDragonJ on Abzan Battle Priest or Crystalline ...

2 weeks ago

shadow63, I already have Doubling Season in that deck, and there is no card that I could remove for Corpsejack Menace , other than the aforementioned Abzan Battle Priest .

DemonDragonJ on All Will Be One

3 weeks ago

I have replaced Abzan Battle Priest with Crystalline Crawler , since the latter card is far better for a deck such as this one.

multimedia on Abzan Battle Priest or Crystalline ...

3 weeks ago

Yes, no question make that replacement.

Abzan Battle Priest is kind of lackluster since don't really need it's lifelink ability since Atraxa has lifelink. It's interaction does seems good with Archangel of Thune , but Thune is good just by itself where as Priest isn't.

I would value more ramp that has interaction with proliferate over more lifelink that has interaction with proliferate. Crawler can by itself the turn you play it, if you use four different colors of mana to cast it, cast Atraxa. Since it's a 1/1 removing all the counters the turn you play it doesn't kill it which is good to be able to later on put more counters on it.

Crawler is more versatile being a creature who can be a powerful mana rock or just one who can grow in power to be an attacker. Who if you use four different colors of mana to cast can ETB as a 5/5. Only using three different colors still gives you a 4/4, even that's better than Priest.

DemonDragonJ on Abzan Battle Priest or Crystalline ...

3 weeks ago

In my Atraxa EDH deck, I have an Abzan Battle Priest , who is in that deck specifically to combo with Archangel of Thune ; however, I have realized that the probability of reliably drawing both of those cards within close proximity of each other in a single game is very miniscule, so I am now considering replacing that creature with another one.

One creature that many websites and other players recommend for an Atraxa deck is Crystalline Crawler , and I can understand that recommendation, since that creature would work very well in such a deck, providing almost free mana for minimal investment. It also has the same mana cost, albeit with no colors, as the priest, so it shall not raise the mana curve of my deck.

What does everyone else say about this? Should I replace Abzan Battle Priest with Crystalline Crawler ?

multimedia on All Will Be One

3 months ago

You cut Tezzeret's Gambit out of spite? There's no other reason that you did that while keeping terrible Wanderer's Strike ?

There's mana efficient budget staple Commander cards that can replace many of the very cards you think you should keep. Start with staples that are within your budget, include them first, then add "two for ones". Your right two for ones are good, but the card must be worth the mana cost for the two for one to matter. None of the cards you're explaining to me about are worth the mana cost. Over mana costed cards that have proliferate slapped on them as a one time effect are not worth it when you can play many repeatable sources of proliferate and can also get the very same one time effect from much lower cost mana efficient cards.

Dovin has a good ultimate, but that's it. Best not to play Planeswalkers just for their ultimate because it's too likely that you will not get it. Dovin's other abilities are lackluster, not worth playing. In any game you would much rather play four drop Atraxa, Tamiyo, Field Researcher or Ajani Steadfast than Dovin. Dovin is just getting in the way of other much more powerful four drops. Can't count on having Doubling Season every game to ultimate your Planeswalkers especially since you're not playing any mana efficient tutors that can get Season.

Mer-Ek Nightblade and Abzan Battle Priest are more four drops and there's too many four drops here especially since Atraxa is the four drop you want to consistently cast or a Planeswalker. Nightblade and Priest are lackluster four drops compared to the rest of the four drops; they require other cards (creatures to have a counter on them) to be decent and that's not good compared to the other four drops.

True Conviction and Plasm Capture are fine cards, but the manabase here can't support them. Their difficult mana costs are not costs you want to have to worry about in a four color deck. They aren't powerful enough as singletons to want to change your manabase or mana sources to play them.

DemonDragonJ on All Will Be One

3 months ago

multimedia, I shall address each card that you have mentioned.

Wanderer's Strike is a removal spell as well as a source of proliferation; it unconditionally exiles any creature and provides additional counters on permanents. I do feel that five mana is a high cost, and it really should have been an instant, but the fact that it provides two effects in one card makes it too useful to remove.

Fuel for the Cause is the same; it is a two-for-one card, so I prefer to keep it.

Grim Affliction can work as a removal spell, which any deck should have.

I will admit that I am having difficulty in deciding which card between Steady Progress and Tezzeret's Gambit to remove, but the fact that the former is an instant means that I shall likely keep it. Drawing two cards is obviously very nice, but the difference between an instant and sorcery can often mean the difference between victory and defeat (which is why I did not replace Grim Affliction with Courage in Crisis ).

I feel that Plasm Capture is too good to not have in any deck that contains blue and green, since it provides essentially free mana.

Privileged Position is too good to not include in any deck that supports its colors, for reasons that should be entirely self-explanatory.

I have True Conviction in every EDH deck of mine that contains white, and, in the case of this deck, it is an excellent combination with Archangel of Thune , since every additional creature shall provide an additional trigger for the angel's ability, and the same is true with Abzan Battle Priest , which is in this deck specifically to combo with the archangel.

Mer-Ek Nightblade should be entirely self-explanatory.

I have Dovin Baan in this deck specifically for his emblem; in fact, six out of the eight planeswalkers in this deck produce emblems, which was a choice that I made very deliberately, and the other two both have abilities that grant +1/+1 counters to all creatures, which was another very deliberate choice.

Out of all the cards that you mentioned, I actually had Thrummingbird in this deck, before I replaced it with Grateful Apparition , but, after considering your words, the redundancy would be nice, so I shall put that card in this deck, again, and I shall likely replace Tezzeret's gambit with it, which shall also allow me to replace Mortify with Utter End .

Aragon_Neotrix on Got Hemp?

4 months ago

A lot of cards you play use +1/+1 counters and you say that you have trouble with Boggles? you could try Abzan Battle Priest Lantern Scout is a cheaper one off option

I see these as the only ways I can think of to drastically turn the tide on Boggles

AkaAkuma on Little Rey of Ishine (Reyhan/Ishai 2.74 cmc)

5 months ago

I personally run 34 lands with a cmc of 3.64, but sometimes have a game I wished i included one more. You have a few more rocks and dorks in your deck, so perhaps 34 is fine. But the cmc is a bit deceiving, I think your creature cmc cuts around 4, but the tutors and cheap removal you run holds it low.

On cuts, I think your deck looks in a good shape. Just quite spread with good stuff. You perhaps can narrow your focus down some more towards your wincons, especially since you run so much tutors.

E.g. Abzan Battle Priest is a good herald, but lifelink adds nothing to your strategy apart from survival.

Bastion Protector even does a double job here. It's great! But you could've also played e.g. Myth Unbound , Asceticism or Herald of War . I mean show em we don't care about their removal!

How often do you play Necropolis Regent over other stuff? She's good, but I'd probably played something else for 6. You already adopted my Rite of Replication plan, Mirror Mockery does nearly the same thing on Reyhan attacks.

Is Tymna the Weaver the optimal choice for card draw here? It's not that you run bleed effects.

And perhaps you could cut on Nature's Lore for Meren of Clan Nel Toth so you can recur the tribe elder or paradise bird.

I play Cathars' Crusade because i can make some tokens off Chasm Skulker , Mycoloth or Ghave, Guru of Spores and clones. But this does not apply to you so much. I'd cut it.

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