Bygone Bishop


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Heirloom Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Pioneer 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
Shadows over Innistrad (SOI) Rare

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Bygone Bishop

Creature — Spirit Cleric


Whenever you cast a creature spell with converted mana cost 3 or less, investigate. (Put a colourless Clue artifact token onto the battlefield with ", Sacrifice this artifact: Draw a card.")

Bygone Bishop Discussion

WhattheDeck on (Jimmy's) Darien, King of Kjeldor Mk2

21 hours ago

Love the deck! (upvoted :D) A couple suggestions:

Replace Mind's Eye for Bygone Bishop and Healer of the Pride for Impassioned Orator

One land (maybe a Plains?) for Deserted Temple (to combo with Nykthos)

I'd also put in Secure the Wastes as one way to help close out the game (maybe take out True Conviction ?)

You might also want to take out a few of your 5+cmc cards and run a few protection effects to protect your board state. My fav are: Benevolent Bodyguard Brave the Elements Emerge Unscathed Teferi's Protection Shelter Selfless Spirit .

For card draw, you can put in a couple more equipment tutors for Skullclamp , like Stoneforge Mystic , Steelshaper's Gift , Relic Seeker or Quest for the Holy Relic

Plunderburger on UWU Nomument

4 days ago

Friend of mine who's barely played MTG before (a prerelease about 5 years ago and some arena) borrowed this list for a local tournament and went 2-2 literally without sideboarding (I wasn't able to anticipate the field super well, so he wasn't sure what to bring in/out and just ran mainboarded every game.

Thoughts: Charming Prince and Reflector Mage is straight up dirty in creature matchups.

God-Eternal Oketra is fantastic, next to nothing kills her and if you curve Monument into her you are in a damn good spot.

Archangel Avacyn  Flip has very strong blowout potential against wraths and makes combat math a nightmare for opponents, but the potential to lose your entire board to a fatal push on an inspector the next turn makes me think we should go down to 0-1 of her and delegate her to the sideboard. Probably going up Oketras to match.

I think we only really want ~2 Bygone Bishop . I would go down two of those guys and one Hanweir Militia Captain  Flip, our most mediocre card, for 3 Smuggler's Copter . We're playing Inspector and a ton of 1/X tokens anyways, this lets the weenies we make tap for value that same turn and gives us an evasive threat.

lagotripha on Scissors in Pioneer

3 weeks ago

Have you considered more incidental artifacts in the form of treasure or clues? Oko, Thief of Crowns is the obvious power move, but Karn, Scion of Urza lets you drop some big artifact tokens, and Saheeli, Sublime Artificer lets you copy up big artifacts.

Thraben Inspector and Bygone Bishop , Countless Gears Renegade and Servo Exhibition ?

Witch's Oven is also interesting alongside Pia's Revolution or Sai, Master Thopterist , Strapping a grindy finish onto an already aggressive deck.

DragonLordJippy on A Better Teshar, Ancestor's Apostle

3 months ago

Hey Gang,

Plumpsmurfen - Walker isn't quite what we're looking for... It can be used in combo lines, but the Memnite and Ornithopter are only important because they stick: we want to be able to land them and Sacrifice them to an outlet.

Totatoke - I'm glad to hear it! Although I'm not sure what you'd need to tweak in this perfect list... However, I'm sure you've adjusted accordingly ;) The list is always growing on my end: just added Bygone Bishop for those grinder matches. Being able to recur an Artifact generator that subsequently let's you Draw ain't half bad it turns out. Also, Gerrard doesn't quite compete. They both have many moving parts, but fortunately White is equipped with all the resources we need to handle the game plan laid out by Teshar and this list. Also, being Mono-White allows us to be greedy with our Land base, having a low count with multiple utilities. Gerrard is a far second from the Bird, though I'd love to see (and play) against a list.

[email protected]_only on Gods and the clerics who worship them

4 months ago

needs more cleric tribal - I'd ditch the backup Orzhov subtheme ( Basilica Screecher , Crypt Ghast , Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts , & Tithe Taker ) and probably the Regal Bloodlord for some cleric support: Akroma's Devoted , Battlefield Medic , Battletide Alchemist , and Daru Spiritualist come to mind for that. Edgewalker is a must for the colors, and I'd probably ditch the monuments and obilisk of urd for more clerics - Alms Collector and Bygone Bishop give decent card draw, Eight-and-a-Half-Tails , Giver of Runes and Mother of Runes offer amazing protection for your field. Frontline Medic and Selfless Spirit offer indistrucbablity for your own wipes. Sin Collector offers good andi-countermagic / tide-turner removal. High Priest of Penance is just amazing with the recusion this deck should have. Rotlung Reanimator turns all clerics into double duty sac fodder, and Priest of Forgotten Gods , Yawgmoth, Thran Physician , and Whisper, Blood Liturgist are more than happy to supply that role, with Skirsdag High Priest backing them up. and Weathered Wayfarer pulls the same job as Land Tax , but can fetch non-basics, and is a cleric.

austintayshus on WB Cleric

5 months ago

Looks like a fun deck! +1

For card draw, I would recommend Mentor of the Meek and Read the Bones and Alms Collector and Bygone Bishop and Priest of Forgotten Gods , all depending on your playgroup and how you usually play the deck.

terry925 on Soldiers are life

5 months ago

Bygone Bishop and Nemesis Mask is another card I never heard of. These card are worth integrating into the deck. Nemesis Mask is a cheap way to get in a ton of damage. I think I'll buy a few for my other decks haha. Thank you for the suggestions!!

McToters on Soldiers are life

5 months ago

Mentor of the Meek was on my mind when I first constructed the deck, but I was worried it will not get it's full use due to all the anthem affects

Wow, yeah fantastic counterpoint! Did not think of that. Anthem effects are obviously great it just stinks you can’t run one of the better draw engines in white since white struggles with drawing cards. An alternative suggestion for this would be Bygone Bishop which I believe I’m also running in my Darien deck. Just a way to investigate and get some sort of drawing happening. Not incredibly efficient but also fits the budget.

Just from personal experience there have been plenty of games where Goldnight commander and Mirror Entity have just gone off, pumping my tokens into massive powerhouses. Goldnight can especially do this if you can generate a bunch at one time. It’s a very efficient ability.

A thought that just occurred to me... have you ever thought of running Nemesis Mask ? Could be a good fix to get damage through if you’re playing against another token deck or just having trouble in general getting through.

Glad to hear some suggestions helped!

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