High Priest of Penance


Format Legality
Vintage Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Legacy Legal
Modern Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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Set Rarity
Gatecrash Rare

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High Priest of Penance

Creature — Human Cleric

Whenever High Priest of Penance is dealt damage, you may destroy target nonland permanent.

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High Priest of Penance Discussion

xcn on Pattern Recognition #27 - Enchanted

2 weeks ago

My little playgroup used quite a bit of Bestow back in the day. Granted, we were defaulting to casting Boon Satyr and Herald of Torment as creatures, but my friend usually bestowed Nighthowler, often onto a Herald or something like High Priest of Penance. On the other hand that does leave a lot of Bestow creatures... pretty sad still.

Gadianten on Divine Machinations (Cleric Tribal)

3 weeks ago

In: Dusk / Dawn, Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip, Anointed Procession, High Priest of Penance, Angelic Accord, Luminarch Ascension, Path to Exile, Swords to Plowshares, Arashin Cleric and Temple Acolyte

Out: True Conviction, Reliquary Monk, Devout Chaplain, Test of Endurance, Austere Command, Ancestor's Prophet, Alhammarret's Archive, Beacon of Immortality, Heliod's Pilgrim and Gift of Immortality

Got rid of Test of Endurance and Beacon of Immortality since my current combo tends to make it redundant. Ancestor's Prophet always seemed to disappoint since by the time I could activate him I had either won or lost.Alhammarret's Archive seemed like a win more kind of card in the deck and I was unable to always get value out of it. Devout Chaplain and Reliquary Monk got seldom if any use. Gift of immortality tended to be difficult to set up quickly enough to matter. I am not sure about Austere Command but wanted to test Dawn/Dusk.

I have attempted to increase the decks token generating theme and increase gain life ETB's to hopefully improve pre combo game play. I have also added more spot removal as I face Kalia often.

Gadianten on Divine Machinations (Cleric Tribal)

4 weeks ago

I am focusing the deck further on life gain with the hope of getting Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim online sooner with that in mind I will be making the following changes:

Out: Beacon of Destiny and High Priest of Penance

in: Arashin Cleric and Temple Acolyte

While both these choices are generally underwhelming on there own, they offer 3 life for or 6 life for if I sacrifice them. They also serve as good early blockers helping keep my life total up. I think they synergize better with Ayli overall with their high toughness to cost and is more effective life gain with Lifeline as well.

thehat on Athreos TL

1 month ago

Land base seems bad (lulz) and surprised by your omission of Mortarpod (lulz x 2).

Seriously tho after playing against the list, more creatures are in order. I like the build up you have of Enchants that makes AtherBro active, but ignoring his primary ability seems risky.

I would suggest the creature count to around 20-25.

Some suggestions I have are:

Pack Rat monster aggro with sword of Light and Shadow

Grim Haruspex better card draw

High Priest of Penance kind of like a repeatable defensive Vindicate

Kami of False Hope Having to pay 3 life to prevent you fogging every turn can get costly, especially if you can bring it back without AtherBro.

Cartel Aristocrat Good protection.


Mirror Entity For the wins

Herald of Torment Great as a repeatable enchant to buff or just as a good Devotion count for AetherBro

Immortal Servitude This can be really good for you.

evannovak on Abusing Athreos

1 month ago


The manabase is where I'd like it to be.

Fatal Pushes will take the spot of Bone Splinters soon enough.

Now I just have to consider the following:

Death Cultist -- I like the idea of being able to cycle through this late in the game with enough mana, especially if it's triggering Blood Artist and/or Zulaport Cutthroat but agree a playset may be overkill.
Viscera Seer -- I enjoy that he is a 1/1, a sac outlet, and lets me know what's coming next. I wouldn't mind 4 in here. Maybe 3 and 3 with Bloodsoaked Champion?
Blood Artist -- May just need to be added in for Zulaport Cutthroats?

But what to take out? Cartel Aristocrat or High Priest of Penance? I would think not, simply due to these are my only 2 symbol creature devotions for Athreos. But I'm also not anticipating swinging with Athreos that much anyway (Perhaps I should be?) Maybe less non-Athreos 3 drops? And how many spots should be switched out for these cards mentioned above?

I am also wondering if I need more white creatures as I am afraid there is something like Iona for Modern that will screw me over without some diversification on colors of creatures. The range of creatures and what they do within the deck I drew inspiration from (In Description) seems to be well-rounded and I am afraid the strategy I may be taking (sacrifice the living shit out of everything) may be easily deflectable and defeatable in Modern.

Darth_Savage on Life & Death (A slightly modded version)

1 month ago

EmmetCooper Organising a deck by rarity is not a helpful way to look at it, the default of card type is much easier to read...

Moving on, Caves of Koilos or Isolated Chapel as they don't enter tapped and can produce both types of mana, meaning your not stalled for a turn. Gifted Aetherborn should replace Child of Night as it is functionally better. Your deck looks to be top heavy, by this I mean you have 15 spells at 4 cmc or greater. Generally you want most of the work to be done with 1, 2 and 3 cost cards then you have some "finisher" which close the game. Generally you also want consistency, that means you focus the deck more by running 4x of the core cards.

General cards to look at -

Creatures: Athreos, God of Passage, High Priest of Penance, Tidehollow Sculler, Souls of the Faultless.

Spells: Zealous Persecution, Duress, Brave the Elements.

Planeswalker: Sorin, Lord of Innistrad or Sorin, Solemn Visitor

This isn't an exhaustive list, there are lots of other cards that cause your opponent to lose life and you to gain, or play to that tactic.

Hope that helps.

musicman3310 on You lose life, I gain life. Repeat.

1 month ago

Maybe Stab Wound in place of Pillory of the Sleepless, more situational but more damage per turn. Also, if you can get High Priest of Penance to have 2 toughness and equip him with something like Pathway Arrows then he can keep shooting himself (in this case for 2 once it's set up) and exile one thing at a time.

netdeck_master on My Friends are Contagious!

2 months ago

Are you into extort? Because Syndic of Tithes and Crypt Ghast could do some damage. As well, I feel like High Priest of Penance could have an impact because of its ability.

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