Orzhov Pontiff


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

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Set Rarity
Guildpact Rare

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Orzhov Pontiff

Creature — Human Cleric

Haunt (When this card is put into a graveyard from play, remove it from the game haunting target creature.)

When Orzhov Pontiff enters the battlefield or the creature it haunts is put into a graveyard, choose one - creatures you control get +1/+1 until end of turn; or creatures you don't control get -1/-1 until end of turn.

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Orzhov Pontiff Discussion

Sargeras on Hunted Sisters

1 week ago

I haven't seen a Blood Illness list in quite some time, so +1 for bringing back such a unique build! (It never really left the kitchen table but it was fun)

A couple suggestions,

Forbidden Orchard: It was used in the old lists as a way to achieve easy mana fixing while giving yourself plenty to things to kill with Illness in the Ranks

Since you aren't using white (which would give you access to Twilight Drover, Suture Priest, Zealous Persecution, and Orzhov Pontiff) I'd recommend playing some kind of direct tutor effect to get you illness or a hunted creature, (I don't know exactly what, I know Dizzy Spell is the only transmute for a one drop it's just an idea) simply to improve consistency.

In any case it's nice to see an older deck brought back, Cheers!

Jhed1 on Athreos, wololoing with B/W

1 week ago

Orzhov Pontiff seems great for more board control.Running some amount of Emeria, The Sky Ruin and possibly a Vault of the Archangel could also provide you with more grind/stability.

I'd like to see a couple Stony Silence for the sideboard. Zealous Persecution & Blessed Alliance would also be good to protect yourself from some of the more all-in style decks in modern.

Also - some Surgical Extraction / Nihil Spellbomb / Rest in Peace for the sideboard would be good - however RIP might not be the best if you'd like to settle in for the long-haul with Emeria :)


projectneptune on Ayli Tribal Clerics

1 week ago

I'm in the process of revamping my Ayli deck into a tribal deck and your decklist gives me some great ideas so thank you for that. Welcome back to magic :) Some feedback for you:

  • I think instead of categories named "ramp" and "mana rocks", they should be "ramp" and "draw". This will give you a better idea of how many draw spells you actually have, which (in my opinion) you don't have enough for such a low mana curve. And on the ramp side of things, I'd stick in 2-3 more.

  • More commander protection.

Considerations for adds

Considerations for removal

  • Exorcist - I'm not a fan because it's only black, that's too restrictive
  • Orzhov Signet - *my issue with the signet is that it's CMC is 2 which conflicts with Ayli. I'd rather get slightly more value out of a 3 CMC the turn after
  • Orzhov Pontiff - Ability seems minimal at best but maybe i have tunnel vision
  • Hidden Stockpile - Maybe switch to Bitterblossom if price isn't a concern. Or, if you add some of the other token generators maybe this one won't be needed anyway
  • Martyr of Sands - Not nearly enough card draw to get a huge benefit out of this

Mizzazzi on Ben Dover's Infinite Aristocrats

2 weeks ago

Here are some suggestions,Quillspike, Devoted Druid, Vampire Hexmage, Orzhov Pontiff, Nim Deathmantle, Eidolon of Rhetoric, Noxious Hatchling, Leonin Arbiter,Just some Suggestions Ive been looking at some are expensive but worth it as one offs side board or main board so yeah!

AlertKnave8075 on W: abzan melira pieces H: ...

1 month ago

looking to finish up melira combo. missing mostly cheap stuff besides the horizon canopys

3x Birds of Paradise - conspiracy

2x Wall of Roots

1x Melira, Sylvok Outcast

2x Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit

2x Eternal Witness - preferably fifth dawn but will take others

3x Viscera Seer

2x Horizon Canopy

3x Chord of Calling

1x Orzhov Pontiff

1x Qasali Pridemage

1x Temple Garden - rtr

ZenTheGlomper on 4 color coco knightfall

1 month ago

Black spells of merit (mainboard or sideboard based on the meta):

Orzhov Pontiff: Great against Affinity and random weenie decks.

Anafenza, the Foremost: A strong beater that hoses graveyard decks.

Fulminator Mage: Shores up the Tron matchup somewhat while also disrupting random manlands.

Big Game Hunter: Great for fighting Eldrazi decks, especially when they have Reality Smasher on the table. If you took this, I'd recommend -1 Sacred Foundry, +1 Godless Shrine, and +1Overgrown Tomb.

Athreos, God of Passage: Insane against midrange and control. It's a Lava Spike or Disentomb every time they kill something.

Moonbar on Take it Down to Value Town [Kiki-Chord] [[Primer]]

2 months ago

Hey there Sharac! Let me break it down for you. First of all, this deck hasn't been updated in a while, because it was really bad for the last two months (before the bannings). So you may be right that blue isn't the right choice right now. However, as someone who has played the deck often for almost a year, I know that I'm qualified to answer why I ran blue for 6 months and was quite successful with it. When I originally built the deck, Modern was in the throes of Eldrazi Winter and Jeff Hoogland was kicking ass at the SCG Opens with this deck running black. But when I finished the deck, Eye was just about to be banned, and my meta was full of other decks like Jund and Tron. This meant that the black splash, initially meant to hit Eldrazi Mimics with Orzhov Pontiff and their big stuff with Big Game Hunter was terrible. What splashing blue does is allow a more consistent combo against Jund and Junk while also opening a tempo game against fast decks. It also opens up tons of SB options. What seals the deal on it is the fact that 4 birds and 8 green fetches make it ridiculously easy to get the blue mana necessary to cast my blue spells. So there you go. I think that saying that I haven't lost a single match to Jund or Junk after the blue splash in a meta previously full of those decks is proof enough that the blue is worth it. Thanks for your comment!

aholder7 on murderous sisters

3 months ago

actually the counters do remove each other according to

121.3. If a permanent has both a +1/+1 counter and a -1/-1 counter on it, N +1/+1 and N -1/-1 counters are removed from it as a state-based action, where N is the smaller of the number of +1/+1 and -1/-1 counters on it. See rule 704.

this combo works fine but also goes under the name "melira combo" as it was originally done in Abzan (green/white/black) decks using Melira, Sylvok Outcast instead. the abzan deck now usually favors anafenza due to her extra utility of buffing creatures which has religated melira to the sideboard in most cases. the deck functions mostly like a tool box with search cards like Chord of Calling. because it has creature search cards like this it can play 1 of cards that have niche uses such as Orzhov Pontiff.

the melira portion was mostly added in to inform the deck author of similar decks that might have other card ideas and strategies they can look into.

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