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
2 weeks ago
1 month ago
Hey, i like the Copter / Order synergy a lot! Seems like a great concept, i'd love to test that myself.
That said, Brain Maggot should probably be Tidehollow Sculler. Despite being weaker to Kolaghan's Command as an artifact, an extra point of both power and toughness matters a lot.
Also, Urborg doesn't make sense to me: You need very little black mana and have no double black costs. It doesn't leave room for a basic Swamp which is important for your fetchlands to find against decks where your life total is under pressure. Also, Blood Moon is a card.
Since you barely need black mana, my experience tells me you should run Noble Hierarchs over Birds of Paradise. Exalted is a huge deal in most games, whereas flying and the option to get black mana are merely occasional upsides.
Overall, your whole deck is generating massive amounts of value (card draw, recursion, lifegain, etc). But there are a couple of decks where that doesn't accumulate to much, since what they do is even more powerful and they simply kill you. Elves or Merfolk, for example, don't seem like great matchups for you, since you lack the tools to break up their synergies (one or two Path to Exile won't be enough most of the time). Living End and Tron seem even worse. If all your Eldritch Evolutions and Chord of Callings can find are Tireless Tracker, Eternal Witness, Renegade Rallier and Kitchen Finks, which more or less do the same thing, those tutors can't reach their full potential. Sure, Brain Maggot (or Tidehollow Sculler) offers some interaction, but i think you should have access to a wider range of tools. Scavenging Ooze seems like a must to me, it's a great card on its own, and can make a big difference in matchups where graveyards are a factor. Just having a single copy to tutor up can massively affect the game. For similar reasons, you might want to consider cards like Qasali Pridemage, Orzhov Pontiff, Linvala, Keeper of Silence or Fiend Hunter for your maindeck (or sideboard). They won't always be great, but your fanastic value engines can make up for that. However, if they shine, they really shine, and might turn games around on their own.
1 month ago
Nice deck, just a couple suggestions:
- Restoration Angel over Wingmate Roc. I know you defended the Roc in your description, but it feels like Restoration Angel just works with the rest of the deck better than Wingmate Roc since its cheaper and offers more utility (flash, blinking any one of your other etb value cards). I feel like you may want to bring in your 2nd Restoration Angel before you bring in your 1st Wingmate Roc
- Sin Collector/Orzhov Pontiff/Qasali Pridemage to the sideboard? This kind of speaks to the "1of" strategy in the mainboard here. It may serve you better running these as 1ofs in your sideboard as silver bullets you can bring in over running in the mainboard and having them flop in game 1.
I have a similar deck over here -> Value City Rallier if youd like to take a look. There are definitely things I like in your deck: Thragtusk as your top end, Collective Brutality as tempo, Renegade Rallier+Voice of Resurgence synergy. Keep up the good work!
2 months ago
I know you think Spike Feeder combo is slow or inconsistent but trust me you want it in the deck. I play Abzan Evolution as well and it plays pretty much like a creature heavy midrange deck but with a backdoor combo. You play all your games normally and every now and again you get to go infinite and win some matches you may have been way behind in or had no business winning to begin with. The other bonus of running it is it can reset your Kitchen Finks as well.
Personally Im also more in favor of disruption in the form of creatures instead of spells since you are a toolbox deck. 1 ofs of Scavenging Ooze, Reclamation Sage, Orzhov Pontiff, or Fiend Hunter can make your Eldritch Evolutions better mainboard. In the sideboard you can run a good amount of silver bullets like Eidolon of Rhetoric, Aven Mindcensor, Sin Collector, Spellskite, Melira, Sylvok Outcast, and Fulminator Mage.
Some other cards I highly suggest would be Eternal Witness, Thragtusk, and Reveillark. With Witness in your deck you can get huge value out of your Reveillark by returning Eternal Witness, Voice of Resurgence, Fiend Hunter, Scavenging Ooze, and all of the sideboard cards I suggested.
2 months ago
Modern is a very fast format, and none of those spells are fast enough to address common threats. Zealous Persecution is a very good card, but it fails to take out anything above 1 toughness. Orzhov Pontiff is even worse, as it costs a whole nother point of mana. And as this deck is not running any control or ramp aspects, you're not going to be able to reliably cast a Dictate of Erebos in time for it to effect the board. Again, if you want this deck to be competitive in modern, you need cheap targetable removal. The list is simply not tournament viable without it.
2 months ago
I've played a few different versions of Humans in the past. I came to the following conclusions:
- 1 mana beaters aren't as good in Modern as they are in Standard when it comes to Humans. Because they don't have haste (like Goblin Guide) or because they don't get large quickly (Arcbound Ravager), they end up being slow and cumbersome once your opponent slams down a Tarmogoyf. Against a defenseless opponent, you absolutely will kill them on turn 5. This is still too slow for Modern.
- Hatebears is where the deck eventually goes. Since you can't kill your opponent as quickly as Burn or Affinity, why not just stop them from winning? Reflector Mage, Meddling Mage, Orzhov Pontiff, and Knight of the Reliquary are just some examples in addition to what you already have.
- This means you need a 2nd. or even 3rd. color. Mono-white Humans ends up being just a bad version of Death & Taxes. Either go full D&T or splash another color.
Here are the decks I've toyed with:
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Please note I haven't had a chance to play the Jeskai build at a competitive event yet. The Bant version was eventually turned into Bant CoCo.
I do think the Jeskai build would be the most robust. The addition of Lightning Bolt gives the deck more reach. Not to mention, there's some powerful red hatebears coming out in Amonkhet soon.
2 months ago
I don't believe more of them would do this deck any good.
This deck is meant to be competitive and it works. Check it out for yourself.
2 months ago
@trav1405 - I definitely like Qasali Pridemage, especially with Renegade Rallier in the deck. It has a lot of uses and exalted is a nice plus too. In the future I might move one of those and an Orzhov Pontiff from the sideboard to main deck to focus on more toolbox creatures.
@Ethon - I see how Avacyn's Pilgrim would be more consistent. Maybe I'm getting greedy but I do like being able to hardcast Murderous Redcap with Overgrown Tomb + Arbor Elf. I may try running a 2/2 split and see how it goes.
As for Fiend Hunter, I've been debating whether Phyrexian Revoker can cover most of it's functionality.... I'm hoping Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet barely exists and that Revoker can cover Scavenging Ooze. Fiend Hunter is the consensus better option and I'll probably swap back.