Orzhov Pontiff


Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH 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

Mandalorian on One Man's Life is Another Man's Death

2 weeks ago

I play a pretty fun Eldritch Evolution Abzan deck that also plays the Spike Feeder/Archangel combo. You sac stuff like VoR and Kitchen Finks to get Siege Rhinos and combo pieces along side Chord of Calling.

If you do end up playing this version you would have to drop a lot of the creatures like Restoration Angel, 2 of the Scavenging Ooze, Nyx Fleece Ram, and Rhox Faithmender, in favor of faster mana, and tutor targets far EE and Chord. Creatures like-

Wall of Roots


Noble Hierarch or some other 1 drop ramp


Blood Baron of Vizkopa

Fiend Hunter

Eternal Witness

Reclamation Sage


In the SB you can tutor for

Fulminator Mage

Orzhov Pontiff

Eidolon of Rhetoric

Sin Collector

Phyrexian Revoker

Aven Mindcensor

Lastly I would go up to 23-24 lands for consistency sake. Even in my version with 6-8 mana dorks You still want to make your land drops incase they get killed. Add a Stirring Wildwood, Gavony Township, Treetop Village, Shambling Vent, Hissing Quagmire, Ghost Quarter, or Vault of the Archangel to get some utility out of your lands.

escesare on Hub requests: Toolbox, Lockdown

1 month ago

You haven't addressed anything new that was said.

Stax is a fine substitute for Prison, we're all agreed on that. I'm wondering now if anybody thinks Hard Lock or Lockdown should get its own thing; those are clearly unrelated to Stax.

As for toolbox, we're not talking about combos or synergies. Most toolbox decks are trying to find hate cards for specific decks. You can't possibly tell me using Chord of Calling to tutor for hate package of Reclamation Sage, Orzhov Pontiff, Fulminator Mage (vs. Tron), Scavenging Ooze (vs. Dredge), Aven Mindcensor qualifies as a combo. One card is not a combo.

GeminiSpartanX on Selling a few staples (Taiga, ...

2 months ago

Would you happen to have an Orzhov Pontiff or a Selfless Spirit in your abzan company deck?

Emzed on Abzan Rallier

3 months 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.

billium813 on Abzan Evolution

3 months ago

Nice deck, just a couple suggestions:

  1. 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
  2. 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!

Mandalorian on Abzan Life in the Kitchen

4 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.

Whiskerbro on Just get rid of them!

4 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.

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