Pitiless Pontiff


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Custom Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Ravnica Allegiance (RNA) Uncommon

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Pitiless Pontiff

Creature — Vampire Cleric

, Sacrifice another creature: Pitiless Pontiff gains deathtouch and indestructible until end of turn. (Damage and effects that say "destroy" don't destroy it.)

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Pitiless Pontiff Discussion

000NULL on Token Aristocrats

1 week ago

Okay, so the idea here is that you sacrifice creatures with afterlife for damage ala Aristocrat, but somewhat themed. Standard sacrifice victims,
Hunted Witness Martyr of Dusk Cruel Celebrant

two of these drop tokens on death, and one does damage. We can also add in Seraph of the Scales for a total of three creatures to sacrifice.

The Standard Executioners used to de-board, Pitiless Pontiff Priest of Forgotten Gods

Lets add in some additional Token Creation, Teysa Karlov Finale of Glory Liliana, Dreadhorde General Legion's Landing  Flip

Then lets turn that Token power into magic-magic with Divine Visitation Bolas's Citadel

Then Recharge with Elenda, the Dusk Rose and Sorin, Vengeful Bloodlord

BubbleMatrix2357 on The Cruelest of Heroes

3 weeks ago

Hey TriggerTheTaco, I guess what I'm thinking is, aside from the 4 Pitiless Pontiff and 2 Ravenous Harpy as sac outlets, I will be attacking, so the opponent can block and they'll die, triggering the Celebrant, or they can take the damage.

MurderForBrunch on Judith, Ravnican Blood Artist! Mardu Aristocrats

1 month ago

Hi KingTood!

It might not look like it, but Pitiless Pontiff is one of the best cards in this deck. It essentially can block anything and survive as long as you have another creature, and against Stompy it was pretty damn good (not so much now, as Stompy is almost out of the meta).

Also it is quite good against Esper Control. These days they are playing Cry of the Carnarium more and more, but they still play a decent ammount of Kaya's Wrath , and the Pontiff is super resilient against that. It also allows you to blank a great deal of their life gain such as Vraska's Contempt , Moment of Craving or Enter the God-Eternals by sacrificing the target.

On the other hand, I did consider adding another God-Eternal Bontu . I'm not so sure about the Tithe Taker , my experience with it is that it's removed as soon as possible and the taxation effect didn't matter much. Finally the Butcher is quite good, but the 2-drop in this deck is super packed, I'm not sure is worth over something like Footlight Fiend . I think it's great in a Rakdos Aggro/Aristocrats, but this deck tries to be grindier and with a better late-game plan.

Thanks for the comment, I will definitely consider another Bontu! That card has been at least great when I played with it! :D

MurderForBrunch on Judith, Ravnican Blood Artist! Mardu Aristocrats

1 month ago

I think I really like Dreadhorde Invasion , mostly because it gives you 1 token every turn to sacrifice to Pitiless Pontiff or Priest of Forgotten Gods . The life can be compensated by triggers by Cruel Celebrant or Lifelink from Sorin, Vengeful Bloodlord . And in some cases, the opponent plays a wrath, has a ton of counters, and you still have your Enchantment in play giving you a progressively bigger token in play that will eventually kill your opponent if unanswered!

On the other hand, I also do like Dreadhorde Butcher but the 2-drop in this deck is super packed! I'm not sure what to cut for it unfortunately

Thanks a lot for commenting again! I'll give some more consideration to the Butcher, it looks so good! :D

nathanl69 on Grandma's crippling sacrificial addiction

1 month ago

I'd cut Pitiless Pontiff for Viscera Seer or Carrion Feeder . Cartel Aristocrat is also pretty good, considering the entire Aristocrats archetype is named after it. Doomed Traveler , Doomed Dissenter and Hunted Witness are very good sacrifice fodder and would allow you to sacrifice things much more efficiently.

You have enough life gain to where Caves of Koilos is pretty much just an original dual land.

BrandonNass on WB - Budget Orzhov Tokens

3 months ago

I'm adding in some Pitiless Pontiff s instead of Tithe Taker s. With all the tokens that will be coming into play, I'm going to use Suture Priest until the price of Seraph of the Scales comes down.

LandoLRodriguez on Elenda Likes to Watch Things Die

3 months ago

frosthammer_eden You are absolutely right, correction made, tyvm.

lorenzo712 I've got Kaya's Wrath in the sideboard, and I am considering mainboarding it in lieu of Unbreakable Formation . I've definitely run into more situations where wiping the board is the more useful thing to do. While Debtors' Knell would be exceptionally useful, I was trying to play this deck with some other expensive enchantments like Open the Graves and Ethereal Absolution and found it just wasn't working. With the way Pitiless Pontiff winds up carrying things while ramping up, I always want to leave 1 mana open to keep her a threat during my opponent's turn, and this considerably slows things down. Essentially playing one turn behind curve, starting turn 3. Spending 5 or more mana on an enchantment that doesn't immediately effect the board state just isn't worth it. I'm making an exception for 2x Divine Visitation s but I don't want anything else at this point that costs more than 4. Thanks for the suggestions!

Brainpolice2 on Judith’s Sex Show

4 months ago

What I'm finding in my not-quite complete Arena version is indeed: - Midnight Reaper is too slow. It has provided necessary card advantage at times though. - Pitiless Pontiff can be useful sometimes, but it is indeed a dead card on the board too often. Part of the reason I have it in there is simply to increase the multicolor cards to trigger Hero of Precinct One - Having Unbreakable Formation in the mainboard (in place of a few mainboard cards I haven't acquired yet) has actually won me games about as much as Heroic Reinforcements . - Elenda, the Dusk Rose is nice when it works but it is often too weak or late of a play. - More than anything it's Settle the Wreckage that is stomping this deck. And other decks that pump out creatures fast and me not having enough destruction to deal with it. I found having Mortify in the mainboard a little helpful for this.

I see what you're doing with Benalish Marshal , though with my current color scheme that is less white intensive, a card that costs 3 white is too steep.

I'll take what you're saying to heart and possibly tweak my deck a bit, but I'm still probably going to be a little more Rakdos than your approach.

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Pitiless Pontiff occurrence in decks from the last year


All decks: 0.13%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%