Pontiff of Blight


Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2014 (C14) Rare
Dragon's Maze (DGM) Rare

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Pontiff of Blight

Creature — Zombie Cleric

Extort (Whenever you cast a spell, you may pay (W/B). If you do, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain that much life.)

Other creatures you control have extort. (If a creature has multiple instances of extort, each triggers separately.)

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Pontiff of Blight Discussion

AllClar on My first EDH deck

4 days ago

Alright, so first off, because you're running a drain deck, Crypt Ghast. It doubles all of the mana generated from swamps to pump up your ability to use extort. Second, I'd suggest Pontiff of Blight, because it gives all of your creatures extort. Lastly, I'd suggest running Obzedat, Ghost Council just because it drains for so much.

What are you using this deck for? Just casual funsies, or do you want to have a wincon?

DaringApprentice on Blood is Thicker Than Seawater

1 month ago

Thank you for the suggestions, these look interesting! Unfortunately, Daretti, Ingenious Iconoclast and Test of Endurance are a bit outside my price range, but I'll keep them in mind. Also, Pontiff of Blight could be good, but I think it's a bit too mana-intensive to go in the deck for now.

Good suggestion on reducing the number of Sorin planeswalkers in the deck, some of them aren't as good in the deck. Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath and Repercussion are both great, not sure how I overlooked them, but they're definitely going in now. Sunforger and Mistveil Plains both seem good, as well, but I am slightly concerned about the fact that I only have 5 targets for it.

mercury01 on The First Rule of Bite Club

1 month ago

If you're going with a Vampire tribal theme, you should try to go as deep as possible. Adaptive Automaton, Bloodline Keeper  Flip, Bloodlord of Vaasgoth, Stromkirk Captain, Vampire Nocturnus, Metallic Mimic, and Malakir Bloodwitch all do work in my Vampire tribal deck. If you feel like you can't fit in so many vampire creatures, you could try Mephidross Vampire as a way to compensate.

Some of the vampires out there provide a boost to lifegain/drain such as the aforementioned Malakir Bloodwitch, but also Blood Artist, Falkenrath Noble, Vampire Nighthawk, Sangromancer, and Vish Kal, Blood Arbiter. Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet is also strong grave hate.

As for lifegain, why not Authority of the Consuls, Wall of Reverence, and Transcendent Master? I've found that Pontiff of Blight and Suffer the Past have worked for me, as well.

Also, some additional utility would be good, like Bastion Protector, Rakdos Charm, Viscera Seer, Necropotence, Hide/Seek, Terminate... You might even want to consider Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx and Erebos, God of the Dead, considering all the black mana symbols floating around.

DrukenReaps on Blood is Thicker Than Seawater

1 month ago

This looks fun. I don't know how I feel about 3 sorin in a deck, feels like begging to get dead cards. I also feel like you are missing out big time by not having Sunforger and I can't mention sunforger without saying Mistveil Plains is cool. Ob Nixilis Reignited is awful slow. Daretti, Ingenious Iconoclast (removal) and Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath (bleed them dry) feel like good fits. Since you are gaining life the life you might lose to Repercussion will likely go unnoticed. I find the card is quite fun and drastically changes combat. Test of Endurance since that is a possible win con for you, though you should put it fairly low on the list of possibilities as you already have felidar. Pontiff of Blight is a potential win con that also just hurts and gains life, plays nicely in the deck.

DrukenReaps on New to Commander Deckmaking

1 month ago

I use these resources most often:

http://mtgcommander.net/rules.php - "Official" commander website

https://edhrec.com/ - Very useful for finding a commander

So real quick your commander determines the colors of your deck. I play Queen Marchesa so my colors are . I can play any card with those colors but no card with or . Hybrid symbols are both colors and reminder text like on Pontiff of Blight does not count as part of color identity. Bosh, Iron Golem is red because of the symbol in his text box.

all decks are 100 cards. 99 + commander or 98 + 2 partners.

40 life. 21 commander damage. commander damage is COMBAT damage dealt by a commander to you. Each commander is kept track separately. So if my Marchesa hits you and the next guy hits you those do not add together.

I probably missed something but those are the basics. Please ask if it isn't clear enough.

Best advice is find your favorite legendary creature. Oh almost forgot there are 5 planeswalkers that say they can be commanders so if you like one of those they exist. If you don't have a favorite legend then choose your 2 favorite colors. I would go with 2 colors or 3 colors for your first deck. Mono color is very limiting and 4 and 5 color is hard to make a good mana base for. Your choice though, it is better to have a commander you enjoy.

For deck stats no less than 33 lands and about 40 mana sources total including lands is what I usually do. Around 10 card draw/tutor sources. 3 or so board wipes. 5 or so single target removal. Those are numbers I like to use when a deck first goes together, other people will say different things. Those are just to give a good starting point though. Your deck should change overtime.

With the precons coming friday I would highly recommend picking one or more up. That really is the best way to enter commander. If you don't like the up coming ones then look at past ones. None of the precons are bad places to start but they are starting points so upgrades are needed after you decide what to do with them.

Kcin on Neat interaction!

1 month ago

So I was playing a game of commander with the wifey last night, (her Nekusar control, me oloro zombies). And while she quickly stopped it, I ended up with Rooftop Storm and Pontiff of Blight = FREE ZOMBIES PLUS EXTORTED LIFE. Once she realized the fact that I was able to play free creatures and still extort them, she removed the pieces faster than Aether Vial craps out creatures.

Anyone else played with some neat combos, used a janky as hell trick, or seen some interesting things like this?

yenithia on Ayli's Pilgrimage

1 month ago

evncrbch I really like Archangel of Thune and Kokusho, the Evening Star since they both seem to fit really well in the theme of the deck. I'm thinking that I'll take out Drana's Emissary for Kokusho, the Evening Star.

Do you think that taking out Pristine Talisman or Pontiff of Blight for Archangel of Thune and maybe Test of Endurance? I feel that Pristine Talisman isn't quite enough life for it to be worth it, and having an additional win condition or substantial life gain/team buffing seems like it would be better than the extra mana.

Thanks for the comment and suggestions!

TheLitchKing on

1 month ago

Extort creatures work here because the B/W symbol is in the reminder text, not in the cmc/ability cost. So you can keep your Crypt Ghast and Pontiff of Blight in here.

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