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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
1 day ago
Exsanguinate is another nice lifedrain card.
Paradox Haze is another card that interacts well with Oloro.
Koskun Falls is another pillowfort enchantment you can run.
Another life doubler is Boon Reflection.
I also personally do not really like Sublime Exhalation, but since my playgroup tends to play Avacyn, Angel of Hope, you can keep it if you want. I was going to suggest sweepers like Merciless Eviction or Cyclonic Rift.
Sorin, Grim Nemesis also interacts well with lifegain decks.
6 days ago
Life gain decks are always fun but your missing some core bits Sanguine Bond will make you win a game, so will Defiant Bloodlord - these cards are so good if your gaining life. Cliffhaven Vampire is like a really budget version, not as good but will do the damage.
Also Pontiff of Blight is really useful if you find that you have mana left over after casting as can combo'd with the right cards really have an impact on the game..
Erebos, God of the Dead really stops anyone from recovering from all this damage that you will be spitting out.
cards i would look at changing or taking out would be: Daru Spiritualist - doesn't seem to do to much in the deck. Tree of Perdition - Its highly aggressively, but with all the damage your going to be throwing out its not needed
1 week ago
Thanks for the response UnleashedHavok!
After reading your explanation of Doomed Necromancer I could definitely see it being a powerhouse in your deck. I picture activating it to return Sun Titan which brings your Necromancer back, then activating it again (because Anger is in your graveyard) to return literally anything, then attacking with Sun Titan and bringing him back again. That sounds incredible.
I'll probably evaluate my list to see if I think Feldon is worth it. There are a few changes that are in the works right now, so after that maybe I'll sneak him in.
Good call on Gray Merchant of Asphodel. It's probably a little too cute for my deck outside of combos, but I don't need another infinite damage combo piece. I'd rather have a toolbox of options instead of that redundancy. I've been toying with the idea of a life drain style list with things like Pontiff of Blight, Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim, and Karlov of the Ghost Council. Gary would probably find his way in that list, but not my current one.
I've been thinking about Stingscourger for a while now. My roommate has an Ephara, God of the Polis deck that uses Reflector Mage to great effect and it always has me thinking about the tempo you gain by bouncing someone's general or another key creature. Seems like it'd be worth a shot.
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben seems like it would be better in a list with a more dedicated tax strategy than either of ours. Throw in things like Vryn Wingmare, Leonin Arbiter, and similar guys and you've got yourself a deck. I think that just throwing one or two in the list makes it a little clunky. My list kind of likes the idea though, because I regularly find myself not playing spells at all, but using all of my mana on various abilities. I'll think about it a bit more.
If I had more ways to recur cards (mostly Crucible of Worlds) I would probably run Grenzo, Dungeon Warden. However, as it is I don't want to risk losing something that I can't get back like Cabal Coffers.
1 week ago
I'm currently in the process of deciding between Kothophed, Soul Hoarder and Liliana, Heretical Healer Flip for my next EDH deck... and I'd like your input, both on potential strength of the deck as on diversity in strategies.
So, what are your thoughts?
Some of the better black cards I own are:
Phyrexian Arena, Noxious Gearhulk, Demon of Dark Schemes, Harvester of Souls, Crypt Ghast, Relentless Dead, Sangromancer, Animate Dead, Dark Prophecy, Diregraf Colossus, Empty the Pits, Dark Salvation, Pontiff of Blight
2 weeks ago
Love the deck name! Very befitting. My Doran build I'm working on is vastly different, but I like seeing a different deck like this for comparison. I'm thinking of trying to utilize the treefolk tribal. That said, I have a lot of non-treefolk tribal cards that aren't included here too. Here are some suggestions to give you food for thought:
Birds of Paradise, Selvala, Explorer Returned, Oketra the True, Vhati il-Dal, Vizier of the Menagerie, Seedborn Muse, Pontiff of Blight, Ulvenwald Observer, Angel of Serenity, Craterhoof Behemoth, Aven Warcraft, Foul Renewal, Eland Umbra, Spidersilk Armor, Mirari's Wake, Sight of the Scalelords and Volrath's Stronghold.
I second the suggestions for Lifecrafter's Bestiary, Abzan Beastmaster and Defense of the Heart. Survival of the Fittest also couldn't hurt. Burgeoning is another strong suggestion, gonna add that to my list of potential additions to my deck.
My list is much more creature-oriented, but I think Doran ought to be a creature deck first, so maybe scaling back a little of the targeted removal would be a good idea. However, I don't know who you're up against either, so perhaps you feel you need it worse than I do.
1 month ago
@Dragonwarclaw tbh, I don't really know. I haven't played this deck in a while. I do play that combo in a couple other decks already (Rakdos and Sidisi), so I might have left it out to focus more on the Project X combos. But, yeah, I probably should add it instead of Pontiff of Blight or Puppeteer Clique.
1 month ago
Might just be me, but Serra Ascendant I find makes you a target and isn't a fun card to play against.
And I don't think Aid is that great, with how many targets it has/the theme of the deck. I would argue, swords aren't so hot in EDH and don't need to be in every deck, and you've got a cool theme here that you could tune and work on without them, which would free up like 5-6 slots.
If you want to do the draining thing, Firemane Angel is a fun, flavourful card that gains a bit of life. Searing Meditation grinds it into damage which hopefully you can turn into more life. Cliffhaven Vampire is always fun, but I think you need more incidental life gain. Treasury Thrull seems an odd card to be lacking given all your other, much weaker extort. Pontiff of Blight is also a sure in.
Knights of the Black Rose is a bad card, but it does open up a lot more interesting political play. If your meta is durdly play it to encourage attacks a lot more.