Pontiff of Blight


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

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Set Rarity
Commander 2014 Rare
Dragon's Maze 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

hoardofnotions on Budget Karl B/W lifegain EDH

2 weeks ago

anything with extort that's at least a little good. Basilica Screecher, Kingpin's Pet, Treasury Thrull, Thrull Parasite or Pontiff of Blight

Battlegrace Angel possibly not good enough

Blood Artist or Falkenrath Noble

Bloodbond Vampire for a back up karlov. this is iffy

Chant of Vitu-Ghazi, remember to block then tap for convoke.

Contemplation, combo off!

Disciple of Griselbrand, or Disciple of Bolas let you convert a big karlov to something else

Honor the Fallen - on theme graveyard hate that's also a combat trick

Mastery of the Unseen this needs a lot of mana to be great, but maybe you'll get some good use out of it. It's kinda iffy though

Patron of the Kitsune and Righteous Cause are VIP's with karlov

Resplendent Mentor this could be an all star if you go heavy white

Royal Herbalist combat tricks for karlov

Soldier of the Pantheon

Suture Priest

Vampiric Rites

Vizkopa Confessor

Wingmate Roc

Exsanguinate is good

Well of Lost Dreams and Alhammarret's Archive are nifty but expensive on the $budget$

Use all the life you gain for benefits, like card draw! Ambition's Cost, Ancient Craving, Graveborn Muse, Night's Whisper, Ob Nixilis Reignited, Phyrexian Arena, Read the Bones, Dark Tutelage, Underworld Connections

or recursion Phyrexian Reclamation

budget cuts might include, Ajani Goldmane, Lightning Greaves (this might be Swiftfoot Boots), Angelic Chorus

Some possible cuts

Rupture Spire, Shimmering Grotto, Transguild Promenade - two color decks don't need to slow down this much for mana fixing

Sacred Cat dosen't seem strong enough for commander

Bond of Agony seems bad, maybe Exsanguinate

Orzhov Charm What mode are you adding this for?

Doom Blade could be Go for the Throat if your meta/budget allows for it

Darksteel Ingot, Orzhov Cluestone, Orzhov Keyrune could be cut for a 2 mana rock, Fellwar Stone, Mind Stone, Star Compass. Maybe one of those

Blind Hunter, Blood Tithe, Agent of Masks, Certain Death don't seem strong enough

Sgtpopnfreash on Oloro, the Barrier King

3 weeks ago

So you cant count on lantern to come up every game. its better to just have a good mana base and some fixing for consistency. Prismatic Lens is not ideal but can be used to this end. Sorry about how I came across. I've been playing oloro since he came out, he was my first commander.

Other advice I have, you dont have enough draw to make use of Alhammarret's Archive. You gain enough life with Oloro that making 4 instead of 2 is negligible. Think about adding Night's Whisper Read the Bones Ponder Brainstorm Preordain. They really shine with the archive. Also if you want to keep all of your walls maybe put in Pontiff of Blight he can be devastating with Oloro since you can activate Oloro's ability on each extort trigger.

Reverie42 on Life Suckage

3 weeks ago

I see you have some extort effects. Have you considered Pontiff of Blight? Might be a decent way to get additional value out of all of your smaller creatures as things go in to the late game.

Also, if you find that you're routinely at 50+ life, it's possible that Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim would be good. That may be less viable if you're not running a fair amount of tokens, though. It may very well just not fit in this list.

Chandrian on

3 weeks ago

Commander is usually a slower format, where it's not too difficult to get a lot of mana. For this reason I wouldn't focus so much on very small creatures that won't do anything. You have to remember that players have 40 life and if early game the only thing you will do is chump-block with something like Vampire Cutthroat you won't get very far...

To play with Razaketh, the Foulblooded I would play stuff that doubles your mana, stuff that takes advantage of dieing and then either go tokens or go reanimator style. A must have I think is Crypt Ghast, because with some artifact ramp you can get him out turn 3 and your commander turn 4 (also he has extort so he can gain you life). Another card to heavily increase your mana is Cabal Coffers, I'm certain there are a few others.

For artifact ramp there is obviously Sol Ring, but also Charcoal Diamond, Mind Stone (and many more).

As you can see there is quite some ramp available. For this reason I would only choose the very best cards among the ones you listed. Bloodsoaked Champion goes very well with your strategy, the same counts for Blood Artist, Supernatural Stamina is a nice little combo with your commander.

As for lifegaincards, I would suggest Pontiff of Blight (giving everything extort) and Sangromancer.

As you want to take advantage of stuff dieing I would not go all out on your commander, but also have other sac outlets, like Yahenni, Undying Partisan (which is on your list), High Market, maybe even Nantuko Husk or something similar.

How about you make a complete list so that we can help you in finding synergies with the rest of the cards (I'd love to see your enchantments, artifacts, etc).

Bhaal666 on How do control decks win?

3 weeks ago

I have a Queen Marchesa deck, Divine Decree, that builds tokens and continuously pokes away at opponents with those tokens while padding myself with pillows. some of the win cons are Sublime Archangel, Pontiff of Blight, Sorin, Grim Nemesis, Westvale Abbey, Gisela, Blade of Goldnight. I don't generally think of it as control but the amount of creature kill I can do without a field wipe I suppose it may as well be control.

A friend of mine runs Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind and usually combos off but sometimes he just recycles his grave into his library so many times he is able to kill everyone without comboing. he just pokes everyone over and over and over and over... well you get the idea, those games go really long though.

Chandrian on From the Grave to Enslave

1 month ago

You've got a nice build for sure. May I suggest cutting some of your lands that ETB tapped: Ebon Stronghold, Everglades, Leechridden Swamp, Piranha Marsh. The reason for this is that they don't really have much of an impact, while coming into play tapped is a huge downside.

If you're looking for some creature ramp I suggest Crypt Ghast, altough he's not a zombie. Caged Sun is also a very nice ramp (and grants a small bonus to your creatures).

Finally, if you're looking for some lifedrain I would suggest Pontiff of Blight, as it grants extort to all your creatures.

MRDOOM3 on Oloro, Ageless Potato

1 month ago

Crypt Ghast, in my opinion, is not really useful in this deck, unless there's also Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth.

Exsanguinate is another nice lifedrain card.

Paradox Haze is another card that interacts well with Oloro.

Also, have you considered Pontiff of Blight, along with Divinity of Pride, Serra Ascendant, Blood Baron of Vizkopa, and Test of Endurance?

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.

Vindicate is another nice removal spell, so are Path to Exile and Ashes to Ashes.

A meh spell you can run is Temporal Extortion, although it may not be too great, since giving your opponent choices isn't always too great. You also can try out Quietus Spike and Scytheclaw.

Sorin, Grim Nemesis also interacts well with lifegain decks.

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