Pontiff of Blight

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual 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

Pervavita on ay ayli

1 month ago

Blood Artist & Zulaport Cutthroat I see in your maybe board. Both I run and are huge aids for the small advantage they will gain you in the game every turn. Against the right deck a Blood Artist + Board Wipe can kill a player.

Budget restrictions are fine in this deck as you can get a lot of power for little cost.

Phyrexian Reclamation, Mentor of the Meek, & Greed are big card advantage pieces in this deck as the life loss is negligible here. Also it's fun to sac and return to sack again a Solemn Simulacrum (another little more expensive card you should get). Well of Lost Dreams also but it ties to your life gain not you paying life... oh darn.

For ramp I recommend Sword of the Animist & Crypt Ghast. The sword is a huge ramp card in this deck as you can get some early attacks in with your cheap commander for some lands and late game you toss it on a creature you want to sack and attack with it, sack it pre damage if you don't want to make an enemy and gain +1 life over what you would before and gain a basic all for 2 extra mana.

Rhox Faithmender though a little higher cost is a must in this deck. All the life gain! Gray Merchant of Asphodel is almost as good on life gain but can also kill some one.

Aetherflux Reservoir as a win condition because all the life has to have a purpose.

Blind Obedience, Pontiff of Blight, Authority of the Consuls give great incremental life gain.

Fumigate is a great budget board wipe in the deck.

Anguished Unmaking I like as a back up to Ayli's ability.

Feel free to look over my Ayli, Eternal board wipes deck for some more ideas.

jakeelephant006 on Athreos

2 months ago

In a gist, less removal, more ramp, creatures and lands.

This is a solid deck. It really has some power in some places. The trick is getting it to be cohesive. Right now there doesn't seem to be a real solid theme or focus which makes the deck unwieldy during play. It wouldn't take much to fix this, though. I think it would be a good idea to focus on getting Athreos out and then playing value creatures and forcing opponents to make the decision on whether or not you get to play those creatures an additional time.

Cards to pull: Removal - You have more than enough in here so you can cut some of the less effective (more restrictive) cards like Divine Verdict, Pillar of Light, Ghostly Possession, Reprisal, Murderous Cut, Arrest, Suppression Bonds, Doom Blade or Armament of Nyx. (I put the cards in order of what I would think is best to pull to worst to pull). I would generally stay away from creature based removal here because you want to increase the number of creatures you have in the deck.

Other - These are cards that kinda just take up a slot. They're generally not bad, but they kinda pull this deck in directions that don't help the deck win like it should. These include Raise Dead, Baneful Omen, Edge of the Divinity, Cutthroat Maneuver, Erebos's Titan, Nighthowler, Pontiff of Blight, and Hopeful Eidolon. I hesitate to put the creatures on here cuz I think it would be best to have more creatures than fewer but these ones are good things to cut if you're looking to make more room.

Cards to add: Generally, I'd try to slot in some more ramp cards like Sol Ring, Orazca Relic, Orzhov Signet, Commander's Sphere, Solemn Simulacrum and the like. Also you could do with more card draw. For instance Dusk Legion Zealot, Ambition's Cost, Read the Bones, Hedron Archive, etc. And then put in some more quality creatures. Maybe they should have etb or death effects like Merciless Executioner, Fleshbag Marauder, Demon of Dark Schemes, Elenda, the Dusk Rose, Blood Artist, and more. Or maybe they're just solid creatures like Bontu the Glorified, Cataclysmic Gearhulk, Crested Sunmare, Urgoros, the Empty One, or Vona, Butcher of Magan. Maybe even a couple more board clearers like Crux of Fate, Bontu's Last Reckoning, Fumigate, or Hour of Revelation

Essentially, this deck has the structure to be real strong. It just needs some focus and a few upgrades to really get where it wants to go. Hope this helps.

czarkingrex on Karlov Hates people

4 months ago

I'd say you're going in the right direction, though I would highly recommend Extort mechanics over creature reanimation; you'll find that gaining life and exiling peoples' creatures is way more effective than bringing back a couple of your dudes. Pontiff of Blight and Blind Obedience are the best at what they do. Aim to give Karlov indestructible too, so you can throw in more board wipes! Darksteel Plate or Indestructibility do the trick.

kineticstasis on ∆ ILLUMINATI CONFIRMED V. 2.3??? ∆

5 months ago

Nice deck! I've been thinking about building Karlov and I had a couple questions about your top end choices. Personally I'm not big on cards like Baneslayer Angel and Divinity of Pride that are just big blocks of stats; how have they worked out for you? I'm also concerned Pontiff of Blight, Righteous Confluence, and Sorin Markov wouldn't give you your mana's worth. Have they performed well for you?

I have a couple cards not in your list I'm thinking about and I'd be curious to hear your opinion of them. I'm a big fan of Weathered Wayfarer in any white deck without green. Defiant Bloodlord, Rhox Faithmender and Wall of Reverence all seem like natural fits in Orzhov lifegain strategies. I recommend Ashes of the Abhorrent as dual purpose graveyard hate and extra lifegain triggers, and speaking of lifegain triggers this may be a good home for Curse of Vitality. Finally as a different top end threat I think True Conviction is really powerful here.

I saw you are trying to avoid infinite combos and chose only the Sanguine Bond half of the lifedrain combo. Has that worked out for you or have you considered swapping for the Exquisite Blood half instead? Also, if you're already playing Sanguine Bond I don't think Vizkopa Guildmage would create any infinite combos it wouldn't as well.

DespairFaction on The Orzhov Always Collect Their Taxes

5 months ago

Hey I think your card choices are pretty solid, but the one thing that jumps out at me is your mana count. Its a little bit low considering you have a decent number of 5, 6 and 7 drops. I would get to 36-37 lands. I also like to run things like Tithe, Land Tax, and Gift of Estates to make sure that Im hitting my land drops through out the game.

As far as inclusions, I think Sunscorch Regent is a must. Its just a great commander card.

I am not sure that Aether Vial is entirely necessary. Its a great card for 60 card formats, but I'm not sure about its ability in commander. Chalice of Life  Flip is fun but probably a bit underwhelming, just keep an eye on how it performs, same as Pontiff of Blight seems like it might be a bit slow, just keep an eye on it.

Since you'll have a lot of life, things like Moonlight Bargain and Promise of Power and Greed should be pretty good. Well of Lost Dreams is also good in life gain decks.

A little more ramp wouldn't hurt either, i like Worn Powerstone and Thran Dynamo

Hope this helps!

epajula on Banking with Karlov

5 months ago

Crypt Ghast, Pontiff of Blight, and Thrull Parasite all have extort, and seem good.

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