Priest of Gix

Priest of Gix

Creature — Human Cleric Minion

When Priest of Gix enters the battlefield, add (Black)(Black)(Black) to your mana pool.

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Priest of Gix Discussion

P47Healey on The Black Mana Lord

3 weeks ago

I like this deck - lots of tricksy things going on; a very black deck.

That said, I think that its main issue is that it's trying to do too many tricksy things. I think that this deck has two or three strategies, and I think that you may want to refocus on one just one.

Current strategies of the deck are: - Use Dark Supplicant to cheat out Scion of Darkness - Use Crypt Ghast, Magus of the Coffers, or Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx to mana ramp up to being able to play Nefarox, Overlord of Grixis, Grave Betrayal, Scion of Darkness, or Rise of the Dark Realms - Use life-trading effects like Essence Harvest, Sangromancer, Divinity of Pride, and Gray Merchant of Asphodel to heal yourself/kill opponent. - Aggro/direct damage to your opponent via Bad Moon, Hand of Cruelty, or Graveblade Marauder.

I see these as the main "win conditions" of the deck. You're also running a lot of graveyard (Phyrexian Reclamation, Death Denied, Rise of the Dark Realms) and control (Scepter of Fugue, Mutilate), but I see these as primarily existing to support the above strategies, rather than endgames in and of themselves.

I think that the best way to improve this deck is to choose one or two of these approaches and focus on them specifically. I'm going to give my suggestions. Note that the goal here is to make this deck fun for you to play. For this reason, I'm curious to hear what you really want to do with this deck. Given the name and themeing of the cards, I think that you're more interested in graveyard effects than anything else.

That said, I think that there are three main ways that you could go with this deck:

This would focus on Death Denied, Graveblade Marauder, and Rise of the Dark Realms more than anything else. The goal would be to stall with deathtouch creatures (consider Fetid Imp as a good flying defense), board wipes, and milling, until pulling out Rise of the Dark Realms or massive damage with Graveblade Marauder. There's a TON of ways that you could go forward with this, such as focusing on zombies specifically.
This would focus on Dark Supplicant and Scion of Darkness. Consider adding cards that allow you to sacrifice cards ad nauseam:(http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Search/Default.aspx?action=advanced&color=+@%28+[B]%29&text=+[%22Sacrifice%20a%20creature:%22]). Altar's Reap or Carnage Altar in particular to improve card draw. No Rest for the Wicked could be a useful way to perform combo effects by returning sacrificed creatures to the battlefield. This type of deck seems to be coming back into vogue, with lots of good cards for it in the last few blocks. Consider looking at Blood Artist, Zulaport Cutthroat, or Butcher of Malakir as ways of weaponizing the creatures you've sacrificed.
This deck would have many similarities to the aristocrat deck mentioned above, though with the addition of Dark Supplicant and other clerics he can sacrifice. The goal would be to play a lot of cheap creatures and then activate either Supplicant or Apostle to pull out a huge game-ending demon. (I'm not going to suggest those, feel free to just choose the ones you think are coolest) This deck could use No Rest for the Wicked as a method of returning sacrificed clerics to the battlefield. This deck could also make a lot of use from Crypt Ghast + Death Denied to return dead clerics to your hand for an en masse battlefield surge. (If focusing on lots of clerics, consider keeping Bad Moon as well) Crypt Ghast could also be used to play demons, should you draw them naturally. Some other useful clerics to consider:

Personally, I like this direction the most. I'm biased because I like A) Theme decks and B) Complicated strategies. This deck, if built, would likely be a little unreliable. That said, you have a lot of directions to go.

This deck would focus on Crypt Ghast, Magus of the Coffers, and pump spells. In addition, this would likely involve lots of Extort (http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Search/Default.aspx?action=advanced&color=+@%28+[B]%29&text=+[Extort]) creatures. In particular, Pontiff of Blight. There have been a lot of cards encouraging lifegain decks:(http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Search/Default.aspx?action=advanced&text=+[%22Whenever%20you%20gain%20life%22]&color=+@%28|[W]|[B]%29)
Whew! I hope that's useful to you! I'm happy to look at other ideas that you have

Lanzo493 on Grixis:mill/kill

1 month ago

Mindcrank also combos very well with Bloodchief Ascension, which kills people on its own anyway.

Priest of Gix works just like your other priest. Must have.

Draught on Devotion to black

1 month ago

I'm really happy you like it SoundTramp. I guess Underworld Dreams is good for our devotion even if it hurt if we have like 1 or 2 Phyrexian Arena. Priest of Gix is a way to fix our mana if you only have 2 swamp and a Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx on turn 3 to cast a kicked Gatekeeper of Malakir , I should run Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth but I don't really want to spend money on it. And it can add 1 devo and can be dropped for free when you are drawing a lot but I see your point.

SoundTramp on Devotion to black

1 month ago

Excellent deck! I've wanted to build a deck around Gray Merchant of Asphodel for a long time now, but haven't gotten around to it.

As for advice, I'me not sure if Priest of Gix is pulling his weight. You may be better off replacing him with Underworld Dreams.

Anyways; +1!

neverdie on

1 month ago

I have a Duel Commander and a Casual Commander Sidisi, Undead Vizier list in my profile.

Infinite mana combos are a key part of both lists. I try to fill in the gaps(weaknesses) with artifacts.

In your list, I would recommend more spot removal and sweepers.

Also, ramp. You need way more ramp. I prefer creature based ramp in duel commnader.

EndlessBlackout on Nicol Bolas' Machinations

1 month ago

In a budget deck you will sacrifice speed but you can do some other cool things that I cannot do yet. I would suggest more basic islands and swamps so you can function with High Tide, Bubbling Muck, and Lake of the Dead. For budget replacements I recommend Misdirection instead of Force of Will as the easiest switch out along with Spell Pierce and/or Mental Misstep as cheap counters to protect yourself. The new Magus of the Wheel in place of Wheel of Fortune. Storm cards that net mana or are free are cool too, Cloud of Faeries, Frantic Search, Desperate Ritual, Pyretic Ritual, Seething Song, Energy Tap, Mana Geyser, Great Whale, Priest of Gix, and Priest of Urabrask. Grinning Ignus combos with Helm of Awakening. You want to play mana rocks to help color fixing so running each signet that you can will be essential. I am not sure what your budget is but I hope this helped. Storm takes a lot of practice and can be frustrating when it feels like you have all the pieces to win but lose due to your own error.

SimplerDecked on 2016-01-08 update of Mikaeus, Extreme ...

1 month ago

Priest of Gix Could be fun? Sac with mikeaus for 6 mana?

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Legality

Format Legality
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Pauper Legal

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