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Skirsdag High Priest
Creature — Human Cleric
Morbid — , Tap two creatures you control: put a 5/5 black Demon creature token with flying onto the battlefield. Activate this ability only if a creature died each turn.
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Skirsdag High Priest Discussion
1 hour ago
I have to admit this is a reasonable example of a budget version of an established deck, but even on a budget Return to the Ranks is better than Rally the Ancestors and Concealed Courtyard is a better choice than Caves of Koilos. To play to budget yor removal suite also suffers, though Tragic Slip is morbidly on point, though perhaps for the same reason Skirsdag High Priest could find a space?
1 week ago
Thanks for the suggestions moldycrow83 . Bitterblossom is not in my budget range and shares a dowside with the Westvale Cult Leader: It only generates one token per turn which is too slow. Ophiomancer and Skirsdag High Priest are already included because they provide excellent defense.
Let's get back to your deck and see if we can find some nice inclusions for it.
1 week ago
Hmmm, going a pure aristocrats route could work. I like having the consistent token generators for things like that, such as:
If you have a decent lifegain engine going, than something like Carnival of Souls could work really well for ramp, but depends when you're getting tokens. Black Market also helps with mana, but 5cmc isn't easy to get out early to pick up those counters.
Decent cards that work on death triggers: Dark Prophecy and Smothering Abomination trigger even if a token dies and can provide some great card draw. Jar of Eyeballs is a strange little card. It lets you not only tutor, but arrange your deck. Proper Burial provides life gain and triggers even on a token's death. Requiem Angel is another high cmc card, but it can really net you a lot of tokens.
3 weeks ago
I remember playing something like this when I first got into magic back in Innistrad, so i think I can help you out.
I don't know how competitive you want to make this so i'll just try to improve the list based on your strategy and won't change the theme of the deck. First things first, let's trim your list a bit, you have a bunch of 2 and 3-ofs instead of playsets of the stuff you really want (4x Doomed Traveler, 4x Lingering Souls, 4x Demonic Taskmaster).
Second, I would cut the stuff that has synergy with the deck but don't really help you win the game (Unruly Mob, Thraben Doomsayer) and things that are way too expensive. Ravenous Demon Flip is sweet but not so much when you have 3 of them in your hand along with some Reaper from the Abyss. So I would cut reaper completely, cut Ravenous Demon Flip to 2 at most, and cut Increasing Devotion (5/10 mana is too much).
Now we start upgrading some things. For 1-drops, we just got a good one in guilds of ravnica for this style of deck in Hunted Witness, so I would definitely play that alongside Doomed Traveler. Demonlord of Ashmouth is really good in a deck like this, and he's the demon I would likely run instead of the 5 and 6 mana ones.
Lastly, we need interaction. Orzhov Charm is a good choice, you can use it as removal, to save one of your demons or bring back one of your 1-drops for extra fodder. Tragic Slip is a great removal option here, since you're saccing your own stuff all the time it's basically a 1 mana Murder. I probably wouldn't even play card draw in this deck, but if you want to play it go with Altar's Reap, its instant speed and can help trigger morbid for slip and high priest.
I know your manabase is super budget but i would highly recommend Caves of Koilos, it's dirt cheap and it's gonna help a ton.
I'd play something like this: 4 Hunted Witness, 4x Doomed Traveler, 3x Skirsdag High Priest, 4x Demonic Taskmaster, 2x Xathrid Necromancer, 4x Demonlord of Ashmouth 4x Gather the Townsfolk, 4x Lingering Souls, 4x Orzhov Charm, 4x Tragic Slip 7x Plains, 4x Scoured Barrens, 8x Swamp, 4x Caves of Koilos.
Combo: T1 Doomed Traveler (or Hunted Witness), T2 Skirsdag High Priest, T3 Demonic Taskmaster, T4 sac Doomed Traveler to Demonic Taskmaster to trigger morbid, tap the token, taskmaster and high priest to make a 5/5 demon!
That's it, i hope it helps!
4 weeks ago
I have made cleric deck my self with Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim as the original commander but generally found Ravos and Tymna better due to card draw. That said there are some recommendations I have found from personal experience with Ayli you may find helpful. I generally found I had two main issues with the deck and it was gaining enough life quickly to bring Ayli online and then having enough bodies to act as fodder for said ability. With that in mind I will try and make suggestions that generally forward those causes.
Lifeline, I cant recommend this enough it does EVERYTHING your commander wants, while it may allow for opponents to benefit at first, reaching the magical 50 life exile enabler for your commander is easy then you can start exiling the problems. As an added note you can use things like Fiend Hunter or Containment Priest to keep your opponents from taking advantage of it, just sac Containment Priest in response to the Lifeline triggers to prevent your self from getting hosed.
I assume your exclusion of Exquisite Blood with Sanguine Bond in the deck is intentional, if its not I would add it as its a win combo. If you choose to not add in Exquisite Blood then Beacon of Immortality can be quite funny when added to Sanguine Bond.
Remorseful Cleric Excellent graveyard removal and in tribe.
Conspiracy should be added to go with Rotlung Reanimator as all your creatures become clerics including tokens. This means you can sac tokens to make more tokens, in short its one of the holy grail's your commander wants for sacrificial fodder.
Skirsdag High Priest, sacrifice something make a 5/5 flyer once a turn seems helpful.
1 month ago
lagotripha hey thanks for the help with the deck much appreciated. I've been using the playtest option on this site and Skirsdag High Priest seemed to be working pretty well, specifically with Rite of Belzenlok and Weaponcraft Enthusiast since outside of sacrificing, the tokens don't seem to do much making them perfect targets for taping for demons. Same for other cards like Dusk Legion Zealot. Is this way of thinking wrong?
I think I'll try Costly Plunder instead of Skirsdag High Priest like you said to see if it improves the deck. One last question would be about the sideboard. Does it make sense? I've mainly put stuff in against counterspells but I don't know if that's the right thing to do. Thanks again.
1 month ago
I like this list a lot better. Skirsdag High Priest is a little slow- I'd look for a card with more immediate board impact (the tap in the cost is a major drawback, as well as the lack of ability to self-proc morbid. It can work, but three cards and 3 mana is a lot to pay for a 5/5).
From here on its playtesting and feeling out the local meta.
I'd look at testing cards like Costly Plunder, Demonic Taskmaster, Evolutionary Leap, Sakura-Tribe Elder, Spawning Pit etc. After you've played a few matches you'll have a better idea what the deck feels like and where you should be looking to make fixes.
1 month ago
Hey so I changed up the BG Demon deck quite a bit to have a stronger focus on sacrificing, and it somehow turned into a semi token demon deck with things like Skirsdag High Priest and Rite of Belzenlok. It really feels like a completely different deck now. Its here B/G Demon Midrange. There's still that focus on demons of course, but please let me know what you think. Has it improved? Gotten worse? I feel as though I managed to pick cards that work well together (or better than previously) as you said. Thanks again for the help.