Skirsdag High Priest

Skirsdag High Priest

Creature — Human Cleric

Morbid, Tap two creatures you control: Create a 5/5 black Demon creature token with flying. Activate this ability only if a creature died each turn (was put into the graveyard from the battlefield).

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Double Masters (2XM) Rare
Commander 2014 (C14) Rare
Innistrad (ISD) Rare

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Format Legality
Block Constructed Legal
Vintage Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Highlander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Modern Legal
Leviathan Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Legacy Legal
Limited Legal
Custom Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

Skirsdag High Priest occurrence in decks from the last year

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Skirsdag High Priest Discussion

TheVectornaut on Blue/White Life and Defenders

1 week ago

I think a good place to start would be to evaluate what goals are the most important for your deck while making sure you don't have too many ideas that compete against each other. When I look at the deck now, I can see the general idea of a U/W control list that takes advantage of freeze and lifegain to prolong the fight until you can win. However, I see some major problems with the plan as it is now.

First, the deck lacks a clear win condition at the end of all the control. You'll either need to chip away over the course of a slow game with your smaller creatures or hope you have enough freeze effects to get your big guys in late-game. Control deck usually opt for some type of haymaker that can reliably close the game. Some like AEtherling and Gideon, Ally of Zendikar are designed to protect themselves, some like Celestial Colonnade and Shark Typhoon place emphasis on evasion, some like Torrential Gearhulk and Snapcaster Mage give you as much value as possible, and some like Jace, the Mind Sculptor and Teferi, Time Raveler deny your opponents of counterplay. There's a lot of overlap within those categories and not all of these cards will be played as a wincon, but having a clear plan to win is better than only playing to not lose. The closest cards you have are probably Serpent of Yawning Depths and Archipelagore. Sea monsters are certainly a fine casual deck but slotting them into something else can be awkward at best and ineffectual at worst.

The second problem I see is the missed potential of your chosen colors combined with your chosen tribe. Right now, you have very few ways to take advantage of the clerics in the deck. Clerics are intended to be W/B since you get access to powerful new tools like Orah, Skyclave Hierophant, Taborax, Hope's Demise, and Cleric of Life's Bond along with classics like Sin Collector, High Priest of Penance, and Skirsdag High Priest. The lifegain/drain synergy in clerics also benefits from orzhov colors to play threats like Angel of Destiny, Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose, Marauding Blight-Priest, Speaker of the Heavens, Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim, Twilight Prophet, Pious Evangel  Flip, Drana's Emissary, and Cruel Celebrant.

Incidentally, black also synergizes quite well with tapdown effects because of Assassinate cards like Royal Assassin, Deathbringer Liege, and Murderous Compulsion, although white does have its share of Vengeance with Sunblast Angel, Deadeye Harpooner, and Swift Response. Anyway, now that I'm on this tangent, it's worth mentioning that including strong freeze effects is important if you want to make such an underused mechanic work. I'm partial to Dungeon Geists and Icefall Regent as permanent taps, but there's also Guardian of Tazeem, Niblis of Frost, Tamiyo, the Moon Sage, Time of Ice, Lorthos, the Tidemaker, Frost Titan, and Hands of Binding. Alternatively you can use cheaper cards that can retap a creature each turn like Gideon's Lawkeeper, Blinding Souleater, Fatestitcher, Hidden Strings, and Minister of Impediments. The final category I'll mention are other cards that take advantage of tapping enemy creatures like Palliation Accord and Verity Circle, except I'd only ever recommend the latter.

In summary, I think you should decide whether you're more interested in clerics or in freeze since they don't synergize with each other that well. For clerics, switching to black and taking advantage of lifedrain and sacrifice is advisable. For freeze control, find ways to abuse tapping, implement a strong win condition, and generally include more card draw and countermagic. If you are dead set on combining these styles, I'd at least invest in some tribal support cards to give the clerics more impact than just weakly contributing to the party mechanic. Adaptive Automaton, Door of Destinies, Obelisk of Urd, and Coat of Arms are some popular options. Finally, if your budget doesn't allow you to purchase many new cards, prioritizing the acquisition of additional copies of your strongest but cheapest cards is a good way to upgrade. For this deck, I think those cards are Attended Healer, Cleric of Chill Depths, Hypnotic Sprite, Kor Celebrant, Luminarch Aspirant, Queen of Ice, Shepherd of Heroes, Skyclave Cleric  Flip, Concerted Defense, Dovin's Veto, Negate, Inscription of Insight, Staggering Insight, Trapped in the Tower, and maybe Silundi Vision  Flip. Good luck with your build and let me know if you have any questions!

multimedia on Teysa Karlov

1 month ago

Hey, saw your forum topic asking for help. This is a good budget version of Teysa and you have several nice cards.

Some lower CMC cards within the budget to consider adding:

Cards to consider cutting for these:

Good luck with your deck.

multimedia on Yahenni Aristocrats

2 months ago

Hey, good first draft version of Yahenni on a budget. Nice to see Skirsdag High Priest, underrated casual card in multiplayer Commander :)

Do you own the cards in the sideboard? If you do consider adding Grim Haruspex and Shadowspear to the main deck? Some advice for improvements is to expand on effects that make all your opponents sac a creature, more repeatable draw sources for when creatures die and more ramp.

Some cards to consider adding:


My advice for cards to consider cutting are instant/sorcery removal spells and creatures that only kill one creature: Walk the Plank, Drag to the Underworld, Devour in Shadow, Morkrut Banshee, Skinrender, Gatekeeper of Malakir only kill one creature and they're not as good as Ravenous Chupacabra for the effect. You can get better value for Yahenni from more removal that hits all opponents.

Unless your using Altar of Dementia as an infinite combo to mill all your opponent's libraries in one turn then it's subpar as a sac outlet since not taking enough advantage of self-mill and repeatable opponent mill is risky in multiplayer Commander where graveyards are another resource for lots of decks. In my opinion repeatable draw is better here than repeatable self-mill. Skullclamp could replace Dementia as a comparable priced card with a better effect.

Cards to consider cutting:

  • Barren Moor
  • Desert of the Glorified
  • Polluted Mire
  • Mortician Beetle
  • Unearth
  • Walk the Plank
  • Drag to the Underworld
  • Devour in Shadow
  • Defile
  • Morkrut Banshee
  • Skinrender
  • Gatekeeper of Malakir
  • Army of the Damned
  • Altar of Dementia
  • Avatar of Woe
  • Murderous Rider
  • Geralf's Messenger
  • Gutterbones

Good luck with your deck.

multimedia on Don't Teysa Me Bro!

3 months ago

Hey, nice budget version of Teysa with Deathmantle and Altar.

Cards to consider adding:

Any game when you have Skullclamp on the battlefield is going to be a better game than if you don't. Adding a few budget tutors that can get Clamp or one of your combo artifacts can be helpful.

Cards to consider cutting:

Good luck with your deck.

Spell_Slam on Yahenni's Shock Troopers

4 months ago

The first thing that comes to mind for me is Hatred. This can easily take out a player, and plays even better if you have a lifelink creature.

Jet Medallion seems like a great card to have in your deck, since you will probably play several spells a turn.

Black Market seems like it would generate a lot of value for you.

Wound Reflection also seems perfect for finishing off opponents.

In terms of aggressive, powerful creatures, I think you are missing a few key cards that would really make this deck scary.

Phyrexian Obliterator redefines what a good aggressive black card is.

Skirsdag High Priest is very easy to activate in Commander.

Loyal Subordinate represents heaps of damage with your commander out.

Rotting Regisaur is very much worth the discard for his body.

Woe Strider should make its way to the maindeck.

Abyssal Persecutor is excellent and even has great applications for multiplayer.

Demon of Catastrophes can eat up a useless creature in exchange for a 6/6 flying trample.

Doom Whisperer is great value.

Archfiend of Despair is the perfect late game finisher for you.

In terms of cuts, I don't think a lot of your very small creatures will get very far in a game of commander. I would cut the weaker ones like Carrier Thrall, Sanitarium Skeleton, Lazotep Reaver, Priest of the Forgotten Gods, Reassembling Skeleton and Tattered Mummy.

Tyrant's Choice seems like it won't often do what you want it to. I am sure you can find better removal than Defile. Sign in Blood and Night's Whisper also seem a bit underpowered for Commander.

multimedia on Teysa's Rebirth

5 months ago

Hey, consider switching your themes around? Making the token theme the main theme and aristocrats the subtheme?

I suggest this because I think tokens is better overall with this Teysa. Skullclamp is the main reason that tokens are the way to go because it's busted with Teysa and tokens are the easiest fodder for Clamp. When playing aristocrats as the main strategy you really want infinite combos with them. Many combos is how you benefit from the aristocrat strategy. Without many combos making your opponents lose some life is fine, but is not taking enough advantage of aristocrats.

Cards within the budget to consider adding:

  • Doomed Traveler: one drop who creates a flying token when it dies is very good with Teysa and recursion.
  • Mirror Entity: can pump all tokens and Teysa for big attacks or can be a sac outlet for aristocrat.
  • Open the Armory: tutor for Skullclamp or Deathmantle.
  • Luminarch Ascension: repeatable 4/4 Angel tokens at instant speed and it activates fast in multiplayer Commander because it looks at each opponents end step. Tokens give you blockers to help to prevent opponents from doing combat damage to you.
  • Crested Sunmare: repeatable 5/5 Horses, only have to gain one life on a turn to create a 5/5 Horse, it triggers on your opponents turns if you gain life.
  • Dark Prophecy: triggers when tokens die.
  • Erebos, Bleak-Hearted: triggers when tokens die.
  • Skirsdag High Priest: good with vigilance tokens, turn 1/1 into 5/5 Demon at instant speed.
  • Archon of Justice: triggers Teysa to exile two permanents.
  • High Market: sac outlet.

Cards to consider cutting:

Good luck with your deck.

henrypan321 on Hogaak's Legion of Critters

6 months ago

Thanks for the suggestion tiagompm! Skirsdag High Priest does look interesting, like a sort of mini-Hogaak with the convoke aspect, though I might need to add more of those sacrifice cards to get Morbid active more reliably.

tiagompm on Hogaak's Legion of Critters

6 months ago

Hello henrypan321!

Excellent options for a budget deck! Quite consistent, cheap and makes you want to move on to this idea!!

To bad dont have more cards to give haste to commander, but I realize that they are expensive for the project itself.

I only recommend the Skirsdag High Priest which, in my view, fits like a glove on the deck!

Keep up the good work!

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