Creature — Vampire Cleric
, Sacrifice another creature: Pitiless Pontiff gains deathtouch and indestructible until end of turn. (Damage and effects that say "destroy" don't destroy it.)
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|Ravnica Allegiance (RNA)||Uncommon|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Pitiless Pontiff occurrence in decks from the last year
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Pitiless Pontiff Discussion
1 month ago
Good looking list! One or two suggestions, if you are going for life-gain Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim might be better value than Pitiless Pontiff. That being said, I'm not sure there is enough life gain to make Speaker of the Heavens worth. Other great 1 costs would be Mother of Runes and Giver of Runes. A sweet tutor to consider is Buried Alive, and good recursion in Victimize. Hope that helps!
4 months ago
This is very similar to a deck I just put together. Seeing you have Athreos, God of Passage,you can pair it well with cards such as Corpse Knight and Cruel Celebrant for a constant wheel of life gain and opponent life loss. Then use Pitiless Pontiff and Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim to keep cycling that wheel. Teysa Karlov helps quicken the pace of this as well, but you are wasting the second ability if you can't get a bunch of tokens. Only reason I don't use her.
4 months ago
craigm104, I agree I need a way to get my creatures off the board more often with Athreos, God of Passage out. I keep a rule for myself to not put more than 2 legendary creatures into a deck. So I have added in Pitiless Pontiff to help with the self sacrifice. Nothing wrong with some indestructible and death touch. I did add Debt to the Deathless into the sideboard to use for multiplayer games. No reason not to. If I add Teysa Karlov, I think I would need to add Beckon Apparition, but I want to keep the deck down to as few spells as possible for now. Her other ability would make her really good though in this deck. I mainly want to see if mutate can be a decent substitute for spells. For it to really work, Wizards probably need to add some more 1 drops in future sets that utilize the ability. Thanks for the help.
5 months ago
So when you run black you run multiple tutors otherwise you are playing the color wrong, you have vampiric tutor which im proud of you that you have it in the deck but please consider one to two more tutors Demonic Tutor, Diabolic Intent, Grim Tutor or worse case scenario at least Diabolic Tutor...
You don't need Exsanguinate or Debt to the Deathless to go infinite as stated above by you and players can respond to the stack if you are playing against good magic players. You could just sac a creature and get a blood artist trigger to go off with sanguine bond/exquisite blood combo then if they respond to the trigger you can just do it again and win; easier and better in EVERY way... those two spells are horrible filler. Bishop of Binding, Pitiless Pontiff, Sorin Markov, Syphon Mind, Go for the Throat, Mortify are cards that I feel like they fall in the same category as being filler.
Other interesting cards you might want to consider. Liliana, Dreadhorde General, Aetherflux Reservoir, Return to Dust, Drana, Liberator of Malakir, Bloodcrazed Paladin, Captivating Vampire, Kindred Dominance, Living Death, Phyrexian Reclamation, Generous Gift, and Grand Abolisher.
That's all I got for you on the top of my head, gl on your deck!
7 months ago
Thanks for the feedback Swilliam. I didn't know about Pitiless Pontiff or Qarsi Sadist, good suggestions. I agree about needing another sac outlet. I was considering Priest of Forgotten Gods but I think she might be too fragile to be useful in Pioneer. Should I swap out Corpse Knight for one of them?
7 months ago
Hey, cool deck. +1 from me. I'd just mostly suggest adding more sacrifice outlets. Pitiless Pontiff and Qarsi Sadist are pretty good. Qarsi Sadist also has an enter the battlefield trigger if that helps. Final Payment is also really great removal for this deck.
11 months ago
dusterGGG I like Pitiless Pontiff because it offers deathtouch alongside functional indestructibility, but you may be right, in my playtests lack of that one mana when I have putted something like Teysa Karlov or Sorin, Vengeful Bloodlord on turn 4 often meant that I couldn't use Pontiff when I really would like too, and since Cartel Aristocrat can also work almost infinitely with Cruel Celebrant I guess it's a better one here, since I already have Orzhov Enforcer to take down big creatures. I will probably get it with my next order on cardkingdom and than I'll update this deck, thanks. As of Yahenni, Undying Partisan , I don't really need attackers in this deck since I can either overflow opponent with spirits or just drain him with Cruel Celebrant and I prefer 2 CMC over 3. So I guess Cartel Aristocrat it is.
11 months ago
Consider Cartel Aristocrat over Pitiless Pontiff . Free sac engines are almost always better than ones that cost mana, and protection will also let you swing with it if you want. Yahenni, Undying Partisan is another good sac engine with high survivability that can also be a good attacker.