Pontiff of Blight

Legality

Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Custom Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Ravnica Allegiance: Guild Kits (GK2) Rare
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 . 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.)

Pontiff of Blight Discussion

MFStrudel on Cap'n Kirk's Goon Squad

2 days ago

multimedia All great suggestions. I've been thinking about replacing Ob Nix for either Kokusho, the Evening Star or Pontiff of Blight , just havent played around with either of them yet to see how they do.

The fast colorless mana is another issue i've been trying to remedy, but I'm running into the "these are all awesome, what do I cut?" problem. Caged Sun is a sensible cut, but i like Tendrils and Vampiric Link for the added lifegain potential. I play in a pretty creature-heavy meta, so Tendrils comes in clutch.

Swapping Crypt with Nykthos is a cut that I've been considering, but haven't made yet due to current money situations. Gravecrawler and Carrion Feeder is a combo that I hadn't even considered, but that's a great one; same with Leshrac's Sigil

Dead of Winter is in with normal Swamps, simply because I don't have the Snow-Covered Swamp s to replace them yet. I play almost exclusively kitchen table Magic, and my playgroup is cool just pretending for now until I get them lol

Thanks for all of the suggestions. They're incredibly helpful and much appreciated.

multimedia on Cap'n Kirk's Goon Squad

2 days ago

Hey, Goon squads like to extort and Pontiff of Blight 's extort is busted with Phyrexian mana :)

Consider moving Pontiff from the maybeboard to the main deck by cutting Ob Nixilis, Unshackled ? It's also a six drop and like Pontiff it can be a repeatable source of your opponents losing life, but unlike Pontiff your opponents have the choice to lose life to tutor. With Pontiff you control when and how much life your opponents are losing by casting spells and you also can gain a ton of life which is good with Aetherflux Reservoir .

The one thing your deck lacks is fast colorless mana from mana rocks. You want quick. Sol is great, but consider more? With the budget here Mana Vault and/or Basalt Monolith can fit. Either could replace Caged Sun and/or Tendrils of Corruption . Caged is fine, but I don't think at six mana it's needed here. Everflowing Chalice is also good because it can scale or cast it as a two drop it could replace Vampiric Link .

With only 17 creatures Crypt of Agadeem is not doing much. Consider cutting it for Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx ? Nykthos is another powerful outlet for black devotion. Gravecrawler and Carrion Feeder with Phyrexian mana is a loop to combo kill your opponents with Aetherflux Reservoir since you cast Gravecrawler from your graveyard. These two Zombies can also put a ton of counters on Krrik or Black Market . These Zombies and Aetherflux can also be part of a Doomsday pile.

Another enabler for Aetherflux with Phyrexian mana is Leshrac's Sigil since it can bounce itself back to your hand to loop cast it. It's also good with devotion as well as some hate for green. These three cards could replace Tendrils of Corruption , Exquisite Blood , Mortuary , Bloodchief Ascension . Mortuary has nice interaction with Gray Merchant of Asphodel and Bolas's Citadel , but I'm not sure that it's worth including just for this interaction.

I see Dead of Winter , but I don't see Snow-Covered Swamp s to fuel it. Cut Winter if you don't want to add Snow-Covered Swamps?

Good luck with your deck.

multimedia on K'rrik's Pact of Cruelty

2 weeks ago

Hey, saw your forum topic asking for help.

Cards to consider adding that are within the budget here:

Fast mana is great with Krrik because you want quick to play him from the Command Zone. More the better; other ramp to consider adding that's within the budget:

Gravecrawler with Carrion Feeder and Aetherflux Reservoir is a combo to win the game with Reservoir. Feeder because it's a Zombie with Phyrexian mana lets you cast Gravecrawler from your graveyard for 2 life. These two without Reservior have other utility such as adding many counters to Krrik since each time you cast Gravecrawler from your graveyard. Extort ( Pontiff of Blight , Crypt Ghast ) is also good with this Zombie interaction.

Winter Orb because of Phyrexian mana affects you less than opponents. This is vile land disruption. Font of Agonies with Phyrexian mana which can power it both ways getting a lot of counters and letting you destroy a creature for , 2 life. This card can keep your opponents from having a lot creatures on the battlefield.

You're playing a lot of high mana cost creatures which makes fast reanimation ( Entomb , Reanimate ) powerful especially with Vilis and Razaketh. Might even want to consider expanding even more with reanimation. If choosing to attack with Krrik infect is vile. Glistening Oil can be nasty since when a +1/+1 counter is put on him it takes away the -1/-1 counter that Oil puts on him.


Cards to consider cutting:

  • Elixir of Vitality
  • Gate to the Afterlife
  • Golem's Heart
  • Luxa River Shrine
  • Profane Memento
  • Staff of the Death Magus
  • Pristine Talisman
  • Bloodhunter Bat
  • Reaper of Sheoldred
  • Demonlord of Ashmouth
  • Curse of Fool's Wisdom
  • Subversion
  • Noxious Gearhulk
  • Diamond Mare
  • Caged Sun
  • Alhammarret's Archive

These suggested cuts are many cards that can gain you life. I don't think you need this many, it's kind of overkill. Pontiff of Blight , Gray Merchant of Asphodel , Kokusho, the Evening Star , Exquisite Blood and if you choose to add Aetherflux Reservoir are life gaining cards that can also be win conditions. Demon's Horn , Prism Ring , Deathgreeter , Whip of Erebos is a lot of additional cards for life gain. Fast mana is important, and it's missing here. I think it can improve your deck more than other cards that can gain you life. Good luck with your deck.

multimedia on The Black Death

2 weeks ago

Hey, saw your forum topic asking for help.

Cards to consider cutting to make 100:

In your forum topic you said you're not worried about reducing the high avg. CMC by cutting high CMC creatures because you can pay Phyrexian mana to reduce their cost. This is true to some degree, but you're not always in every game going to have Krrik on the battlefield, access to Phyrexian mana, and the times when this happens then having a lower avg. CMC will allow you to actually play Magic.

The other problem is why play worse high CMC creatures then Vilis, Broker of Blood , Pontiff of Blight , Sheoldred, Whispering One or Reiver Demon ? There's no reason to jam a bunch of other high CMC creatures just because you can. These creatures especially the interaction of Vilis, Pontiff with Krrik are better than all the other high CMC creatures who are within the budget here. You would rather draw them then the others therefore make it easier to draw them and don't include lots of other high CMC creatures?

Pontiff of Blight giving extort to all creatures you control is good especially if you're playing a life gain strategy. Extort can be paid for with Phyrexian mana, that's what makes it busted. Each extort trigger can be paid with 2 life, but if you have three opponents you gain 3 life for each trigger, you gain 1 life per opponents who loss life. This means you extort for free and also gain 1 life after each trigger. Even if you only have two opponents you're still getting to extort for free because of Phyrexian mana.


Before you can do anything with Krrik and Phyrexian mana you have to get him on the battlefield and this means getting four mana (colorless or black). First priority for upgrades to consider is adding more early game ramp that's within the budget:

The strength of Krrik is Phyrexian mana, but to take advantage of this you want lots of other one mana cards. When you play Krrik you want to right away start giving him counters:

Cremate, Wisps, Tainted are not usually playable cards, but with Krrik they are because they're free to cast and most draw a card. For one mana or free Symmetry can get you Necropotence into your hand.

Two drops are also good, not as good as one drops, but still good value with Phyrexian mana:

You could fit Demonic Tutor and Diabolic Intent in here if you wanted by cutting some cards that are by no means as powerful as either because these tutors can get you Necropotence , Bolas's Citadel or Aetherflux Reservoir ; all more impactful cards/game winning cards. Consider cutting these cards to add Demonic/Intent? Most of these cards are high mana cost redundancy which are not needed:

I offer more advice if you would like. Good luck with your deck.

ZendikariWol on Dark Confidant in a Krrick ...

4 weeks ago

It all rides on how much life gain you’re running. Anything to pump up K’rrik? Pontiff of Blight ? Crypt Ghast ? Lifelinking creatures?

Matt_The_OGRE on WOAH! I just thought of ...

1 month ago

With K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth and Pontiff of Blight out, all you really need is Gravecrawler and Phyrexian Altar and 2 opponents to go infinite.

burferking on Phylactery Broker

1 month ago

This is my kind of deck! I'd suggest to swap Garza's Assassin for Murderous Betrayal since an enchantment is a bit harder to destroy, and all your Swamps for Snow Swamps. This way, Extraplanar Lens doesn't give extra mana to other players that play Swamps (but no Snow Swamps). You could also add Hex Parasite just to pay life, or Vault Skirge for a little flying blocker (with lifelink!), Lashwrithe and/or Nightmare Lash to pay life and buff a creature. Other suggestions: Withering Boon Exsanguinate Pontiff of Blight Shauku, Endbringer Vampire Nighthawk Bond of Agony Killing Wave Phyrexian Reclamation Razaketh, the Foulblooded Strands of Night Boseiju, Who Shelters All Aetherflux Reservoir Torment of Hailfire Phyrexian Processor Well of Lost Dreams

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