Pontiff of Blight

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Alchemy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Planechase Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

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.)

TheForsakenOne on K'rrik, Manipulator of Life (Totals)

1 month ago

This deck seems very .... confused. On one hand you have swamp synergies, on the other sacrifice synergies, and then you have weird cards like Elder Brain that don't fit into either. I'd suggest picking one of the two theme's and sticking to it.

Cards I would suggest cutting:

Withercrown (just not a good card)

Crypt Incursion (Too situational, its going to be dead a lot of the time)

Xathrid Gorgon (Too slow)

Visara the Dreadful (Removal magnet + too slow)

Consume Spirit (There are better mana sinks than this)

Corrupt (Needs too many swamps to be worth the mana)

Liliana's Shade (Also just not a good card)

Elder Brain (just a weird card in general and too inconsistent)

Cards I would suggest adding:

Abhorrent Overlord (Makes a buch of creatures for your sacrifice triggers)

Pontiff of Blight, Thrull Parasite, Basilica Screecher (More extort cards that synergize very well with K'rrik)

Exsanguinate (Better mana sink than consume spirit)

Nirkana Revenant (Another mana doubler for swamps)

Vein Ripper (Very good for this kind of deck, but it just came out and is currently pricey so I'd wait to buy this one)

Bitterblossom, Dreadhorde Invasion (make a creature every turn for your sacrifice outlets)

Viscera Seer the classic free sacrifice outlet. Also see Woe Strider

Ayara, First of Locthwain (Free creature with K'rrik out and pings opponents every time a black creature enters which usually happens a lot with sac decks)

TheForsakenOne on K'rrik, Blatant Cheater

2 months ago

Because extort says "That much life" it scales with how much life is lost, which Bloodletter changes as a replacement effect. Because it specifically replaces life loss instead of damage causing life loss it does double the lifegain you receive.

And Wound Reflection is just a little too slow for my tastes. Its a 5 mana investment on something that isn't putting you in a winning investment unless you're following it up with a Pontiff of Blight, Gray Merchant of Asphodel or Shard of the Nightbringer, and people tend to target you or it as soon as it comes down because they see the aforementioned cards coming.

multimedia on Muldrotha, the gravetide

1 year ago

Hey, interesting Zombie theme. There's many excellent cards here, but also way too much filler for a 500+ budget. I presume the wincon here is Captain? With Gravecrawler combos of Altar or Rooftop?

Only 11 ramp sources here with only 33 lands are low numbers for Muldrotha. I don't consider Explosive Vegetation and Circuitous Route playable ramp either with a $100 low budget let alone a higher $500+ budget. There's so many ramp choices that have better interaction with Muldrotha that aren't 4 mana. 3.5 avg. CMC (mana curve) is high for only these numbers too. Something should give? Either add more ramp, add more lands, cut the lesser high CMC cards, or do all this to improve your deck?

To reduce mana curve these are some cards to consider cutting?

Others:

The Spirit tribal theme is not needed here. Some Spirits are fine, if the card is good by itself or helps Muldrotha some other ways and doesn't need other Spirits. There's a reason that Cemetery Desecrator isn't even $1 and is a Mythic rare, it's a terrible card for 6 mana. Drownyard Amalgam is at least not Mythic, but is just as bad for a five drop. You don't need these Zombies, they aren't helping your deck in any way for their mana cost.

It can help to see a deck list that's not 99 cards yet, but has been stripped of a lot of fat. Seeing a list this way can help to smooth the mana curve by adding more cards at certain parts of it that need more such as two drops here. In boarder terms consider more ramp, draw and low mana cost reanimation/self-mill enablers to setup Muldrotha and Zombies?

Good luck with your deck.

The_Warleader on What do we say to the God of Death?

1 year ago

Pretty underused card in Alesha decks (imo) is Pontiff of Blight!

Trompi on The Church of Many Dieties

1 year ago

Thank you for the feedback Gadianten, much appreciated!

I use the maybeboard as a list of cards I've considered at some point and don't want to forget about for the sake of future updates. So the cards listed there are most often cards I do not own, hence the "Expensive" category - those are cards I would most definitely run if it wasn't for their price tag. Right now this deck is powerful enough for my game group so I'm not too keen to spend much money on needlessly powerful stuff.

That being said, I might just try Moon-Blessed Cleric now that you mention it. It'll be more fun for everyone if I don't take forever to find my win-cons when in dominating position.

Unspeakable Symbol looks amazing! I love niche cards and having agency outside of my turn. This card is just perfect.

Lastly for the new considerations: I admit that Selfless Spirit and Speaker of the Heavens are great. I personally find them a tad boring though, so I'll just add them to my mess of a maybeboard for now. :D I don't like Mikaeus, the Unhallowed because so many of my clerics are humans and I just don't want to have to think about which are and which are not. I've run Pontiff of Blight for a tiny bit but never really used it in-game. I will give him another chance since our meta is not super fast.

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