Pontiff of Blight

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.)

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Pontiff of Blight Discussion

seshiro_of_the_orochi on Licia Gain and Drain

1 month ago

There are so many good lifegain cards I could mention, but your deck looks fine. I haven't seen many Licia lists, but I like the way you're taking with it.

Just to list some potentially interesting cards to consider: Vilis, Broker of Blood is insane. Tivash, Gloom Summoner is powerful, as well. You could add in Soul Warden and Soul's Attendant, and Ajani's Pridemate becomes huge in no time. Btw, Sunbond and Light of Promise can turn everything into Pridemate. Pontiff of Blight for more extort seems good here. Beacon of Immortality is a big life splash, and Serra Avatar can become really big.

CasualCucumber on zombie

1 month ago

It seems your deck is going in too many directions at the moment. You have a lot of zombie lords which is good, but there needs to be a bigger zombie production. You seem to be going for the token zombie spam, so cut out the creatures that doesn't help this plan. In zombie tribal I would build around The Scarab God first ability and not focus too much on the second ability in your deckbuilding - plenty of graveyards will be filled without dedicating yourself too much to a mill plan. Of course I can see you're not finished with the deck but simple things like Szadek, Lord of Secrets seems bad when you could run Altar of Dementia.

To start with, cut: Ascendant Evincar, Pontiff of Blight, Evil Twin, Szadek, Lord of Secrets, Wight.

Vessiliana on The True Queen Teysa.

2 months ago

Have you considered Pontiff of Blight? The extort being shared with every creature is a fun way to get extra mileage out of casting spells.

Lanzo493 on Surviving My Own Deck

6 months ago

Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose can get some life out of the stolen creatures. Whip of Erebos does it better. Dread Presence is great for lifegain, with a draw option, too. Exquisite Blood can get you life if you’ve got the money for it. Blood Artist could work if people are sacrifice lots of stuff because of you. Pontiff of Blight and Exsanguinate work well with lots of mana.

Tzefick on Teysa Karlov’s Double D's

11 months ago

KibaAlpha I would say Bitter Ordeal is a possible wincon when you are able to go infinite, and when not it can disrupt against opponents you know are mainly combo orientated. I would not consider it interaction like I would removal on the board like Wrath of God or Despark.

The way you'd go infinite would most likely be through Bolas's Citadel, at which point I would argue that Aetherflux Reservoir serves the same wincon but is a lot more flexible/valuable throughout the game.


I feel like you have a few too many cards dedicated to card draw/card advantage.

Erebos, Bleak-Hearted, Erebos, God of the Dead, Yawgmoth, Thran Physician, Arguel's Blood Fast  Flip, Dark Prophecy, Greed, Liliana, Dreadhorde General, Skullclamp - and adding card advantage cards; Phyrexian Reclamation, Bolas's Citadel, Athreos, God of Passage.

I would probably cut some of the less efficient / most mana hungry, like Erebos, God of the Dead and Arguel's Blood Fast  Flip. You have a lot of sources giving you card draw, but if you spend your mana on getting cards, you cannot cast those cards you draw. If you still feel too light on card draw, I would rather suggest one-tricks like Night's Whisper or Ambition's Cost.


I like being practical, so this bit is a bit tongue in cheek. Commander is about the big splashy stuff, so I get the motivation behind these but...

Black Market feels a bit like a greedy fantasy, without much intention. You hope to drop it down, sac some creatures and cash in on the mana next round, but there's no X spell finishers or particularly demanding costs. It would seem most likely that this mana will be used to cast a few spells in hand, pay Commander tax, or sink into Greed-esque cards. It feels like it doesn't support much in your game plan. The same could be said of Cabal Coffers. It's there to fill a fantasy, but one that is unlikely to see reality.


Reading through your deck's comment history it seems like you've walked back and forth from using infinite combos. It also makes more sense to me why you have so many Doomed Traveler-esque cards instead of token generators and death synergy cards.

If you want a more casual structure, I would say Pontiff of Blight is a good way to sink mana into, and it turns even the smallest and crappiest creature spell into a meaty drain chunk with the Extort of a few creatures on board.

joelrwood74 on Ladee Danger's Vito | Game Knights #37

1 year ago

Wouldn't this deck be illegal? Pontiff of Blight has a hybrid mana cost of W/B in it's rules text, giving it a color identity outside of Vito's own color identity. Or am I missing something? Thanks!

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