When I was first introduced to Magic: The Gathering, I thought of building around the classic Dungeons & Dragons party. After all, the game has Rogues, Wizards, Elves, and yes, Clerics. I was excited! I began to immediately dive into the creature types to find my class. However, my selection was limited, and I was too nervous to go to my local game store at the time.

That's when I stumbled upon her, the most beautiful Cleric I had ever seen: Atalya, Samite Master.

However, I immediately became dismayed. Her converted mana cost was too high, her payoff did not feel strong enough, and her color identity felt lacking to me even then. Rather than build her, I set Atalya, Samite Master aside and with her, my desire to build Clerics.

Five years later, Zendikar Rising came out, and with it the party mechanic! My dream to have a D&D deck in Magic finally became realized. Suddenly I could dust off my Cleric concept and take it for a ride. This time, however, it would not be Atalya, Samite Master at the helm but Orah, Skyclave Hierophant instead.

When presented with Orah, Skyclave Hierophant, my mind went to three different places: Aristocrats, Shadowborn Apostle, and straight Cleric tribal. Orzhov is the perfect color combo for Aristocrats, providing cards like Bastion of Remembrance, Blood Artist, and Syr Konrad, the Grim. These pieces are just a handful of the important pieces needed to run an Aristocrat deck. However, the key pieces of Aristocrats are not Clerics and would feel clunky with Orah.

Then I started to think about Shadowborn Apostle. A deck can run any number of them, and they are Clerics after all. I started to tinker with the idea of Aristocrats solely based around that card, however, I felt that that would possibly be boring to build on stream as well as write about.

This landed me on my last idea: straight Cleric tribal. When you hear tribal, you tend to think of Elves, Goblins, and Dragons. These are pillar tribes in Magic. Clerics? Not so much. However, this does not mean there aren't any powerful pieces.

Tribal Support

Clerics aren't necessarily the strongest tribe in Magic. That doesn't mean we can't build around them. We have to add some specific pieces in order to strengthen our board state.

Etchings of the Chosen and Eldrazi Monument are excellent ways to buff some of our weaker creatures with the added benefit of making them indestructible. Another way to buff our Clerics is through Coat of Arms. This card is a staple in tribal decks, however, it should be noted that this card has global effects. This particular list runs 35 creatures (minus the commander), which can create the potential for incredibly large creatures on our side. However, this can also benefit our opponents as well. Play this card with caution.

Tribal support means more than buffs to power and toughness. It can also mean token generation.

When we aren't getting the Clerics we want or need, we make them ourselves. Westvale Abbey, Skirsdag High Priest, Rotlung Reanimator, and Hanweir Militia Captain all make us tokens, some that can even help us bolster our defenses and feed into Coat of Arms. Even though Rotlung Reanimator does not make Cleric token, it is particularly potent when paired with Orah's recursion ability.

Really Good Clerics

A lot of good cards in Magic are Clerics. To be honest, I didn't really know that until tackling this brew.

Ramp, enchantment hate, and even some card draw. Surprised, right? While each Cleric was carefully selected in this list, we can only go over a few otherwise this article would be a small novel. Leonin Relic-Warder and War Priest of Thune act as recurrable artifact and enchantment removal while Bygone Bishop, Tymna the Weaver, and Taborax, Hope's Demise essentially serve as card draw. Edgewalker is a card that has recently seen a spike since Zendikar Rising spoilers started to trickle out, and with good reason, as it allows us to reduce the cost of already inexpensive creatures.

However, some of the best Clerics in this deck help us recur things when Orah, Skyclave Hierophant is unable to. Our deck is at its strongest when it's able to consistently recur our Clerics.

Cleric Come Back

Recursion plays such a heavy role in this deck that it really needs a section of its own. Orah, Skyclave Hierophant ability triggers whenever he or a Cleric dies. Games of Commander can take many different turns, so redundancy for redundancy sake is a good idea more often than not. It's better to be able to have a deck that functions without our commander than struggle when it's gone.

Bishop of Rebirth and Order of Whiteclay allow us to return creatures with converted mana cost 3 or less to the battlefield either at upkeep or with an untap. Athreos, God of Passage and Ravos, Soultender allow us a bit more wiggle room when returning creatures to our hand (though Athreos, God of Passage does provide a drawback to our opponents). Lastly, Whisper, Blood Liturgist and Doomed Necromancer are Clerics that require sacrifice in order to bring things back from the dead. The price may be high, but they are all too willing to pay it.

While we may be a creature-heavy deck, that does not mean our recursion ends there. Phyrexian Reclamation and Animate Dead are enchantments that also do a bit of necromancy. Instants and sorceries are not exempt from this major theme as well. Sevinne's Reclamation is another recursion spell limited by the target's converted mana cost. However, the deck's most powerful recursion spell is Rally the Ancestors.

The beautiful thing about Clerics is that the majority of their CMCs are 3 or less, with a handful of higher CMC outliers. When the proper amount of mana is sunk into it, it can essentially return all of our dead creatures back to the battlefield. However, the caveat with this is that they exile at our next upkeep, so it's important to utilize them quickly. While we may not be able to attack (curse you, Orzhov for not having decent haste enablers), we can either use them for blockers or use them as fodder for Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim secondary ability.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Clerical Error by Chase Carroll

'Clerical Error' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

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Cards

Order of Whiteclay

Color Identity:W

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{1}{W}{W}, {Q}: Return target creature card with converted mana cost 3 or less from your graveyard to the battlefield. ({Q} is the untap symbol.)

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Bygone Bishop

Color Identity:W

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Flying
Whenever you cast a creature spell with converted mana cost 3 or less, investigate. (Create a colorless Clue artifact token with "{2}, Sacrifice this artifact: Draw a card.")

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Transcendent Master

Color Identity:W

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Level up {1} ({1}: Put a level counter on this. Level up only as a sorcery.)
LEVEL 6-11
6/6
Lifelink
LEVEL 12+
9/9
Lifelink, indestructible

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Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim

Color Identity:B,W

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Deathtouch
{1}, Sacrifice another creature: You gain life equal to the sacrificed creature's toughness.
{1}{W}{B}, Sacrifice another creature: Exile target nonland permanent. Activate this ability only if you have at least 10 life more than your starting life total.

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Bishop of Rebirth

Color Identity:W

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Vigilance
Whenever Bishop of Rebirth attacks, you may return target creature card with converted mana cost 3 or less from your graveyard to the battlefield.

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Pious Evangel // Wayward Disciple

Color Identity:B,W

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Whenever Pious Evangel or another creature enters the battlefield under your control, you gain 1 life.
{2}, {T}, Sacrifice another permanent: Transform Pious Evangel.

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Whisper, Blood Liturgist

Color Identity:B

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{T}, Sacrifice two creatures: Return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield.

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Fumigate

Color Identity:W

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Destroy all creatures. You gain 1 life for each creature destroyed this way.

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Phyrexian Reclamation

Color Identity:B

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{1}{B}, Pay 2 life: Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.

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Phyrexian Altar

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Sacrifice a creature: Add one mana of any color.

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Starlit Sanctum

Color Identity:B,W

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{T}: Add {C}.
{W}, {T}, Sacrifice a Cleric creature: You gain life equal to the sacrificed creature's toughness.
{B}, {T}, Sacrifice a Cleric creature: Target player loses life equal to the sacrificed creature's power.

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Utter End

Color Identity:B,W

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Exile target nonland permanent.

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Drana, the Last Bloodchief

Color Identity:B

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Flying
Whenever Drana, the Last Bloodchief attacks, defending player chooses a nonlegendary creature card in your graveyard. You return that card to the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it. The creature is a Vampire in addition to its other types.

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Smothering Tithe

Color Identity:W

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Whenever an opponent draws a card, that player may pay {2}. If the player doesn't, you create a Treasure token. (It's an artifact with "{T}, Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color.")

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Orzhov Signet

Color Identity:B,W

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{1}, {T}: Add {W}{B}.

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Ravos, Soultender

Color Identity:B,W

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Flying
Other creatures you control get +1/+1.
At the beginning of your upkeep, you may return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
Partner (You can have two commanders if both have partner.)

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Vault of the Archangel

Color Identity:B,W

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{T}: Add {C}.
{2}{W}{B}, {T}: Creatures you control gain deathtouch and lifelink until end of turn.

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Doomed Necromancer

Color Identity:B

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{B}, {T}, Sacrifice Doomed Necromancer: Return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield.

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Phyrexian Tower

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}, Sacrifice a creature: Add {B}{B}.

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Priest of Forgotten Gods

Color Identity:B

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{T}, Sacrifice two other creatures: Any number of target players each lose 2 life and sacrifice a creature. You add {B}{B} and draw a card.

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Damnation

Color Identity:B

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Destroy all creatures. They can't be regenerated.

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Swords to Plowshares

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Exile target creature. Its controller gains life equal to its power.

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Westvale Abbey // Ormendahl, Profane Prince

Color Identity:B

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{T}: Add {C}.
{5}, {T}, Pay 1 life: Create a 1/1 white and black Human Cleric creature token.
{5}, {T}, Sacrifice five creatures: Transform Westvale Abbey, then untap it.

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Remorseful Cleric

Color Identity:W

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Flying
Sacrifice Remorseful Cleric: Exile all cards from target player's graveyard.

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Unclaimed Territory

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As Unclaimed Territory enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.
{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add one mana of any color. Spend this mana only to cast a creature spell of the chosen type.

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Taborax, Hope's Demise

Color Identity:B

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Flying
Taborax, Hope's Demise has lifelink as long as it has five or more +1/+1 counters on it.
Whenever another nontoken creature you control dies, put a +1/+1 counter on Taborax. If that creature was a Cleric, you may draw a card. If you do, you lose 1 life.

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Isolated Chapel

Color Identity:B,W

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Isolated Chapel enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Plains or a Swamp.
{T}: Add {W} or {B}.

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Rally the Ancestors

Color Identity:W

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Return each creature card with converted mana cost X or less from your graveyard to the battlefield. Exile those creatures at the beginning of your next upkeep. Exile Rally the Ancestors.

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War Priest of Thune

Color Identity:W

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When War Priest of Thune enters the battlefield, you may destroy target enchantment.

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Banisher Priest

Color Identity:W

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When Banisher Priest enters the battlefield, exile target creature an opponent controls until Banisher Priest leaves the battlefield. (That creature returns under its owner's control.)

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Suture Priest

Color Identity:W

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Whenever another creature enters the battlefield under your control, you may gain 1 life.
Whenever a creature enters the battlefield under an opponent's control, you may have that player lose 1 life.

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Cavern of Souls

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As Cavern of Souls enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.
{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add one mana of any color. Spend this mana only to cast a creature spell of the chosen type, and that spell can't be countered.

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Diabolic Intent

Color Identity:B

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, sacrifice a creature.
Search your library for a card and put that card into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

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Skirsdag High Priest

Color Identity:B

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Morbid — {T}, Tap two untapped creatures you control: Create a 5/5 black Demon creature token with flying. Activate this ability only if a creature died this turn.

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Edgewalker

Color Identity:B,W

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Cleric spells you cast cost {W}{B} less to cast. This effect reduces only the amount of colored mana you pay. (For example, if you cast a Cleric spell with mana cost {1}{W}, it costs {1} to cast.)

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Ashnod's Altar

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Sacrifice a creature: Add {C}{C}.

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Athreos, God of Passage

Color Identity:B,W

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Indestructible
As long as your devotion to white and black is less than seven, Athreos isn't a creature.
Whenever another creature you own dies, return it to your hand unless target opponent pays 3 life.

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Read the Bones

Color Identity:B

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Scry 2, then draw two cards. You lose 2 life. (To scry 2, look at the top two cards of your library, then put any number of them on the bottom of your library and the rest on top in any order.)

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Godless Shrine

Color Identity:B,W

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({T}: Add {W} or {B}.)
As Godless Shrine enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Cleric of Life's Bond

Color Identity:B,W

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Whenever another Cleric enters the battlefield under your control, you gain 1 life.
Whenever you gain life for the first time each turn, put a +1/+1 counter on Cleric of Life's Bond.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Merciless Eviction

Color Identity:B,W

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Choose one —
• Exile all artifacts.
• Exile all creatures.
• Exile all enchantments.
• Exile all planeswalkers.

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Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

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Each land is a Swamp in addition to its other land types.

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Vault of Champions

Color Identity:B,W

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Vault of Champions enters the battlefield tapped unless you have two or more opponents.
{T}: Add {W} or {B}.

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Selfless Spirit

Color Identity:W

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Flying
Sacrifice Selfless Spirit: Creatures you control gain indestructible until end of turn.

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Coat of Arms

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Each creature gets +1/+1 for each other creature on the battlefield that shares at least one creature type with it. (For example, if two Goblin Warriors and a Goblin Shaman are on the battlefield, each gets +2/+2.)

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Rotlung Reanimator

Color Identity:B

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Whenever Rotlung Reanimator or another Cleric dies, create a 2/2 black Zombie creature token.

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Hanweir Militia Captain // Westvale Cult Leader

Color Identity:W

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At the beginning of your upkeep, if you control four or more creatures, transform Hanweir Militia Captain.

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Frontline Medic

Color Identity:W

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Battalion — Whenever Frontline Medic and at least two other creatures attack, creatures you control gain indestructible until end of turn.
Sacrifice Frontline Medic: Counter target spell with {X} in its mana cost unless its controller pays {3}.

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Field of the Dead

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Field of the Dead enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {C}.
Whenever Field of the Dead or another land enters the battlefield under your control, if you control seven or more lands with different names, create a 2/2 black Zombie creature token.

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Cabal Coffers

Color Identity:B

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{2}, {T}: Add {B} for each Swamp you control.

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Sign in Blood

Color Identity:B

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Target player draws two cards and loses 2 life.

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Grand Abolisher

Color Identity:W

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During your turn, your opponents can't cast spells or activate abilities of artifacts, creatures, or enchantments.

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Silent Clearing

Color Identity:B,W

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{T}, Pay 1 life: Add {W} or {B}.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Silent Clearing: Draw a card.

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Path of Ancestry

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Path of Ancestry enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add one mana of any color in your commander's color identity. When that mana is spent to cast a creature spell that shares a creature type with your commander, scry 1.

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Mikaeus, the Lunarch

Color Identity:W

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Mikaeus, the Lunarch enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it.
{T}: Put a +1/+1 counter on Mikaeus.
{T}, Remove a +1/+1 counter from Mikaeus: Put a +1/+1 counter on each other creature you control.

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Tymna the Weaver

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $37.27

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Lifelink
At the beginning of your postcombat main phase, you may pay X life, where X is the number of opponents that were dealt combat damage this turn. If you do, draw X cards.
Partner (You can have two commanders if both have partner.)

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Animate Dead

Color Identity:B

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Enchant creature card in a graveyard
When Animate Dead enters the battlefield, if it's on the battlefield, it loses "enchant creature card in a graveyard" and gains "enchant creature put onto the battlefield with Animate Dead." Return enchanted creature card to the battlefield under your control and attach Animate Dead to it. When Animate Dead leaves the battlefield, that creature's controller sacrifices it.
Enchanted creature gets -1/-0.

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Orah, Skyclave Hierophant

Color Identity:B,W

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Lifelink
Whenever Orah, Skyclave Hierophant or another Cleric you control dies, return target Cleric card with lesser converted mana cost from your graveyard to the battlefield.

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Phyrexian Arena

Color Identity:B

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At the beginning of your upkeep, you draw a card and you lose 1 life.

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Leonin Relic-Warder

Color Identity:W

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When Leonin Relic-Warder enters the battlefield, you may exile target artifact or enchantment.
When Leonin Relic-Warder leaves the battlefield, return the exiled card to the battlefield under its owner's control.

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Sol Ring

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{T}: Add {C}{C}.

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Liliana, Heretical Healer // Liliana, Defiant Necromancer

Color Identity:B

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Lifelink
Whenever another nontoken creature you control dies, exile Liliana, Heretical Healer, then return her to the battlefield transformed under her owner's control. If you do, create a 2/2 black Zombie creature token.

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Etchings of the Chosen

Color Identity:B,W

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As Etchings of the Chosen enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.
Creatures you control of the chosen type get +1/+1.
{1}, Sacrifice a creature of the chosen type: Target creature you control gains indestructible until end of turn.

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Path to Exile

Color Identity:W

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Exile target creature. Its controller may search their library for a basic land card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle their library.

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Twilight Prophet

Color Identity:B

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Flying
Ascend (If you control ten or more permanents, you get the city's blessing for the rest of the game.)
At the beginning of your upkeep, if you have the city's blessing, reveal the top card of your library and put it into your hand. Each opponent loses X life and you gain X life, where X is that card's converted mana cost.

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Demonic Tutor

Color Identity:B

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Search your library for a card, put that card into your hand, then shuffle your library.

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High Market

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}, Sacrifice a creature: You gain 1 life.

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Vindicate

Color Identity:B,W

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Destroy target permanent.

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Fiend Hunter

Color Identity:W

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When Fiend Hunter enters the battlefield, you may exile another target creature.
When Fiend Hunter leaves the battlefield, return the exiled card to the battlefield under its owner's control.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Castle Locthwain

Color Identity:B

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Castle Locthwain enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Swamp.
{T}: Add {B}.
{1}{B}{B}, {T}: Draw a card, then you lose life equal to the number of cards in your hand.

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Desecrated Tomb

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Whenever one or more creature cards leave your graveyard, create a 1/1 black Bat creature token with flying.

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Pitiless Plunderer

Color Identity:B

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Whenever another creature you control dies, create a Treasure token. (It's an artifact with "{T}, Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color.")

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Mangara, the Diplomat

Color Identity:W

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Lifelink
Whenever an opponent attacks with creatures, if two or more of those creatures are attacking you and/or planeswalkers you control, draw a card.
Whenever an opponent casts their second spell each turn, draw a card.

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Demon's Disciple

Color Identity:B

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When Demon's Disciple enters the battlefield, each player sacrifices a creature or planeswalker.

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Land Tax

Color Identity:W

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At the beginning of your upkeep, if an opponent controls more lands than you, you may search your library for up to three basic land cards, reveal them, put them into your hand, then shuffle your library.

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Leonin Arbiter

Color Identity:W

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Players can't search libraries. Any player may pay {2} for that player to ignore this effect until end of turn.

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Black Market

Color Identity:B

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Whenever a creature dies, put a charge counter on Black Market.
At the beginning of your precombat main phase, add {B} for each charge counter on Black Market.

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Brightclimb Pathway

Color Identity:B,W

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{T}: Add {W}.

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Sevinne's Reclamation

Color Identity:W

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Return target permanent card with converted mana cost 3 or less from your graveyard to the battlefield. If this spell was cast from a graveyard, you may copy this spell and may choose a new target for the copy.
Flashback {4}{W} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Teferi's Protection

Color Identity:W

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Until your next turn, your life total can't change and you gain protection from everything. All permanents you control phase out. (While they're phased out, they're treated as though they don't exist. They phase in before you untap during your untap step.)
Exile Teferi's Protection.

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Eldrazi Monument

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Creatures you control get +1/+1 and have flying and indestructible.
At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice a creature. If you can't, sacrifice Eldrazi Monument.

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Removal

The best thing about being in Orzhov is the abundance of removal at our fingertips. Single target, global, mass exile—we've got it all!

Path to Exile and Swords to Plowshares are auto-includes in any deck that runs white. Utter End, while costing more, allows us greater flexibility with our targets, allowing us to target enchantments and artifacts as well. Damnation and Fumigate are excellent ways to wipe the board, however, Merciless Eviction is definitely considered "bringing out the big guns." This mass exile is definitely a spell best saved for the eleventh hour of a long Commander game, and can be lethal when played after Teferi's Protection.

Card Draw

Card draw and white don't often go together. However, there are ways we can get around this, namely creatures or black spells.

Sign in Blood, Phyrexian Arena, and Read the Bones are three of these black spells that can give us that extra boost of card draw we are often desperate for. Priest of Forgotten Gods requires sacrifice for our card draw while Taborax, Hope's Demise requires a Cleric to die in order for us to drive a card. Tymna the Weaver requires us to deal some damage and lose some life in order for us to draw some cards. However, it is our remaining two mono-white cards that give us some of our most interesting ways to draw cards.

First is Bygone Bishop! While this card does not exactly state "draw a card" it allows us to investigate whenever we cast a creature spell with CMC 3 or less, and boy do we have a lot of those! While this requires us to sink an additional two mana into cracking that Clue token, it's definitely better than no card draw at all.

Our final card draw effect in this deck lies in a newer mono-white card: Mangara, the Diplomat. In order for us to draw cards, our opponents either have to cast a second spell or swing at us. While both aren't exactly ideal, this form of card draw allows us to find the answers we need in the most dire moments of gameplay!

The MVP

When I think of Orzhov Clerics, the first card that comes to mind is Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim. This card was originally added into this deck when the original Aristocrat concept was in play, however, her strength still remains in Cleric tribal.

Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim first ability helps us gain life. While this is no longer our list's main focus, life gain helps us reach Ayli's most powerful ability: her secondary ability. A handful of our creature spells in this list have lifelink, including Orah, Skyclave Hierophant, and therefore allow us to help gain enough life early on to trigger Ayli's secondary ability. This turns Ayli into a very powerful weapon, essentially allowing us to exile some of our opponent's scariest pieces. Thanks to Orah and a number of other creatures in this deck, sacrificing another creature to do this isn't as detrimental to our strategy as it would be for most other decks. Sacrificing a creature to exile a nonland permanent for three mana only to get the creature back feels too good to be true, but hey, that's Orzhov for you!

Final Thoughts

At first, I was incredibly hesitant to approach building Cleric tribal. The very thought of it screamed "weak" to me. However, as the list began to grow and take shape, I soon found the comfortable niche of its strengths. The release of Zendikar Rising helped cultivate that strength, giving us cards like Orah, Skyclave Hierophant, Cleric of Life's Bond, and Demon's Disciple. In D&D, Clerics are viewed as being an incredibly strong and versatile class, and I am thankful Wizards of the Coast has finally done them justice in Magic.

Now… on to Rogues and Wizards!