MTG Dominaria United Cleric lord searches for win conditions, lacks Standard support

The lord cycle continues to impress.

Image via WotC

Dominaria United has introduced a cycle of tribal lords with powerful upsides that will be staples in Commander and may see play in eternal formats.

On the second-to-last day of Dominaria United spoilers, a new Cleric lord was revealed that powers up Black-based decks with an excellent tutor ability.

Cleric tribal is a supported archetype in MTG Commander with 2,997 decks in the EDHRec database. The tribe is primarily a W/B archetype. These decks look to build a large battlefield with cards that chain abilities together.

The newest addition, Shadow-Rite Priest, will give Cleric decks some inevitability by allowing them to consistently find win conditions.

Shadow-Rite Priest

Shadow-Rite Priest
  • Mana value: 1B
  • Type: Creature Human Cleric
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Stats: 2/2
  • First ability: Other Clerics you control get +1/+1.
  • Second ability: 3BB, tap, sacrifice another Cleric: Search your library for a Black Creature card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

Shadow-Rite Priest is an excellent two-mana play in the formidable snowball list. Over the past year in Standard, Clerics was a solid mid-tier archetype that was largely supported by cards from Zendikar Rising. With that set rotating out of Standard, Clerics will be severely hurt. But there’s a chance the strategy can take a new form in Standard.

In Commander, Shadow-Rite Priest becomes one of the best cards in a B/W Clerics build around Orah, Skyclave Hierophant. Its ability to immediately search up any Black creature for five mana is powerful. The ability also synergizes with Orah’s triggered ability.

Tutoring out a win condition directly onto the battlefield is one way to close out a game of Commander. Depending on how you choose to build your deck, this play can be made more consistent with tutors that can find Shadow-Rite Priest.

Dominaria United releases on Magic Arena and Magic Online on Sept. 1. The tabletop launch will take place on Sept. 9.

About the author
Xavier Johnson

My name is Xavier Johnson and I'm a freelance writer who covers Magic: The Gathering. I love control decks and my favorite card is Teferi, Hero of Dominaria.