Quote from Khalim123 »I love martyr life, it was my first (casual) magic deck.
Could you make this its own section? Right now it's only in the FAQ. Could you also go over other potential splashes and what they offer and what they lack? For instance, green for maindack quasali pridemage seems like it could be quite useful against storm, twin, ascendancy storm, pod, affinity and so on.
Could you comment on the issue of metagame:
How good was the deck before the rise of delver, burn and fast aggro? How successful where you? In case delver gets hurt by a treasure cruise ban, how good will the deck be in the future?
Interestingly, I heard pod is a bad matchup.
Quote from MermaidsAreManly »Fantastic primer! My local meta is infested if burn and aggro decks, in fact I literally have not played against a deck that wasn't Burn, Delver, Mono G Stompy, Zoo, or Affinity in about 6 weeks, so I was looking to switch up decks. U Tron is pretty bad in a super aggressive meta, Soul Sisters seems a bit boring, but Martyr-proc (I always thought Reanimartyr was a better name) is just my kind of durdlefest.
I've been picking up the cards I need for a W/B build, and I was wondering if anyone had ever tried Icatian Javelineers as a 1 of. Ive been using this guy in various decks since Fallen Empires, he's gotten better and better with time, and he's even followed me all the way to Legacy and Vintage in a few decks. He pops unflipped Delvers, Confidants, Pyromancers, mana dorks, Thalia, etc, and can block/tap to kill something with 2 toughness. And in this deck he's tutorable and a reanimation target since he's a 1 CMC guy. I'm just not sure if the deck needs that sort of finesse since it can just power through most threats.
I've also been messing around with some of the other white reanimation spells like Immortal Servitude and Return to the Ranks as 1 ofs. Servitude didn't do much, but I've managed to get 3 Squadron Hawks and 2 Martyrs back in 1 go with Return to Ranks in a super grindy game.
Quote from drmarkb »A great primer. Well done! One of the better primers. You have a commendable enthusiasm for the deck.
May I suggest stony silence as a board card for tron? Being useful against affinity is a bonus, and it is relevant vs. ad nauseam and other artifact mana source-heavy combo decks. It can theoretically come in v pod. But it is excellent v two versions of tron...stopping mana source bauble activations is nasty, stopping mana washers can deprive them of pyroclasm temporarily, stopping fifty percent of their land tutors is great, and the cherry on the top is O stone. Realistically they run four O stones and maybe one all is dust in RG tron, leaving their board control as eight and seven mana spells, which since they cannot tutor or cycle as well is hard if you run any land kill. I have used the card in many, many decks, and always been impressed.
Also vs U tron they get no mana rocks with SS down, no mindslaver etc. With the UW gifts tron they lose signets, maps, so it is not as stellar.
On wheel of SM...I used this in GW proc list in a PTQ three years ago. It won me a game v pod, screwing up their combo at the time and making sure Wrath did what it said on the tin. In testing was good vs Storm and Gifts loam lists that were popular then. I have used it in today's Modern at events where RIP would screw me up, and it was ok.
In other decks blind obedience has been good for me vs tron, buying a turn or two.