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Martyr of Frost
Creature — Human Wizard
(2), Reveal X blue cards from your hand, Sacrifice Martyr of Frost: Counter target spell unless its controller pays (X).
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Martyr of Frost Discussion
on Sky Wizards
6 days ago
@Lumix1640 Hi there! I would love to explain how the deck works!
In the early game, you want to flood the board with some cheap Wizards - Sage of Epityr to give you some card selection (Evolving Wilds is here to shuffle away unwanted cards), Martyr of Frost as a cheap counterspell, Spellstutter Sprite for the same reason, etc., and then play a bomb threat like a Master of Waves to blow your opponents away. As you'll rarely be attacking with your 1/1 early Wizards, you can use them to draw cards with Sky Hussar, too.
1 month ago
Hello, from your post i just realized that i am not the only person who is tinkering with a deck built around Skaab Ruinator
So here is what ideas i came up with till now:
1# Build an all in deck with the best cheap mill spells, Hedron Crab, Minister of Inquiries, Shriekhorn (a few - as its sadly an artifact), Dream Twist, Contingency Plan - ad 3 playsets of "real" creatures Narcomoeba, Skaab Ruinator, Eternal Scourge - and a flex slot, that at the moment i fill with Stitchwing Skaab, but it could be Magus of the Bazaar.
The problem is that this version has obvious problems with stuff like Path to Exile, (and grave hate) despite being really fast.
2# Build a deck that abuses Gifts Ungiven with Skaab Ruinator as win condition (since this creature doesn't need slots devoted to Unburial Rites.
In such a shell Mulldrifter, Shriekmaw, Plaxmanta + Pit Keeper as a worse Snapcaster Mage would do well.
For turn one stuff like Siren Stormtamer/Martyr of Frost or stuff like Vampire Cutthroat would be ideal.
P.s.:Laboratory Maniac is a trap - for this deck.
There are alternatives that are a lot better - like Psychic Spiral + Mystic Retrieval which can work out of the graveyard, and mill the opponent out of nowhere.
8 months ago
Sygg, River Cutthroat seems a little "cute" here. Only Copter and Delver turn it on. I'd cut it for something that provides more consistent advantage like Snapcaster Mage if that fits in your budget. There are also just other creatures that would seem to fit the theme better: Martyr of Frost, Mausoleum Wanderer (even just as a Force Spike that crews Smuggler's Copter), Augur of Bolas, Fathom Seer, Grimoire Thief, Stratus Dancer, or Wharf Infiltrator.
You could also just run Deprive. It's almost Counterspell (which is always good in mono-blue) and picking up an extra land that you can loot away with Baral on an otherwise empty hand if you need to can likely be useful.
9 months ago
This deck is going to be put under changes in the near future, it will either become a general that is considered one of the more competitive mono blue commanders, Azami, Lady of Scrolls. Or I will be shifting this deck towards a Mass Polymorph deck.
Just placing these as lists of cards that I need/want to try out. The first one is just a list of cards that I wish to put into the deck to make it better no matter what route I take. (these will be cards that are going to be included very soon.)Sky Diamond, Whir of Invention, Snow-Covered Island, Coldsteel Heart, Buried Ruin, Chrome Mox, Dramatic reversal, Gush, Extraplanar Lens, Muddle the Mixture, Long-Term Plans, Frantic Search, Back to Basics, Merchant Scroll, Mystical Tutor.
This next list is the cards I would need to make it a Mass Polymorph deck. Mass Polymorph, Synthetic Destiny, Polymorph, Proteus Staff. Deadeye Navigator, Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur, Blightsteel Colossus, Palinchron, Tidespout Tyrant
And lastly the last list is if i pushed it towards a Azami, Lady of Scrolls deck. /note for azami I will have to up the mana rock count by 5+ thus also including Paradox EngineMind Over Matter, Aphetto Alchemist, Cursecatcher, Jace, Vryn's Prodigy Flip, Laboratory Maniac, Martyr of Frost, Sage of Epityr, Sea Scryer, Snapcaster Mage, Stonybrook Banneret, Trinket Mage, Vedalken AEthermage
This last list is cards that I wish to put into the deck when I clear up funds for this particular deck.Time Spiral, Scalding Tarn, Polluted Delta, Misty Rainforest, Flooded Strand, Cavern of Souls, Sensei's Divining Top, Mox Opal, Mox Diamond, Mana Vault, Mana Crypt, Grim Monolith, Mana Drain, Force of Will,
10 months ago
Treasure Cruise is completely awesome.
Master of Waves is great even if you don't have anything else on the battlefield. 4 power spread across two bodies is pretty neat. If you have one card out, then it's six power...
Voidmage Husher seems like it could get out of hand quickly.
11 months ago
Before I begin I want you to ask yourself if you want to build this deck more control focused or extra turn focused. Each has their own upside, but in my opinion the control focused build is a lot more competitive and consistent. As a person who has been running Azami, Lady of Scrolls almost exclusively for about 2 years now and has piloted both Temporal Azami and Control Azami, I think I can say I know what I'm talking about. From the looks of this list currently, it looks like you're leaning more towards extra turns. Whatever you do, don't try to make your list into a hard control / extra turn hybrid because it won't work well.
Definite cuts you should make:
Cards you may want to consider cutting once you make this list more competitive:
Venser, Shaper Savant(cut this if you decide to go control focused)
Glen Elendra Archmage(cut this if you decide to go control focused)
Cards mentioned in the comments you should NOT run:
Blue Sun's Zenith (Only run this if you REALLY need an alternative wincon)
Cards mentioned in the comments that you should run.
Jace, the Mind Sculptor (Only if you are going with a hard control build, not extra turn build)
Dig Through Time(For control focused list)
Fact or Fiction(For control focused list)
Cards that I think are good that you should run:
These are my suggestions for now, if you have any questions I'll be happy to explain.
1 year ago
1 year ago
Nice deck - brilliant name! +1 just for that :)
I run a $50ish budget Azami deck (to keep it casual enough for my play group) which is a blast, check it out if you get a chance:
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A few cards which I find to be very useful are Martyr of Frost, which is a great tempo card, and Vedalken Mastermind, which may not be able to hit opponent's stuff (like Crystal Shard) but has the benefit of being able to protect all of your stuff, like your combo pieces.
Turnabout is an incredibly powerful and versatile card - you can use it to tap out all your opponent's lands in their upkeep and basically Time Warp them, untap your lands for High Tide shenanigans (in fact as long as you have 4+ lands or mana rocks it nets you mana), tap out opponent's creatures for overrun type threats such as Craterhoof Behemoth, or untap all of your creatures for excellent card draw with Salami.
Mana Short is also a cheap pseudo Time Warp, I'm going to play test it soon.
Hope that helps.