Martyr of Sands
Creature — Human Cleric
, Reveal X white cards from your hand, Sacrifice Martyr of Sands: You gain three times X life.
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|Ultimate Masters (UMA)||Common|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Martyr of Sands occurrence in decks from the last year
All decks: 0.05%
Martyr of Sands Discussion
20 hours ago
Angel of Vitality does a pretty good impression of Serra Ascendant. It is no where near as powerful, but essentially works the same way and adds a little more lifegain for the price. Considering the number of 1 drops here, you might want to consider Proclamation of Rebirth, which lets you loop Martyr of Sands for a LOT of life late game. Brought Back can also serve a similar purpose and though it can't be looped, it can be a pretty decent combat trick at instant speed and combos with the Martyr.
Also, depending on how quickly you gain life. Chalice of Life Flip can also be a nice jank alternative win condition if you can activate it fast enough. As a bonus, it can also be "Brought Back" . Hope this helps.
2 weeks ago
I did initially have a playset of Martyr of Sands in here when it first started out as a basic net decked Soul Sisters deck. Over time, the deck evolved into my own creation. It's went from a mono white deck, to white green, to white red and now a mix of all 3. At the time I went to W/G, there weren't enough white cards to justify Martyr anymore and I just haven't added her back in since. I've never had a problem with lifegain with this deck and I'm currently not really looking to improve it. One Martyr may serve a dozen warden interactions, but I consitently have multiple wardens/attendants on the field with a Norin triggering them at every end step. If I ever feel the lifegain is starting to feel lack luster, I will certainly put Martyr back in.
3 weeks ago
Have you considered Proclamation of Rebirth to recur the Martyr of Sands or maybe Leonin Vanguard? Crested Sunmare feels like it would fit perfectly in this deck as a potential finisher. Hope this helps.
3 months ago
If you want to take inspiration from existing decks, the best purely mono w deck in modern is Martyr Proc ( Martyr of Sands + Proclamation of Rebirth + Squad Hawk). Another decent white deck to look at is Death & Taxes, especially since they unbanned Stoneforge Mystic and printed Giver of Runes .
Looking at that list of cards, a Martyr Soul Sisters deck comes to mind. You would use the token makers in conjunction with the soul sisters to gain life, then grind them out with Sky Hussar. This idea does not seem to be very competitive, but it would use a bunch of those cards.
If I had to try and build a decent mono white deck that wasn't just a copy/paste, I'd make one with the Celestial Kirin and Ugin's Conjurant combo and back it up with some D&T cards like Giver of Runes . Incidentally, a deck like that would like Flagstones of Trokair very much.
4 months ago
Hey, there's a mono white archetype in Modern called Soul Sisters. What you have here is a twist on that strategy.
The Sisters are Martyr of Sands , Soul's Attendant and Soul Warden . These are the repeatable life gaining sources to give you a consistent source of life gain and a consistent play turn one. Martyr is a fast way to gain life to activate Serra Ascendant or pump Ajani's Pridemate . Ascendant is by far your best threat to win a game and reason to want to gain life; Martyr can get you to 30+ life fast.
Squadron Hawk is a good two drop with this strategy giving you four potential creatures to gain life with and it has flying. Hawk is like draw putting up to three cards into your hand which is good with Martyr to have a better opportunity to gain life with her since you will have more white cards in your hand. I also like the interaction of Martyr and Lone Rider Flip as a way to gain three or more life for one mana.
Flying is the best evasion you can give the rest of your attacking creatures with Odric, Lunarch Marshal and he does seem good with Ajani's Pridemate , but I think 4x Odric is too much. Odric as a four drop isn't good by himself, he requires other creatures to be good to use his combat trigger. You only want to cast Odric if you have an established battlefield of creatures to get his combat trigger and having a flier helps too.
Hawk seems better here than Aerial Responder since Hawk fills your hand with creatures and it also has flying. Tokens are good with the Sisters; Spectral Procession is three flying Spirits for three mana. Procession with a Warden or Attendant on the battlefield can pump Pridemate at least three times. For three mana Procession seems more impactful than Ritual of Rejuvenation . 4x Ritual, 4x Revitalize and 2x Reviving Dose seems too many cards for this effect and Revitalize is better than the others. Gaining life and drawing is important, but creatures are more important.
Cards to consider adding:
- 4x Martyr of Sands
- 3x Soul's Attendant
- 4x Squadron Hawk
- 3x Spectral Procession
- 1x more Secluded Steppe
Cards to consider cutting:
- 4x Ritual of Rejuvenation
- 2x Reviving Dose
- 4x Aerial Responder
- 3x Auriok Champion
- 1x Odric, Lunarch Marshal
- 1x Lone Rider
Attendant being a one drop I think is better than the color protections of Champion who is a two drop and both have the same repeatable life gain ability. Champion could be a sideboard card, but not sure you even need him. Champion and gaining life is great hate against mono red and burn, but the strategy here is gaining life even without Champion. Good luck with your deck.
6 months ago
Serra Ascendant , Rest for the Weary , Martyr of Sands , Beacon of Immortality , Words of Worship . if your willing to add green Heroes' Reunion , Kitchen Finks , and Armadillo Cloak . if you include higher power creatures you could include Feed the Clan . Baneslayer Angel , Divinity of Pride .
I am not saying you should add all of these, and they are all just options.
6 months ago
I think you can do better than all those gain-life then draw spells.
7 months ago
Traditionally these lists run Martyr of Sands and Soul's Attendant . The old school variants used Squadron Hawk for bigger martyrs, most modern lists are red/white for Norin the Wary / Genesis Chamber .
Ranger of Eos / Ranger-Captain of Eos are powerful tools to put a lot of lifegain creatures on the board. Black white 'pay life'/ Children of Korlis is a thing. Condemn plays nice with alternative wincons. Essence Warden and cards like Weather the Storm point towards a green list, which would likely run some newer token-generation like Haazda Marshal & Legion's Landing Flip.
Have fun brewing- martyr proc/soul sisters is a classic which deserves to be back in the meta.