Martyr's Cause

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Custom Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Urza's Legacy (ULG) Uncommon

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Martyr's Cause

Enchantment

Sacrifice a creature: The next time a source of your choice would deal damage to target creature or player this turn, prevent that damage.

Martyr's Cause Discussion

Flagellum on Tokens of a Feather, spellsling together

1 week ago

Guttersnipe , Firebrand Archer , Electrostatic Field : all do passive damage as you play. Creature based isn't always the best but they are all recurable with Sun Titan though.

Purphoros, God of the Forge / Impact Tremors + Anointed Procession : with enough tokens being produced no sense in not running these

Martyr's Cause : is nice to use with a token strategy.

Anax and Cymede : pump your whole team and gives them trample.

Tenth District Legionnaire : scry's

Goblin Bombardment : for grins and giggles

So how has this rendition of Feather worked out? I like the cantrip/flicker with ETB aspect but still hesitant to go voltron as I've melted all my other commanders that were (Karlov/Rafiq maybe another 1 or 2 that I can't recall).

Flagellum on Tokens of a Feather, spellsling together

1 week ago

Guttersnipe , Firebrand Archer , Electrostatic Field : all do passive damage as you play. Creature based isn't always the best but they are all recurable with Sun Titan though.

Purphoros, God of the Forge / Impact Tremors + Anointed Procession : with enough tokens being produced no sense in not running these

Martyr's Cause : is nice to use with a token strategy.

Anax and Cymede : pump your whole team and gives them trample.

Tenth District Legionnaire : scry's

Goblin Bombardment : for grins and giggles

So how has this rendition of Feather worked out? I like the cantrip/flicker with ETB aspect but still hesitant to go voltron as I've melted all my other commanders that were (Karlov/Rafiq maybe another 1 or 2 that I can't recall).

tompadget on Elenda BW Tokens/Pox

1 month ago

Daedalus19876 Thank you very much for your feedback. The cards you mentioned from my maybes were pretty much the exact ones I've selected so that's very reassuring.

All the other suggestions are great, thank you. I was already swapping Luminarch Ascension for Bitterblossom so good to get your encouragement on that swap. I don't own Vampiric Tutor atm. My current budget substitute is Diabolic Intent which I could use for the same purpose. Any other card draw you could reccomend in place of Damnable Pact ? I just bought a copy of Tymna the Weaver so I guess I can swap in her for Pact. I think Altar's Reap is possibly weak too, but I do sorta like having a surprise instant speed sac effect.

I should have explained but I don't tend to run Toxic Deluge at the moment because there is one guy in our playgroup who always plays big mana big creature green based decks with commmanders including Arixmethes and xenagos. He also runs lots of cards that double creatures power and double +1+1 counters etc so the creatures often end up extremely big so Elenda, the Dusk Rose is often not the biggest creature and Toxic Deluge frustratingly is just not as good as usual against his decks as the amount of life you have to pay is sometimes huge and sometimes even unpayable. It's possible the card is still good enough tho and I should give it more of a try because maybe I've underestimated how I can gain that life back same turn or get to a life total where I can pay. I run Path to Exile over Swords to Plowshares for a similar reason but again I'm open to trying out Swords to Plowshares especially as this friend is moving this month so the meta is going to change.

This decklist is still in quite an experimental stage and The Elderspell is something I have been just trying, partly as an alt wincon with the new Liliana, Dreadhorde General . I agree that it seems loose and I should cut it for one of the ones you highly recommend like Reaper from the Abyss .

I have a copy of Bolas's Citadel and would never have thought of it for this deck so thanks so much for that idea. I'll def try it. I will add back Swiftfoot Boots too but I cut Lightning Greaves because it stops me targeting Elenda, the Dusk Rose with effects like Hatred and Shizo, Death's Storehouse . Do you def think Lightning Greaves is better given that drawback?

Do you think Cabal Conditioning could be worth trying as a late game finisher to tutor? Or does Sadistic Hypnotist fulfil that function well enough?

One new card I was extremely impressed with was God-Eternal Bontu I ended up 1v1 against my friend on a Ruric Thar deck and I was recurring Bontu and he was recurring Ilharg, the Raze-Boar and the card advantage from Bontu in a token deck won out.

Your deck was such a good staring point thank you. Certain synergies like Elspeth, Sun's Champion + Martyr's Cause are just so good!!

MazramDeSoul on Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim Budget Lifedrain

2 months ago

Maybe i should elaborate on the problem i have with this deck right now. In simple terms i dont know how to further improve the deck. Or to be more precise i lack the understanding of the required balance between card-mechanics.

For example i have 12 cards that can draw 10 ramp, 9 recursion cards, and so on. Prior to uploading this deck i had 9 single target removal spells in the deck, but i replaced Devouring Light and Absolver Thrull with Angel of Despair and Ghost Council of Orzhova , because i didnt count Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim as removal yet and to get one "remove anything" card into the deck.

I am almost certain that i have to many utility cards like Fanatical Devotion , Martyr's Cause , Teysa Karlov , ... as well as recursion cards in the deck. I think this deck might not have enough focus. But i cannot improve on this deck on my own anymore. Whenever i want to remove a card i find to important of a reason to not remove it. Hence why i wish for a broader community to judge my work.

allanwlevy on Teysa Karlov: My Death, Your Death

4 months ago

Interesting build! I like Martyr's Cause - I'll definitely think about putting that into my deck. It's probably good to return to the classic Animate Dead effects as you did, too.

Why aren't you running any of the Aristocrats? ( Blood Artist , Zulaport Cutthroat , Falkenrath Noble , Vindictive Vampire ) They're some of the most fitting cards for this deck out there.

Additionally, how do you win? I see some doubled triggers for card draw, removal, and limited (mostly nontoken-reliant) token generation, but I'm not seeing anything that really wins you the game. If you want to token swarm, you'll have to really amp up the token generation side of the deck, and if you want to win any other way you'll have to put in a suite of cards that let you do so. A lifedrain strategy featuring aristocrats works well for me, but I'm sure there are other plans out there besides your original combo build.

You also may want to consider upping your ramp package. Even if you have 38 lands, 7 ramp cards is pretty low. Only 4 of those come in relatively early.

If you're looking for cards to take out, I'd recommend the comebackers. After playing a couple games with Reassembling Skeleton out, I learned that those cards really just arent that useful for getting consistent or strong value. I know that they're good for activating nontoken-reliant effects (like Grim Haruspex ), but my solution would just be to reduce the number of nontoken-reliant cards in the deck too.

Hope this advice is useful!

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