Martyr's Cause

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Archenemy Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Planechase Legal
Premodern Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Martyr's Cause


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

DemonDragonJ on Why Have There Been So …

1 week ago

Defensive cards have always been a part of the game, but I have noticed that recent defensive cards have been instants and sorceries, rather than permanents; of course, Teferi's Protection, Flawless Maneuver, and Flare of Fortitude are all excellent cards, but the fact that they are instants requires a player to spend additional resources to reuse them, which I dislike; when was the last time that there was a card such as Story Circle, Righteous Aura, or Martyr's Cause, which are all permanents, so players can easily reuse their abilities; recently, WotC did print Avacyn, Angel of Hope, Avacyn, Guardian Angel, Gisela, Blade of Goldnight, or any version of Sigarda, but they are the exception, rather than the norm, for defensive cards, so I very much would like to see a greater frequency of permanents that protect players and prevent damage.

What does everyone else say about this? Why have there been so few defensive permanents, recently, or am I simply complaining and seeing only what I wish to see?

DemonDragonJ on Which Sacrifice Outlet(s) Should I …

6 months ago

I have copies of Gift of the Deity and Shield of the Oversoul in my Teneb, the Harvester EDH deck, and they are excellent cards, but I am planning to replace them with cards that have stronger synergy with the theme of the deck (i.e., reanimating creatures for either combat or sacrificing), and one of those cards definitely shall be Feast of the Victorious Dead, but I am not certain what the other card should be.

I am contemplating several permanents that are sacrifice outlets, such as Martyr's Cause, Commissar Severina Raine, Denethor, Ruling Steward, and Bartolome del Presidio, although I currently am most favoring Denethor, since he provides both a sacrifice outlet and a benefit for creatures dying, which ideally should happen very frequently when I play this deck; or should I choose something completely different, such as Vito, Fanatic of Aclazotz, for his unusual effect?

What does everyone else say about this subject? Which card should I put in my Teneb deck?

DemonDragonJ on Commander Masters Previews and Speculation

10 months ago

Now that all cards in this set have been revealed, most are quite excellent, but there are still many cards that I would like to see reprinted that were not, such as Martyr's Cause, Overabundance, or Debt to the Deathless; however, I am still glad to see that many excellent cards were reprinted, so I do plan to purchase at least several singles from this set.

OUTinMinnesota on Deny & Delete

11 months ago

As of Jun 28, 2023, updates have been made to improve playability of this deck.

Playtesting with 2 opponents (3-player games) had revealed that the deck needed multiple methods that allow me to sacrifice Toluz, Clever Conductor when:

  • I'm ready to; maybe because I want to scoop up all the cards being held in exile (ability of this commander)
  • I need to short-circuit an opponent's attempt to exile Toluz, Clever Conductor

The deck now contains three cards to enable creature sacrifice:

Other (Additional) Deck Changes:

New MTG creature cards have been released which allow the player to momentarily exile their own creatures:

That's powerful for this deck, so those two cards have been added. They work well with the deck's function of sending permanents into exile, turn after turn:

I'm eager to play this deck again.

Simerix on Mr Sandman, Man Me a Sand

1 year ago

Dud cards: Conclave Guildmage Conclave's Blessing Rallying Roar + a lot of the convoke cards

Why is Katilda, Dawnhart Prime in the deck?

I've seen Outlaws' Merriment flop a lot in Alex's deck

Consider conspire cards like Gleeful Sabotage and Wort, the Raidmother

Have you considered Plargg, Dean of Chaos  Flip Augusta would ball in this deck?

I always suggest a little bit of creature sacrifice in a deck like this. Here's some suggestions: Perilous Forays Martyr's Cause Goblin Bombardment Fanatical Devotion Evolutionary Leap Tooth and Claw Makeshift Munitions Barrage of Expendables. When you swing out, shit's gonna get killed so it's nice to make the most of your creatures. Plus these cards do great against board wipes.

Consider these land sacrifice cards: Sylvan Safekeeper Squirrel Wrangler Goblin Trenches Constant Mists Aura Fracture

Also consider adding anthems to drive the win home if you think you will struggle with winning.

Prosperous Partnership slaps and I suggest you reconsider it.

Additional card suggestions: Neyali, Suns' Vanguard Roar of Resistance Arasta of the Endless Web Intangible Virtue Divine Visitation Inspiring Leader Legion Loyalty

king-saproling on Omelette du Fromage

1 year ago

(cont.) Being able to sacrifice creatures at no cost is vital for setting up and running the combo. Any one of these works as a sac outlet, though some are a bit tricky to use correctly:

Betrothed of Fire
Goblin Bombardment
Spawning Pit
Altar of Dementia
Jinxed Idol
Jinxed Ring
Blasting Station
Fanatical Devotion
Grafted Wargear
Ashnod's Altar
Phyrexian Altar
Martyr's Cause
Tooth and Claw

hootsnag on Athreos White Black Undying Evil

1 year ago

I had removed Bontu's Monument for Jet Medallion. I'm removing the Jet Medallion for Martyr's Cause and testing this instead.

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