Daily Digest: Tuning Martyr

Jund emerged the victor at #SCGCHAR, and GerryT has a few ideas on how to spike that matchup! See what this deck has in store for the good stuff menace decks of Modern!

There have been many fringe strategies in Modern that involve Martyr of Sands, and it’s been a delight to watch them evolve over time. Right now, I really like this list.

This deck has all the usual pieces: Mistveil Plains to recur Squadron Hawks, Martyr of Sands to pad your life total and turn on Serra Ascendant, Ranger of Eos to find them, and Emeria, the Sky Ruin to provide a great late game. Decks like Jund have little chance keeping up.

The maindeck Ghostly Prisons maindeck are excellent. They not only stop Splinter Twin for comboing you out, they are also great against almost every deck in Modern. As it turns out, most decks try to win using the combat step. Wrath of God maindeck is great for the same reason. You’re not trying to grind people out, just keep your life total high enough to beat down with Serra Ascendant or buy time to turn on your late game.

Weathered Wayfarer is a sick one against G/R Tron if you have a Ghost Quarter to slow them down. Post-board, you lean on Surgical Extraction to make them play a fair game.

Awkwardly enough, the Burn matchup isn’t great, despite the ability to gain 18 life with a single card. Martyr has no way to play around Skullcrack and Atarka’s Command. The Leylines of Sanctity are entirely necessary.