Martyr Proc by lear_the_cat on MtGO

Creatures (21)
1 Kami of False Hope
4 Martyr of Sands
4 Ranger of Eos
3 Renegade Rallier
4 Squadron Hawk
1 Sun Titan
3 Thraben Inspector
1 Weathered Wayfarer

Non-Creature Spells (16)
4 Glittering Wish
2 Proclamation of Rebirth
3 Supreme Verdict
4 Path to Exile
3 Ghostly Prison

Lands (23)
1 Breeding Pool
1 Cavern of Souls
2 Emeria, the Sky Ruin
2 Flooded Strand
1 Forest
1 Gavony Township
1 Ghost Quarter
3 Hallowed Fountain
2 Mistveil Plains
2 Plains
3 Temple Garden
4 Windswept Heath

Sideboard (15)
1 Supreme Verdict
1 Ajani Unyielding
1 Fracturing Gust
1 Gaddock Teeg
1 Hex Parasite
4 Leyline of Sanctity
1 Linvala, Keeper of Silence
1 Meddling Mage
1 Pride of the Clouds
1 Qasali Pridemage
1 Sigarda, Host of Herons
1 Teferi’s Moat

Summary

Modern is a very diverse format that houses some of the oddest decks Magic has seen over the past decade. One of these decks is Martyr Proc, which focuses on the life gain provided by Martyr of Sands and the powerful recursion provided by Proclamation of Rebirth. It’s long since been out of favor in Modern, but it might be time for a new version of the deck to enter the scene.

Ranger of Eos is perhaps the most important creature in this deck, as it can find copies of Martyr of Sands, as well as more value-oriented creatures like Thraben Inspector, Weathered Wayfarer, and the situationally strong Kami of False Hope. Squadron Hawk also finds itself as a valuable centerpiece of this deck, as it adds more white cards into your hand for Martyr of Sands, and allows you to go wide, blunting the opponent’s assault.

This deck has several good ways of recurring Martyr of Sands. Proclamation of Rebirth (Proc) can bring back several creatures when cast, or can start a powerful loop in the late game where you sacrifice Martyr of Sands to gain an impressive amount of life every turn, and then Forecast Proc every turn, putting the game out of reach of your opponent quickly. The newest addition to this deck is Renegade Rallier. The 3/2 for 3 can bring back a freshly sacrificed Martyr of Sands in a pinch, giving you even more life to work with.

Despite having a rather low curve, this deck can be categorized as a control-prison deck. The control element of this comes mainly from Supreme Verdict and Path to Exile, both of which are included to buy you time while you gain life. Supreme Verdict will almost never hit your Martyr, as you can freely sacrifice it at any time. The prison side of this deck comes in Ghostly Prison. The 3 mana enchantment isn’t meant to necessarily lock the opponent out of the game, but the mana tax it puts on the opponent buys you more time than needed, allowing you to assemble the Martyr Proc (or Kami Proc!) combo.

This deck also has a very powerful Glittering Wish package included. The only true sideboard cards are Hex Parasite, Linvala, Keeper of Silence, and Leyline of Sanctity. The other 9 cards are all Wish targets, giving you access to a sweeper (Supreme Verdict), artifact and enchantment hate (Fracturing Gust and Qasali Pridemage), an additional prison piece (Teferi’s Moat), and much more.

These are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Thraben Inspector

+1 Ghostly Prison

Sideboard

-1 Ajani Unyielding

+1 Renegade Rallier

This is day 185 of Spellsnare.com’s 2017 Deck of the Day column, where each day we’ll feature a different Standard, Modern, or Legacy deck that caught our eye. You can read day 184 here, where we featured a Modern Scapeshift deck that branches off into an unexpected color.

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