A quick review on Conflux rare, Martial Coup.
So this is obviously my favorite card in the set.
I mean… It’s almost like a Decree of Justice stapled onto an Akroma’s Vengeance! It’s like my dream card!
(Sad as that is to say).
Martial Coup is even super expensive, like cycling a Decree for a million guys, or, um, playing Akroma’s Vengeance. Incidentally how much does it suck that Akroma’s Vengeance is going to rotate in Extended after this year? Man!
Okay, back to Martial Coup…
- At two mana it’s nothing.
- At three mana it’s sub-Squire.
- At four mana it’s barely playable in Limited.
- At five mana it would be pretty good in Limited, if the creatures had flying.
- At six mana it’s sadly Pro Tour Top 8 caliber… Yes, in Constructed*
- At seven mana… OH MY GOD HAVE YOU READ THIS CARD?
Okay, so the question is, what kinds of decks can make the seven mana required to kick butt with Martial Coup?
Where do I see this fitting in?
In Standard, the obvious answer is Reflecting Pool Control. That deck already plays sevens like Cruel Ultimatum. This isn’t as powerful as Cruel Ultimatum (even at seven) but it is so much easier to play. I was thinking of a U/r/W version (only three colors) for Pro Tour Kyoto and this might be a good option.
Over on Twitter** zeichen95 / Mark Ian suggested playing it as a one-of in Kithkin. That’s a pretty interesting idea, and a nice way to break open the mirror, especially for a beatdown deck that plays a million lands.
In Extended BDM thinks this is a card that can put U/W UrzaTron back into the mix. It is certainly quite powerful if you are playing it for seven or more, and ‘Tron is the kind of deck that can make seven or more.
The reservations I have about this card — and again I am very excited by it — are based on the fact that it does nothing until you hit a gigantic mana count (I cycle my Akroma’s Vengeances at least one third of the time by the way). That probably keeps Martial Coup out of four-of candidacy in most strategies that might be willing to play it.
Snap Judgment Rating: Role Player
* Bonus points if you know what I am talking about.
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