Conflux – Martial Coup

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*

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


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#1 wobblesthegoose on 01.22.09 at 11:16 pm

I’m sure everyone here remembers your promise of bunrei preview article with it’s icatian town tech. Now, Promise that was a good token producer.

I like these articles, but speaking of akroma’s vengence, what are your thoughts on the MWC list that won the Ptq?

#2 BrendanJourney on 01.23.09 at 2:56 am

Kirtar’s Wrath? Do I get bonus points?

#3 admin on 01.23.09 at 7:57 am

How can you get bonus points when you got the card wrong? 🙂

Six mana Martial Coup is a 4 tokens for six, exactly Icatian Town, which Eric Tam played to the Top 8 of Pro Tour ONE!

Good effort, though. I know I am exposing myself in Deck Game, but when did Kirtar’s Wrath Top 8 a Pro Tour?

Even I didn’t remember. You however can have bonus points.

#4 Aten on 01.23.09 at 8:00 am

You have a weird thing for that Eric Tam deck.

#5 BrendanJourney on 01.23.09 at 8:34 am

Kirtar’s Wrath … I don’t guess it did. I was just taking a stab in the dark. When Tam had his top 8, I was 13. Don’t remember much in the way of tournament Magic back then. I do however remember Tam’s articles from the DUELIST.

#6 bdm on 01.23.09 at 9:25 am

I actually played against Tam last night in an IRL draft at Finkel’s. DanOMS has dragged him back into Magic.

#7 admin on 01.23.09 at 9:51 am

Or should I say @”bdm”?
Fact or Fiction: BDM doesn’t actually read Five with Flores?

What time is CakeCast tonight?

#8 KZipple on 01.23.09 at 10:40 am

What’s the best card never to make the Top 8 of a Pro Tour? And to avoid stupid answers, let’s restrict that to, best card never to top 8 a Pro Tour that could have been played at a Pro Tour. This may rule out Memory Jar? Mike is probably one of the few people who can half-easily answer that question.

Obv fact, just like Mike doesn’t read BDM’s articles. I don’t think this will matter for Tron. It would obviously be good, I just don’t think it fixes the problems the deck has. Creatures aren’t really the issue in my experience.

#9 admin on 01.23.09 at 10:49 am

Everyone gets the same “CTRL+f ‘flores'” opportunity. I don’t play favorites.

#10 wrongwaygoback on 01.24.09 at 12:47 am

Why couldn’t this be called “marital coup”? i could reaaallly use one of those.

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