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Theme:  Martyrs / Romans

Theme: Martyrs / Romans

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Ten of Jesus' 12 disciples were martyred as He was, and many more were also killed as the Early Church began and grew. Many of these killings were by the Romans, who ruled over Israel for hundreds of years beginning about 63 B.C. Many Christians were viciously killed in Rome itself at the decree of its emperors, or in the provinces by Roman governors, whether it was simply because of the believers' faith, blame misplaced on them, or for the Romans' entertainment in the Coliseum. Martyrdom is a dark theme throughout the history of humanity from the Fall to the end-times, although in the game of Redemption, martyrs are Christians who were killed after Jesus' death.

Card value: $88.50 (55 cards)
Price: $65.00
Son of God (I/J)
New Jerusalem (old promo)
Angel of the Lord
Christian Martyr
Harvest Time (P)
Guardian of Your Souls (RoJ)
Lost Souls
NT Only (Ap)
Beggar (Di)
Site Remover (AW)
Shut Door (Di)
Gain (RoJ)
Site Discard (G)
Destruction (CoW)
The Golden Altar (RoJ)
Denarius (Di)
Eternal Covenant (CoW)
Birthing Pains (FoM)
Rome (FooF)
Heavenly Temple (RoJ)
Roman Prison (Pi)

Dual-Alignment Cards
Fifth Seal / Justice Seekers (RoJ)
Paul’s Belt (PC)
Justin Martyr (RoJ)
Antipas (RoJ)
Faithful Witness (RoJ)
Faithful Witness (RoJ)
Polycarp (RoJ)
The Two Witnesses (RoJ)
Naaman’s Servant Girl (FoM)
Angel from the Sun (RoJ)
Good Enhancements
The Suffering Servant (PoC)
Overcome! (RoJ)
Faith of Samson (CoW)
Day of Fury (RoJ)
Light in the Darkness (PoC)
Evil Characters
Porcius Festus (PC)
Antonius Felix (EC)
Drusilla (PC)
Emp. Domitian (RoJ)
Emp. Nero (Ap)
Emp. Vitellius (RoA)
Emp. Caius Caligula (EC)
The Terrifying Beast (PoC)

Evil Enhancements
Namaan's Chariot and Horses (FooF)
Stricken (PoC)
Expelling the Jews (FooF)
Balaam’s Teaching (RoJ)
Heavy Taxes (FooF)
Scattered Sheep (PoC)

Word of their Testimony (CoW)
Blood of the Lamb (RoJ)
Third Bowl of Wrath (RoJ)
Mark (EC)
Washing Hands (Di)

Deck strategy and tips:

  • The martyrs offense typically works the best when you have a certain amount in your discard pile. But if you need a hero due to an attritioned offense then Eternal Covenant can recur them. The heroes are typically low numbered, which will give you initiative to play one or more of your several battle winners.
  • The defense is composed of Roman governors and emperors, several of whom are strength-heavy and toughness-weak, which will typically give your opponent initiative. This is why your defense has several interrupt/negate Enhancements. Also, be sure to play Rome ASAP so your emperors can have first strike to capitalize on your emperors’ strength. Additionally, Rome will allow you to play evil Enhancements of a different brigade (except orange), such as Third Bowl of Wrath. Furthermore, the defense works to discard cards from your opponent’s hand, so be sure to maximize this strategy.
  • Utilize Guardian of Your Souls (GoYS) with your martyrs to keep your opponent’s lost souls in play.
  • Use Polycarp to instead your opponent’s interrupt/negate, and use Eternal Covenant to recur him.
  • Golden Altar helps protect your martyrs during battle.
  • In Redemption, Mark (who is in the Reserve) is considered a martyr. So he can be targeted by Angel from the Sun or any card that would specifically target a martyr. 
  • Recur a few of your good Enhancements, such as Overcome!, Light in the Darkness, Faithful Witness, Blood of the Lamb and Word of their Testimony.
  • Emp. Nero is a strong blocker but be careful as he will discard your own Roman Prison site.
  • Use the Site Remover soul in conjunction with the Site Discard Lost Soul so your opponent will have to discard another card from hand.
  • Reserve accessing cards: “Gain” Lost Soul, Fifth Seal / Justice Seekers, Justin Martyr, Polycarp, Angel from the Sun.

YTG recommends the below cards as other viable options for this deck’s theme. You can view and purchase them by clicking on each one, or search for them here!

Peter (EC)

Stephen (EC)

Paul (P)

Faith of Rahab (CoW)

Words of Encouragement (Ki)

Eternal Inheritance (CoW)

“Imitate” Lost Soul (RoJ)

Coliseum (CoW)

Emp. Galba (FooF)

Emp. Otho (FooF)

Emp. Tiberius (J)

Emp. Claudius

The Afflicted (PoC)

Paying Taxes (CoW)

Stormy Seas (PC)