Alesha, Who Smiles at Death


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2016 (C16) Rare
Fate Reforged (FRF) Rare

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Alesha, Who Smiles at Death

Legendary Creature — Human Warrior

First strike

Whenever Alesha, Who Smiles at Death attacks, you may pay . If you do, return target creature card with power 2 or less from your graveyard to the battlefield tapped and attacking.

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Alesha, Who Smiles at Death Discussion

Spirits on Kaalia, Mirror Breaker EDH

16 hours ago

Hi UR2L8,

Yes life is a premium, paying life to go fast. Will see how Toxic Deluge goes or if it can't be cast when needed.

Children of Korlis was fabulous in my Alesha, Who Smiles at Death because I could recur him, much life Selfless Spirit. Lately I've been thinking I need Selfless Spirit and Hatred in here as well.

Wheel of Fortune/Reforge the Soul/Dragon Mage/Wheel of Fate/Chandra Ablaze/Magus of the Wheel are all viable. I play more Orzhov () and splash the Mardu , so usually I won't be pulling too many read lands with fetches. Also, with a Liliana's Caress type build or a Surveil/Dredge and true Reanimator Living Death/Living End type builds it would be very powerful.

In my build, I always feel like once I get Kaalia of the Vast stabilized where I can start dropping the A/D/D from my hand, when I would Dragon Mage to recharge, it would just give my opponents a solution to whatever, Iona, Shield of Emeria or Avacyn, Angel of Hope or Etc., instead of trying to slow the board state down. I just feel this is better suited to a Nekusar, the Mindrazer or Yidris, Maelstrom Wielder or The Locust God, Etc. type Commander.

Probably could make it effective in a true reanimator with Sire Of Insanity and Liliana's Caress (type effects, draw/discard) though.

I'm unsure about Mausoleum Secrets (Situational/Late game), similar feelings towards Gamble (-1 card advantage and randomness) and Beseech the Queen (Situational/Late game). I think Mausoleum Secrets would be good with Selfless Spirit and Children of Korlis in the deck though. Hmm. I will play test it a bit, see how effective it is.

Batwing Brume is okay, I'm not sure it makes the cut, not really synergistic. Holy Day is still there too, and Angel's Grace can combo easily with a few different spells, so both feel better.

Angelic Arbiter isn't great against some decks like, Izzet () or Grixis (+) but against commanders like Xenagos, God of Revels or any Haste Commander builds actually, or Blightsteel Colossus. Since we get attacked quite a bit too, it also helps mitigate lots of that damage. Like do you want to cast Cultivate or attack with those 3/3's or whatever, do you want to swing your infect and cast nothing this turn? He's been good, won't replace him anytime soon.

swaretappedout on Her Highness Queen Marchesa

2 days ago

I love this Commander, very flavourful.

Some nice land tutor creatures that are recurrable with Alesha, Who Smiles at Death are: Oreskos Explorer, Knight of the White Orchid

For some life-gain token synergy maybe Dawn of Hope which has the benefit of drawing you cards and the Life-link soldiers are not to be underestimated.I think without a way to double the counters on Assemble the Legion and it being a 5 drop, its a trap card for this deck. Divine Visitation would be pretty awesome with Queen Marchesa's ability or any other token makers.

Entomb is already in your deck and you could immediately grab a Serra Ascendant with it early on and recur it and its also recurrable with Alesha. Another great card for recursion once you wittle down an opponent is Athreos, God of Passage because if someone is sitting at low life totals, they may just give you back your creatures when they die, and if they are sitting at 2 life, they HAVE to give it back since you cannot pay life you don't have in Magic.

Some weird cards that break white's color pie that might be handy are Dawn Charm because of its awesome utility and fog ability, and Lapse of Certainty to protect your win condition.

Rogue's Passage is of course an all-star in an Aggro deck too so might be worth a slot.

Mj3913 on Quest: The lost soldier

6 days ago

Karrthus, Tyrant of Jund Dragon Tribal.

Doran, the Siege Tower Big Butts Tribal.

Alesha, Who Smiles at Death ETB/Recurring Weenies/Tokens/Wheels

Edgar Markov Vamps

Kaalia of the Vast good stuff

Krenko, Mob Boss Goblins

Now... I know you said no blue, but... in no way are you obligated to go a control route (could in fact throw off your opponents thinking you are indeed playing control when you're not. )

Edric, Spymaster of Trest unblockable tribal

Surrak Dragonclaw Clone tribal

There's some ideas to think about at least. As for what goes in them, that's up to you. These are the most aggro-ey "mess with your stuff if you mess with mine" commanders I could think of.

Hope it helps, enjoy!

tspalding on Alesha, Who Smiles at Your Death

6 days ago

A few thoughts that you may want to consider. Some will have to be weighed against budget but I think they all bring the deck a little more of an edge. Alesha, Who Smiles at Death has to be a fast deck to be effective as she will quickly get burned out if things move too slowly for you.

Faster dual lands that don't come into play tapped give you an edge early game that is not to be underestimated. They are a little pricey but if you can grab them they will certainly up the pace. The pain lands Sulfurous Springs, Karplusan Forest, Caves of Koilos The filter lands Graven Cairns, Rugged Prairie, Fetid Heath The check lands Dragonskull Summit, Isolated Chapel, Clifftop Retreat Also Talisman of Indulgence is an pretty damn good budget mana rock in your colours.

Just a couple more card draw options Read the Bones and Painful Truths are both better than Cathartic Reunion in my opinion. Usually I wouldn't advocate for higher cost cards but Mardu suffers from card advantage and I think its worth it not to lose those two cards....or have to, at the very least, worry about recurring them.

Break Through the Line is an interesting enhancer you may want to consider

As you have the recursion power Victimize, Entomb and Buried Alive are both potentially useful as well as Diabolic Intent to throw an extra tutor in there

I am not sure you need so many board wipes. Even so I think Day of Judgment might be one to consider replacing a more mana intensive card

Village Bell-Ringer would be a good addition to keep your defenses up as you'll probably want to be attacking all the time. You also could consider Selfless Spirit to bolster you creatures in combat. Hope of Ghirapur can shut down an opposing player pretty hard if you can recur it

falc0n1234 on After Alesha, Who Smiles At ...

1 month ago

For example, I have Village Bell-Ringer in my graveyard and I have Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker on the field. I enter the declare attackers step and attack with Alesha, Who Smiles at Death and pay the cost for her triggered ability. I reanimate Village Bell-Ringer. I then copy Village Bell-Ringer with Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker and make infinite Village Bell-Ringers with haste. From what I understand (I am probably wrong) this all happens on the declare attackers step, so will I be able to declare attacks with all the Village Bell-Ringer tokens? In my playgroup, I have been told I cannot attack with them after I bring back Village Bell-Ringer with Alesha, Who Smiles at Death, are they correct? If so, why does this interaction not allow the tokens to attack?

enpc on Being Aggressive With Grixis Spells: ...

1 month ago

So a few things:

  1. Alesha, Who Smiles at Death is not legal in a Kess deck. White colour identity and all. Same thing goes for Immortal Servitude.

  2. Assuming you're building for a cEDH environment, there will be a very large budget dispartiy between where your deck is sitting and where the bounds of cEDH lie. To make aggro work, you will need access to the best tempo cards you can. This includes cards like Mana Crypt, Mox Diamond, Wheel of Fortune, etc. as well as ABUR lands and fetches. Ravnica bounce lands are the opposite of fast.

  3. If you want to play aggro, you need to drop the cute interactions that don't really do anything (for example trying to put a removal spell on Isochron Scepter). It slows you down and wastes card slots from your strategy.

If you want to play aggro, your best bet is to play some sort of stax. It wont be as fast, but allows you to actually beat down on an opponent without just folding to combo.

That or Edric, Spymaster of Trest as your commander are the two ways to go. Edric is one of the few actual beatdown commanders who works due to the insane ammount of tempo he generates.

DrukenReaps on Death by tokens

2 months ago

phosphorous? Purphoros, God of the Forge?

Alesha, Who Smiles at Death is pretty good for this kind of idea. use creatures that when they etb they make tokens like Grave Titan or Ponyback Brigade. Thesquishy has a solid example of such a deck Alesha Re-animator.

falc0n1234 on Can Alesha, Who Smiles at ...

2 months ago

Alesha, Who Smiles at Death can of course, reanimate creatures in your graveyard with power 2 or less, but can she reanimate cards, like Tarmogoyf, or Serra Avatar that each have * as their power?

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