Alesha, Who Smiles at Death


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander 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

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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

Atavistic on Looking for my next Commander

1 week ago

Wow, I'm truly surprised at the sheer diversity of recommendations here. I've taken a decent amount of time to look at each option and think through whether they fit my interests and if I can feasibly make them work on my maximum initial investment of GBP200.

First, those I have completely ruled out, and why:

The Gitrog Monster: Reasons as outlined in my second post in this thread

Nekusar, the Mindrazer: Absolutely despise this card and have no interest in wheels.deck, especially when someone at my LGS already does that, and it's absolutely maddening to play against at the best of times.

Gisa and Geralf: I like the idea of Zombie tribal on paper, but while there is graveyard synergy (what kind of Zombies would they be if there wasn't graveyard synergy?), the tribe as a whole seems far too linear, and a lot of the staple Zombie cards are pretty expensive, so I probably couldn't afford to build any kind of decent deck from it on my current budget.

Sapling of Colfenor: I investigated Treefolk tribal early on into my time in Commander, but I wasn't ever able to get a decent decklist together and it didn't actually interest me much at all, despite the gimmick the tribe offers.

Rafiq of the Many: I despise Voltron as I find it too linear and it makes games way too short (either you win quickly or lose quickly as everyone hates you out), so I have no interest in building a deck of this nature at this stage.

Roon of the Hidden Realm: I've already decided that, when I eventually do a flicker deck, it will be built around Ephara, God of the Polis, who was the first mythic I pulled from a pack when I got back into the game 18 or so months ago (in my first pack no less).

The Scorpion God: Not because I dislike it (as honestly, I do quite like the idea), but because a friend of mine has already built a Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons deck and Scorpion just feels like an inferior version of that deck, as you swap green for red and lose out on a lot in the process.

Phenax, God of Deception: Not at all what I'm interested in right now, as straight mill on its own is highly unpopular and not something I want to delve into.

The Mimeoplasm and Alesha, Who Smiles at Death: Both of these seem to pretty much entirely rely on the graveyard to function properly and, while I like having the graveyard as a resource, I don't want something that can't function without it, as all it takes is one Bojuka Bog to nerf either of these decks, or so it appears to me anyhow).

Queen Marchesa and Selvala, Explorer Returned: Both fantastic generals, but I'm not currently interested in doing a political build, as I want something a little more nasty (but without going into full-blown stax, obviously) for a change of pace from my current decks, which are all slightly too nice more often than not.

Brion Stoutarm: I previously tried creating a list for this guy, but I couldn't get any kind of result I was happy with so I gave up on it. Besides, there seems to be a much, much more interesting option in Boros colours in Dominaria, which I'll have to have a look at eventually.

Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest: He seemed interesting and a decent comparison against Glissa, the Traitor as a Commander option, but the Primer I found for him made it sound like either a Stax build or a token-based build, the former of which I don't want to do and the latter of which I'm already working on with my Hazezon Tamar decklist. However, if I do end up doing Glissa, he will likely be a useful addition to the 99.

Sek'Kuar, Deathkeeper: Honestly, as someone mentioned in the thread, he seems like too much of a glass cannon and he just seems to be Jund goodstuff really, which isn't particularly appealing to me. I don't mind a goodstuff build, but I like the Commander of my deck to actually matter rather than just being a choice to get certain colours.

Atraxa, Praetors' Voice: Even ignoring the fact that the card itself is close to 30GBP everywhere I look, I'm pretty certain that on my current budget a four-colour mana base is not really financially viable. Also, while I know she can be built in dozens of ways, it doesn't interest me to use a Commander that is one of, if not the, most commonly-built ever.

Varolz, the Scar-Striped: The only reason that this one doesn't interest me is because I don't really like the Scavenge ability as it doesn't seem all that powerful to me, especially when Varolz doesn't have any kind of in-built evasion to benefit from so many +1/+1 counters going on him.

Another post will follow running through the remaining six choices (Teneb, the Harvester, Saffi Eriksdotter, Skullbriar, the Walking Grave, Oona, Queen of the Fae, Vela the Night-Clad and Tasigur, the Golden Fang), and my thoughts on those (and also one new option from the Dominaria leaks that have now been confirmed official by WotC.

redkhan on Looking for my next Commander

1 week ago

So throwing my two cents in. Tasigur, the Golden Fang is a very fun commander who you could build as golgari or dimir if you wanted to I've had great success with him in the past as sultai control. Sek'Kuar, Deathkeeper is a personal favorite of mine for doing dumb janky combos and will probably be underestimated by the table. Alesha, Who Smiles at Death was my baby for a little bit and the deck was pretty fun to build to see what good etbs could be abused with her.

enpc on Looking for my next Commander

1 week ago

As previously mentioned, Alesha, Who Smiles at Death would be bang on the money as far as playing creatures, swinging and getting value with them on dying.

The other commander you could consider is Saffi Eriksdotter. You lose some access to card advantage, however being in green gives you an abundance of ramp. The other nice thing about Saffi is that there are multiple viable lines (albeit some more competitive than others) which all lend themselves to different playstyles and can be overlapped to some extent.

taq on Master of Cruelties Rakdos Turbo Discard

2 weeks ago

I have a question about the Master of Cruelties combo with Alesha, Who Smiles at Death. One of the downsides of Master of Cruelties is that he can only attack alone, but if you being him back with Alesha, he will not be attacking alone. Does this mean that the master is not a valid graveyard target? Or will this actually work? Its a cool idea if it works.

AdamChafee on Cruel Smiles

2 weeks ago

Pheardemons, thank you so much for your feedback!! Your suggestions really help me out. The deck is budget for now, but I definitely wanna work towards its final form eventually.

If I play board wipes (which I definitely wanna do), I'd wanna keep Boros Charm just so that I can keep my side of the board intact. I think Sweltering Suns is perfect for this deck, as well as Collective Brutality (thanks 22edinkel!).

I think I'll be taking out Furyblade Vampire, Stern Constable, and maybe one or two Tidehollow Sculler for the cards you suggested. Essentially this deck is turning into mardu control with Master of Cruelties as the main win-con. However I would love cards that synergize with Alesha, Who Smiles at Death, which is why I have Gonti, Lord of Luxury in the deck, in case I don't have Master of Cruelties out I can bring him back and deal some deathtouch damage and have fun with my opponents spells.

Either way, I will work something out to make this deck really nasty, thank you again for your help!!

Pheardemons on Cruel Smiles

2 weeks ago

I understand that you wawnt to discard, but I think cards like Faithless Looting will allow you to utilize that better. Plus, you also have Key to the City which helps as well. I'd actually recommend YOU playing some board wipes. Going wide seems like it would kind of hurt this deck. I think you should try to capitalize on your main win condition as much as possible. Wipes like Anger of the Gods (the exile effect I understand can hurt you) or Sweltering Suns so you can cycle if you don't need it. Then, you can use the targeted single creature destruction spells if they play anything on the back swing. I second Generator Servant because all of a sudden your opponent HAS to deal with a hasty Alesha, Who Smiles at Death or a hasty Master of Cruelties which can always be a problem for anyone.

Stern Constable, Gonti, Lord of Luxury, Furyblade Vampireand Tidehollow Sculler I think should be take out for Faithless Looting, and some mainboard Inquisition of Kozilek or Thoughtseize. I also believe Boros Charm could come out, although I do recognize the synergy. I think Glorious End should be able to be a one of mainboard. Just in case.

I second the notion to get Fetch lands (Bloodstained Mire, Marsh Flats, and Arid Mesa) and shocklands (Blood Crypt, Godless Shrine, and Sacred Foundry) as to fix your colors early. However, if you don't want to, Blood Moon could be a decent alternative here to take your opponents off colors and stall them until you get to do what you want to do. You can also play Blood Moon with the fetches and shocks, you just need to be more mindful that you get a correct mana base before playing it cause it could hinder you as well.

Because you're in black, another great targeted removal spell is Fatal Push. Definitely look into that.

Your sideboard needs serious work. You need cards to help against Jund, Death's Shadow, control, affinity, ect. If you take my advice on some of the cards above, then you already have some help with them (Death's Shadow cries at Fatal Push, Hand disruption helps against almost any deck, ect). I think you should look into a sideboard that is similar to this

3X Fatal Push3X Leyline of Sanctity2X Disenchant1X Shatterstorm1x By Force2x Thoughtseize2x Nihil Spellbomb1x Blood Moon

This sideboard has some assumptions. 1) You are playing some mainboard Blood Moons. If you're not then I'd recommend having more in the sideboard. At the very least Stone Rain, Molten Rain, or Crumble to Dust. These are against tron, which is greatly needed. Karn Liberated is hard to face down with a midrange style deck that can't take him out of the hand early, or have haste cards to hit him fast. Only two Thoughtseize with the assumption that Inquisition of Kozilek will be put mainboard. There are two extra for those fast combo decks, or big mana decks (tron) to consistently take the threat out of their hand before you have to deal with it. Fatal Push is there assuming you're not going to put it in mainboard because you don't play fetches. If you're not going to get fetches at all, then maybe up the Path to Exile count.

Leyline of Sanctity is there for decks like Ad Nauseam, Burn, other hand disruption type decks, ect. Nihil Spellbomb is graveyard hate for Tarmogoyf, control decks, dredge, ect. Shatterstorm, By Force, and Disenchants are there for artifact hate, with some enchantment hate as well. Affinity is still running around, and Lantern control is such a bitch to fight against.

Hope this helps.

JuQ on Yasova EDH

2 weeks ago

Looks better indeed, those counters will prove useful. I love the Shaman of the Great Hunt In fact I had it in the back of my head.

I'm thinking about the Obsidian Battle-Axe. I'm using it in a Alesha, Who Smiles at Death deck I'm trying. The best thing of the card is the haste, but Yasova it's not like Alesha, she doesn't need to attack to do her thing. Auto attaching equipments are cool, but I think in this deck that one is underperforming, if you draw it when Yasova is already on the table equipping it a pain in the neck. Using it to give haste to your other creatures is also difficult. The only other warrior in your deck already has haste.
It also has same CMC as Yasova and you would have to delay her one turn. If you use it for the cheap +2 power you could just use Bonesplitter and move it around when you need for just .
My weapon of choice for her is still Runechanter's Pike. First Strike is a tremendous advantage for her, either attacking or blocking and as soon as you have two instant or sorceries in your graveyard it will already be better than the other similar option, No-Dachi, and the ceiling of this card is super high.

MrSilk on Cruel Smiles

2 weeks ago

Love the concept! I see a lot of synergy with Nahiri, the Harbinger bringing out either Alesha, Who Smiles at Death or Master of Cruelties, but after a board wipe with Damnation or Wrath of God or something similar

Some other ideas:

Goblin Tunneler - To make your wincon unblockable

Skullsnatcher - for Ninjutsu after master of cruelties attacks

Blood Speaker - For tutor

Generator Servant - A bit of mana ramp

Braid of Fire - More ramp

Gut Shot - Manaless 1 damage after Master of Cruelties does his thing for the win!


For mana fixing I'd suggest some Blood Crypts for fetching with Bloodstained Mire and maybe like 2x Marsh Flats in place of some of your basics.

That way you can keep your Isolated Chapel, Clifftop Retreat (i'd suggest 2x, not 4x) and Dragonskull Summit (I'd still suggest 2 instead of 4 if you're fetching).

I've had an idea in my head for a Mardu deck like this for a while.. Hopefully we can make something really good!

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