Alesha, Who Smiles at Death


Format Legality
Vintage Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Legacy Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Modern Legal
Frontier Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2016 Rare
Fate Reforged 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

xSKINCOLLECTORx on Death, Death, and more Death

2 days ago

Looks like a really solid Alesha, Who Smiles at Death build! I like it!

Thorbogl on Tajic, Blade of the Legion

1 week ago

i'm sorry but you're not allowed to play Alesha, Who Smiles at Death, since her colour identity is black aswell.

But as there are black samurai aswell and a bunch of your creatures have power 2 or less i suggest you to take her as commander.

+1 for samurai tribal

thewyzman on Tiny Alesha

1 week ago

Anyone play Alesha, Who Smiles at Death, in either Tiny or Commander? Here's my TL list: Fear Not Death. Advice/experience requested, what works, what doesn't, etc. I'm interested in the (dying) TL format, but I'll digest anything. Thanks.

Armaros92 on Hell

1 week ago

In all honesty I'm not certain that Harsh Scrutiny and Duress are up to speed if you're playing aggro. I get the benefits, but you want to pump out creatures quick and hit with them before your opponent gets the chance to stabilise.

Consider Blightning instead of Rakdos's Return. It's at about 0.70 a piece right now and for CMC 3 you get 3 damage and 2 discard instead of just a value of 1 for X meaning 1 damage and 1 discard. Blightning is more cost-efficient and especially in aggro you want to hit hard and fast, not wait until you can pump up your spell to X=6 or 7.

I run a similar list and included Alesha, Who Smiles at Death and some extra unleash creatures such as Gore-House Chainwalker. The second fits the hell theme quite well, and should it be dead, attack with Alesha, tap two black mana and you've got an extra 3/2 swinging out from your graveyard. Of course she can bring back the Gifted Aetherborn as well for a sudden deathtouch getting in for 2.

Another thing to consider is bringing in more hasty beasties, like Monastery Swiftspear or Raging Goblin for a 1-drop to get in right away.

Another 2-drop to consider is Ash Zealot for both first strike and haste, and depending on who you play against some great graveyard hate, but even without that this is a nice hitter for turn two.

Bastaba on The Queen's Poison Arrows

1 week ago

Thank you for your comment.

I have already used a deck, where i give Tims deathtouch, but I found it to be way to inconsistent. If you don't hit your deathtouch-equipments, it can't do anything. That is why i made this, as i can also use first strike, and even if I don't draw one of those, deathtouch is just a good keyword.

I had totally forgotten Alesha, Who Smiles at Death, so thank you very much.

As for the others, they have to high of a CMC to be viable in my playgroup in a deck with this little ramp I think. Erebos, God of death was on my maybe-board for a while, but ultimately i went with Sram, Senior Edificer and Mentor of the Meek.

Die4Dethklok on The Queen's Poison Arrows

1 week ago

I like to tap to kill theme. I'd definitely have Basilisk Collar in there, and also Endbringer because it untaps every upkeep. It's a pretty solid combo. Enlightened Tutor can find you an artifact or enchantment to get things going.

I also found that Alesha, Who Smiles at Death can be very good in Mardu decks, she also combos well with Master of Cruelties, if she reanimates him, it is a one shot kill for an opponent who can't deal with it.

Other value pices (depending on budget) would include Sun Titan, Rune-Scarred Demon, and Whip of Erebos.

Erebos, God of the Dead is also quite good himself, as an indestructible source of card draw

precociousapprentice on Off With Their Head! (Queen Marchesa Politics)

2 weeks ago

First, nice deck. I enjoy seeing what everyone is doing with Queen Marchesa.

Second, a suggestion. How much value are you getting out of Alesha, Who Smiles at Death. She seems to support only a few of your creatures, and most of them are neither ETB value or even any good at attacking. Knight-Captain of Eos gets you a couple of extra tokens, but Hanweir Garrison doesn't even get you anything, because it ETB attacking, it triggers on a whenever Hanwier Garrison attacks, so the trigger is skipped, and hence there is no value there. Your deck doesn't seem to take advantage of Alesha, Who Smiles at Death, and this value engine could be strengthened, or you could gain more from another card in that slot.

Third, I have some commentary regarding The Monarch. There are situations where having it circulate the table is the best play. There are other times when keeping it for yourself is the best play. I often find that early, you gain value out of The Monarch circulating, because you have other cards to play, and the relative value of the extra card is less. You also gain value early by dropping Rattlesnake Assassin tokens that can be used for both offense and for regaining The Monarch later. In this time, you build your Pillow Fort and Rattlesnake army, and you let the other players fight over The Monarch. Once your fortress is built, take back The Monarch, and sit back and gain card advantage as your opponents finish each other off. Eliminate any threat to you with surgical removal, and wait to bring down the hammer on the final foe who has been weakened in his fight with the other players, a fight that you just watched from behind your walls as you gathered your strength. That is how The Monarch wins you games. It distracts others from repetitively attacking you early, and gains you card advantage later. You should be willing to play with it both ways, depending on where you are at in your game state.

So dlamars, you are right, passing it around can be advantageous. But only until you solidify your defense, and only if no single opponent gains too much advantage out of it. Allowing a single opponent to capitalize on The Monarch, or allowing them to take it back at will, will spell disaster. A solid Pillow fort, with cards like Ghostly Prison, Sphere of Safety, Windborn Muse, Sun Droplet, Delaying Shield, and Solitary Confinement can be very synergistic with The Monarch when it is played this way. I love my Queen Marchesa: Politics, Aikido, and Control deck, it is my all time favorite deck, and this interaction between The Monarch and a good Pillow Fort is a strong component of my strategy in that deck.

Suns_Champion on Reign of the Flying

2 weeks ago

Hi! Nice build, love Kaalia!

Aggravated Assault for and infinite attack phase combo with Sword of Feast and Famine.

Strionic Resonator to copy Kaalia's triggered ability.

Angel of Despair and Lord of the Void for some solid creatures you could use.

I guess I would say cut Alesha, Who Smiles at Death. You only have five creatures you could target.

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