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Creature — Faerie Rogue
Each other Rogue creature you control enters the battlefield with an additional +1/+1 counter on it.
Whenever a creature you control with a +1/+1 counter on it deals combat damage to a player, that player discards a card.
Oona's Blackguard Discussion
1 week ago
I have several suggestions for you but this is a good start. I'll try to keep my recommendations budget(ish) friendly and I'll break it down by category.
If you're picking up what I'm putting down let me know, I can continue. I've played Marchesa for several years now and have one of the top rated decks on this site. Feel free to check out my list for inspiration. Upvotes on any of my decks are appreciated. Every Masochist Needs a Marchesa To Love Them
1 week ago
Combos- Sage of Fables + Flayer of the Hatebound + Ashnod's Altar = infinite damage and draw. Sage also immediately protects Marchesa and allows you to abuse any wizards' ETB/Death on everyone's turn.
1- Sac Flayer to Altar and float the
2- Flayer immediately reenters from Undying and hits someone for 5.
3- Use the floating to remove Flayer's +1+1 counter and draw a card with Sage. Rinse and repeat until all opponents are certifiably dead.
3 weeks ago
Ok, I've ran Marchesa for several years now albeit not theft focused. First thing is work on lowering your avg. cmc to 3.5 or less (preferably 3.3ish).
Spark Double copying Marchesa for double dethrone, the two copies protect one another, and the copy enters immediately protecting itself.
Sage of Fables / Metallic Mimic - Immediately protects Marchesa and they also allow you to abuse ETB/Death triggers on everyone's turn instead of once per round. I.e. Sower of Temptation , Vindictive Lich , etc.
Skullclamp is excellent here with all the sacrificing going on.
I'll try to suggest cuts if I get a minute but I'd skim off the top (Primordials etc). Feel free to check out my list for inspiration, it's one of the top rated Marchesa lists on this site. Upvotes on any of my decks are appreciated. Every Masochist Needs a Marchesa To Love Them
3 weeks ago
Ok, I have a few suggestions for you. I also run Marchesa but it's more of an oppresive etb/death trigger abuse with a side of aggro.
First suggestion isn't really a suggestion lol. Spark Double copies Marchesa for double Dethrone, the copies protect one another, and the copy enters already protected. Get it in here asap... thank me later. Herald of Secret Streams falls into this category of 'not a suggestion' too lol.
Boardwipes: 3 opponents can play stuff faster than you can steal it sometimes. Blasphemous Act , Last One Standing , and Jokulhaups are really good budget friendly options. Fire Covenant is better in competitive metas with lots of small utilty creatures.
Sac Outlets: Goblin Bombardment is hard for some colors to get rid of. Yahenni, Undying Partisan and Falkenrath Aristocrat both have haste so they get an immediate counter and they protect themselves.
I'm sure there's several other options I'm missing... feel free to check out my list for ideas. It's one of the top rated Marchesa lists on this site. Upvotes on any of my decks are appreciated. Every Masochist Needs a Marchesa To Love Them
1 month ago
Hey! I built a budget Black Rose deck and, you're right, it is hard to win! The throne mechanic can be really restrictive. I think it's important to remember Marchesa wants to be aggro. Flayer of the Hatebound is the closest you can get to combo (with Marchesa, burning people for 9 at each end step). So make an enemy... try to kill someone ASAP. Dethrone other players only if you have a way to nuke your life, on-demand +1/+1 counters, or board that can 1-2-shot someone.
You need more creatures. At least 28.
If you want to win consistently, I'd play more stax pieces like Sadistic Hypnotist , Oona's Blackguard , Noxious Toad , etc. Maybe even Specter tribal with the likes of Sedraxis Specter . You really want to slow your opponents down and secure your board; like how Boros aggro needs Armageddon .
Purphoros, God of the Forge wins games.
I would consider cutting...
Altar of Dementia ... any other engine on a stick is better.
I might add...
Plaguecrafter ... all-star.
Shifting Shadow ... great engine in Marchesa.
Breath of Fury ... extra combats will win.
Puppeteer Clique ... fun theft.
Grave Titan ... you might just need some pricey 1-card houses.
Curse of Stalked Prey ... ignore the Throne.
Sidisi, Undead Vizier ... tutor.
Fleshwrither ... maybe?
Whip of Erebos ... to combo with "Pay life:" ...or some other life gain.
1 month ago
I feel like you're a little too focused on creature theft and are missing out on a lot of gems that Marchesa has to take advantage of. The other problem with too much focus on theft is that decks that're light on creatures don't give you many options to further your own gameplan.
First, get Spark Double in here. Copy Marchesa for double dethrone, the 2 Marchesas protect each other, and the copy immediately protects itself... all of which are just as gross as they sound.
Flayer of the Hatebound with a sac outlet is 36 damage to any targets per round in a 4 player game.
This one's a bigger change. There's cards like Sage of Fables and Metallic Mimic that can be used to abuse ETB/Death triggers on everyone's turn like Vindictive Lich , Gray Merchant of Asphodel , Baleful Strix , etc. This is more the focus that my personal list has.
Feel free to check out my list for ideas. It's one of the top rated lists on this site and there's lots of discussion to look through for even more ideas. Upvotes on any of my decks are appreciated. Every Masochist Needs a Marchesa To Love Them
2 months ago
I'd run the other 2 Talismans over Signets and City of Brass , Shivan Reef , and the rest of the painlands. Last One Standing and Jokulhaups are excellent boardwipes here. Vindictive Lich , Sadistic Hypnotist , and Oona's Blackguard are all amazing at putting your opponents into topdeck mode.
Feel free to check out my list for inspiration. Less theft, more aggro, and more etb/death abuse. Upvotes on any of my decks are appreciated. Every Masochist Needs a Marchesa To Love Them
2 months ago
As a disclaimer, some of these are not perfect 1:1 replacements. Essentially, any card on the remove side can be swapped for any card in the replace side. Remove-Replace Blind Obedience - Kismet : Slowing down your opponent's lands is huge and will make you "faster" in comparison
Huatli's Raptor - Mikaeus, the Lunarch : HR is low cost, which implies it will come out early, but it really works best midgame. Mikaes scales to any point in the game and can proliferate faster with all your "untap creatures" effects.
Inexorable Tide - Unbreakable Formation : IT is flashy, but slow to build up. UF is cheap, can save your creatures from a wipe, and if cast during your main phase, basically gives you a free combat round with no consequences.
Caustic Caterpillar - Black Sun's Zenith : You have tons of artifact/enchantment removal and without graveyard recursion, CC is just too small. BSZ can be cast for X=1 and then can be proliferated. Plus it recurs itself.
A few cards I found that would work great in this deck, but had no easy replacements: Gleam of Authority , Together Forever , Orochi Hatchery , Citadel Siege , and (I know you used to have it here) Vorel of the Hull Clade
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