Queen Marchesa


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

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Set Rarity
Conspiracy: Take the Crown (CN2) Mythic Rare

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Queen Marchesa

Legendary Creature — Human Assassin

Deathtouch, haste

When Queen Marchesa enters the battlefield, you become the monarch.

At the begining of your upkeep, if an opponent is the monarch, put a 1/1 black Assassin creature token with deathtouch and haste onto the battlefield.

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Queen Marchesa Discussion

Boza on A most daring raid, The legendary Primer

1 week ago

Thanks for the solid advice Zakky234!

I really appreciate the advice and I will still try to help with your deck. I see that our metas are a bit different, given the manabases and creatures we run (I have never thought of Anafenza, the Foremost as something worthy of inclusion).

I forgot to mention earlier, but I also enjoyed the primer a lot - combined with your reasoning in the discussion, it gives such a clear picture of what you are doing and why!

To further the discussion, I run a lower land count, but more artifact ramp - with the new Grow from the Ashes this is looking to change slowly towards more lands and less artifacts. I try to budget my manabase, as cash for fetches are currently not an option.

Queen Marchesa and especially Marwyn, the Nurturer are not something that I have thought to include. Marwyn bringing only green and not having a ton of elves makes me hesitant to include her, can you elaborate why she overperforms, I notice you have cards like Heroes' Podium (didn't know that existed) to buff her significantly, but beyond that, I have no idea.

Instead of urabrask, since I do not like the praetors (or their price tag), I was thinking of the new Garna, the Bloodflame to replace kolaghan - worse body but better effect.

Adriana, Captain of the Guard and Gahiji, Honored One were part of the original inspiration to make this deck, so I am unlikely to ever remove them. They function well enough - give the team a nice bonus, are not expensive money-wise, and are not super scary. The deck is fairly explosive and keeping a low profile early on can be very important and these two do help with that. I like to include a lot of fun, political cards like Fortunate Few - I had Cruel Entertainment in there for a long time.

Have you tried out Selvala's Stampede? That card has over-performed for me every time I cast it early on.

Zakky234 on A most daring raid, The legendary Primer

1 week ago

hi Boza! cool deck you have there :D

helm of the host seems like a cool equipment to try out, a bit costly on the mana maybe. Traxos, on the other hand, i really dislike, since he is just a big beater and doesnt bring any good effects. always watching is something i had in, then switched out for Brave the Sands because it was cheaper cmc wise. then i switched that out for Reconnaissance because its busted as all hell, you can activate it after damage, so al your creatures have vigilance and it protects you from combat tricks or stupid attacks.

when looking at your deck, the first thing i notice is your low amount of lands. do you ever run into mana problems? (maybve its because you still use partial paris mulligans, which we dont). should you run more duals with basic land types like Canopy Vista or Sheltered Thicket you could consider Farseek over rampant growth. also if you run those, Skyshroud Claim will be waaaay better than explosive vegetation.

now if you look at my creatures, you'll notice i dont run any dumb beaters without some sort of valuable ability. in your deck Zurgo Helmsmasher, Adriana, Captain of the Guard, Gahiji, Honored One and Dragonlord Atarka come awfully close to that. personaly i would prefer something like Anafenza, the Foremost or Queen Marchesa over them since they bring valuable abilities to the table as well as respectable stats. your creatures being a bit smaller doesnt really matter once you drop saskia and a damage doubler, since they will do tons of damage anyway.

also Urabrask the Hidden is just a straight up upgrade to dragonlord kolaghan. same could be said for Sheoldred, Whispering One and mogis, since i find him really underwhelming. Horn of Greed tends to help my opponents more since this isnt a landfall deck. also if you can afford it, Chromatic Lantern is bonkers.

as for dominaria cards, Urza's Ruinous Blast is a 100% must have. one-sided boardwipes are ridiculous. Marwyn, the Nurturer also seems strong in your deck, since you have quite a few ways of pumping him.

thanks for the comment :D hope i could be of help!

DangoDaikazoku on precociousapprentice

1 month ago

Hi precociousapprentice,

I am a huge fan of your Queen Marchesa deck, in fact it is my favorite commander deck on this site and it's a deck I would love to pilot one day because it looks like a lot of fun and is absolutely perfect in my opinion. I was just wondering what your opinion was on Shu Yun, the Silent Tempest as an Aikido general because I would like to incorporate some Aikido ethic in my current Shu Yun deck and possibly convert it to an Aikido deck entirely if possible. If you don't mind I would really appreciate some input and thoughts on this if you see potential in Shu Yun and if not what Jeskai generals do you think appear to be the most fitting at the helm of an Aikido oriented deck? I don't mean to advertise on here, but here is my Shu Yun decklist.


It is currently set up as a Spellslinger Voltron deck, but I want to add more Aikido elements to it. Feel free to comment on my wall or on my decklist if you get a chance because I would really like to hear your opinion on this. Thank you.



Zimmers_0 on Into A Breathless Oblivion

1 month ago

Nerd_253 I would use Kothophed, Soul Hoarder but my CMC stops at 5. I would be willing to put it in but not sure what to cut.

zombob57 Super glad you thought of the lich. My original plan was to make a B/U deck with both and ETB creatures and Conjurer's Closet. That way you could deck yourself with Laboratory Maniac or control with creatures like Venser, Shaper Savant. Great thought though! Torgaar, Famine Incarnate may have a place in my Queen Marchesa lich deck.

You Wont Need Life Where We Are Going

Commander / EDH* Zimmers_0


Rant on MATHAS

1 month ago

With how this deck is setup, I really think Queen Marchesa is a better choice for a commander. If you build her Prison she is AMAZING. I have a deck setup somewhere in my list of decks.

precociousapprentice on Queen Marchesa: Politics, Aikido, and Control

1 month ago

Sorry for the silence of late. I was out of the country with limited web access for a week, then had a ton of things to catch up on when I got back. I hope to do a little updating and response to questions tonight, but for now, I just updated the deck with scans of the Queen Marchesa alter, The Lonely Mountain for my only basic mountain in the deck, and a borderless extension Vampire Nighthawk I recently acquired. Enjoy, and stay tuned.

As an initial question before my updates, this deck has fallen off of the deck search lists. Can anyone tell me why I can't find it through searching? I assume that no one else can find it either, and that is a shame.

joshw335 on Give My Life

1 month ago

You need to get shock lands in there first, including Godless Shrine, Sacred Foundry, and Blood Crypt. Also, put in Throne of the High City for another way to get Monarch.The Immortal Sun is a useful toolbox when you don't have planeswalkers.Your deck creates a lot of tokens, so Anointed Procession and Westvale Abbey  Flip is a good start, and Ruthless Knave can give you more mana through treasures.You then need to protect your monarchy, so creating a pillow fort using Windborn Muse+Norn's Annex+Ghostly Prison+Suppression Field. After that, Luminarch Ascension would be useful to you and Spear of Heliod can make sure your opponent loses the creature who steals the crown from you.For some control options, Chandra's Ignition+Queen Marchesa creates a board wipe, while Terminate, Anguished Unmaking, Hero's Downfall, Mortify, and Unmake provide more targetted removal. You also have some options in things such as Butcher of Malakir, Grave Pact, and Dark Prophecy because you will have creatures dying consistentlyTo make it faster, consider: Dark Ritual,Gilded Lotus, Pyramid of the Pantheon, Dowsing Dagger  Flip, and Ashnod's Altar

Saint1129 on Queen Marchesa: Politics, Aikido, and Control

2 months ago

Wow! I just found Queen Marchesa while looking for my next commander, and I think this decklist will make my building process go by a lot faster. Thanks!

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