Queen Marchesa


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

Saint1129 on Queen Marchesa: Politics, Aikido, and Control

1 day 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!

Atavistic on Looking for my next Commander

2 weeks 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.

DrukenReaps on Looking for my next Commander

2 weeks ago

I want to mention that Ramunap Excavator is crucible of worlds and quite affordable. Also arguably better than crucible in a gitrog deck where getting creatures back is easy but getting artifacts back is not.

You have some of the major strategies covered so perhaps a mill deck to do something different. Phenax, God of Deception is pretty popular for dimir but not that popular overall and has a really fun interaction with inspired cards like King Macar, the Gold-Cursed. Another really good one with mill is The Mimeoplasm.

Glissa is really fun but has a tendency towards stax, I built her as equipment here: Glissa's Tech. Something that seemed outside the norm.

And I can't comment on one of these posts without mentioning the almighty Queen Marchesa. She makes a great aikido or pillowfort commander.

Many of the mentioned ones are really cool but I think Vela the Night-Clad is particularly awesome and allows for some really unique builds like this artifact based one Vela the Night Clad: Intimidating Machinery.

GitGudFrog on [Primer] 4c Humility Control

2 weeks ago

jackeraya: While it doesn't take up a spell slot, it does take up a colored land slot. If I was playing less colors I would consider it. Having the colors I need early is very important in a fast paced meta. You'll notice that the only land I have that produces colorless exclusively is Strip Mine and I think it has the edge for the Life from the Loam engine.

Monarch can also be difficult to work with. A green based stacks deck can swing with 3+ creatures and take it. I will almost never be able to win it back.

The card itself isn't bad. Just bad for this deck. There is a Queen Marchesa stacks player in my meta that utilizes it well.

Treefolk245 on Mathas, Bounty Gateway

2 weeks ago

Amazing deck you have right there, I love politics in commander, thats why I built Queen Marchesa! By the way, how does Bounty Hunter works with Mathas, Fiend Seeker's bounty counters? Does it work the way I think it does?

Older20 on Queen Marchesa: Politics, Aikido, and Control

1 month ago

I have to compliment you on your deck style and design - it has been a regular source of inspiration for my own deck. I think it is also part of what makes Queen Marchesa such a great commander - that you can build her in truly unique and stylistic manners.

I recently added Backlash into my deck and it has been doing work in my playtesting. I was wondering if you have playtested Wound Reflection and Mirage Mirror. I've found Wound Reflection is an absolute powerhouse and actually doesn't draw that much hate. It quite often catches people completely unawares.

Mirage Mirror I'm still trying out and was wondering if you have tested it. Its versatility has really impressed me so far - copying Ghostly Prison or copying a Sword of Feast and Famine I've just felt a lot safer when I've had it out.

Lastly I'm thinking of adding another fog effect in my deck. Which would you choose between Dawn Charm and Batwing Brume?

Suns_Champion on Help with Forced Attack Deck

1 month ago

I'd say Queen Marchesa, but if you feel like you'll miss blue go with O-Kagachi, Vengeful Kami and run everything.

Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs can go in either deck and be great, but in the command zone limits your color options.

Zedruu the Greathearted is cool but a good chunk of the deck would have to be dedicated to what he does to benefit from him. You can't go giving your good stuff away so I feel like he isn't the right fit. I've played Delaying Shield in Marchesa and so it can still be used to good effect.

My personal bias is to my Queen. But if blue is something you feel like you need, O-Kagachi, Vengeful Kami might be the way to go. He seems like the best way to blend all these elements and make a really unique deck.

Let me know when you have a decklist(or multiple) up! I'll be happy to check it out!

EDIT: Snipped! I'll be there shortly!

RazortoothMtg on Help with Forced Attack Deck

1 month ago

Okay, so many comments here!

I'm probably gonna be prototyping a few decks with each of the different suggested commanders here. I'll post them here when I have a rough outline of each.

Thoughts between Zedruu the Greathearted, Queen Marchesa, O-Kagachi, Vengeful Kami, and just Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs?

Zedruu the Greathearted allows for some cool tricks with cards like Delaying Shield, as well as drawing me cards and gaining back the life I lose from everyone attacking me. Also, gives me Courtly Provocateur-style effects, as well as Riddlekeeper and Isperia, Supreme Judge, both of which seem like some of the best cards in this style of deck.

Queen Marchesa does a lot of things for the deck, and is my top pick as of right now. gives me No Mercy effects, High Priest of Penance (and the Phyrexian Reclamation that would make it great), rattlesnake cards like Ophiomancer, and does a lot herself, such as giving me card draw, or another reason to attack me, and when I'm not the monarch she gives me deathtouchers to make attacking me extra painful.

O-Kagachi, Vengeful Kami gives me all the above mentioned cards, and gives me an attack punisher in the command zone. Not a lot to say about it, other than getting to Vindicate something every turn seems pretty good. Or twice a turn with Fireshrieker. Would also give me an easy actual wincon in commander damage, since it's big and evasive.

Finally, Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs, the card that started this, is probably my last pick since I don't get to play a lot of the cool cards like No Mercy and stuff. However, having one of the best punishers at all times might be the correct choice.

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