Queen Marchesa


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Leviathan Legal
Duel Commander 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

Metachemist on Marchesa, Queen of Ashes

3 weeks ago

It's my understanding the Monarch token can in fact be in EDH/Commander provided that a card actually introduces it. IE Playing Queen Marchesa or related effects.

Older20 on Marchesa: Queen of Pain (70% Altered)

1 month ago

I have thought about squeezing one more mana-producing land in the deck - however the two drop mana rocks function very well as a buffer for that 4th land as they allow me to play Queen Marchesa on turn 3 and the extra draw helps tremendously with those extra land drops. I have played this deck maybe a hundred times now and its quite rare to get mana screwed and miss land drops. I do also actually run Evolving Wilds in this deck - I must have forgotten to to add it.

My future plans to the deck are to include the 3 on-colour fetch lands and include Sun Titan for a tonne of recursion. Don't have the $$ at the moment to pick up the cardboard yet though. :)

DarettiFan on Marchesa's Courtyard

1 month ago

Thanks msmtggtm for the nice comment! I tested it enough to tell you that it's one of the strongest and most enjoyable decks I have. First of all, it's not archenemy as soon as you become the Monarch. Most of the time it's just an added benefit your opponent gets for a swing. If they want to harm you badly in combat they will, regarless if you're the monarch or not. Also, you will most likely always be the player who becomes the monarch through combat the easiest since no one wants to block deathtouch creatures and even if they do, you still have a lot of combat tricks up your sleve (or you removed a creature). I mean that's what Queen Marchesa is designed to do: You become the Monarch, draw card at end step, lose monarchy, get an upkeep assassin, get monarchy back, draw at endstep again.

I will soon post the first update on this list, because brewing this list for 2 years now taught me a lot and made me a better deck builder.

precociousapprentice on Queen Marchesa: Politics, Aikido, and Control

1 month ago

Elywood, I would suggest that you look at things that target ETB abilities. This list would be completely unaffected by a little Stax aimed at ETB abilities. Try Tocatli Honor Guard and Torpor Orb. There are many decks out there that focus on ETB abilities, with both Roon and Brago being about the most obvious, but some Meren and Riku also fill that role, and many combo decks depend on ETB abilities. Those two cards both efficiently shut down those generals, as well as ETB dependent combo decks. It is also pure flavor win to play cards in Queen Marchesa that hose Brago.

DrukenReaps on Crucible of Worlds

2 months ago

As long as you are using lands that sac themselves to get you ahead in some way it always has the potential to be worth a slot. It might be even better in Markov since you don't have green's ridiculous ramp. I know my Queen Marchesa deck can have difficulties making land drops sometimes.

Older20 on Long Live the Queen!

2 months ago

I like your take on Queen Marchesa - very different to my own. Have you thought about adding cards like Alhammarret's Archive, Twilight Prophet and Well of Lost Dreams. I think all of them would work very well in your deck.

pokepower116 on 8x8 Xantcha

2 months ago

Hey! Thanks for the mention :)

Love the idea! In terms of pure win percentage, my deck definitely isn't the right way to go about things and I feel that a more defensive pillowfort strategy like you mentioned would net you much more wins.

While red/black aren't the best pillowfort colors in the traditional sense, they have a few cards that slow or disincentivize attackers; not to mention there are a few land and artifact cards that help too. No Mercy, Dread, Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs, Maze of Ith, Mystifying Maze, Spires of Orazca (flipped from Thaumatic Compass  Flip), Uphill Battle, Glacial Crevasses, Vow of Malice, Vow of Lightning, and Crawlspace just to name a few. Since most of the pillowfort cards are in white, another route could be playing a card like Queen Marchesa and running Xantcha in the 99.

I think the 8x8 theory is solid for most of these categories! I feel that the player controlling Xantcha dying is a rare enough occurrence (she'll probably get destroyed or another player could get taken out before them) that you might not need a full 8 slots dedicated to sacrificing her. If this does happen, you could always use your single-target removal on her and run a bit more of it. It's not ideal, but might save you from situations where you have a Viscera Seer or Ashnod's Altar and nothing to sacrifice with it.

Same goes with the politics and memes. Depending on your definition of memes, they could have a lot of overlap there too so you might not need to dedicate 16 slots in your deck to both of those (like Curse of Opulence, Sower of Discord, or Disrupt Decorum).

Overall I think you're on the right track and I can't wait to see what you end up with!

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