At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice Solitary Confinement unless you discard a card.
Skip your draw step.
You have shroud. (You can't be the target of spells or abilities.)
Prevent all damage that would be dealt to you.
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Solitary Confinement Discussion
2 weeks ago
In a recent EDH game, I had a Combustible Gearhulk in hand, and my only remaining opponent had a Solitary Confinement on the battlefield. I wound up losing before I got around to playing the Gearhulk, but I'm wondering how Gearhulk's trigger would have worked if I had played it.
How do Gearhulk and other similar "target opponent may" cards work when there are no opponents who can be targeted?
2 weeks ago
As an additional comment on the deck, Acidic Soil and Price of Progress are amazingly powerful cards! I frequently do a combined 40+ damage with them, usually taking out at least one opponent, and I can almost always make the damage asymmetric, even though I have only nonbasic lands. Solitary Confinement, Delaying Shield, Gideon of the Trials, and Selfless Squire all can prevent the damage, and Sun Droplet can regain that lost life over a few rounds. Damage per CMC, these cards smash serious face, and are probably the most powerful offense in the deck. Think about that, Price of Progress has a CMC of 2, is instant speed, is searchable by both Sunforger and Shred Memory, and it commonly does 40+ damage! That. Is. Insane.
3 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.
3 weeks ago
Check out Delaying Shield for a Castle card. It allows you to keep the Monarchy better than most other cards, similar to Solitary Confinement. Those are two powerhouse cards in my Queen Marchesa: Politics, Aikido, and Control deck, and could be a fun addition for this deck.
3 weeks ago
I love both Solitary Confinement and Delaying Shield in my Queen Marchesa: Politics, Aikido, and Control deck, but I can see how you may be going more aggro than my deck. I can't really see Rakdos Charm having the same value in a deck that wants to create a token army. This is a very different deck than mine, and I appreciate that. Queen Marchesa is incredibly versatile.
1 month ago
Cool deck :). Enchantments is super fun to playHere are some recommendations (maybe you want to include higher costing cards at some point)Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx, Temur Sabertooth -> can save the enchantresses and give you triggers for cathar's crusade, Solitary Confinement and Eternal Witness
1 month ago
Don't you want your opponent to be the monarch with Queen Marchesa? That way you get her tokens?
Overall I see this being effective. I really think you should consider the Assemble the Legion and Descent into Madness combo. Nothing like a prison deck making your opponents lose permanent and you keeping yours.
I also have a friend that likes Solitary Confinement along with draw engines. Being that you're going prison maybe consider that card too.