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Welcome to my Alesha, Who Smiles at Death Commander list. As a connoisseur of aristocrats decks and graveyard strategies in general, I've been playing variants of this strategy with different colors and commanders for a long time. This is my favorite (and most powerful) iteration. I'd say it's semi-competitive.

The deck is basically a combination of the aristocrats and death and taxes play styles. Since one and two power creatures can't typically win Commander games by attacking in small numbers, I have a variety of infinite combos as the deck's win conditions. I also have a significant amount of interaction to stop my opponents from getting to their own combos.

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This deck almost always wins with an infinite combo. They're listed out here.

People often suggest these cards to me, but they're not here for the listed reasons.

  • The biggest missing piece in this deck is Imperial Recruiter, but it's not on the reserved list so I'm waiting for a reprint.

  • Cathars' Crusade is a 5 mana card that does nothing the turn you play it, so it doesn't make the cut. I'm not trying to win with combat damage anyway.

  • Purphoros, God of the Forge is nice for when you already have an infinite sacrifice combo, but it's unnecessary in this deck since I'm almost always able to win anyway when that happens. Outside of being a combo piece the card doesn't do much in my deck because, again, I'm not trying to win with combat damage and it basically reads "4 mana: do nothing" most of the time.

  • Master of Cruelties is a cute card for Alesha decks and it can certainly be fun. However, it's only any good if it's in your graveyard when you attack and it can only take out one person assuming they have no blockers. That's not consistent enough. If I have an Entomb effect, I'd rather get something more reliable.

Let me know if you have any suggestions; I'm always looking to improve my decks.

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cloudsol says... #1

What are some of the wincons?

October 22, 2017 1:06 a.m.

TheFanatic says... #2

@cloudsol There is a pretty big suite of wincons here, actually.

The most common way I win games is with the classic Karmic Guide + Reveillark combo that you'll see in most white graveyard decks. I can explain the combo more if you don't know how it works, but you can find a lot of information on it on the web.

There's also the Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit + Murderous Redcap + any sacrifice outlet combo for infinite damage.

Perhaps my favorite combo in the deck is Leonin Relic-Warder + Animate Dead (or any other reanimation enchantment) + any sacrifice outlet. You cast Animate Dead on a Relic-Warder in the graveyard. When the Relic-Warder comes back, you target the Animate Dead with its trigger. The Animate Dead gets exiled, and its trigger goes on the stack to sacrifice Relic-Warder. In response to the trigger, you can sacrifice the Relic-Warder to something like Goblin Bombardment for damage or Altar of Dementia for mill. Then the Animate Dead comes back, and you can do it all again ad infinitum. There's a similar combo with Sun Titan and Animate Dead effects that you can find online.

I used to run Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker combos in the deck, but I cut them for the time being because they are harder to do with Alesha, since the creature you reanimate comes in tapped. It's still a good strategy, but I feel that I have enough combos right now.

October 22, 2017 3:06 p.m.

cloudsol says... #3

This is so cool. I have Alesha and was considering her... I love red and recursion.

October 27, 2017 1:21 p.m.

TheFanatic says... #4

@cloudsol Thanks! Alesha is definitely the commander for you if you want red and recursion. She's probably the best at what she does in these colors, and the deck is really fun to play. It has plenty of card advantage and interaction to stay relevant at all stages in the game.

Also, note that I decided to put the Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker combos back in the deck because it turns out that having a Buried Alive + reanimation spell instant win combo that you don't need a sacrifice outlet for is really good. You can Buried Alive finding Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker, Karmic Guide, and Felidar Guardian. You reanimate Karmic Guide and bring back Kiki with the ETB, then copy Karmic Guide with Kiki. You use the new Karmic Guide ETB to get back Felidar Guardian and flicker Kiki. Then, you're in a winning position with the Felidar Guardian + Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker combo.

October 27, 2017 3:56 p.m.

justnthrguy says... #5

Love this deck. I have a friend that runs a similar strategy. The Stitch Together is a neat card, I have always had a soft spot for that card.

October 27, 2017 8:01 p.m.

cloudsol says... #6

Thanks for putting this deck together and sharing. I'll glean a lot from it.

October 31, 2017 9:39 p.m.

Littlepoot says... #9

Y no love for cathers crusade, purphorous, or master of cruelties?

November 1, 2017 5:47 p.m.

TheFanatic says... #10

@Littlepoot Thanks for dropping by. The cards you've suggested are all better in a less competitive version of Alesha that's not combo-oriented like this list.

Cathars' Crusade is a 5 mana card that does nothing the turn you play it, so it doesn't make the cut. I'm not trying to win with combat damage anyway.

Purphoros, God of the Forge Is nice for when you already have an infinite sacrifice combo, but it's unnecessary in this deck since I'm almost always able to win anyway when that happens. Outside of being a combo piece the card doesn't do much in my deck because, again, I'm not trying to win with combat damage and it basically reads "4 mana: do nothing" most of the time.

Master of Cruelties is a cute card for Alesha decks and it can certainly be fun. However, it's only any good if it's in your graveyard when you attack and it can only take out one person assuming they have no blockers. That's not consistent enough. If I have an Entomb effect, I'd rather get something more reliable.

November 1, 2017 7:01 p.m.

DiamondFlavor says... #11

I already see Fiend Hunter on your list, so maybe you already know this, but it also combos out with Karmic Guide, Sun Titan, and (I think) Reveillark and a sac outlet. Also Sun Titan goes with Animate Dead and Necromancy the same way as Leonin Relic-Warder.

I have wanted to build a deck like this for a while. But my playgroup is moving away from combo wars so it probably won't happen.

November 12, 2017 11:11 a.m.

TheFanatic says... #12

@DiamondFlavor I am indeed aware of the combos you've mentioned. You can actually win just with Sun Titan, Fiend Hunter, and a sacrifice outlet. Those combos aren't listed in the description because they're not something you can easily tutor for. They're more often just incidental combos that can happen, but aren't a main focus of the deck. I only really go for a Sun Titan combo when my faster combos have been removed or something. Thanks for the input!

If you want to build a similar deck but without the combos, you can certainly do it. You just have to go with things like Drana, Liberator of Malakir and Cathars' Crusade to win you games, which isn't super optimal but can work in a more casual playgroup.

November 12, 2017 12:11 p.m.

Enral says... #13

Very cool Alesha build..I used to play her but disbanded it for other decks...you make me wanna try her again. +1

November 15, 2017 9:18 p.m.

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Legality

This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 2.32
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Top rank #31 on 2017-11-19
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