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Alesha, Who Smiles at Death build started when Alesha was first released. I chose Alesha because I love sacrificing, reanimating, drawing, discarding, and attacking, and MARDU are my favorite colors in magic.

This deck has gone through almost every variant of Alesha builds before I ended up here. I think I’ve had almost every card played in Alesha decks and gone through each option fairly thoroughly. This deck capitalizes on each of the highlighted features from each color and color combinations other than the plentiful removal spells I have access to. I chose to focus my removal to creature based removal to get the full Alesha experience. I also chose not to use any protection for targeting Alesha so that I could have more slots for the meat and potatoes of the deck.

         -EARLY GAME-

Start off by getting on color and getting Buried Alive as soon as possible. I always bury Anger, Filth and Master of Cruelties to try to take out a black player almost immediately. This makes me and master a threat that must be dealt with. If they remove Alesha, I will just tutor up an Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth and continue to have Master of Cruelties be the threat. If they take out the master, then I start looking for other options, preferably getting an Anarchist to reclaim my Buried Alive.

          -MID GAME-

From this point on, I am generally looking to combo. It’s unlikely the board will allow Alesha to get though safely, or I will be able to reanimate anything with much impact. The primary combo of this deck is Karmic Guide+Reveillark + sac outlet. Win-cons here Altar of Dementia, Blasting Station, Goblin Bombardment or having Zulaport Cutthroat or Judith, the Scourge Diva out.

If trying to go for an infinite combo isn’t working out, or I am unable to get to my tutors, I try to go as wide as I can with my token makers and my handful of anthem effects, or lords, as the are listed above. They each have their own pros and cons, and most of my token makers have an ability I can use to my benefit in one way or another.

I have included in the maybe board all the cards I have considered for Alesha, for anyone who came here for ideas or inspiration. While the actual deck list is my pride an joy, there are a TON of cards that I think play well with Alesha in different types of builds. I hope someone finds this list helpful

Be sure to check out my budget build for inspiration with tight budget constraints!


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