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Alesha Infernal Enchantress: Sheathing the Sword

Commander / EDH* Combo Control Enchantment RBW (Mardu)



Who wants to live forever when you can all die together? Almost.

This is kind of a tricky deck because the general is mono-red and people often don't realize that she has Mardu color identity; it's named Sheathing the Sword because you have to bring yourself past the brink of death to defeat your enemies at the last moment with the most tenuous grip on life. It's mostly an enchantress deck with a pretty sweet board control enchantment package of Lightmine Field + Death Pits of Rath and Tainted AEther + Spreading Plague. So if creatures attack, they die; when colored creatures enter the battlefield they board wipe all other creatures of the same color and force their controller to sac a creature or land. Since Alesha is the only creature (except for very rarely, Iroas), nothing else will kill her from my deck. She can't attack either unless I have Eldrazi Monument, but the deck doesn't really need her. She does great work as allowing me to recur the utility creatures and enchantments-matter creatures.

Alesha is also the perfect general for this deck as her name is "Who Smiles at Death" and that is literally referential to the deck's strategy of greating Death as an old friend, accepting it, and then using it to defeat your enemies. The wincon is usually Phyrexian Unlife + Ad Nauseam + Repay in Kind to drain everybody's life to -100 or more.




Temur_Frontier says... #1

Why even bother with Alesha as commander if you're only running 13 creatures she can resurrect? Also why not Sphere of Safety? Really good swarm control right there.

January 3, 2017 5:29 p.m.

Because like I said in the description, she's tricky, she also has first strike and is a good body to put some swords on to get sword triggers. Also almost all of the creatures work really well in this decks enchantment/creature denial strategy and have 2 power or less so she can get them back easily. The card choices in this deck are not random and are in fact highly synergistic and lead to interesting games. I'm aware of Sphere of Safety, I took it out for Solitary Confinement.

January 3, 2017 6:48 p.m.

hyperlocke says... #3

Monk Idealist is another Auramancer. Replenish to get all your enchantments back.

Lethal Vapors is another great anti-creature enchantment. Also, with the amount of sac going on, Grave Pact and Dictate of Erebos might find a place.

Pestilence seems like a one-shot thing, as most of your creatures die from it, too. Is it really worth it?

Queen Marchesa seems off here. If all you want is the extra card draw, It would be better to run Palace Jailer, Palace Sentinels or Thorn of the Black Rose, as you can recur them with Alesha, Who Smiles at Death.

Tutors? There are the standard black ones (Diabolic Intent fits your sac theme), but especially for enchantments, the best are Enlightened Tutor, Idyllic Tutor and Academy Rector.

You already have Luminarch Ascension in the maybe board. It should tick up quickly in this deck. If you don't control your anti-creature enchantments regularly, I can only recommend playing it.

January 5, 2017 7:55 a.m.

I have a Monk Idealist and Lethal Vapors in my maybe pile too that I just haven't put up here so we are on the same page. You're right that Palace Jailer would probably be better for The Monarchy than Queen Marchesa but this is the only deck I can really play her in and she's also good protection or token generation.

I don't typically run tutors in my EDH decks as I would usually just rather have another fun card in the slot and the variance between games is what I enjoy. I'm not trying to win as fast and efficiently as possible.

As long as I have one of the gods out and enough devotion, Pestilence will stick around. Also, it's an alternate wincon if I am able to cast Repay in Kind with Phyrexian Unlife out but don't have ad nauseum. I can kill everyone else easily from there.

I also want Grave Pact in but haven't found the space and don't often have that many creatures. Also the three black devotion can be tough with all the basics I'm running. I don't play Dictate of Erebos in any of my decks as I don't like the art.

Thanks for the upvote and the discussion!

January 5, 2017 9:32 a.m.

Quicksilver says... #5

January 9, 2017 5:46 a.m.

Yeah it used to be in there but I think I removed it because I'm not always doing a ton of attacking like normal Alesha decks. I may add it back in eventually because it can be great. Thanks for taking a look.

January 9, 2017 9:41 a.m.

UnleashedHavok says... #7

This deck looks like a lot of fun, and an incredibly interesting twist on Alesha. She is my main squeeze and my build is definitely different from you build of her. I'd like it if you would take a look Alesha, Who is Unfinished. I enjoy having different eyes look at my deck, and from looking at a few of yours I think that we could have some fun discussions. I'd also really like any input you have on my other builds when you have the time.

January 21, 2017 12:38 p.m.

Thanks for your kind words UnleashedHavok. I would be surprised if somebody else's Alesha deck resembled this one since, as you stated, it is very unique. I always enjoy looking at other interesting decks and having good discussions so I'll check them out. If you're interested in any other enchantress-themed decks, I have many of them.

January 21, 2017 3:45 p.m.

StopShot says... #9

I'd recommend Restoration Specialist over Auramancer. It can also bring back your artifacts and since sacrificing it is part of the cost for the effect it makes it easier to recur it again with Alesha.

June 28, 2017 11:41 p.m.

That's a good idea actually and I'd been looking for a use for the specialist. Thanks for the suggestion.

June 29, 2017 3:29 p.m.
July 10, 2017 4:41 p.m.

Thanks I've seen it and acquired it already.

July 10, 2017 5:05 p.m.

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This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

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Avg. CMC 3.45
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