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This is my favorite deck. Alesha, Who Smiles at Death is going to come out fast, reanimating etb foodstuff to wear my opponents down. But another huge power source here are my death effects: Butcher of Malakir, Pawn of Ulamog, Falkenrath Noble, and Grim Haruspex will allow me to keep card, mana, life, and creature advantage while things like Solemn Simulacrum are repeatedly reanimated and sacced. To keep Alesha safe I use a bit of white control that works to my advantage such as Eidolon of Rhetoric which is almost harmless to me because I rarely cast more than 1 spell a turn anyway, and Stern Constable to keep mana dorks and pesky blockers pinned down while Alesha attacks. Generally I will win with etb damage, Master of Cruelties, or the Karmic Guide + Reveillark combo which can pair to make virtually infinite anything, including a deck steal with Gonti, Lord of Luxury. I've tried not to be too cookie cutter with this deck and add my own degree of combo control, please take a look, upvote and comment!

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Got my cards in! Not gonna go into all the details but the outs are: Extinction Aurelia, the WarleaderPrison TermOpen the ArmoryPilgrim's Eye Garza's Assassin Ghitu Slinger Nekrataal Scab-Clan Berserker Rakshasa's Secret Returned Centaur Anarchist

The ins are:Masako the Humorlessday of judgement Azorius Justiciar Bone ShredderDimir House GuardBig Game HunterFalkenrath NobleResolute BlademasterPawn of UlamogStinkweed Imp Balustrade Spy Treasure Hunter

I'm sure I'll get a lot of flak for taking out Aurelia, and maybe I'm overdoing the power 2 mentality for My commander, but Masako the Humorless will allow me to block with those creatures that people don't want to kill for fear of recursion like Resolute Blademaster, Stinkweed Imp and Big Game Hunter. Not to mention its flash so I could play it from my hand if needed and it's a human. Garza's Assassin was initially exciting but when I realized I could only really use it once I was immediately turned off by it. Half my life to get a murder back? No thank you.I know I just put Anarchist in, but especially with these new additions, I realized I have 5 or 6 sorceries...which are all very useful, but if I lose my mana rocks that could be a real bitch, so Treasure Hunter took its place. Feel free to debate it with me I'm open to opinions. These transmute cards that i found are extremely attractive because they'll remove themselves from my hand for 3, give me either a 4 or a 6 cost card, which I have a fair amount of, and they're useful power 2 creatures in and of themselves: Dimir House Guard gives me a sac outlet and a nice avoidance ability, and Netherborn Phalanx almost always will take 4 life at least from each opponent.Pawn of Ulamog is free mana off my creature deaths. Not colorless unfortunately but it's also token generation AND sacking for Goldnight Commander and my death triggers. Between Butcher of Malakir, Blood Artist and Falkenrath Noble I could net 2 life and 1 mana off a single creature while my opponents lose 2 life and have to sac a creature. Hell yeah!This deck is not meant to be an ally deck but I have quite a few allies I could sideboard if i decided to be more aggro with my creatures and less removal.It broke my heart but I just couldn't find a place for drana, and I traded Zulaport Cutthroat for Falkenrath, so I'm down to 3 allies here. it's tempting to put in 10 or 12 that I have but I'd be taking the spots from my removal.Anyway, the decisions are made so well see how it goes! Feedback appreciated as always

Comments

QuantumSkies says... #1

Keep in mind your deck has to align with the colors of your commander, your commander is only red, so your deck should be as well, even if she has an ability that reaches into black and white.

July 22, 2016 2:20 p.m.

QuantumSkies says... #2

I have looked around and it seems I may be wrong, there are a lot of builds with three colors and this commander.

July 22, 2016 2:27 p.m.

Beio53 says... #3

Oh absolutely, I haven't been super involved with red because I want to focus on recursion and sacrifice. I'm up for any suggestions that would make red a bit more substantial in the deck

July 23, 2016 11:50 p.m.

Beio53 says... #4

July 24, 2016 11:54 a.m.

Fijifriend0 says... #5

Sorry for the long post and I hope it doesn't sound patronizing, I've just given Alesha a fair bit of thought because I think she's super cool.

QuantumSkies EDH/Commander uses the Color Identity of your Commander Creature, not it's color. Alesha, Who Smiles at Death is a red creature, but her Color identity is Red, White, Black. This is because Color Identity is decided by all the colors that appear on the card. Alesha has Red in her casting cost and then her ability has white and black (Split symbols count as both). The color identity of all cards in your EDH deck must be a subset of the Color identity of your Commander. So Ancient Grudge which is a red card has a color identity that is Red, Green and so can't go in Alesha. The one exception to this that I am aware of is cards with extort like Crypt Ghast because the split symbol is reminder text and reminder text doesn't count as a part of the card text.

Beio53 A subtle/tricky thing to be aware of with Alesha is that cards like Ankle Shanker which says "when it attacks" mean "when it is declared as an attacker" so grabbing him with Alesha only gives you a 2/2 and doesn't give all your things first strike death touch which is sad. But there are tricks you can do with that for instance Master of Cruelties plus Alesha will straight up kill if the opponent doesn't block Master. Because it it not being blocked happens before combat damage so they're both attacking because you were sneaky then Master of cruelties isn't blocked and neither is Alesha for some reason. So Master ability triggers and opponent's health becomes 1 then combat damage and Alesha kills them. Maybe Behind the Scenes could help with that. Another good creature to sneak out could be Ebonblade Reaper it never gets declared as an attacker if you bring it out with Alesha and so you have access to his upside without any of the downside (at least the first time it comes out).

You might also want to look into a few sacrifice outlets so that you can be sure your creatures die if you for instance want the death trigger or want to reanimate them again like Priest of the Blood Rite or Nekrataal. There is Viscera Seer or Ashnod's Altar or Phyrexian Altar or Butcher of the Horde or Disciple of Bolas. Just some cards that give you control of when something dies for an advantage because you're reanimating a death is only a small setback so if you can get some advantage out of it then thats just advantage. I mean if you're sacrificing Nekrataal to Butcher so you can have lifelink and then bring it back with Alesha 10 seconds later so it's still attacking and you just gave Butcher some meaningful ability while killing a creature for 2 mana that's awesome (also a bit of a dreamland scenario). Other creatures to look into might be Karmic Guide and/or Reveillark because they can bring back targets that are bigger than 2 power but also just bring something else back. Karmic Guide especially.

Personally I also don't think Shard of Broken Glass is a strong enough engine for self mill to be used in your deck Faithless Looting gives you a little more control over what ends up in the graveyard and can also give you draw. In a bad board state you can still use it to try and put yourself in a better position.

July 24, 2016 12:11 p.m.

Beio53 says... #6

Fijifriend0 thank you for the affirmations! To be honest I've been thinking the same thing about Butcher of the Horde. I was just worried about putting more power 3+ creatures into the deck. As for Shard of Broken Glass, I understand your hesitance but personally I also love it because it's a small, but extremely cheap boost to Alesha's first strike utility. I've found when I'm playing casually that I don't truly need half my deck in the graveyard so that's why I haven't incorporated as much dredge as I could have. But I'm sure I could squeeze something like Entomb or Extractor Demon in to help if needed. I also have Ashnod's Altar and Mind Slash but I don't have much non creature recursion so I'm afraid of losing them to dredge

July 28, 2016 11:12 a.m.

Fijifriend0 says... #7

I think Butcher of the Horde is worth the risk of adding it high upside and little downside.

I hadn't noticed that about Shard of Broken Glass I'll have to give it another look, and if you like it and feel like it works that's all that matters.

If you lose your sac outlets to self mill that is unfortunate, but I don't see it as a good reason to not put it into your deck. Because anything could get milled or removed from your hand. To me at least that isn't a strong enough reason to not put them in. But, again it's your deck.

August 7, 2016 1:15 a.m.

Beio53 says... #8

Fijifriend0 I appreciate another opinion and eyes on this so thank you! I will be putting Butcher of the Horde in as soon as I look at my decks again to find a place for it. Thank you!

August 7, 2016 4:07 p.m.

Beio53 says... #9

Changes update: swapped Boros Signet for Orzhov Signet. The black/white is invaluable for Alesha's ability. Way too many times I've had just 1 less than I need for my turn but red just sitting. Perils of an unbalanced color scheme!Hanweir Militia Captain  Flip for Butcher of the Horde: this was suggested to me already, and it will make a great sac outlet while keeping a midsized creature with some additional perks as opposed to being trapped with a 2/2.Godsend for King Macar, the Gold-Cursed: this one was painful but I feel it will keep the deck balanced with another 2/2 to recur replacing hanweir. Not to mention, recurring him with Alesha and having Amulet of Vigor essentially turns him into an etb exile target creature with a mana rock:)Anger for Coalition Honor Guard: it occurred to me that I don't often cast creatures from my hand and I have almost no activated abilities that require haste (if any) and Anger requires me to keep it in my graveyard. Coalition provides me with an expendable glass shield for Alesha and buys me time while my opponents refuse to boost my creatures by default. He's a brave soul that flag bearer, it's a shame hell usually just be a meat shield haha

August 15, 2016 2:06 p.m.

Hey Beio53, it's me again. I had responded to your comment on my page, but I also wanted to drop in and comment here as well. Earlier in the thread you made comments about not focusing on red because you were wanting to have recursion and sacrifice be a big part of your deck. You also mentioned that you would like to have red show up a little more in the deck.

For the sacrifice piece, it seems like you are going about the deck very similarly to how I thought of Alesha when I first started playing her. I thought that blindly taking cards off my library to put into my graveyard with cards like Crow of Dark Tidings and Rakshasa's Secret would be beneficial for me (I had a Delirium sub-theme), but I was running into a problem; there were cards going into the graveyard I could not recur that I wanted! In my opinion, Disciple of Bolas is a better option. With him you get to sacrifice a creature to bring back with Alesha for its ETB, and potentially draw more cards than you would with the Crow! Also, more importantly, you can choose which cards go to the graveyard this way if you have to discard. I also know that you were excited about seeing Viscera Seer on my deck list and I would highly encourage you to use him, his ability is very beneficial for this type of deck. Another sac outlet that I would suggest for the type of play I feel you are going for would be Vulturous Aven. I think that if Disciple of Bolas has too high of a mana cost for you, Vulturous Aven is a wonderful trade for the Crow. I am also running many more sacrifice outlets in my deck compared to yours. My goal is to use my creatures to control the board state, not so much spells, and to use my graveyard as my own personal plaything.

As for giving red a larger presence in your deck, there are three cards I would highly recommend; Feldon of the Third Path, Anarchist, and Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker. Anarchist is an absolutely wonderful card in this build, I cannot sing his praises enough. The ability to bring back your sorceries, which you have several of, is great! When I cast Buried Alive, he is the first card I go for so that I can go back for Buried Alive again. Quick sidebar, with this strategy Strionic Resonator is invaluable so you can grab another sorcery while you're in your graveyard. Feldon of the Third Path..... to be honest, I completely disregarded him when I first started playing Alesha. I was wrong in my assessment of him for this type of deck. The ability to dig for any creature in your graveyard is AMAZING! If you consider him for your deck, I would highly highly recommend moving your Rune-Scarred Demon from maybe to mainboard. With that you would be able to bring out a token of your demon, dig for a card, AND swing for six! Then do it again next turn. Jeez, kind of feel bad for the other guy. And finally good ol' Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker. He is just great. I'm not sure I really need to go into why.

Anyway, I know I have given you a lot of info to digest. I have enabled chat with you so if you would like to chat more about Alesha, Who Smiles at Death, feel free to hit me up!

September 10, 2016 5:44 p.m.

Oops... Disciple of Bolas and Vulturous Aven have the same mana cost. Regardless, they are both good options.

September 10, 2016 6:29 p.m.

Another suggestion. I know that you like your Shard of Broken Glass, but I would suggest looking into Mask of Memory. Like Fijifriend0 said, it's your deck and your preferences....... I have just gone down the road of dredging with Alesha and I really struggled with my deck. Now that I have changed the way mine operates, I love her even more.

September 12, 2016 10:24 a.m.

Also, in your comment on my page you mentioned having Kamikaze creatures, and creatures to do some of your spells/instant work. If that is the case, I hope that you are acquiring Stingscourger and Bone Shredder. Not only are they amazing with Alesha, they also kindly kill themselves at the beginning of your next turn, triggering your Blood Artist and Butcher of Malakir.

September 12, 2016 10:38 a.m.

Beio53 says... #14

Okay, massive overhaul here. I also realized like an idiot that I didn't actually keep track of everything I took out at the time I was doing this so the list will likely have a few holes. To sum up, I focused my deck much harder on making etb and death-based creatures. Several instants, sorceries, and enchantments were removed in exchange for Alesha-recurrable creatures that do ultimately the same thing, as well as just overall upgrades for some of the creatures and enchantments. I'm also in the process of putting a few more allies into the deck to make for some clustered effects triggering all at once off of etb, but I do not have all of them that I need at the moment such as Drana, Liberator of Malakir and I removed Resolute Blademaster in that line to be put back in once I do. This deck now hates flying, but I hopefully have more damage and control of the board overall. Anyway, here's the (to the best of my memory) outs:

Resolute Blademaster Swarm of Bloodflies Skeletal Grimace Skullclamp King Macar, the Gold-Cursed Rescue from the Underworld Charmbreaker Devils Ankle Shanker Knight of the White Orchid Butcher of the Horde Unburial Rites Disciple of Phenax Sin Collector Priest of the Blood Rite Mardu Ascendancy Marshal's Anthem Akoum Refuge Millikin Elder Cathar Graveblade Marauder

And here are the ins:

Plains Tainted Field Pilgrim's Eye Burnished Hart Stingscourger Hanweir Garrison Feldon of the Third Path Anarchist Karmic Guide Goldnight Commander Auramancer Knight-Captain of Eos Mother of Runes Gift of Immortality Rune-Scarred Demon Disciple of Bolas Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip Viscera Seer Archetype of Finality Noosegraf Mob Bala Ged Thief High Priest of Penance Duergar Hedge-Mage

Maybeboard:

Tortured Existence Tuktuk Scrapper Hanweir Battlements Vulturous Aven Curse of Chaos Mentor of the Meek Blade of the Bloodchief

I'll leave the acquireboard to be looked at to avoid making this monster of a post any longer. but they're all substantially useful cards if anyone would like to peruse it to help my transitions move more quickly. As always, suggestions, comments, possible combos are always welcome and greatly appreciated. I'm extremely indecisive with my decks and constantly finding 'better' cards than what I have. Amd I now have a mostly new maybeboard since most of my maybes have been finally added in a grueling but rewarding process of staring at my broken down deck for hours making decisions.

September 17, 2016 12:38 p.m.

Hey Beio53! It's been a while. Your deck looks much different than what I remember.

So how is she treating you? I'm a little curious if you struggle with mana since you only have 31. That seems a little short. I'm also curious why you're not running Hanweir Battlements since you have the Garrison in here. I've thought about doing it myself, but don't want to give up the 2 slots for it.

I also see that you are sticking with the discard strategy. Has the increase in your scry ability allowed you to use the deck more effectively? Or are you still frustrated by throwing away cards that you want to use?

I also wanted to say I really like your choice of Azorius Justiciar and Whitemane Lion. The Justiciar is a really fun way to protect yourself from combat until the next turn just to sac him and do it again! And I know the Lion is in your sideboard, but he is a tricky way to protect Alesha and not have her cost skyrocket. On that note, I like the Skeleton Key to protect her as well.

Now I was asking about how your deck runs because it really seems to me like you would not have a reliable mana base. If you do, I would be shocked. I know you'd probably hate it, but I would suggest cutting 5-7 creatures and putting in lands instead if you are struggling with mana that is.

December 1, 2016 8:50 p.m.

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This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 3.00
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