People of Paliano! People of the High City!

It is my solemn duty to inform you that Brago, King of Paliano, is no more. His death shocked the city all those years ago; his spiritual continuance brought joy and relief to us all. Now, he has at last passed truly and forever beyond the veil. His long reign has come to an end, and his spirit is finally granted the eternal rest it deserves.

In his beneficent wisdom, our late king appointed a successor with the will and the strength to bring peace to his beloved city. As his designated heir, recognized by the sacred order of Custodi as his one true successor, I vow to uphold the laws of Paliano, to maintain order in the city, and to see that justice is served swiftly and even-handedly. Though I know that I will never be a worthy heir to a man whose commitment to his city transcended life itself, I must hope that, with the blessings of the Custodi, I am able to guide our fair city to a new age of prosperity. Those who might use this transition as an excuse for rebellion should know that treason will be answered, as it always has been, with the harshest punishments, while loyalty will be rewarded lavishly. May fortune smile upon Paliano!

Hail to the queen! Long may she reign!

Hot off the presses, this nasty little number aims to make use of Marchesa's card draw to keep ahead of the board and lock down early strategies long enough to establish a powerful control/prison strategy that gains incremental value and incentivizes opponents to fight amongst themselves, while the rest of the deck incorporates a hatebear/reanimator package that recurs smaller creatures repeatedly to cheat out value. Marchesa's draw provides convenient opportunities to pitch smaller creatures into the grave for later, while most of the noncreature permanents disrupt opposing wincons and give additional value.

Keypieces/Signature Cards

Alesha, Who Smiles at Death is an absolute powerhouse and serves as the alternate commander of the deck. Alesha lets us directly grab any of our bears from the grave and slap them onto the field. This opens up easy abuse of the graveyard, especially in tandem with ETB/death triggers like Solemn Simulacrum and Myr Retriever. Feldon of the Third Path lets us recur creatures as well, and while they don't stick around for long, you can grab huge creatures with powerful effects like Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite and Custodi Lich for massive value. Reveillark comes out and can be immediately sacrificed to pull utility creatures out, and can be recurred for repeated use in conjunction with cards like Feldon.

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Should the deck move to Alesha and double down on the recursion package, a much more aggressive gameplan is put into motion, with direct sac outlets such as Disciple of Bolas and Thoughtpicker Witch providing increased control over the graveyard and being viable candidates for recursion in their own right. Butcher of Malakir makes an all-star appearance, pinning down battlecruiser and zoo decks as our own dance of death thins their numbers massively. Master of Cruelties can take a player out of the game completely, and Iona, Shield of Emeria is our insurance policy against other control decks that enjoy using blue for counters or green for mana advantage.

Any and all feedback/suggestions are highly appreciated. This deck shifts between commanders quite a bit, and feedback on how the main/sideboards can be improved to better accommodate both strategies is welcome.




chapman.luke27 says... #1

Some cards like Ajani's Pridemate, Felidar Sovereign, Karlov of the Ghost Council, and Chalice of Life  Flip work great in a deck that has good, consistent life gain. I don't think you have enough other cards to support that theme, I would either cut them or add something to support that theme if that's the direction you want to go. If you do want life gain try Pristine Talisman, Auriok Champion or her budget sisters Soul Warden and Soul's Attendant, Brutal Hordechief (think he's great in your deck even if you don't go life gain), Whip of Erebos, Blood Artist, and Aetherflux Reservoir to name a few.

Also don't like Beseech the Queen in a tri-color deck, even if you got a Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth. I would definitely pay the extra mana for the budget Diabolic Tutor or if you have the cash Demonic Tutor.

Would also replace a Mountain with a Terramorphic Expanse for better color consistency.

You've got a lot of token generators along with reanimating stuff, I think Cathars' Crusade would work great with this.

Love Odric, Lunarch Marshal in this deck, you might want to add Odric, Master Tactician as a win condition.

January 9, 2017 11:18 p.m.

MarquisOfSalt says... #2

I like your deck quite a bit. It's an interesting take on Marchesa but I don't see any definite win cons in your deck. Consider adding in a Master of Cruelties or a few harder hitting creatures. I don't expect Assemble the Legion to remain on the field long enough to allow you to be able to win off it. The token aspect is alright, but it lacks the ability to hit hard and kill. If you want to keep that, consider throwing in Coat of Arms. Felidar sovereign is an interesting inclusion but he'll be hard to keep on the field for a full rotation to your upkeep in multiplayer unless you have a way to cheat him in (Vedalken Orrery or Quicksilver Amulet. If you are dedicated to the life gain mechanic, you'll need stronger pillow fort to keep it up. Toss in Authority of the Consuls for bonus life gain (This is especially useful against token decks) and consider cards like No Mercy and Norn's Annex to keep the life you're gaining. As a bonus, this makes it easier to keep the monarch to yourself.

I built my own Marchesa deck awhile back and I still make tweaks to it from time to time.

January 10, 2017 5:26 p.m.

Deepstriker29 says... #3

MarquisOfSalt thank you for your input!

The token generation is used primarily to fuel sac outlets such as Hell's Caretaker and death triggers like Zulaport Cutthroat. Do you see any ways to better enhance that? I enjoy the current sac power of the deck (especially Feldon into Myr Retriever), and want to take it further.

January 10, 2017 7 p.m.

MarquisOfSalt says... #4

I'm excited to see Orzhov advokist. I should add that to my deck... However, if you want to keep the sac mechanic going, Butcher of Malakir, Ashnod's Altar, Thoughtpicker Witch, Grim Haruspex, Dark Prophecy. Black is really good at this stuff. Solemn Simulacrum gives you a lot of value and Athreos, God of Passage keeps them coming back after your opponents start running out of life. Shivan Harvest decimates those fancy, expensive decks with lands like Gaea's Cradle. Diabolic Intent and Academy Rector is a nasty combo but I'm not sure you have any enchantments that worth warranting that amount of money. Lyzolda, the Blood Witch makes every sac have value, but for 2 mana each.

January 11, 2017 12:45 a.m.

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This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 3.48
Tokens 1/1 Assassin, 3/3 Ogre, Monarch, 1/1 Soldier, 6/6 Dragon, Nixilis
Folders The Queen
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