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. I currently am looking for better ways to get creatures in the grave and better creatures to put in the grave when playing Alesha, so if you know of one, please say so!



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Enral says... #1

If you're helming Alesha, the new card Hope of Ghirapur will be very useful. Eldrazi Displacer will also help blink your ETB creatures incase your commander is not available to abuse them.

January 29, 2017 6:17 p.m.

Die4Dethklok says... #2

I love both of these commanders for Mardu. Alesha, Who Smiles at Death was my first commander, and I'm working on a Marchesa deck atm. I wish Marchesa and Alesha could be partnered. Haha. That would be great.

January 29, 2017 9:17 p.m.

Looks like you run a moderate sized Pillow Fort. My only suggestions at this point are High Priest of Penance and Selfless Squire. Both are powerhouses in my Queen Marchesa pillow fort control deck. You could also sift through my list, you may find something interesting. Obviously different decks with different strategies, but seeing mine through the lens of your deck may spark some cross pollination. I will look through yours for some more suggestions. Also, +1 for taking this commander in a different direction.

January 29, 2017 9:57 p.m.

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This deck is not Commander / EDH legal.

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Illegal cards Queen Marchesa , Skyline Despot
Cards 100
Avg. CMC 3.37
Tokens 1/1 Assassin, 3/3 Ogre, Monarch, 1/1 Soldier, 6/6 Dragon, Elspeth
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+1 Altar of Dementia main
+1 Malicious Affliction main
-1 Marchesa's Decree main
-1 Shimmer Myr main

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