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EDH Alesha, Who Smiles at Death

Commander / EDH Aggro Combo RBW (Mardu) Reanimator Weenie

Ja1n


Description

This deck 'abuses' Alesha's ability to wreck havoc on your opponents with persistent threats. It's a toolbox build so feel free to chop and change your toolbox depending on your meta.

Cards like Sin Collector are great against spell heavy decks; Bone Shredder, Nekrataal and Big Game Hunter for creature heavy decks; Gonti, Lord of Luxury is great against 'Good Stuff' decks; Thief of Blood and Vampire Hexmage are great against troublesome plainswalkers while Fulminator Mage goes well with our Avalanche Riders for troublesome lands. Leonin Arbiter and Aven Mindcensor will stop tutoring. Noosegraf Mob and Sewer Nemesis are good beaters whereas Selfless Spirit can help against board wipes or make your guys indestructible during your attack steps if you're having trouble getting through with your smaller guys. War Priest of Thune helps with enchantments while Fiend Hunter and and Tidehollow Sculler overperform when you have access to a lot of sac outlets and can permanently remove stuff.

Special mentions go to Master of Cruelties, Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit, Murderous Redcap and a sac. outlet such as Sadistic Hypnotist or Viscera Seer. Altar of Dementia is also great because it can mill you for more duders in the yard.

Master of cruelties comes in and can just kill someone, while Anafenza, Redcap and Hypnotist can combo out for the win. Mirror Entity also combo's with the redcap, but this is horrible to execute on MTGO, so he doesn't make the cut.

Sword of Feast and Famine and Aggravated Assault Combo is in the deck too but could come out for more utility cards.

People will target your graveyard so we include True Believer and would consider Aegis of the Gods and Ivory Mask to get around most graveyard hate. To the same tune, Grand Abolisher can force their hand to execute these moves sub-optimally early and prevent a player from interrupting your combo when using Sadistic Hypnotist or Aggravated Assault combo's which require sorcery speed, or using removal on your Mater of Cruelties

I haven't included an Academy Rector package because the effect requires you to exile the poor guy.

SPECIAL NOTE!: Battalion effects and other 'when X attacks' effects are no go (Eg. Tajic, Blade of the Legion and Ankle Shanker) as the creatures are never declared as attacking and battalion will not include the incoming creature.

Also with Command Tower, it will only tap for R in this deck as while Alesha is tri-color her official identity as required for the tower is only red. Better to just run a Mountain or an Opal Palace.

Panharmonicon is at home nicely in this deck alongside Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker which pair with all the ETB effects.

You can take the deck away from the toolbox approach and look for a tokens and sac. outlet deck however this has not been my goal. Look to Angel of Invention, Pia and Kiran Nalaar, Beetleback Chief, Goblin Bombardment, Ponyback Brigade, Grave Pact and Dictate of Erebos if this is more your style. In the current build I've found Falkenrath Noble and Blood Artist-like effects to be ineffectual, but could do work in more token-based build.

Another tip I've got from playing with this deck is that Wrath of God is better than Retribution of the Meek because a big cause for using a wrath will be token hordes and the latter will miss these threats so IMO, stick with the wrath and Austere Command if you want the big upside. You don't want a lot of wrath's because you are fast...ish and creature heavy.

For other forces stronger than yours, Peacekeeper is worth the investment. Refusing to pay the upkeep, swinging with Alesha and bringing it back, then using Reconnaissance to remove it from danger, means other players won't get to attack, but you still can. Or pay the upkeep and wait until a better time to attack again.

Imperial Recruiter is F#$%ing dear in paper magic, but affordable...ish on MTGO so I'll add it to the Maybeboard. It is stricly better than Recruiter of the Guard in this deck though, as the latter misses some stuff such as our Master of Cruelties, Raving Dead and Duplicant. Would probably want to run both still.

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Legality

This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 3.22
Tokens 2/2 Zombie, Liliana, 1/1 Goblin
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