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This is my spin on the list from mtg goldfish posted on January 2nd. It seems like a really cool list and so I wanted to build it and maybe tweak it a little bit. If you have any suggestions, please do so. The list has already had a lot of help from comment.


So the main combo in this deck is to hopefully be able to use Alesha, Who Smiles at Death to reanimate Master of Cruelties and hopefully bring their life total down to 1 with Masters effect, and then use a Lightning Bolt to finish them, or swing in for the final damage. Though you don't need to use the combo to win and can just swing in with beaters, hence the Drana, Liberator of Malakir. It's a fun deck to play, and is somewhat competitive.

I hope you all enjoy!!



-1 Forest

+1 Master of Cruelties

-1 Pia and Kiran Nalaar

  • 1 Hornet Queen


frogkill45 says... #1

Collective Brutality i added in my list, adds more discard outlet and utility. i swapped out the thoughtseize

i didnt have huntmaster so i tossed in Hornet Queen

Grim Flayer seems pretty good in this deck variant.

January 18, 2017 10:24 a.m.

miniramlok says... #2

Thanks frogkill45. You're right about Collective Brutality. I kinda forgot about the card in general honestly. I also have been trying to think about something to drop for a copy of Drana, Liberator of Malakir, any suggestions?

January 18, 2017 10:34 a.m.

frogkill45 says... #3

Honestly, i dont know how many times you were able to combo kill with Alesha, Who Smiles at Death and Master of Cruelties so maybe removing 1 Master would be helpful, Seth did state in his comments about the deck that the combo kill didnt happen to often and most of the time it came down to just swinging with beaters.

Also wanted to note that Fatal Push might also be a good swap for Terminate to help lower the curve. revolt isnt a guarantee but it is likely with 8 fetches.

January 18, 2017 10:50 a.m.

miniramlok says... #4

Yeah you're right honestly. Having Drana, Liberator of Malakir for the beaters will be nice. And I'm not sure about replacing Terminate for Fatal Push. I'll try it out and see if I like though.

January 18, 2017 11 a.m.

frogkill45 says... #5

just got my 2x Grim Flayer. Havent been having good matches with this lately, Fatal Push is everywhere i might go back up to 4x Master of Cruelties. I also thought Gonti, Lord of Luxury was an interesting splash along with Nekrataal

January 30, 2017 10:01 a.m.

railwaystation says... #6

Sekki, Seasons' Guide and Avalanche Riders seem to work well too, if you're on a budget. Of course Tarmogoyf would be great as well

January 30, 2017 2:33 p.m.

Charioteer says... #7

How about Lotleth Troll somewhere?

February 6, 2017 12:53 p.m.

miniramlok says... #8

Charioteer I'm not sure how I feel about Lotleth Troll in this deck. It's ability isn't and ETB ability and that makes him less appealing in my opinion, but if anyone else likes him they can always add him into their own deck if they want to build it. railwaystation I agree with you mostly. I like both Sekki, Seasons' Guide and Tarmogoyf. I'm not sure where I should put Sekki though and Tarm is a bit too expensive for my tastes.

February 9, 2017 9:59 a.m.

frogkill45 says... #9

Noosegraf Mob was one i considered, kinda plays like Sekki, Seasons' Guide but you can usually get a token even if he gets pathed.

February 9, 2017 10:10 a.m.

Probably leave Sekki, Seasons' Guide as a 1 of in the sb to combat Surgical Extraction against Master of Cruelties. But it is true that you need castable creatures as well because Alesha will probably hit the graveyard at some point and things get difficult without her. I would up the count for Grim Flayer for this reason.

With 8 fetches it is entirely possible to splash for a fourth color, which I would recommend Knight of the Reliquary. Can come in pretty big especially if you've been fetching and milling lands. She can also fetch Bojuka Bog for instant graveyard hate or Ghost Quarter if you need. White splash won't hurt you much since it can be used for Alesha, but it makes hard casting Eternal Witness and Drana, Liberator of Malakir more difficult. You'll probably need to take out your manlands. Arguably though you won't be casting Eternal Witness on curve (most likely see her come down in mid/late game), and if you had double black for Alesha then you'd have double black for Drana.

Also opens up a bit more sb options, Qasali Pridemage comes to mind as a recursive artifact/enchantment killer if you need it.

However I think you should still focus on getting guys out with Alesha for the fun factor but her lacking haste (I don't think its necessary to use Anger or to find ways to give her haste though) does give your opponent a chance to deal with her, because before Alesha comes in the only other creature your opponent would kill is probably Grim Flayer. So I'd expect to hard cast at least half the time and make sure I won't be doomed without Alesha.

I think you should also up your Faithless Looting to four, take out Hornet Queen, Huntmaster of the Fells  Flip, and move Maelstrom Pulse to SB, so you have 4 Lootings and 4 Grim Flayers. I think you'd have more consistency as well as a bigger tempo play early game. I really think you should put something expendable but threatening on the battlefield before Alesha comes in (Flayer and...Goyf...) so that you can play offensively, which is what Alesha wants.


Turn 1: Fetchland -> red+black/green source -> Faithless looting -> dump creature and instant in yard

Turn 2: green/black land -> Grimflayer comes in as 4/4, basically a Goyf at this point, opponent must answer. If you also ran Goyf putting a fatty down on T2 is very easy.

Turn 3: land -> Alesha, opponent has two problems now

Turn 4: do whatever you want you're pretty scary now

February 9, 2017 1 p.m.

miniramlok says... #11

railwaystation I am really glad you stumbled across this deck list. You have been a lot of help. I agree with you on that. I don't think I'll splash white personally, at least for now. The only thing I still question is what should I drop side board to move Maelstrom Pulse and Sekki, Seasons' Guide into it. For now I dropped one Fulminator Mage and one Boil but I'm not sure if that was the right move.

February 10, 2017 2:51 p.m.

Because you're running two mainboard Ghost Quarter you actually don't need three Fulminator Mages in there, I would say two is plenty. Your biggest target are the tron lands, manlands are easier to deal with since if they're activated you can just Terminate or bolt them. Maelstrom Pulse is awesome don't leave home without it, just a bit slow.

SB is really dependent on who you play with though, there are going to be some decks you're just unfavorable against and you shouldn't feel like your deck is missing something because it loses to those particular decks. So my advice is to not worry about the sideboard for now, like make up a large list of potential sideboard cards and play for a while, see which ones you tend to side in the most. I would rather save up for the Tarmogoyf tbh than to invest in sideboard, like once you have him, your main is just way stronger. But small steps lol! Just keep playing and have fun

February 10, 2017 7:31 p.m.

FAGGOTUS-REX says... #13

Maybe some Gut Shots as free bolts for ending the game?

February 21, 2017 10:10 a.m.

Slurpeee says... #14

Key to the City seems really good here, instantly throw down a creature from you hand in to the graveyard to be reanimated to join the attack with Alesha, and protect her from combat damage. Or it could work if you want something to get thru (like Master of Cruelties).

February 27, 2017 11:13 p.m.

frogkill45 says... #15

How has this deck been playing for you?

May 12, 2017 10:04 a.m.

miniramlok says... #16

frogkill45 it has played well for me. I proxied it out and play it at my LGS. It's been fun to play, and surprises a lot of people. I haven't had a lot of problems with the consistency of the deck at all, in all it's just been fun.

May 12, 2017 10:36 a.m.

Kalonian Hydra would be good and he would be insane with Sekki.

May 27, 2017 12:14 a.m.

HYDR4HUNT3R says... #18

I have been playing this style of deck as my main for the past few months. So in my opinion (with that and five dollars will get you a bottle oh nice beer depending on where you go.) the issue with this deck I find is that if you don't get the combo the deck sort of bricks. Also I don't know if you run into this problem frequently or not but a lot of the times when you play grisly salvage it mills off a bunch of your removal you need, I would just recommend bumping up to 2 Eternal witness and going down one master. also I like running this in the side board against things like wrath of god but Xathrid necromancer is sweet for that reason, thats my 2 cents. otherwise if the deck is working for you then great my dude.

July 26, 2017 2:24 a.m.

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-4 Alesha, Who Smiles at Death main
-1 Eternal Witness main
+2 Terminate main
+4 Faithless Looting main
+4 Alesha, Who Smiles at Death main
-2 Kolaghan's Command main
+2 Kolaghan's Command main
-3 Master of Cruelties main
+2 Blood Crypt main
-1 Drana, Liberator of Malakir main
-4 Wooded Foothills main
-3 Abrupt Decay main
-4 Grim Flayer main
+4 Grim Flayer main
-4 Faithless Looting main
-2 Hissing Quagmire main
+4 Grisly Salvage main
-2 Blood Crypt main
+4 Lightning Bolt main
+4 Wooded Foothills main
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