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Marchesa: Queen of Pain (100% Altered)

Commander / EDH Aggro Control Multiplayer Pillow Fort RBW (Mardu)


Hello and welcome to my build of Queen Marchesa . This deck is a flexible toolbox deck which relies on consistency and cheap efficient threats to win. This is a deck that really never wins the game early - but works on making victory an inevitability.

The games that you can expect to play with this deck will be highly interactive and down to the wire - never boring! This deck also is not linear - every game will be different! This deck works hard to prevent yourself from dying in order to win later. Consistent yet not linear.

This deck is what I like to call the 100% 75% deck. It doesn't do anything unfair; it doesn't employ any infinite combos and it lets other players play their decks, but it is 100% built to be strong and earn every win.

You'll love this deck if:

...you like having flexibility and making tricky decisions while playing.

...you like to play proactively yet patiently.

...you like having answers to almost every situation.

...you like a consistent deck.

...you like a deck that can kill players out of nowhere.

...you like a deck that can virtually secure the win without your opponents knowing that it is coming.

...you like a deck that can recover well.

...(More than anything) you like feeling like you fought tooth and nail for / truly earned every victory!

You'll dislike this deck if you:

...like attacking with a 50/50 Dragon with trample, haste, indestructible, hexproof and horsemanship.

...like heavy creature based decks.

...like playing tribal.

...like straightforward play.

...like tripling your mana or ramping for a million lands.

...like infinite combos.

Generally speaking this deck doesn't do huge ridiculous plays, but enjoys playing lean and mean and pretty much as fair as magic can get.

This deck is also a long term altering project with my end goal being having the entire deck altered - including the basic lands. I do the alters myself so its often whenever I feel in the mood to paint. Sometimes I won't paint a single card for months, other times I'll paint 10 in a weekend. Its getting there though!

I appreciate all comments, questions and/or suggestions.


Updates Add

Only a few unexciting additions - Prismatic Vista replacing Evolving Wilds , and the new talismans likely replacing some signets.

We got two new swords - neither of which belong in this deck. Sword of Sinew and Steel is certainly closer to an inclusion - maybe if it hit a creature instead of planeswalker it would find a home here.

I am overall quite eager to see more sets like Modern Horizons which allow Wizards to push the creativity and complexity of the cards that otherwise would be out of place in Standard. A lot of cards printed in Standard which translate to EDH are simply GOOD. They have a high floor and solid ceiling, and fit perfectly into a decent range of decks. Its the equivalent of making tribal cards but instead of a creature type requirement the cards fit into a deck type. Sometimes these cards are making a wider variety of decks viable or strengthening a weak archetype which I am all in favour of, but just as often these cards are just GOOD and slot straight into a deck with those colours. So I’m keen on Wizards printing cards that don’t have an immediate and obvious home, but have lots of potential and can be used creatively, which looks like could be the idea behind Modern Horizons.

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44% Casual

56% Competitive

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Date added 2 years
Last updated 2 weeks

This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 2.75
Tokens Gold, 1/1 Assassin, None Treasure, 3/3 Ogre, Monarch
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