This deck was made by just random collection junk. I have only traded a bit for thing and am still experimenting.

The goal is to reanimate things with big impact, and use a basic aggro strategy to outpace the competition. Example of 'big impact' Noosegraf Mob 0/0 coming in as 5/5 that leaves tokens behind.


Few changes/acquisitions I'm considering:

In - Out

Big Game Hunter - Palace Jailer : Both fall under the removal category, however BGH contributes to black devotion, and the madness is nice too.

Duergar Hedge-Mage - Arashin Foremost: The number of warriors has declined, and the need for removal is there more often than not. Will need to invest in some more "Basic Non Basics" so the Mage can be always used.

Thief of Blood - Mindclaw Shaman : While Shaman is fun at times,I feel it's very hit or miss. Thief is a meta call and I have some counter producers of my own if needed.

Buried Alive - Firemantle Mage: The lack of allies makes Mage less shiny.Buried is kind of s tutor here.

Utter End - Ruinous Path: For an extra mana we add to our available targets, also instant speed.

Swords to Plowshares - Valorous Stance : While yes, stance can be like a counterspell, swords can just get rid of things better.

Unburial Rites - Phyrexian Reclamation: Not much of a change here, just don't have to pay life but limited to 2 times. Oh and to battlefield instead of hand... always a bonus.

Terramorphic Expanse - Secluded Steppe:

Arcane Lighthouse - Scoured Barrens : Just figured the utility would come in handy. It was just lying around.

Let me know what you think, good, bad, got an alternative? All suggestions are appreciated. Happy tapping folks.


Entrei says... #1

Hmm how mean are you willing to go? Peacekeeper is very useful in Alesha, as is Master of Cruelties. Other than that it depends entirely on your approach and how competitive you are feeling

April 27, 2017 12:30 p.m.

LVL_666 says... #2

"Really liked how it plays, but looking for bigger bangs. Like a 0/0 that alesha can recur that enters 10/10 or something.": I'll toss out some recommendations and give explanations as to why or what they'd contribute:

"(Also clever name suggestion maybe": Well, seeing as your commander is Alesha, you could go with names like...

  • Hordes of the Mardu/The Mardu Hordes - generic name...not much inspired, but it's descriptive enough
  • Edicts of Ilagra - The warrior code of the mardu warriors. It applies.
  • Raider Clansmen of the Mardu - Just throwin that one out there.
  • Raiders of the Mardu - Again, tossing that out there. Depending on the timeline you like, Alesha abolished the Mardu, so this could tie into that?

As I come up with more interesting names, i'll just post them here. Hope these suggestions helped! Additionally, i'll leave what EDHREC recommends for your general. It's a great resource to use in case you weren't aware of it. Oh, and here's a +1 for ya.

April 27, 2017 4:16 p.m.

LVL_666 says... #3

So I also noticed that you have some slightly silly-ish names for your other decks...nothing as "serious" as i've suggested previously...but maybe "Raiders of the lost Mardu" might work? I love me some Indiana Jones, so eh...might be a fun name. Also, I didn't realize the obvious Synergy between Alesha and Master of Cruelties.

April 27, 2017 10:37 p.m.

Mj3913 says... #4

Raiders of the Lost Mardu sounds like an idea, though I'm not exactly searching for artifacts lol. Thanks for the suggestions, I'll watch out for them in trades.

April 28, 2017 11:21 a.m.

LVL_666 says... #5

More name ideas...

  • Carve "M" For Mardu - I like hithcock's films. Dial M for Murder was awesome.
  • Mardunonymous - a made up word...but seems fun. Yes, it's a play off of Anonymous.
  • The Barbarians Mardu - your deck name, if it was built by Wes Anderson (director of the royal tenenbaums) .
April 28, 2017 1:45 p.m.

Wolfrage76 says... #6

Throw in Harsh Mentor

Also "Who do that Mardu" :D

May 3, 2017 2:52 p.m.

xrex479 says... #7

Zulaport Cutthroat huts your opponents if creatures die. Recruiter of the Guard can find your dudes. Ashnod's Altar + Karmic Guide + Reveillark you have and infinite sac loop. If you have Blood Artist or the cutthroat you win.

May 3, 2017 3:47 p.m.

xrex479 says... #8

I realize that this deck is something you threw together with cards you had but. You don't want delve if you're playing graveyard reanimation. Murderous Cut can easily be replaced with other kill spells. You're running mardu you have a multitude of kill spells to choose from.

May 3, 2017 3:54 p.m.

Mj3913 says... #9

Found a copy of Hero's Downfall among my things to replace Cut for now anyway. Until I can get copies of better things like Path and Swords. Also thought I had a great name idea... Someone else had the idea first though... Still, I like it, it fits.

On another note, still looking for more good discard/sac effects. Played it the other day and it still feels lacking for getting things to the yard other than going all kamakazi... I mean I actually hard cast a ponyback brigade... Not cool.

May 4, 2017 9:10 p.m.

xrex479 says... #10

Buried Alive can toss three creatures into the yard. Look for the 3 combo creatures and win. Unless someone has lots of graveyard hate.....

May 4, 2017 11:54 p.m.

Mj3913 says... #11

Need opinions on the inclusion of Hazoret's Monument, and Cathars' Crusade vs Call for Unity. Also considering Dusk / Dawn.

May 7, 2017 12:03 a.m.

soul22 says... #12

First, I would cut Valor in Akros instead of Call for Unity

Second, if you can find one Purphoros, God of the Forge is nice free damage + mana sink

Third, why are you using Pilgrim's Eye and not good ol' Solemn Simulacrum ? Don't have one ?

Fourth, No Panharmonicon ?!?

If you want more idea go see my own Alesha list: Alesha aggro/attrition

May 20, 2017 9:49 p.m.

TearsInRain23 says... #13

Fetches like Entomb and Buried Alive can work wonders with your commander and be done near instantly with her ability. Illusionist's Bracers would also do you well to double that trigger. Consider focusing on your commanders abilities instead of trying to make a deck themed to something not as relevant to her playstyle.

May 21, 2017 8 p.m.

Mj3913 says... #14

TearsInRain23 Thanks for the suggestions, I will add these to the acquire list. I especially like the Bracers, ups the aggro meter a bit. Are you talking about my idea for a Zombie Sub theme? I was just looking for something to tie into the deck the could work without her... she dies alot for obvious reasons.

May 22, 2017 12:02 a.m.

TearsInRain23 says... #15

Yes that was what I meant. Zombies are best when the whole deck is meant for them. My suggestion? Take everything Alesha does into account and focus on it exclusively. She is aggressive, run aggressive creatures/ enchantments/ artifacts (Whispersilk Cloak, Fervor, Gratuitous Violence, Urabrask the Hidden). She recurs things, run recursion enchantments/ spells (Debtors' Knell, Reanimate, Marshal's Anthem, Return to the Ranks, Ravos, Soultender). She does a lot, so run protection enchantments/ artifacts/ spells. (Any of the Swords, Dictate of Erebos, Grave Pact, Archangel Avacyn  Flip)

All of this and the usual draw and mana ramp goodies. Mentor of the Meek, Phyrexian Arena, Sword of the Animist, Land Tax, Expedition Map, Sol Ring, Chromatic Lantern, Mana Flare.

May 22, 2017 4:22 a.m.

soul22 says... #16

TearsInRain23 Alesha reanimate ability is a trigger not an activated ability so Illusionist's Bracers does not interact with it.

May 22, 2017 7:09 a.m.

TearsInRain23 says... #17

@soul22: Ah, correct. The card in question is Strionic Resonator that he will need instead, not the equipment.

May 22, 2017 1:41 p.m.

D1beast says... #18

Maybe Crackling Doom for random dmg and removal?

May 24, 2017 4:39 a.m.

Mj3913 says... #19

Bit of a dilemma... I found a few cards in the 25 cent bin that looked like they could be fun, but am having trouble deciding whether they are in fact good enough, as well as what to take out. The cards in question are: Coalition Honor Guard & Stonehorn Dignitary. I also had Lieutenants of the Guard but... idk, lost it's luster I guess.

So, let me know what you think. Good? bad? ugly? lol.

June 18, 2017 3:15 p.m.

PlattBonnay says... #20

I'd replace Boros Signet with Talisman of Indulgence. You cant pay for the triggered ability with the signet, which can put you in awkward spots, and the 1 damage from the talisman is pretty negligible.

July 17, 2017 10:23 a.m.

Isaiah13 says... #21

I've seen this deck play before and it was True Conviction and Strionic Resonator that put the nail in the coffin. He would pull out two 2/2 creatures gain ten life even though one would die. But this kept adding up after three turns. Winning combination right there.

July 17, 2017 6:02 p.m.

Abhinav7354 says... #22

I think you could use Nightscape Familiar and Thunderscape Familiar because they are ramp early game and they are blockers late game.

July 24, 2017 11:13 a.m.

Mj3913 says... #23

got my hands on a copy of Dictate of Erebos... no clue what to switch. Any suggestions from the hive mind? Also... Opinions on adding an Arcane Lighthouse... think it's necessary?

July 31, 2017 10:43 p.m.

If you're looking for some high impact creatures for alesha to bring back Ignition Team Ebonblade Reaper and Raving Dead are things that usually need to be blocked. Wall of Blood Spike Cannibal Thief of Blood can be really dangerous depending on the meta

August 11, 2017 12:53 p.m.

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