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Play for Power | Black Rose Wizardball Primer

Commander / EDH Combo Competitive Control Primer UBR (Grixis) Wizards





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"Those who seize power must have the means to hold it."

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This deck began as a pure aristocrats value build, focused around cards like Grim Haruspex and Flayer of the Hatebound. Over time, my meta became more and more competitive and my original aristocrats strategy wasn't able to match faster, more resilient decks.

Instead of shifting this deck to the typical Grixis cEDH staples, Kess, Dissident Mage and Inalla, Archmage Ritualist, I decided to dedicate myself to creating my own unique competitive strategy and keeping Marchesa, the Black Rose as the commander.

Marchesa, the Black Rose's last ability is particularly potent and the primary reason I run her over other Grixis commanders. Recurring creatures repeatedly can be quite powerful, especially if those creatures have abusable ETB effects.

Cobblepott's Derevi Wizardball deck (Derevi Wizardball) was a big inspiration as I transitioned this build from mid-power goodstuff towards fringe cEDH. Cobblepott's build blends Wizard tribal themes with competitive combo lines and I knew Marchesa had the capability to pull off something similarly unique.

One of this decks potent synergies is to set up a board of powerful wizards such as Spellseeker or Dreadhorde Arcanist, utilizing Marchesa's dethrone ability, and sac outlets, to abuse ETB triggers and repeatedly cast powerful removal, tutors, wheels and cantrips from my graveyard.

Essentially, this deck is a massive wizard toolbox.

Win Conditions

Notion Thief / Narset, Parter of Veils + Windfall / Wheel of Fortune

- Empty my opponents hands and fill mine with 20+ cards. This doesn't outright win the game but it's powerful enough to draw me into the pieces I need to execute any of my other combos.

Dualcaster Mage + Twinflame

- Cast Twinflame targeting any creature on my board, hold priority and respond with Dualcaster Mage. Dualcaster enters and makes a copy of Twinflame, Twinflame makes a new Dualcaster Mage, rinse and repeat until you have 10,000+ hasty Dualcasters.

Thassa's Oracle + Demonic Consultation/Tainted Pact

- This one doesn't need much explanation, by far the most overplayed but efficient combo in all of Commander.

Thank you for checking out my decklist! I'll be adding more to the description in the near future so stay tuned! +1's and feedback are greatly appreciated!


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94% Competitive

Date added 1 year
Last updated 4 weeks

This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Rarity (main - side)

9 - 0 Mythic Rares

52 - 0 Rares

22 - 0 Uncommons

14 - 0 Commons

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 1.99
Tokens None Copy Clone, None Treasure, 1/1 Spirit, Jace, 1/1 Bird
Folders Uncategorized, Grixis
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