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No sweat UnleashedHavok, always willing to provide a different perspective. My Buried Alive piles really depend on the board and my mood. If I want to be goofy I'll get Crypt Champion, Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip, and Anger, using the Crypt Champion + Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip interaction I mention in my primer. If I need to respond to the board, I choose one of my myriad toolbox answers and then usually fun value cards such as Gonti, Lord of Luxury or Stoneforge Mystic. If I have Living Death in hand I'll grab Anarchist, Mindless Automaton, and Golgari Thug and I'll go all in on the reanimation plan.

This right here is exactly why I love this deck so much. There are always so many options, and I rarely get the same pile twice. I feel like this is the best way to really embrace the singleton nature of EDH.

May 17, 2017 4:03 p.m.

Thanks for the response UnleashedHavok!

After reading your explanation of Doomed Necromancer I could definitely see it being a powerhouse in your deck. I picture activating it to return Sun Titan which brings your Necromancer back, then activating it again (because Anger is in your graveyard) to return literally anything, then attacking with Sun Titan and bringing him back again. That sounds incredible.

I'll probably evaluate my list to see if I think Feldon is worth it. There are a few changes that are in the works right now, so after that maybe I'll sneak him in.

Good call on Gray Merchant of Asphodel. It's probably a little too cute for my deck outside of combos, but I don't need another infinite damage combo piece. I'd rather have a toolbox of options instead of that redundancy. I've been toying with the idea of a life drain style list with things like Pontiff of Blight, Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim, and Karlov of the Ghost Council. Gary would probably find his way in that list, but not my current one.

I've been thinking about Stingscourger for a while now. My roommate has an Ephara, God of the Polis deck that uses Reflector Mage to great effect and it always has me thinking about the tempo you gain by bouncing someone's general or another key creature. Seems like it'd be worth a shot.

Thalia, Guardian of Thraben seems like it would be better in a list with a more dedicated tax strategy than either of ours. Throw in things like Vryn Wingmare, Leonin Arbiter, and similar guys and you've got yourself a deck. I think that just throwing one or two in the list makes it a little clunky. My list kind of likes the idea though, because I regularly find myself not playing spells at all, but using all of my mana on various abilities. I'll think about it a bit more.

If I had more ways to recur cards (mostly Crucible of Worlds) I would probably run Grenzo, Dungeon Warden. However, as it is I don't want to risk losing something that I can't get back like Cabal Coffers.

May 17, 2017 7:58 a.m.

Thank you so much for your feedback UnleashedHavok and for reading through my primer! I'm glad you enjoyed it. I appreciate the link to the Marchesa list, it seems pretty cool. If I ever take my lady Alesha apart (unlikely!) I will probably end up building a similar list to this one.

So with regards to your first question, I make a ton of questionable decisions when I build decks. My meta isn't super competitive so I can usually get away with running a few goofy cards. Squee originally was one of those decisions, but he has put in so much work that now he's one of my favorite cards to see. He makes Alesha unblockable every turn with Key to the City, returns key creatures with Tortured Existence, and provides one-sided advantage with Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip. It's a very innocuous card that provides a ton of value if left unchecked.

Grim Haruspex is another all-star. With Karmic Guide, Reveillark, and a sacrifice outlet, you draw your entire deck, but infinite combos are boring. More interesting are protracted synergies like Grim Haruspex + Golgari Thug + Phyrexian Altar. With both creatures on the field, you sacrifice Golgari Thug and put a different creature from your graveyard on top of your library, then replace the draw trigger with dredge. This puts the Thug into your hand and effectively mills you by three. Now you have one mana floating due to the Phyrexian Altar, so you only need one more to recast the Golgari Thug and do it all again. This lets you mill cards until you run out of mana or find a creature that you want to actually draw/reanimate, which is incredibly powerful. On top of this interaction, creatures die all the time in this deck and we are more than happy to draw for their trouble.

Your assessment on Sunforger is spot on. The effect is incredibly powerful but costs way too much mana. As I mentioned before, my meta isn't too competitive, so I don't feel bad running a fun card like this. It's been on the chopping block before and will probably be removed soon, but for now I'm content leaving it.

That's enough about my deck though. I've been looking through yours and I have a few questions for you. How have Doomed Necromancer, Feldon of the Third Path, Gray Merchant of Asphodel, and Stingscourger worked for you? I've considered all of these cards in the past but have yet to take them out for a spin. As a fellow Alesha player, have you considered Thalia, Guardian of Thraben or Grenzo, Dungeon Warden? If so I'd love to hear your take on them!

Thanks again for looking through my list, I hope I provided some useful insight :)

May 15, 2017 2:17 p.m.

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