Alesha, Who Smiles at Death

Alesha, Who Smiles at Death

Legendary Creature — Human Warrior

First strike

Whenever Alesha, Who Smiles at Death attacks, you may pay . If you do, return target creature card with power 2 or less from your graveyard to the battlefield tapped and attacking.

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Set Rarity
Commander 2020 (C20) Rare
Mystery Booster (MYS1) Rare
Commander 2016 (C16) Rare
Fate Reforged (FRF) Rare

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Highlander Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Block Constructed Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Pioneer Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Alesha, Who Smiles at Death occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

RBW (Mardu): 0.45%

Alesha, Who Smiles at Death Discussion

Funkydiscogod on Snacks that Smile Back

3 days ago

Assuming they don't block, there is the famous one-shot kill combo with Alesha, Who Smiles at Death and Master of Cruelties.

Winota, Joiner of Forces might also be pretty good, and Agent of Treachery works with both alesha and winota.

rdean14 on Card creation challenge

1 week ago

Yore-Tiller Nephilim, which is too similar to Alesha, Who Smiles at Death, and doesn't really do respect to blue.

Anti-Green land ramp:

Jikyuta, End of Nature

Legendary Creature - Eldrazi

Devoid, Flying

If an opponent had two or more lands enter the battlefield under their control this turn, Jikyuta, End of Nature gains Flash.

Whenever an opponent casts a creature spell, they pay 3 life, discard a card, and sacrifice a creature, if they don't, they sacrifice a land.

If a land card would be put into an opponent's graveyard, shuffle that card into its owner's library.


& remain.

TypicalTimmy on What exactly is Narset's power?

3 weeks ago

seshiro_of_the_orochi, care to share where this information on her being autistic came from? I don't doubt this, but I've personally never heard of it.

I know that WOTC does represent characters in all walks of life. For example, Alesha, Who Smiles at Death is transgender.

That's not to compare autism to gender dysphoria, rather to note that WOTC is already comfortable with representing people of different walks of life - far deeper than just skintones are concerned.

mythbuster128 on Run To The Hills!

3 weeks ago

Now that's the harder part haha. I feel like Silvar, Devourer of the Free doesn't do much here. Like, yeah he gets indestructible and can be a survivor after a board wipe, but he doesn't combo with anyone else and doesn't get tribal boost. Alesha, Who Smiles at Death too. Having looked at the list and made some sums, even with 52 creatures, she only works with maybe 20? And only 10 would you actually want to be attacking, the rest you'd want staying put and being passively effective. Not good odds to me. Ulvenwald Mysteries seems to be outclassed by several other draw engines, even with the added bonus of it making humans. If it didn't specify non-tokens, I'd give it a little more thought, but since you have to pay to draw a card anyway, I'd pass

enpc on Whale Food cEDH

1 month ago

dingusdingo addressing the three bullet points:

3c FC opposed to 5c FC:

Even with a low basic land count, a 3 colour deck will always be more consistent on mana and so will have to mulligan less for a playable opening hand, statistically. Introduction of the other two colours gives you all of 2 additional tutors (Enlightened Tutor and Gamble). If that's the whole argument for running 5 colours, it seems pretty weak.

Ukkima targets on winning loop, 5c does not target:

Food chain Tazri runs 3 win conditions (which I somehow have to keep explaining to you). These are Kalastria Healer, Hagra Diabolist and Halimar Excavator. Check basically every competitive Tarzi list if you don't believe me. Of those creatures 2 of the three target. While Kalastria Healer doesn't have to target, if you exile him while tutoring for food chain then you're in the same boat. And this only really matters if your opponent responds to your combo with a Veil of Summer or Autumn's Veil.

Shave off 2 cards from core of deck by dropping card quality significantly:

So then why not have every deck just be 5C? There are plenty of very strong Sultai decks out there, I don't see how the list is "significantly dropping card quality". If you make that claim, it's on you to justify that statement, not for me to disprove it. Yes you lose access to Squee, the Immortal, but you also gain access to Aluren lines that the deck can also run.

If you say that the deck is open to critisim because it's tagged competitive, then why is your Alesha, Who Smiles at Death list not just Tymna/Tana blood pod? I mean blood pod is better and way more established. And if you want to call me out for that being a dick argument, then see your post above.

Accusing me of not reading while not knowing how either First Sliver nor Tazri works isn't a good strategy. And you should know that exactly neither of those lists run Zulaport Cutthroat as per your previous comment.

And if you feel the need to attack me on a few spelling mistakes or post my name on a "scrublord" list (which has been since taken down), then I would tell you to grow up. Unfortunately I don't think you'll take my advice, but one can hope.

GhostChieftain on Living strong to die for the cause

1 month ago

Alesha, Who Smiles at Death would be one heck of a value engine for you. Not quite card draw but it is the next best thing. Golgari Thug is also sweet for things like this.

For draw: Mentor of the Meek, Tymna the Weaver, Priest of Forgotten Gods, Yawgmoth, Thran Physician

A couple cards I would also add despite them not being humans would be Dockside Extortionist and Mayhem Devil. Dockside is great repeatable ramp, and mayhem lets you ping down problematic creatures

abby315 on Mardu Human Lock V2

1 month ago

I'm not sure I understand the inclusion of Mastermind's Acquisition and Possibility Storm in an otherwise low-to-the-ground taxes deck, but I do like the idea. If I'm not missing a kind of game-ending combo there, I would suggest going up on Thalia, Heretic Cathars (to maybe 3?).

Some other humans you might like:

Abbot of Keral Keep - card advantage!
Alesha, Who Smiles at Death - recur your Freebooters, Thraben Inspectors, Lieutenants... could be a lot of good value, and goes well with General's Enforcer!
Dauntless Bodyguard - it's aggressive and protects key cards like Lieutenant and Kudro.
Knight of the White Orchid
Kytheon, Hero of Akros  Flip
Gideon of the Trials - particularly good against Inverter combo Mardu Skullhunter
Order of Midnight
Sin Collector
Stormfist Crusader
Tithe Taker - classic Taxes-type human!
Tomik, Distinguished Advokist - aggressive and very good against Lotus combo .

Some sideboard possibilties:
Arashin Cleric
Banisher Priest
Charming Prince
Dire Fleet Daredevil
Dragonmaster Outcast
Fiendslayer Paladin
Giant Killer
Harsh Mentor
Kambal, Consul of Allocation
Lantern Scout
Robber of the Rich
Tocatli Honor Guard - obviously you'd have to side out the Freebooters, but this is very good against Inverter

After doing all this research I'm also inspired, so I might make my own list. :)

Halflingz on Queen Marchesa

1 month ago

Board wipes that seem "on theme" and white "ramp" to consider. Kaya's Wrath Fumigate Retaliate Austere Command Decree of Pain Martial Coup Merciless Eviction Descent of Dragons Angel of the Dire Hour Magister of Worth Sunblast Angel Boreas Charger Oreskos Explorer Surveyor's Scope Solemn Simulacrum Sword of the Animist Verge Rangers Smothering Tithe Sword of Feast and Famine Dowsing Dagger  Flip

Queen Marchesa doesn't have a clear single way to build so you have lots of options. However, I feel like said you want to play her like the Kween she is and create a royal court full of politicin' and group interaction to make all the boys whine. I don't think you want to discourgage people from taking the monarch from you, more encourage them to swing others IE: NO Ghostly Prisons, YES Teysa effects. Punish the ones who swing you only after the fact and reward the ones who swing others. There is a lot listed!

Politic theme links to Scryfall searches Monarch, Will of the Council, Council's Dilemma, Join Forces, Curses, Tempting offer, Goad

You will also want to get retake the throne each turn and lets face it, the Assasin's won't always get through Dauthi Embrace Dauthi Trapper Nether Shadow Nether Traitor Soltari Visionary Changeling Outcast Tormented Soul Break Through the Line Ferropede Gingerbrute Key to the City Whispersilk Cloak Trailblazer's Boots Zhang He, Wei General Yellow Scarves Cavalry Wei Night Raiders Wei Scout Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed Lu Bu, Master-at-Arms Guan Yu, Sainted Warrior Shadow Alley Denizen

Finally here are some other fun interactions befitting the royal court. Crown of Doom Kor Haven Cathars' Crusade Electropotence + Pandemonium (Nasty with deathtouch) Field of the Dead Mentor of the Meek In the Web of War Mace of the Valiant Ogre Battledriver Orc Sureshot Mathas, Fiend Seeker Master of Cruelties Anya, Merciless Angel Tree of Perdition Alesha, Who Smiles at Death Ashling, the Extinguisher Azra Oddsmaker Aurification Bloodforged Battle-Axe Contested War Zone Thaumatic Compass  Flip Dread Elbrus, the Binding Blade  Flip Iroas, God of Victory Aurelia, the Warleader Gisela, Blade of Goldnight Five-Alarm Fire Hellrider Hixus, Prison Warden Larceny Necropolis Regent No Mercy Phage the Untouchable Quietus Spike Skeleton Key Throat Slitter Varchild, Betrayer of Kjeldor Vraska, Scheming Gorgon Scourge of the Throne Akroan Horse Captive Audience Goblin Spymaster Forbidden Orchard Clackbridge Troll Hunted Dragon Hunted Lammasu Hunted Horror

Theme directions to explore? Lifegain to stay above the swings? Angelic Chorus Answered Prayers Anointer Priest Authority of the Consuls Ayara, First of Locthwain Daxos, Blessed by the Sun Healer of the Pride Impassioned Orator Pious Evangel  Flip Soul's Attendant Soul Warden Archangel of Thune Suture Priest Ajani's Welcome Dawn of Hope Deathgreeter Exquisite Blood Epicure of Blood Falkenrath Noble Karlov of the Ghost Council Noble Purpose Righteous Cause Sanguine Bond Searing Meditation Seraph Sanctuary Serene Steward Shattered Angel Spirit Loop Sun Droplet Vizkopa Guildmage Well of Lost Dreams Alhammarret's Archive Licia, Sanguine Tribune Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim Eternity Vessel Chalice of Life  Flip Resolute Archangel Storm Herd Felidar Sovereign Divinity of Pride Serra Ascendant

Aristocrats of the Court (slow life drain strategy)? Bastion of Remembrance Corpse Knight Impact Tremors Purphoros, God of the Forge Blood Artist Zulaport Cutthroat Outpost Siege Bontu's Monument Brutal Hordechief Campaign of Vengeance Cliffhaven Vampire Cruel Celebrant Kambal, Consul of Allocation Polluted Bonds Retreat to Hagra Vindictive Vampire revenge Sorin, Grim Nemesis Judith, the Scourge Diva Stalking Vengeance Syr Konrad, the Grim

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