Marchesa's Decree

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Archenemy Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Planechase Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Marchesa's Decree


When Marchesa's Decree enters the battlefield, you become the monarch.

Whenever a creature attacks you or a planeswalker you control, that creature's controller loses 1 life.

HeavenlyAxe on Uncle Istvan and the Shadow Crew

2 months ago

I dont think I'd have any card in my deck with the sole purpose of being a blocker. Id hate it every time I drew the card.

Darkness is a fog in black

Ensnaring Bridge might work if you can play around it. Your guys are small but your buffing them.

Stuffy Doll + Pariah's Shield is cute but on their own they are sort of dead draws.

Hissing Miasma is a deterrent but not a very strong one

Crawlspace limits the number of attackers

Exquisite Blood might solve the problem in another way

Mirage Mirror acts as a great deterrent that also has a lot of utility.

Marchesa's Decree give you monarch which you can always get back so thats sweet

Revenge of Ravens meh

Davriel, Soul Broker very strong


Solemn Simulacrum the best blocker lol

Not exactly what you asked for but hopefully gave you some good ideas.

Crow_Umbra on Director Isshin's Cut

4 months ago

I think you're pretty spot on with all of those Ricccochet, except maybe Tomik. I have kind of mixed feelings on effects liked new Tomik and stuff like Marchesa's Decree. I've tried some of them out in earlier versions of my Isshin deck, but ended up removing them all. Without Isshin on field, my opponents would just tank through the regular triggers, or remove the "pillow" effect.

New Agrus Kos is cool, but I think Nelly Borca, Impulsive Accuser is also worth a look, especially if you're running other Goad effects.

Since you're already running Karazikar, I'd recommend also taking a look at Breena, the Demagogue and/or Firemane Commando to round out your combat control suite. I've really liked Breena, since I play in a fairly aggro go-wide meta. My opponents tend to let her stick around since they benefit enough from her. Once she's big enough she can snipe people pretty easily. Breena or Firemane could probably be swaps for Audacious Thief. Flying for offensive & defense are helpful, & Breena can help grow the rest of your board.

Firemane Commando & Karazikar might get swapped out for New Aurelia & Nelly Borca in my list.

Crow_Umbra on Isshin for a Fight

10 months ago

I think one easy swap that you could make that also potentially helps with the dilemma of adding in Chivalric Alliance is swapping either Eiganjo, Seat of the Empire or a basic Plains for Minas Tirith.

I've been okay so far at 35 lands. I can understand running Mass Hysteria for the mana efficiency, but giving your opponents' creatures haste runs the risk of benefiting other aggro strats, and activated tap abilities. Rising of the Day gives 17 of your 29 total creatures (including Isshin) that little additional buff.

My quick suggestions for cuts or swaps:

  • Swap either Brave the Sands or Fervent Charge for Flowering of the White Tree. Again, 17 of your 29 creatures get a couple decent buffs, and all your other creatures get a consistent +1/+1. Fervent Charge only buffs when you attack.

  • I think you can cut Revenge of Ravens for similarly stated reasons as Emberwilde Captain. Or, you could flat out swap with Marchesa's Decree if you really want to keep the effect, but still squeeze in another draw opportunity.

  • You can likely cut Vampiric Rites as you were thinking, especially if you end up adding Minas Tirith, which feels like a middle ground to Vampiric Rites & Chivalric Alliance in terms of getting the draw. Idk what land destruction is like in your meta, but Minas Tirith is also a bit more removal resistant.

  • Painful Truths can be a potential cut, or perhaps swap with Professional Face-Breaker. Face-Breaker is a combat damage trigger, but is still something you can benefit from since you want to go wide & hit face anyways.

  • More of a meta call, but you can maybe cut Vandalblast and/or Damn. I've been cutting back on board wipes in my more aggro decks in favor of more targeted removal, draw, or creatures.

  • Inquisitorial Rosette could be another cut. I've personally moved away from this card & Captain's Claws. I think they got phased out for additional creature slots. If you like it as a menace anthem, then Goblin War Drums is also an option. Ultimately up to you though.

Michigone on Isshin for a Fight

1 year ago

@Crow-Umbra - Thanks for the awesome suggestions! Marchesa's Decree is a good potential switch for Revenge of Ravens, as it gives me more card draw, and I really want to find a home for Gruesome Realization. As you pointed out, the modality is fantastic. My current meta really only has Kardur, Doomscourge as a commander for goad, and the deck is essentially just the per-con at this point, as the player is brand new to magic and bought two of the starter commander decks to play with us.

Crow_Umbra on Isshin for a Fight

1 year ago

Lookin good! If you like Revenge of Ravens and Emberwilde Captain, you might want to consider swapping Revenge of Ravens with Marchesa's Decree. Marchesa's Decree and Emberwilde Captain can work together in tandem.

Similarly, Norn's Decree is a kinda pillow fort/draw effect in a somewhat similar vein as Karazikar, the Eye Tyrant and Breena, the Demagogue. Norn's Decree might be a bit more useful if you have a lot of Goad in your meta.

Lastly, Gruesome Realization is like a Night's Whisper with the additional modal option to soften up an opponent's board before a swing, if needed.

Crow_Umbra on The Ghost of Kamigawa

1 year ago

Totally understandable Althuran. Isshin can do a lot with attack triggers, I think I should have reframed my question a bit more specifically. Are you looking to:

From my own experience playing Isshin, I think he's strongest when you focus on one of the avenues above, and sprinkle in bits of the other avenues for support, especially given what you tend to encounter in your playgroup or local meta.

Phyrexian Arena being cheaper is definitely nice. I will say though that Arena is at its best when played around turn 2-3 if you can pull it off. In later game it feels kinda clunky to wait a whole turn to draw a card, especially if you are in a position where you need answers more immediately. Tome of Legends does have the need to pay and tap to draw, but the trade off is that you can then be selective with when you draw.

All draw options have drawbacks that make them more or less reliable, as well as faster/slower. I guess it depends which potential drawbacks you are most willing to trade off for in your own play experience.

Crow_Umbra on The Ghost of Kamigawa

1 year ago

Happy to see another fresh Isshin deck. Is there a build variant of Isshin that interests you most? He has a few different routes that can be taken. Also, do you have a particular budget in mind?

I think you can add a few more draw pieces to smooth your play out:

Lmk if there's a more specific direction or feedback you're looking for.

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