Queen Marchesa
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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

Queen Marchesa

Legendary Creature — Human Assassin

Deathtouch, haste

When Queen Marchesa enters the battlefield, you become the monarch.

At the beginning of your upkeep, if an opponent is the monarch, create a 1/1 black Assassin creature token with deathtouch and haste.

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Last_Laugh on Last_Laugh

3 months ago

debuf I can try to help. Did you have a commander in mind already? If not, are the colors that come to mind for the strategy you're describing. Kardur, Doomscourge, Queen Marchesa, Isshin, Two Heavens as One, or even Vial Smasher the Fierce w/ someone white all come to mind depending on what route you go.

Darb_the_Bard on Buttercup: Princess Bride

5 months ago

I really want to add Queen Marchesa to the deck. I've been feeling a bit sad that we've taken out most of the small, non-legendary deathtouch creatures that were in the original list. Don't get me wrong - I think the deck is stronger for leaning more heavily into the legendary and keyword soup themes. But I also want to make sure Westley has a chance to shine, particularly if our opponents remove Odric and we need another way to get a bunch of deathtouch creatures in play. Plus, many of the deck's removal spells (fight spells) were added with the expectation that we would always have a deathtouch creatures in play: Infectious Bite, Smell Fear, and Khalni Ambush  Flip.

So if the goal is to increase our deathtouch creatures while maintaining our other themes, then Queen Marchesa seems like a great fit. She is legendary and provides three colors for Buttercup, but what I'm most excited about is that she has deathtouch herself and can create more deathtouch dudes (plus the haste she provides to the soup is a bonus). And she also introduces the Monarch upon ETB, so whether we cast her or tutor for her, she replaces herself with a card draw that turn. Then she is either creating another deathtouch creature every turn or drawing us an additional card every turn. I also feel like the Monarch is just a fun and flavorful way to play with Princess Bride cards.

I'm having trouble deciding what to take out though. Any thoughts?

legendofa on Card creation challenge

5 months ago

Rebel Against the Consulate

Battle - Siege

When Rebel Against the Consulate enters the battlefield, its defender creates a token copy of target artifact you control. Rebel Against the Consulate deals damage equal to that artifact's mana cost to target creature or planeswalker.

(5 Defense)


Aether Renegades

Creature - Human Rogue Artificer


Aether Renegades's power is equal to the number of artifacts you control.

As long as your opponents control two or more artifacts, Aether Renegades has first strike and menace.


Create a mono-black Samurai that could support either a Queen Marchesa deck or an Isshin, Two Heavens as One deck.

Unlife on BBEG Deck Ideas

6 months ago

DreadKhan It's been several years since I built and unbuilt the deck, so I can't give you specific details but when I was playing it, it just never felt smooth. Kresh would die a lot, which I expected, but the other elements of the deck never seemed to come together well, or I'd be always stuck with the wrong cards at the wrong time, or something else. In the end, I just disassembled it and built something new. Baeloth/Raised is a pretty expected synergy for obvious reason, but I think if I go the goad route, I would rather him in the 99 of a 3-color deck deck so I have some more options and flexibility.

If I do go for Queen Marchesa, I actually don't mind have the assassin's as blockers and building in some other sort of wincon. Having goad/running politics can lead to some nasty swingbacks, intentionally so in this case, so have something to disuade opponents does help.

I've played against Brago, don't want to do that again unless I'm much better prepared, but the only reason I haven't been focusing on him or Sauron is I've been trying to keep each deck to their own color set, and Grixis and Azorius have been covered by my wizard (Kess) and warlock (Hylda) designs respectivly.

seshiro_of_the_orochi Thanatis is such a fun design, and I do absolutely love spiders, so if I decide to do a second in command, Thanatis may fit the bill perfectly

Unlife on BBEG Deck Ideas

6 months ago

saluma I like Tiamat, it is 100% a DnD BBEG and dragons are big and nasty.

KBK7101 I like The Tarrasque, but it does feel kinda meh, similar to Ghalta who's very strong, but just doesn't feel as 'world-ending'. I'd forgotten the gods though, maybe some sort of aristocrats-animator thing. The captain is fun, but he has the more 'hit and run' thing going for him as a pirate.

DreadKhan I've played with Kresh the Bloodbraided before, he can be fun but he can also feel a bit clunky which was why I;d dropped him previously. Sauron, the Dark Lord has that traditional world ending feel, and his ward cost means he dodges most removal. I'd forgotten goad was a thing, it brings me back to Queen Marchesa, a more political goaded build to manipulate other decks. In terms of the decks competing against one another, I think they're fairly balanced at the moment, but they're also still being tuned and adjusted.

legendofa Well, gonna start with a massive thank you first, that's a wicked great breakdown. With this massive list, maybe I'll add a second in command deck along with the BBEG one....

I'm not worried about it being directly connected to the forgotten realms, just kinda having a DnD class/BBEG 'vibe' for lack of a better word (I mean, my paladin deck design is knight tribal helmed by Syr Cadian, Knight Owl) Among that massive list, Konda, Lord of Eiganjo, Progenitus, Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath, Umbris, Fear Manifest, Momir Vig, Simic Visionary, and Malfegor all stand out. Your dimir list also reminded me of Runo Stromkirk  Flip as a big monster summoner.

TypicalTimmy Dihada is an interesting choice, maybe a deck full of brainwashed missing adventurers. A lot of these suggestions keep leading me back to mardu, so I may take a deeper dive there.

Either way, this has been massively helpful. Course, now I have the opposite problem, so many choices to narrow down.

legendofa on BBEG Deck Ideas

6 months ago

For my breakdown here, I'm focusing on characters who are villains in their story arc and characters who don't have much specific backstory. Pretty much any legendary creature can be flavored as a villain in front of the right deck. I'm also not focusing on the Forgotten Realms sets, I'm broadening the net.

What's available:

: Eldrazi or artifacts. Most of the artifacts are either hero-aligned or not an independent threat, like Graaz, Unstoppable Juggernaut. If you want a challenge, Omarthis, Ghostfire Initiate, but I wouldn't, just for lack of depth.

: Villains are oddly centered on Old Kamigawa. Konda, Lord of Eiganjo is a near-immortal emperor and master duelist. Hokori, Dust Drinker is destroying resources and the land. And, of course, there's the apocalyptic, unrelenting evil that is Hazduhr the Abbot.

: Heidar, Rimewind Master is an elementalist fanatic. The manipulations of Orvar, the All-Form or Kami of the Crescent Moon could cause problems, as could a big sea creature like Tromokratis or Charix, the Raging Isle.

: Pretty much everyone. It's easier to count the people who aren't outright villains.

: Relatively few actual villains, but a bunch of manipulators, dragons, and angry people that could fill the role.

: A bunch of wild animals and nature types. No scheming villains, but a good selection of rampaging monsters. Meng Huo, Barbarian King would be a unique choice (if you're willing to.proxy or drop $150+).

: Polukranos Reborn  Flip is the most (only?) villainous character in these colors.

: Lots of options, from the behind-the-scenes manipulation of Lazav, Dimir Mastermind to the illithid Captain N'ghathrod, Gisa and Geralf's necromancer army, whatever Umbris, Fear Manifest is, and a lot more.

: A few options, but lots of depth in them. Insane biologist Momir Vig, Simic Visionary and his magnum opus Experiment Kraj, nature's avenger Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath, or maybe Aesi, Tyrant of Gyre Strait is flooding the area.

: A very deep and wide pool for villains. Vampires, demons, dragons, demon dragons, warlords, torturers...

: Grakmaw, Skyclave Ravager joins the ranks of the big scary monsters. A more calculating BBEG would probably be one of the death lords like Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord. Vhati il-Dal or Old Rutstein or probably more storyline villains than BBEG material.

: A very shallow pool. Storvald, Frost Giant Jarl, Rubinia Soulsinger, and maybe Falco Spara, Pactweaver or Katilda and Lier (mostly because of Lier) are the best options for an Archenemy villain. I'd throw Kros, Defense Contractor in, but goading is kind of limited when you're the Archenemy.

: This color set will probably be either a cold, distant, merciless villain or a manipulative puppet master. Raffine, Scheming Seer and Oloro, Ageless Ascetic fall into the first category, and Sen Triplets and The Ever-Changing 'Dane in the second. Varina, Lich Queen is another option for a zombie army.

: Big, angry, and violent, with some good dragons. Xira, the Golden Sting and Vazi, Keen Negotiator break out of this mold, but they strike me as more lieutenant-types, not arc villains by themselves.

: Not much; these tend to be either heroic or big smashy monsters. Uril, the Miststalker could work.

: Queen Marchesa is a classic, as you mentioned, and Edgar Markov is right there, too. Actually, this color set has some good depth and variety for an Archenemy. Some are more overtly villainous, and some are just very martial. My top picks would be Edgar, Licia, Sanguine Tribune, or Tariel, Reckoner of Souls.

: Mostly either weird esotericism or "nature's avenger" types. I don't think any of these are outright villainous in-story, but most of them have loose or vague stories. With the right deck, this could be a unique and interesting villain. Riku of Two Reflections is my top pick.

Four-color sets in general: Any of them would work, except for a couple of the .

: Use this color set if you want a truly apocalyptic feel. saluma mentioned Tiamat, which is a very good choice, and finding a way to get through Progenitus or O-Kagachi, Vengeful Kami is a story of epic scale.

Unlife on BBEG Deck Ideas

6 months ago

I've been playing around with the idea of designing an EDH deck for each class in DnD, basically a set of decks to represent an adventuring party. Each deck has a single color identity that doesn't repeat and tries to both match the commander and the theme of the class (I.E. the artificer is boros and know from making and wielding weapons like the battlesmith while the grixis wizard is know for years of magicical studies and repeatedly casting spells)

However, I've hit a roadblock in designing a BBEG deck, something that they would fight against. (If I ever build the decks, I'd also add in archenemy cards for the BBEG) I don't want to just go "Nicol Bolas" or "Phyrexian Invasion", I'd like something that feels as if it would fit easily into a, for lack of a better word, sterotypical, DnD campaign. I'd considered Queen Marchesa as a sort of assassin tribal Evil Queen thing, but it just hasn't come together.

I reach out to the hive mind for ideas, what would you make as BBEG EDH deck, and why chose that?

(I've currently used Boros, Izzet, Abzan, Esper, Golgari, Jeskai, Gruul, Sultai, Azorius, Grixis and Orzhov in my decks so far, so bonus imaginary points if your idea doesn't use those color set)

Gleeock on Crow_Umbra

1 year ago

I've been a huge fan of Extus, Oriq Overlord  Flip & Queen Marchesa. Good colors to put the pinch on some life totals.

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