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Is This Heaven or Is This Hell? (Queen Marchesa)

Commander / EDH Aikido Combo Death and Taxes Pillow Fort RBW (Mardu) Stax



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An optimized casual Queen Marchesa list that runs packages of pillow fort, death and taxes/stax, pure politics, aikido, and combo cards. This is heaven for you, and truly hell for your opponents!

Below is a brief summary of the deck, enjoy!

This runs the standard pillow fort package that typical Queen Marchesa decks run in Sphere of Safety, Ghostly Prison, and Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs among other cards.

Our death and taxes/stax package includes Aven Mindcensor, Blind Obedience, Grand Abolisher, Kambal, Consul of Allocation and a few more.

Queen Marchesa is a political commander by nature, so we run cards like Disrupt Decorum, Duelist's Heritage, Gisela, Blade of Goldnight (which is also part of the pillow fort package), and Xantcha, Sleeper Agent to spice up the game.

The aikido package is Stolen Strategy as well as Animate Dead and Necromancy which can both steal enemies dead baddies. They can also be recurred with Sun Titan.

And our combo package is small because combo makes for boring games (but can win the game out of nowhere) and it consists of these:

Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker and Restoration Angel which produces infinite copies of Restoration Angel.

Our next infinite combo is Heliod, Sun-Crowned with Walking Ballista resulting in infinite pings and life.


We run Crucible of Worlds to synergize with Stripmine, Wasteland, Armageddon (IF you choose to play it), our Horizon lands, and our fetchlands.

And finally, we run Sunforger and Mistveil Plains allowing for recursive or less cmc or colored instants, such as Path to Exile, Anguished Unmaking, or Chaos Warp.

As far as main win conditions go, our inclusions are Luminarch Ascension, Bloodchief Ascension, ^^ our combos ^^, and Disrupt Decorum.

If you like the deck please leave an upvote and also please leave any suggestions or advice down in the comments for me as I am always looking to improve this deck! Thanks!


Updates Add

The new combo of Heliod, Sun-Crowned and Walking Ballista could be a cool addition. Please post thoughts in comments.



86% Competitive

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Date added 2 months
Last updated 1 month

This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Rarity (main - side)

12 - 0 Mythic Rares

67 - 0 Rares

15 - 0 Uncommons

2 - 0 Commons

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 3.00
Tokens 1/1 Spirit, 1/1 Assassin, None Treasure, 3/3 Ogre, Monarch, None Copy Clone, 4/4 Angel, 1/1 City's Blessing
Folders Mardu EDH, inspiration, Decks I Like, Uncategorized, Combo Deck, EDH
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