"The traitors want my city ... but I'll give them naught but ashes."

  • Aerys II Targaryen the Mad King, A Song of Ice and Fire: A Storm of Swords

The King is dead (well, deader and for good this time), long live the Queen! After usurping the throne from Brago, the Blink King, Queen Marchesa wastes no time in asserting her dominance and right to rule...and she is making sure not to go down like her predecessor! With capable allies and strong protection, queen Marchesa is ready to defend her crown by any means necessary, even if it means becoming a queen ruling over ashes!

Main focus of the deck is to build pillow fort to protect you and prevent opponents from attacking or at least slowing down their attacks. Ghostly Prison / Windborn Muse provide excellent protection under right circumstances since their tax effect forces opponents choose between either using their resources to attack you or play their own spells. Most often your opponents have to or will decide to attack someone else.

Similarly works Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs which gives you 3/3 tokens for each attacking creature that you can use as blockers if they don't pay 3 mana for each attacker. While it won't stop creatures with evasion from attacking you like some other pillow fort pieces, it still gives you a decent size creatures that you can use to build an army to attack or intimidate your opponents from attacking in future.

Really flavorful piece for the deck is No Mercy since it suits this Queen Marchesa's personality well. Creatures may still attack you but if they do, they get destroyed the moment they deal damage to you. Another flavor inclusion is Marchesa's Decree that drains your opponents one life for each creature they attack you with (there exists a better version of this effect but this card is more flavorful and it gives Monarch on ETB).

Crawlspace won't sadly work against Voltron style decks but it works marvellously on any deck focusing on building wide creature army. You just need couple blockers to keep away the two creatures that are able to attack and you will be fine.

In addition to pillow fort, this deck has many other means to protect the monarch, be it you, Marchesa or the Monarch token. A real flavor move is never allowing your opponents to get your Monarch token.

Best card to protect your Monarch token is Delaying Shield. While it does not stop opponents from attacking and hurting you (and its damage prevention is minimal) it does stop opponents from stealing your Monarch token since they no longer deal combat damage to you. It also prevents commander damage.

Comeuppance / Deflecting Palm are fun instants to surprise your opponents with. The first works really well if opponent is storming off with damage coming to you or running at you with a big army, the second works well protecting against one big damage source from a spell or a creature. They both not only prevent the damage but send it back to their source!

Similarly good damage prevention are Selfless Squire and Gideon's Sacrifice, though these do not have the added spice of using your opponents tactics against themselves.

Talking about spice and using your opponents tactics against themselves, Backlash / Delirium will be really nasty surprises to your opponents who play huge creatures (just imagine targeting an opponent's Blightsteel Colossus with these!) and will show them their proper place.

Deflecting Swat allows you to snatch your opponent's targeting spell or ability and redirect it to a new more suitable target. It essentially works also as a red counterspell to counterspells your opponents cast (you cast something, they in response cast a counterspell and in response to the opponent's counterspell you cast Deflecting Swat targeting that counterspell and it changes to counter your Deflecting Swat instead the first spell you casted).

In a sad case that you do end up losing the Monarch token (shame on you!), there are couple of ways to get it back. Soltari Visionary has built-in rare evasion that practically makes it unblockable while Rogue's Passage does make any of your creatures unblockable.

Skyline Despot / Thorn of the Black Rose gives you the Monarch token back on ETB trigger, same as your commander, Queen Marchesa. Though it is little unorthodox flavor wise, sometimes it is actually a good strategy to allow your commander to die or at least let your enemies assume she is dead, "The rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated" after all. By allowing Queen Marchesa go back to the command zone, you can cast her again and gain back the Monarch token without having to attack and deal damage.

All the defenses and protection so far has lead to this, the Endgame! While your opponents have been busy trying to get to you, you have been drawing cards, looting and assembling a board state to unleash your master plan: a truly terrifying world ending combo of Worldgorger Dragon + Animate Dead that causes your opponents to burn with any of the following cards:

Or, if you are a sore loser who is unable to get the final combo piece, you can just animate the nightmare dragon and make everyone lose by making the game tie since there is no stopping the combo (unless one of your opponents has a target removal at instant speed) after it gets going.

Cards have been grouped by custom order.

Comments on the deck are welcome!


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This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Rarity (main - side)

11 - 0 Mythic Rares

48 - 0 Rares

16 - 0 Uncommons

13 - 0 Commons

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 3.61
Tokens 1/1 Soldier, 3/3 Ogre, 6/6 Dragon, Monarch, 1/1 Assassin
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