Commander of the Week

Queen Marchesa

Sorry I haven’t done one of these for a while, so this one’s a little bit late. University Preparations have taken up most of my last few weeks and I haven’t really had time to write anything or even build or play any new decks. This one is my favorite multiplayer deck at the moment and it utilizes one of my favorite archetypes; Pillowfort. Quick note: I think Leovold is cool, but I don’t think I will ever put him together, because I have only seen one unpleasant strategy for him, without much deviation in that strategy. It’s always, tutor for Teferi’s Puzzle Box or Jace’s Archivist and then, when Leovold’s in play you have no hand for the rest of the game and then he’s almost impossible to deal with. I find Queen Marchesa makes a much more enjoyable game.

Taking the Throne 

 Queen Marchesa, is among one of the cards that introduces a Monarch to the game. It’s an interesting mechanic, because after one has been introduced there is a monarch for the duration of the game. I have managed to maintain the crown for an entire game before. Other good cards that introduce a Monarch include Protector of the Crown, Custodi Lich, Marchesa’s Decree and Skyline Despot among others. These cards will immediately give you the crown without dirtying your hands. There are cards in other colors that make you the monarch, but they are not relevant here.

The Goal: Keeping the Crown 

Having the crown has one benefit on its own, you can draw an additional card in your end step. Other cards make having the crown better and then there are some that improve when an opponent has it. Protector of the Crown and its cousin from Ravnica; Palisade Giant are both ways of preventing the crown from being taken from you by absorbing all the damage dealt to you. Marchesa’s Decree along with similar cards like Blood Reckoning and Hissing Miasma, provide a small deterrent for attacking you, by causing your opponents to lose life whenever a creature they control attacks you. Of course then there are some of my favorite cards; Sphere of Safety, Ghostly Prison and Norn’s Annex that also prevent large numbers of creatures from attacking you. With all this defense you will never lose that crown. 

Extra Protection: Big Blockers and Fog  

I did think about putting Fog abilities in here and I may add a few of the better ones, but I currently don’t have any in my deck. I do have some creatures that get bigger when blocking creatures. Some good examples include Guardian of the Gateless, Hundred-Handed One and Fumiko, the Lowblood. Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs is a good creature to stop creatures without trample, as it pumps out 3/3 ogre tokens for each attacking creature unless its controller pays 3 mana for each attacking creature to prevent it, which is really good for stopping whole barrages of creatures. 

Royal Colors

 Marchesa’s new colors allow for some really big support creatures such as Angel of Despair, Ashen Rider, Archangel Avacyn and Gisela, Blade of Goldnight. It also allows for some great removal such as Anguished Unmaking, Utter End, Merciless Eviction and Terminate. It’s for these reasons that I love Mardu so much. 

And Finally… 

The only land to note here is Mystifying Maze which deters your opponent from attacking with only one creature and it is, more often than not, overlooked. The lands I have used to fuel this deck are pretty standard, with fetches, shocks, checks, scry lands and even pain lands for all my fixing needs. I will post the list for this one shortly. I do hope you find this article both helpful and enjoyable. Until next time, Happy Deck Building.