Marchesa, the Black RoseText:
“Dethrone (Whenever this creature attacks the player with the most life or tied for most life, put a +1/+1 counter on it.)
Other creatures you control have dethrone.
Whenever a creature you control with a +1/+1 counter on it dies, return that card to the battlefield under your control at the beginning of the next end step.”Overview:
What a classy lady. Although to be totally honest, she’s also kinda terrifying. See that guy on laying on the back table? He’s dead because of her. And her abilities are pretty freaking great. She’s a great commander with abilities that work well in Grixis colors.Uses:
Marchesa has so many uses! There’s a lot of support for +1/+1 counters in Grixis colors: Blue from Simic, Black from Abzan, and Red from Rakdos. Utilizing Unleash, Outlast, and Evolve, you can have a near indestructible army. And that’s just the first layer of her. Let’s take a look!Honorable Combos:
-Flayer of the Hatebound: Whenever you get a creature back from the graveyard, you get free damage. Mix in with Marchesa, and you have a recipe for disaster.
-Grave Betrayal: When an opponents creature dies, you get to steal it. As an added bonus, it gets a +1/+1 counter. This is good in its own rite, but it combos well with Marchesa. Sacrifice one of the creatures you stole, and return it under your control, permanently!
-Mikaeus the Unhallowed: I don’t think I have to explain this one. Just go read the card. Do I hear an invincible army? I think I do.
-Unspeakable Symbol: Each aspect of this simple card is perfect with Marchesa. Pay 3 life to stay below an opponents life and keep Dethrone activating, and put a +1/+1 counter on a creature to make it unkillable.
-Cytoplast Manipulator: This allows for the same mechanic as Grave Betrayal. Keep +1/+1 counters on her to throw them at opponents creatures, then steal the creature and sacrifice them to take them permanently!Conclusion:
I love Marchesa. Flavorwise AND in use she’s awesome as a commander. The more cards I found for her, the harder it was to keep the Honorable Combos section short. Hopefully this helped you look into a potential Grixis commander, because she’s certainly worth consideration!
If you have a question or comment, or if you play with Marchesa, shoot me an ask!