Marchesa, the Black Rose Commander deck


Deck Overview

Command the game with the Marchesa the Black Rose Commander Deck, an intricate yet aggressive strategy that revolves around cunning synergies and relentless recursion to outmaneuver opponents and ensure dominance on the battlefield.

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Main deck

Commander

Marchesa, the Black Rose - MTG Card versions

Marchesa, the Black Rose

Creatures (23)

Bloodflow Connoisseur - MTG Card versions

Bloodflow Connoisseur

Quantity: 1
Bloodthrone Vampire - MTG Card versions

Bloodthrone Vampire

Quantity: 1
Captivating Crew - MTG Card versions

Captivating Crew

Quantity: 1
Carrion Feeder - MTG Card versions

Carrion Feeder

Quantity: 1
Chasm Skulker - MTG Card versions

Chasm Skulker

Quantity: 1
Dominus of Fealty - MTG Card versions

Dominus of Fealty

Quantity: 1
Drana, Liberator of Malakir - MTG Card versions

Drana, Liberator of Malakir

Quantity: 1
Falkenrath Aristocrat - MTG Card versions

Falkenrath Aristocrat

Quantity: 1
Gisa, Glorious Resurrector - MTG Card versions

Gisa, Glorious Resurrector

Quantity: 1
Grim Haruspex - MTG Card versions

Grim Haruspex

Quantity: 1
Hagra Constrictor - MTG Card versions

Hagra Constrictor

Quantity: 1
Iron Apprentice - MTG Card versions

Iron Apprentice

Quantity: 1
Juri, Master of the Revue - MTG Card versions

Juri, Master of the Revue

Quantity: 1
Mahadi, Emporium Master - MTG Card versions

Mahadi, Emporium Master

Quantity: 1
Mind Flayer - MTG Card versions

Mind Flayer

Quantity: 1
Nightscape Familiar - MTG Card versions

Nightscape Familiar

Quantity: 1
Oona's Blackguard - MTG Card versions

Oona's Blackguard

Quantity: 1
River Kelpie - MTG Card versions

River Kelpie

Quantity: 1
Solemn Simulacrum - MTG Card versions

Solemn Simulacrum

Quantity: 1
Stalking Vengeance - MTG Card versions

Stalking Vengeance

Quantity: 1
Thundering Raiju - MTG Card versions

Thundering Raiju

Quantity: 1
Viscera Seer - MTG Card versions

Viscera Seer

Quantity: 1
Zara, Renegade Recruiter - MTG Card versions

Zara, Renegade Recruiter

Quantity: 1
Bloodflow Connoisseur - MTG Card versions

Bloodflow Connoisseur

Quantity: 1
Bloodthrone Vampire - MTG Card versions

Bloodthrone Vampire

Quantity: 1
Captivating Crew - MTG Card versions

Captivating Crew

Quantity: 1
Carrion Feeder - MTG Card versions

Carrion Feeder

Quantity: 1
Chasm Skulker - MTG Card versions

Chasm Skulker

Quantity: 1
Dominus of Fealty - MTG Card versions

Dominus of Fealty

Quantity: 1
Drana, Liberator of Malakir - MTG Card versions

Drana, Liberator of Malakir

Quantity: 1
Falkenrath Aristocrat - MTG Card versions

Falkenrath Aristocrat

Quantity: 1
Gisa, Glorious Resurrector - MTG Card versions

Gisa, Glorious Resurrector

Quantity: 1
Grim Haruspex - MTG Card versions

Grim Haruspex

Quantity: 1
Hagra Constrictor - MTG Card versions

Hagra Constrictor

Quantity: 1
Iron Apprentice - MTG Card versions

Iron Apprentice

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Juri, Master of the Revue - MTG Card versions

Juri, Master of the Revue

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Mahadi, Emporium Master - MTG Card versions

Mahadi, Emporium Master

Quantity: 1
Mind Flayer - MTG Card versions

Mind Flayer

Quantity: 1
Nightscape Familiar - MTG Card versions

Nightscape Familiar

Quantity: 1
Oona's Blackguard - MTG Card versions

Oona's Blackguard

Quantity: 1
River Kelpie - MTG Card versions

River Kelpie

Quantity: 1
Solemn Simulacrum - MTG Card versions

Solemn Simulacrum

Quantity: 1
Stalking Vengeance - MTG Card versions

Stalking Vengeance

Quantity: 1
Thundering Raiju - MTG Card versions

Thundering Raiju

Quantity: 1
Viscera Seer - MTG Card versions

Viscera Seer

Quantity: 1
Zara, Renegade Recruiter - MTG Card versions

Zara, Renegade Recruiter

Quantity: 1

Sorceries (9)

Besmirch - MTG Card versions

Besmirch

Quantity: 1
Furnace Reins - MTG Card versions

Furnace Reins

Quantity: 1
Mark of Mutiny - MTG Card versions

Mark of Mutiny

Quantity: 1
Mass Mutiny - MTG Card versions

Mass Mutiny

Quantity: 1
Press into Service - MTG Card versions

Press into Service

Quantity: 1
Spark Harvest - MTG Card versions

Spark Harvest

Quantity: 1
Traitorous Blood - MTG Card versions

Traitorous Blood

Quantity: 1
Traitorous Greed - MTG Card versions

Traitorous Greed

Quantity: 1
Wrangle - MTG Card versions

Wrangle

Quantity: 1
Besmirch - MTG Card versions

Besmirch

Quantity: 1
Furnace Reins - MTG Card versions

Furnace Reins

Quantity: 1
Mark of Mutiny - MTG Card versions

Mark of Mutiny

Quantity: 1
Mass Mutiny - MTG Card versions

Mass Mutiny

Quantity: 1
Press into Service - MTG Card versions

Press into Service

Quantity: 1
Spark Harvest - MTG Card versions

Spark Harvest

Quantity: 1
Traitorous Blood - MTG Card versions

Traitorous Blood

Quantity: 1
Traitorous Greed - MTG Card versions

Traitorous Greed

Quantity: 1
Wrangle - MTG Card versions

Wrangle

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Instants (11)

Abrade - MTG Card versions

Abrade

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Altar's Reap - MTG Card versions

Altar's Reap

Quantity: 1
Costly Plunder - MTG Card versions

Costly Plunder

Quantity: 1
Counterspell - MTG Card versions

Counterspell

Quantity: 1
Feign Death - MTG Card versions

Feign Death

Quantity: 1
Fling - MTG Card versions

Fling

Quantity: 1
Nasty End - MTG Card versions

Nasty End

Quantity: 1
Reckoner's Bargain - MTG Card versions

Reckoner's Bargain

Quantity: 1
Terminate - MTG Card versions

Terminate

Quantity: 1
Undying Malice - MTG Card versions

Undying Malice

Quantity: 1
Village Rites - MTG Card versions

Village Rites

Quantity: 1
Abrade - MTG Card versions

Abrade

Quantity: 1
Altar's Reap - MTG Card versions

Altar's Reap

Quantity: 1
Costly Plunder - MTG Card versions

Costly Plunder

Quantity: 1
Counterspell - MTG Card versions

Counterspell

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Feign Death - MTG Card versions

Feign Death

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Fling - MTG Card versions

Fling

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Nasty End - MTG Card versions

Nasty End

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Reckoner's Bargain - MTG Card versions

Reckoner's Bargain

Quantity: 1
Terminate - MTG Card versions

Terminate

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Undying Malice - MTG Card versions

Undying Malice

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Village Rites - MTG Card versions

Village Rites

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Artifacts (16)

Arcane Signet - MTG Card versions

Arcane Signet

Quantity: 1
Ashnod's Altar - MTG Card versions

Ashnod's Altar

Quantity: 1
Chromatic Lantern - MTG Card versions

Chromatic Lantern

Quantity: 1
Commander's Sphere - MTG Card versions

Commander's Sphere

Quantity: 1
Dimir Locket - MTG Card versions

Dimir Locket

Quantity: 1
Dimir Signet - MTG Card versions

Dimir Signet

Quantity: 1
Izzet Locket - MTG Card versions

Izzet Locket

Quantity: 1
Izzet Signet - MTG Card versions

Izzet Signet

Quantity: 1
Obelisk of Grixis - MTG Card versions

Obelisk of Grixis

Quantity: 1
Rakdos Locket - MTG Card versions

Rakdos Locket

Quantity: 1
Rakdos Signet - MTG Card versions

Rakdos Signet

Quantity: 1
Sol Ring - MTG Card versions

Sol Ring

Quantity: 1
Spawning Pit - MTG Card versions

Spawning Pit

Quantity: 1
Star Compass - MTG Card versions

Star Compass

Quantity: 1
Swiftfoot Boots - MTG Card versions

Swiftfoot Boots

Quantity: 1
Wayfarer's Bauble - MTG Card versions

Wayfarer's Bauble

Quantity: 1
Arcane Signet - MTG Card versions

Arcane Signet

Quantity: 1
Ashnod's Altar - MTG Card versions

Ashnod's Altar

Quantity: 1
Chromatic Lantern - MTG Card versions

Chromatic Lantern

Quantity: 1
Commander's Sphere - MTG Card versions

Commander's Sphere

Quantity: 1
Dimir Locket - MTG Card versions

Dimir Locket

Quantity: 1
Dimir Signet - MTG Card versions

Dimir Signet

Quantity: 1
Izzet Locket - MTG Card versions

Izzet Locket

Quantity: 1
Izzet Signet - MTG Card versions

Izzet Signet

Quantity: 1
Obelisk of Grixis - MTG Card versions

Obelisk of Grixis

Quantity: 1
Rakdos Locket - MTG Card versions

Rakdos Locket

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Rakdos Signet - MTG Card versions

Rakdos Signet

Quantity: 1
Sol Ring - MTG Card versions

Sol Ring

Quantity: 1
Spawning Pit - MTG Card versions

Spawning Pit

Quantity: 1
Star Compass - MTG Card versions

Star Compass

Quantity: 1
Swiftfoot Boots - MTG Card versions

Swiftfoot Boots

Quantity: 1
Wayfarer's Bauble - MTG Card versions

Wayfarer's Bauble

Quantity: 1

Lands (35)

Akoum Refuge - MTG Card versions

Akoum Refuge

Quantity: 1
Bloodfell Caves - MTG Card versions

Bloodfell Caves

Quantity: 1
Cinder Barrens - MTG Card versions

Cinder Barrens

Quantity: 1
Command Tower - MTG Card versions

Command Tower

Quantity: 1
Crumbling Necropolis - MTG Card versions

Crumbling Necropolis

Quantity: 1
Crypt of the Eternals - MTG Card versions

Crypt of the Eternals

Quantity: 1
Darkwater Catacombs - MTG Card versions

Darkwater Catacombs

Quantity: 1
Dimir Aqueduct - MTG Card versions

Dimir Aqueduct

Quantity: 1
Dimir Guildgate - MTG Card versions

Dimir Guildgate

Quantity: 1
Dismal Backwater - MTG Card versions

Dismal Backwater

Quantity: 1
Evolving Wilds - MTG Card versions

Evolving Wilds

Quantity: 1
Geothermal Bog - MTG Card versions

Geothermal Bog

Quantity: 1
Highland Lake - MTG Card versions

Highland Lake

Quantity: 1
Island - MTG Card versions

Island

Quantity: 2
Izzet Boilerworks - MTG Card versions

Izzet Boilerworks

Quantity: 1
Izzet Guildgate - MTG Card versions

Izzet Guildgate

Quantity: 1
Jwar Isle Refuge - MTG Card versions

Jwar Isle Refuge

Quantity: 1
Mountain - MTG Card versions

Mountain

Quantity: 2
Rakdos Carnarium - MTG Card versions

Rakdos Carnarium

Quantity: 1
Rakdos Guildgate - MTG Card versions

Rakdos Guildgate

Quantity: 1
Shadowblood Ridge - MTG Card versions

Shadowblood Ridge

Quantity: 1
Swamp - MTG Card versions

Swamp

Quantity: 2
Swiftwater Cliffs - MTG Card versions

Swiftwater Cliffs

Quantity: 1
Temple of Deceit - MTG Card versions

Temple of Deceit

Quantity: 1
Temple of Epiphany - MTG Card versions

Temple of Epiphany

Quantity: 1
Temple of Malice - MTG Card versions

Temple of Malice

Quantity: 1
Temple of the False God - MTG Card versions

Temple of the False God

Quantity: 1
Terramorphic Expanse - MTG Card versions

Terramorphic Expanse

Quantity: 1
Thriving Bluff - MTG Card versions

Thriving Bluff

Quantity: 1
Thriving Isle - MTG Card versions

Thriving Isle

Quantity: 1
Thriving Moor - MTG Card versions

Thriving Moor

Quantity: 1
Urborg Volcano - MTG Card versions

Urborg Volcano

Quantity: 1
Akoum Refuge - MTG Card versions

Akoum Refuge

Quantity: 1
Bloodfell Caves - MTG Card versions

Bloodfell Caves

Quantity: 1
Cinder Barrens - MTG Card versions

Cinder Barrens

Quantity: 1
Command Tower - MTG Card versions

Command Tower

Quantity: 1
Crumbling Necropolis - MTG Card versions

Crumbling Necropolis

Quantity: 1
Crypt of the Eternals - MTG Card versions

Crypt of the Eternals

Quantity: 1
Darkwater Catacombs - MTG Card versions

Darkwater Catacombs

Quantity: 1
Dimir Aqueduct - MTG Card versions

Dimir Aqueduct

Quantity: 1
Dimir Guildgate - MTG Card versions

Dimir Guildgate

Quantity: 1
Dismal Backwater - MTG Card versions

Dismal Backwater

Quantity: 1
Evolving Wilds - MTG Card versions

Evolving Wilds

Quantity: 1
Geothermal Bog - MTG Card versions

Geothermal Bog

Quantity: 1
Highland Lake - MTG Card versions

Highland Lake

Quantity: 1
Island - MTG Card versions

Island

Quantity: 2
Izzet Boilerworks - MTG Card versions

Izzet Boilerworks

Quantity: 1
Izzet Guildgate - MTG Card versions

Izzet Guildgate

Quantity: 1
Jwar Isle Refuge - MTG Card versions

Jwar Isle Refuge

Quantity: 1
Mountain - MTG Card versions

Mountain

Quantity: 2
Rakdos Carnarium - MTG Card versions

Rakdos Carnarium

Quantity: 1
Rakdos Guildgate - MTG Card versions

Rakdos Guildgate

Quantity: 1
Shadowblood Ridge - MTG Card versions

Shadowblood Ridge

Quantity: 1
Swamp - MTG Card versions

Swamp

Quantity: 2
Swiftwater Cliffs - MTG Card versions

Swiftwater Cliffs

Quantity: 1
Temple of Deceit - MTG Card versions

Temple of Deceit

Quantity: 1
Temple of Epiphany - MTG Card versions

Temple of Epiphany

Quantity: 1
Temple of Malice - MTG Card versions

Temple of Malice

Quantity: 1
Temple of the False God - MTG Card versions

Temple of the False God

Quantity: 1
Terramorphic Expanse - MTG Card versions

Terramorphic Expanse

Quantity: 1
Thriving Bluff - MTG Card versions

Thriving Bluff

Quantity: 1
Thriving Isle - MTG Card versions

Thriving Isle

Quantity: 1
Thriving Moor - MTG Card versions

Thriving Moor

Quantity: 1
Urborg Volcano - MTG Card versions

Urborg Volcano

Quantity: 1

Deck Overview

Command the game with the Marchesa the Black Rose Commander Deck, an intricate yet aggressive strategy that revolves around cunning synergies and relentless recursion to outmaneuver opponents and ensure dominance on the battlefield.

Deck Composition

  • Mana Curve: The Marchesa the Black Rose Commander Deck is built around a smooth mana curve, balancing early-game plays with impactful mid- to late-game threats. Expect to see lower-cost creatures that set up the board and powerful four to six mana spells that can turn the game in your favor.
  • Land Count: Strategically assembled with 36 lands, this deck ensures a steady land drop to support Marchesa’s three-color identity. We incorporate a blend of basic lands, shock lands, and filter lands for optimal mana availability.
  • Win Conditions: Focused on taking advantage of Marchesa’s dethrone ability, the deck wins by maintaining a strong board presence and manipulating +1/+1 counters to permanently control the battlefield. Combos and incremental advantage lead to victory.
  • Card Synergy: Cards in this deck are picked for their synergy with Marchesa’s dethrone mechanic. Creatures that can distribute +1/+1 counters or benefit from them, like “Unspeakable Symbol” and “Flayer of the Hatebound,” are key components.
  • Color Balance: With a critical balance of black, red, and blue, the mana base is designed to cast Marchesa consistently on turn four while also allowing for a diversity of spells without color restrictions.
  • Card Advantage: Generating card advantage is crucial, and we’ve incorporated engines like “Baleful Strix” and “Phyrexian Arena” to draw into more options and apply continuous pressure.
  • Tempo: This deck emphasizes on maintaining tempo, utilizing efficient removal such as “Terminate” and “Cyclonic Rift” to keep opponents off balance while advancing our board state with well-timed plays.
  • Versatility: Versatile cards like “Chaos Warp” and “Abyssal Persecutor” offer solutions for a variety of situations, whether dealing with threats or manipulating life totals to trigger dethrone.
  • Sideboard Strategy: While commander typically lacks a sideboard, in a more competitive setting, having answers like “Pithing Needle” for specific threats or “Grafdigger’s Cage” for graveyard strategies can be game-changers.
  • Resilience: The resilience of this deck lies in its ability to recover from board wipes with Marchesa’s ability to return creatures with +1/+1 counters and cards like “Make a Stand” to guard against removal.

Deck Strengths

Legendary Power: Marchesa the Black Rose infuses the deck with resiliency and aggression, allowing creatures to return from the graveyard to the battlefield each turn and maintain a dynamic presence.

Multi-Angle Threats: This commander deck exploits various offensive strategies, from leveraging +1/+1 counters for persistent board presence to orchestrating surprise comebacks with stealthy, impactful enters-the-battlefield effects.

Adaptability: Building around Marchesa offers a flexible foundation for tuning to diverse metagames, capable of pivoting between aggressive, control, and combo plays to outmaneuver the opposition regardless of the scenario.

Deck Weaknesses

Complexity: Navigating the intricate interactions within a [THEME] requires seasoned decision-making, especially when capitalizing on the dethrone ability and orchestrating undying synergies to maintain a formidable presence on the field.

Targeted Removal: This commander’s strategy can falter against decks equipped with pinpoint disruption. Efficient removal of essential creatures, particularly Marchesa, can dismantle your board’s resilience, demanding strategic redundancy and protection measures to counteract this vulnerability.

Cards Breakdown

  • Marchesa, the Black Rose: The keystone of the deck, her ability to manipulate +1/+1 counters and resurrect creatures makes her an enduring threat on the battlefield.
  • Dack’s Duplicate: Capitalizes on having +1/+1 counters, cloning the strongest creatures on the field with the potential to regain itself upon death, thanks to Marchesa.
  • Unspeakable Symbol: A potent engine for placing +1/+1 counters on creatures, ensuring Marchesa’s ability triggers, securing board presence with strategic life payment.
  • Flayer of the Hatebound: Works in harmony with Marchesa’s resurrection ability, inflicting damage to opponents whenever creatures return to the battlefield from the graveyard.
  • Cytoplast Manipulator: Utilizes graft to move +1/+1 counters around, pairing excellently with Marchesa to gain control of opponents’ creatures.
  • River Kelpie: Sees significant draw power from Marchesa’s recurring creatures, making sure your hand stays filled with options.
  • Dictate of Erebos: A control enchantment that forces opponents to sacrifice creatures whenever yours die, synergizing with the deck’s strategy to wear foes down.
  • Throne of Geth: Offers a reliable way to proliferate +1/+1 counters and poison counters, enhancing the deck’s mechanics and pressuring opponents.
  • Gray Merchant of Asphodel: Often swings life totals significantly when recurred, its “drain life” effect is a potent win condition when combined with constant creature revival.
  • Oona’s Blackguard: Supports the deck’s theme by giving your creatures with +1/+1 counters an additional benefit of forcing opponents to discard, disrupting their plans.

Similar Decks

The Marchesa the Black Rose Commander Deck, with its cunning strategy and resilience, shares company with comparable decks that prioritize influence and adaptability. The “Atraxa, Praetors’ Voice” deck commands attention with an assortment of proliferate mechanics, scaling up threats turn by turn. “Muldrotha, the Gravetide” capitalizes on recurring value from the graveyard, providing persistent advantage. “Edgar Markov’s” aggressive vampire tribal deck accelerates quickly, overrunning opponents with a swarm of bloodthirsty creatures. “Kess, Dissident Mage” offers a relentless stream of spells by unlocking the power of casting from the graveyard. Each, in their own right, offers a unique take on dominating the commander format, akin to Marchesa’s own regal and ruthless playstyle.

How to Beat

  • Stax & Resource Denial:
    • Limits resources to prevent Marchesa’s ability from triggering.
    • Employs cards that restrict opponent’s actions and mana.
    • Strategic use of sacrifice outlets to handle indestructible creatures.
  • Pillar of Paruns Aggro:
    • Focuses on multicolored creatures to exploit Marchesa’s color dependency.
    • Swarm the board with efficient beaters to overwhelm Marchesa’s defenses.
    • Utilizes protection from monocolored to hinder target removal and stealing.
  • Anti-Synergy Combo Deck:
    • Disassembles Marchesa’s synergy with targeted combo disruption.
    • Uses graveyard hate to inhibit recursion strategies.
    • Combines diverse threats that don’t rely on combat to reduce effectiveness of creature control.

BurnMana Recommendations

Crafting victory with the Marchesa the Black Rose Commander Deck intertwines strategic synergy and resilient control. Focus on resource management and positioning your pieces to exploit Marchesa’s dethroning prowess. With adept play, this deck’s intricate mechanics will consistently outwit opponents, creating a royal path to triumph in MTG commander’s arena.

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