Marchesa, the Black Rose EDH

Marchesa, The Black Rose is a general that has some incredible abilities, her three abilities are:

• 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.

These three abilities synergize beautifully with the following abilities:

• Undying

• Persist

• Graft

• Modular

• ETB +1/+1

• Devour

• Sacrifice Engines

• Abilities that require you to pay with life

With that in mind my initial deck construction will focus around them.

The way to play this general is simple.

• Use your life total as a resource.

• Capitalize on her third ability.

To address the first form of play we have incorporated many cards like Greed, Necropotence, and Phyrexian Reclamation. These cards allows me to continue to trigger the Dethrone on all creatures when attacking.

To capitalize on her third ability I wanted to have a good deal of creatures that already come into play with +1/+1 counters like modular, undying and graft.

Here is my first deck list with the newly spoiled general!

General:

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Undying: (3)
Flayer of the Hatebound
Geralf’s Messenger
Geralf’s Mindcrusher

Persist: (4)
Glen Elendra Archmage
Murderous Redcap
Puppeteer Clique
River Kelpie

Graft: (1)
Cytoplast Manipulator

Modular: (1)
Arcbound Crusher

+1/+1: (2)
Triskelion
Pentavus

Devour: (3)
Caldera Hellion
Predator Dragon
Tar Fiend

Utility: (13)
Mikaeus, the Unhallowed
Blood Artist
Kokusho, the Evening Star
Hamletback Goliath
Vela the Night-Clad
Wurmcoil Engine
Grave Titan
Nim Deathmantle
Deathbringer Thoctar
Stalking Vengeance
Thraximundar
Unspeakable Symbol
Sage of Fables

Sacrifice Engines: (4)
Grimgrin, Corpse-Born
Ashnod’s Altar
Blasting Station
Altar Of Dementia

Counterspells: (6)
Counterspell
Counterbalance
Spell Crumple
Hinder
Dissipate
Faerie Trickery

Card Advantage and Tutors: (8)
Rune-Scarred Demon
Greed
Phyrexian Arena
Erebos, God of the Dead
Sensei’s Divining Top
Necropotence
Underworld Connections
Staff of Nin

Removal: (4)
No Mercy
Dread
Avatar of Woe
Shriekmaw

Ramp: (7)
Sol Ring
Solemn Simulacrum
Manalith
Coalition Relic
Thran Dynamo
Gilded Lotus
Mana Vault

Recursion: (5)
Victimize
Beacon of Unrest
Phyrexian Reclamation
Reanimate
Sheoldred, Whispering One

Protection: (2)
Lightning Greaves
Swiftfoot Boots
Lands: (36)
Nephalia Drownyard
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
Cabal Coffers
Bojuka Bog
Command Tower
City of Brass
Mana Confluence
Rupture Spire
Watery Grave
Blood Crypt
Steam Vents
Sunken Ruins
Cascade Bluffs
Graven Cairns
Drowned Catacomb
Dragonskull Summit
Sulfur Falls
Temple of Deceit
Temple of Epiphany
Temple of Malice
Barren Moor
Forgotten Cave
Lonely Sandbar
Swamp
Island
Mountain

Author: Chris Stephen

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