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Marchesa, the Black Rose
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Marchesa, the Black Rose
- Conspiracy

Reviewed Nov. 25, 2014

Constructed: 3.13
Casual: 4.00
Limited: 3.88
Multiplayer: 4.00

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Marchesa, the Black Rose

This would be a very solid Commander, as I suspect WotC now takes Commander into account for all Legendary creatures it prints-- I'm not sure how heavily the storyline counts for these days. The "dethrone" mechanic is interesting, as it gives you bonuses when you need them most, but the real eye-catcher here is the ability to re-grow your dead creatures. The catch is that they have to have +1/+1 counters on them, but that's hardly a catch when Magic is full of ways to put them on creatures and creatures that come with +1/+1 counters. The best part is that Dethrone IS such an ability, that Marchesa has it herself, and that Marchesa's third ability will bring herself back if she has a +1/+1 counter at time of death.

Constructed- 3
Casual- 4
Limited- 4.5
Multiplayer- 3.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Marchesa, the Black Rose
 
Marchesa has a solid mechanical design, but it's one that really only works in multiplayer. Not only is the comparison made by the dethrone ability only really meaningful if there are more than two players to compare, but if all your creatures have dethrone and are strengthened by attacking one opponent, they'll probably only get that bonus once. But in those multiplayer settings, Marchesa can certainly help you punish any player who's focusing on defending themselves, and provides a welcome boost to creature-based strategies. Bonus points if you use her politically - "lend" her to someone else with Spawnbroker or some such so that they can attack using stronger or more evasive creatures than yours!
 
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Marchesa, the Black Rose which is a four mana Blue, Black, and Red 3/3 Legendary with Dethrone that gives other creatures you control Dethrone and whenever a creature you control with a +1/+1 counter on it dies return it to the battlefield under your control at the beginning of the next end step.  The effects on this card are very powerful and easily supported with other counter production and any kind of life payments to keep your life just below that of an opponent.  In Commander and Multiplayer this is a solid addition to the deck in any role and can be difficult to oppose once it gets rolling.
 
In a Limited format with this the mana cost is a bit difficult to manage, but if you can get below the opponent's life total before an attack it can dramatically change the course of the game with even minimal additional creatures in play.  The color requirement would make it a difficult first pick in Booster, but the format would encourage multiple colors which allows it to be considered.  In Sealed it depends on the pool, but forcing it in is certainly possible if additional support is available.
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 4.0

Mattedesa

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Marchesa, the Black Rose
 
Another Conspiracy favorite, Marchesa can make life very difficult for your opponent. Get out a few quick creatures, then throw her out on turn four. Then, you are free to attack the highest life total guy or gal. Even if most of your creatures would die, if you can force even 1 damage through or take out one of their creatures in combat, you are in good shape, since they all come back at the end of the turn!
 
Of course, the tricky thing with dethrone is that someone else has to have the highest life total. You might have a few advantageous ways to pay life so you can dip below an opponent long enough to give all your creature counters. But that could get dangerous as the game goes on and life totals are all dropping.
 
I envision a commander deck with her as the general, and all kinds of creatures that naturally have +1/+1 counters. As long as I can keep Marchesa on the battlefield, it's gonna be really tough to mess with my creatures.
 
Commander is the only real constructed option here (let me know if you ever see her in a decent legacy deck), but I like her in that role. She could be a lot of fun in any casual format you could play, and is of course an absolute house in limited. I'm lucky enough to know by experience.
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 5.0
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.5


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