Alela, Artful Provocateur

Published March 6th, 2020

The Legendary Esper Faerie Warlock from the Throne of Eldraine Brawl decks has been the most difficult to balance out of the four. With multiple keywords and abilities which lean towards certain themes and strategies, it’s a lot to focus on just one.

The main theme of this decklist leans towards the artifact value strategy which provides mana rocks for ramp and utility artifacts with multiple support creatures. There are so many other alternative theme options and support cards that can be played and I’ll be listing off several of them below. We’ll go through the decklist first and take a look at some useful cards.

Commander (1)

Alela, Artful Provocateur

Lands (36)

Academy Ruins
Ancient Den
Arid Mesa
Bloodstained Mire
Command Tower
Creeping Tar Pit
Drowned Catacomb
Fetid Heath
Flooded Strand
Glacial Fortress
Godless Shrine
Hallowed Fountain
Irrigated Farmland
Isolated Chapel
Marsh Flats
Misty Rainforest
Mystic Gate
Phyrexian Tower
Polluted Delta
Reflecting Pool
Reliquary Tower
Scalding Tarn
Seat of the Synod
Sunken Ruins
Swamp x2
Underground Sea
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
Vault of Whispers
Verdant Catacombs
Watery Grave
Windswept Heath

Artifacts (28)

Mana Crypt
Mox Opal
Elixir of Immortality
Expedition Map
Mana Vault
Nihil Spellbomb
Retrofitter Foundry
Sensei’s Divining Top
Sol Ring
Arcane Signet
Azorius Signet
Cranial Plating
Dimir Signet
Grim Monolith
Lightning Greaves
Talisman of Dominance
Talisman of Progress
Thought Vessel
Chromatic Lantern
Coalition Relic
Commander’s Sphere
Midnight Clock
Sword of Feast and Famine
Sword of Fire and Ice
Trading Post
Bolas’s Citadel
The Immortal Sun

Enchantments (4)

Blind Obedience
Search for Azcanta
Smothering Tithe

Instants (8)

Enlightened Tutor
Vampiric Tutor
Cyclonic Rift
Mana Drain
Whir of Invention
Fact or Fiction
Paradoxical Outcome
Mystic Confluence

Sorceries (3)

Dance of the Manse
Demonic Tutor

Planeswalkers (7)

Narset, Parter of Veils
Teferi, Time Raveler
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Karn, Scion of Urza
Tezzeret the Seeker
Liliana, Dreadhorde General
Ugin, the Ineffable

//Creatures (13)

Baleful Strix
Etherium Sculptor
Myr Retriever
Stoneforge Mystic
Foundry Inspector
Grand Architect
Sai, Master Thopterist
Scrap Trawler
Tribute Mage
Trinket Mage
Trophy Mage
Urza, Lord High Artificer
Shimmer Dragon


Alela’s effect technically synergizes with all the artifacts and enchantments you cast but I want to point out a few in particular.

Grand Architect: A mana generator that can only be used for artifacts but is also a blue creature anthem. While the ability to generate this 2 mana for artifact spells and abilities by tapping a blue creature is a bit limiting it just so happens that the faerie tokens Alela makes are blue. An extensive amount of mana that can come in quite handy to chain off multiple artifact spells and abilities at once.

Trading Post: An astoundingly useful card that shows it’s value in full with this deck. Casting it can generate you a token which can be sacrificed to recover an artifact to cast and generate a token. A constant stream of value and utility with tokens, recursion, draw, and life gain if need be.

Cranial Plating: How is it that a common equipment is so devastating? Oh right, Mirrodin block is insane that’s how. With even just a few artifacts this equipment gives a huge power boost. Your stock of treasure tokens from Smothering Tithe, all your mana rocks, all equipment you may have, it’s a devastating hit that can be done. The instant speed attach ability makes it extra threatening as just one faerie coming through could suddenly gain a ton of power. A very effective and suitable equipment in this deck and with Alela it’s a nice touch of lifegain and Commander Damage.

Theme Options

Alela instantly splits herself on multiple themes just reading her card but I had to decide on one so I went artifacts. With her abilities, the themes that stand our besides artifacts are enchantments, flyers, tokens, faeries, or just Esper value/combos. Even then there are so many packages and ways to build those themes that I couldn’t begin to start. May as well give it a try though so take a look at some of the themes and categories below.

Artifact Eggs/Equipment (22)

Everflowing Chalice
Mishra’s Bauble
Urza’s Bauble
Bloodforged Battle-Axe
Chromatic Sphere
Chromatic Star
Conjurer’s Bauble
Dispeller’s Capsule
Executioner’s Capsule
Conqueror’s Flail
Sword of the Animist
Umezawa’s Jitte
Faith’s Reward
Open the Vaults
Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas
Tezzeret, Master of the Bridge
Puresteel Paladin
Sram, Senior Edificer
Jhoira’s Familiar
Vedalken Archmage
Kuldotha Forgemaster
Tidespout Tyrant

Enchantments (11)

Hall of Heliod’s Generosity
Serra’s Sanctum
Flickering Ward
Mystic Remora
Favorable Winds
Glistening Oil
Detention Sphere
Estrid’s Invocation
Oath of Liliana

Stack Disruption (15)

Blinkmoth Well
Winter Orb
Crystal Shard
Static Orb
Clock of Omens
Unwinding Clock
Memory Jar
Frozen Aether
Fall of the Thran
Ravages of War

Value (10)

Dire Undercurrents
Whip of Erebos
Mystical Tutor
Tamiyo, the Moon Sage
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
Venser, the Sojourner
Serra Ascendant
Solemn Simulacrum
Venser, Shaper Savant
Torrential Gearhulk

Combo (26)

Nim Deathmantle
Dramatic Reversal
Isochron Scepter
Ashnod’s Altar
Krark-Clan Ironworks
Phyrexian Altar
Power Artifact
Transmute Artifact
Sword of the Meek
Thopter Foundry
Revel in Riches
Angelic Renewal
Teferi’s Protection
Painter’s Servant
Phantasmal Image
Grand Abolisher
Junk Diver
Workshop Assistant
Phyrexian Metamorph
Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir
Deadeye Navigator
Sharuum the Hegemon
Sun Titan
Myr Battlesphere

Tokens / Flying (29)

Field of the Dead
Throne of the God-Pharaoh
Oketra’s Monument
Idol of Oblivion
Bident of Thassa
Intangible Virtue
Dictate of Erebos
Cathars’ Crusade
Divine Visitation
Ajani’s Presence
Secure the Wastes
Synthetic Destiny
Lingering Souls
Elspeth, Knight-Errant
Serra the Benevolent
Elspeth Tirel
Tezzeret, Artifice Master
Elspeth, Sun’s Champion
Soul Warden
Soul’s Attendant
Auriok Champion
Daxos, Blessed by the Sun
Ephara, God of the Polis
Odric, Lunarch Marshal
Yawgmoth, Thran Physician
Thunderclap Wyvern
God-Eternal Oketra
Grave Titan

//Tribal Faeries (23)

Faerie Conclave
Radiant Destiny
Kindred Discovery
Heirloom Blade
Door of Destiny
Coat of Arms
Hypnotic Sprite
Metallic Mimic
Brazen Borrower
Sprite Noble
Vendilion Clique
Faerie Artisans
Faerie Harbinger
Glen Elendra Archmage
Knacksaw Clique
Mistbind Clique
Rankle, Master of Pranks
Sower of Temptation
Wydwen, the Biting Gale
Faerie Formation
Puppeteer Clique
Oona, Queen of the Fae


While these combos were not added to the deck I did add them to the theme options so I may as well go over them.

Nim Deathmantle + Ashnods’s Altar: Any creature that enters the battlefield and generates 2 extra bodies can create go infinite with this. You can create infinite death triggers, enter the battlefield triggers, tokens, and colourless mana. Grave Titan is the main example but Myr Battlesphere works too and can work with Phyrexian Altar.

Dramatic Reversal + Isochron Scepter: It might be redundant to explaining the Dramatic Scepter combo but I’ll do it anyway. With other mana rocks generating at least 3 mana it gives you infinite mana and untaps of your nonland permanents. This also creates infinite cast triggers in case you wanted to play Aetherflux Reservoir, Tendrils of Agony or any other Storm cards.

Grindstone + Painter’s Servant: Again redundant but I’ll explain Painted Stone. Grindstone mills 2 cards from target opponents library and if they share a colour repeat the process. Since Painter’s Servant makes all cards one colour it triggers this repetition until your opponent is milled out. It’s a bit difficult if there is a shuffle effect from an Eldrazi Lord like Kozilek, Butcher of Truth and it only hits one opponent at a time but it’s a low-cost colourless combo.

Sun Titan + Angelic Renewal: Infinite sacrifice fodder combo just add your preferred sacrifice outlet. Sacrificing Sun Titan triggers Angelic Renewal which you sacrifice to bring back Sun Titan which brings back Angelic Renewal.

Palinchron + Deadeye Navigator: Untaping seven land with Palinchron’s enter the battlefield effect and then blinking it for 2 mana typically nets you 5 mana The alternative is using Phantasmal Image as it only takes six mana to copy Palinchron and bounce it which should net 1 mana each instance. As long as you net mana you repeat and go infinite whether it’s 1 mana or 5 mana.

Sharuum the Hegemon + Phyrexian Metamorph: Another infinite combo for enter the battlefield and die triggers. Phyrexian Metamorph copies Sharuum which goes to the graveyard due to the Legendary rule. As a copy of Sharuum, Phyrexian Metamorph’s enter the battlefield trigger can bring back Sharuum and then you put Phyrexian Metamorph into the graveyard as it’s a copy of Sharuum. Repeating this process back and forth as much as you’d like. Usually seen in tandem with effects like Blood Artist, Auriok Champion, and Altar of the Brood. Sharuum is a great card that can start this chain even if Phyrexian Metamorph is in the graveyard.

Krark-Clan Ironworks + Junk Diver: You actually need two Junk Diver effects like Myr Retriever or Workshop Assistant and enough discount effects to do this. There are several roundabout ways to do this as well but you can create infinite mana and artifact casting chain. Alela or Sai would be perfectly happy with all those cast triggers as well.


Well that was a bit long for combos and there are a good number of cards to go over in the other themes but I have to stop rambling at some point. My favorite Commanders are the ones with multiple variation possibilities and Alela is definitely one of those. With some Commanders, you can assume the way they were built immediately but even with multiple Alela’s in a game, there is a good chance that they are built quite differently.

Have you given this deck a try yet? Let me know if there was a particular theme you picked. I especially wonder about the balance for this deck. While Alela can be a lot of value I’ve found several decks to be either heavily reliant on her or not use her at all which questions why to use it over other Esper Commanders. Regardless this is a flexible and versatile deck which is great for players like myself who want more of a challenge in deckbuilding and balancing. Give it a try and leave a comment of what you think is the best theme or what you’ve built.

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Article by Cascade.Cascade

The editor-in-chief and creator of Command Beacon. They started playing Magic during the Scars of Mirrodin block and hasn’t been able to stop since.

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