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- Can I counter Yahenni's Expertise with its free spell?
- What happens when Yahenni's Expertise is cast with Scrap Trawlerin play?
- Yahenni + Yahenni's Expertise
- Improvise and Expertise
- If I cast Yahenni's Expertise on my opponent's turn using Brain in a jar ticking up to 4 counters, can I cast a 3cmc or less spell for free that is NOT an instant?
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Yahenni's Expertise Discussion
2 hours ago
What a fun deck! Some cards that popped into my head when I looked through it (in no particular order): Nephalia Academy, Font of Mythos, Horn of Greed, Plague Wind, Barter in Blood, Necromantic Summons, Necrotic Plague, Torment of Hailfire, Torment of Scarabs, Yahenni's Expertise, Corrupt, Nightmare Incursion, and Pestilence.
I think the Font or the Horn could work especially well. Everything else is just something to consider if you find a need for more of a certain mechanic, since they're all covered by other cards in your deck. Sorry if you've already debated some of these. Great work!
1 day ago
shagg - Thanks for chiming in! I appreciate a lot of those thoughts!
I hear you on the Censor count. I've been thinking a bit more about just straight up Essence Scatter or an additional Negate, and just using Supreme Will as my Force Spike. Your thoughts are definitely heard there.
An additional Pull from Tomorrow is certainly a possibility.
I've decided to step a bit away from too much double BB in Yahenni's Expertise and Grasp of Darkness, electing to lean more on double RR for Chandra and the Sweeper. I don't want to strain the mana too much in all three directions. I've used that Expertise in my R/B control and liked how it performed, but I'm going to try going the route of lightly splashing for the black for now. Suggestion's certainly noted, however.
Kalitas/Scarab God...seriously didn't even consider those, and have no idea why I blanked. I put Kalitas into every damn sideboard I've ever had with black in it. I'll slip him in the SB and even take a look at the Scarab God. Certainly worth testing.
I will say that I've loved the Combustible Gearhulk each and every time I've cast him, no matter what the opponent chose for me to do with the cards. He's just a personal favorite and I haven't seen downside from him yet, so I'm gonna keep him in there for the first few weeks of piloting this deck and see how he does in some new meta.
Very much appreciate the time for your comment! Thank you!
1 day ago
I'm a B/U control fan, so my advice would be slanted towards my favorite theme. Personally I think black has enough removal that it makes grixis redundant, but then I see the appeal of Bolas.
Removal aside, I do not like Censor. Personally, I feel that more than 1 is a waste. It's just too easy for your opponent to play around. If you include 0-1, odds are they will still play as though your holding one at all times. I would add at least 1 more Pull from Tomorrow, it just has such a big impact late game. Once you play one and draw 6 cards when the both of you are close to top-decking you might agree with me and want to throw a 3rd in there.
I'm also a big fan of Yahenni's Expertise if you have 3 drops to play off it. Combined with Grasp of Darkness you can take out most indestructible creatures with the combo. That would mean cutting some of your red direct damage cards, so personal preference there.
I would add 2 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet to sideboard at least for graveyard deck matches, possible The Scarab God could fill that role as well. I don't see The Locust God being better. I've never seen Combustible Gearhulk make much of an impact either, you have enough card draw that 3 cards isn't huge when attatched to a 6cmc spell, you'd get more value from an additional Torrential Gearhulk or mainboarding your sphinx. Don't be afraid to mainboard a Sphinx of the Final Word, most decks have no answer for him, and those that do only play 1-2 of those answers, and you have counterspells. I have won as many games with damage from the 1 sphinx I mainboard as I have from the 3 torrentials I also have.
I like to throw As Foretold in as a 1 of. Sometimes it wins you games, others it has no impact. It really shines in control matchups. I have another in sideboard for those. Feel free to check out my deck in my profile.
1 day ago
not sure about Liliana's Mastery .. would prefer the anointed procession cut, but its true it cost a lot and does nothing more when it come to battlefield except if you get a hidden stockpile..
so you can sacrifice your own card for scry n servo, make them come back as eternalize and then yahenni..
i think Embalmer's Tools is really interesting.
Not sure if i prefer the thraben instead of the Sacred Cat for the 1 drop.. both are fun.
2 days ago
Mister-Magic I see your point with Sylvan Caryatid, keep in mind that -X/-X board wipes exist too like Yahenni's Expertise as well as general board wipes like Damnation. Stalwart Shield-Bearers seems greats in theory, but idk if its 100% necessary to give more toughness to other defenders that already have decent toughness. Its a tough call bro
4 days ago
Yahenni, Undying Partisan, you already have a couple of board wipes and single creature kills, along with Yahenni's Expertise. Might be a good idea to remove a couple of the cards that rely too much on energy counters like Aether Hub and Harnessed Lightning. Or make cards that produce more energy counters like Die Young that will end up making those cards more effective.
4 days ago
I also forgot to mention that I played with some Desert of the Mindful and Desert of the Glorified, and considered adding Hostile Desert as most of the times I was cycling them. Do you think it's a good idea or maybe the mana base becomes too slow?
4 days ago
Kittus: I think playing an extra Censor and/or Fatal Push wouldn't be a bad thing. I have been playtesting myself and I will update the deck soon, but I also might consider including Yahenni's Expertises in order to wipe the board and be able to cast something for free.
I think putting in more Vile Manifestation might not be a bad idea. I don't know if I would necessarily take out the Archfiend of Ifnir since they are our best cycling payoff but maybe one of them and one Curator of Mysteries or something like that. You could probably put them in the sideboard instead of maybe the Scarab Feasts.