Yisan, the Wanderer Bard


Format Legality
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Magic 2015 (M15) Rare

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Yisan, the Wanderer Bard

Legendary Creature — Human Rogue

, , Put a verse counter on Yisan, the Wanderer Bard: Search your library for a creature card with converted mana cost equal to the number of verse counters on Yisan, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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Yisan, the Wanderer Bard Discussion

SynergyBuild on Arahbo, Xenagos... for Cats EDH

23 hours ago

Oh, I take back what I said, forget it, sorry about me white-knighting the competitive tag in the past (not far past, but still) and I love the list!

If you really want to make it competitive, I can't promise I can make Arahbo tier 1, but tier 2-3 I can do, as long as you are willing to drop some of the more fun cats, and are able to build up this deck to become a stax-beatdown hybrid.

Okay, so to start, consistency is key, more tutors should be the goal, think Fauna Shaman and Survival of the Fittest type cards, and you'd really want to slow the deck down, which is the opposite of what most people will say.

Running Vryn Wingmare, Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, Glowrider, and Thorn of Amethyst can stop many combo decks in their tracks, and shut off storm decks in general, while not slowing you down nearly as much. Avacyn's Pilgrim, Birds of Paradise, Llanowar Elves, Arbor Elf, Elvish Mystic, Fyndhorn Elves, and Boreal Druid are all fast mana ramp that gets you to dropping your commander + Lost Leonin combo (what I believe to be the simplest wincon) faster and also gets unaffected by non-creature hate.

Many decks cannot win through Spirit of the Labyrinth or Alms Collector type cards, running them allows you to obliterate some opponents from combo to control.

Effectively I am arguing for stax, but not just stax, also combo, running the combo you already have is fine, Archangel of Thune and Spike Feeder, however it doesn't win the game until your next turn unless you already have a large amount of mana, or an Aetherflux Reservoir type effect.

Consider Priest of Titania/Elvish Archdruid/Wirewood Channeler + Umbral Mantle/Sword of the Paruns/Staff of Domination as a powerful combo with cards that are individually useful. Emptying all of that infinite mana into a Genesis Wave or Walking Ballista can easily win games.

Okay, for the 50 bucks thing, Armageddon, Ramunap Excavator, Glowrider, Vryn Wingmare, Aven Mindcensor, Norn's Annex, Ghostly Prison, Spirit of the Labyrinth, Birds of Paradise, Llanowar Elves, Fyndhorn Elves, Arbor Elf, Elvish Mystic, Yisan, the Wanderer Bard, Boreal Druid, Avacyn's Pilgrim, Nature's Claim, Dryad Militant, Rest in Peace, Path to Exile, Suppression Field, Aura of Silence, Beast Within, Manglehorn, Mother of Runes, and Return to Dust add up to $49.95 on TCGplayer not including tax or shipping costs, and make up a core stax build, with other reasonably cheap cards that could help being Root Maze, Natural State.

Wurmlover on MonoColored or DualColored:: Keeping up ...

4 days ago

Really, Speaking as a cEDH player who also has no money, mono color is your best bet. I would look up Selvala, Heart of the Wilds. She is a deck played in actual cEDH and can win consistently turn 3 when played right by setting up large "storm" turns by gaining Mana off of creatures like Phyrexian Dreadnought and drawing off of selvala's trigger. She is also insanely budget, being able to be built for close to $100.

Here's a list:

$125 Selvala Brostorm

Commander / EDH* LabManiac_Dan


Another deck you could consider is Yisan, the Wanderer Bard. Also insanely budget and very competitive, Yisan gives access to a toolbox of cards to stop other decks, such as Phyrexian Revoker, while either assembling an infinite combo with Temur Sabertooth, or setting up a very large Craterhoof Behemoth swing. This deck is even more budget than Yisan, the base being about $50, which leaves you with room in the budget to upgrade and tune to your specific meta.

Example list:

$100 Yisan

Commander / EDH* quickenverdict


Hope this helps!

Kiyomei on 京 An illusion? What are you hiding? (CEDH-STAX) 京

1 week ago

Dankey, Don't worry about it, I try and answer all questions as best as I can :)!

First and foremost What this deck tries to do is enforce soft locks to hinder early strategies and make sure we don't lose in the first few turns. This makes it so we can set up for a midgame hard lock or prevent people from doing what they wanted to do (for example tutor a Aven Mindcensor vs an opponents Yisan, the Wanderer Bard or search for Kataki, War's Wage against artifact decks around turn 1 - 2 - 3 - 4), We do this because our late game is comparably poor to other decks out there and we don't recover too well generally if we don't have a good time early on...

This doesn't mean we don't have outs in the late game! Because my meta is filled with mana dorks and combo's that use creatures with low toughness for which I prefer to use Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite! if this does not apply to you and people play a lot of control, for example, you could switch Elesh for Iona!

(You can still do the same trick with either Fauna Shaman or Survival of the Fittest and pitch Iona to find Loyal Retainers and put her live really early on! Although I think it is a harder to cast card even with the ramp we run because of the triple white)

SynergyBuild on Higher Power

2 weeks ago

+1! Love your list a ton!

How about trying out Yisan, the Wanderer Bard?

Dark_Danda on Derevi, Empyrial Tactician Staks/Prison

1 month ago

Ich würde folgendes ersetzen:

Quirion Ranger durch Boreal Druid (weil untap bringt nicht viel - höchstens mit yisan oder sisay oder als zusätzlicher forest untap)

Copperhorn Scout durch Mother of Runes (gleich wie oben nur, dass scout meist stirbt)

Gaddock Teeg durch Priest of Titania (nur gut gegen teferi)

Glowrider durch Yisan, the Wanderer Bard (weil zu gut mit commander)

Loyal Retainers durch Fiend Hunter

Timetwister durch Aura of Silence oder Birthing Pod (weniger riskant und gezielter - setzt auch kein lock voraus)

Sylvan Tutor durch Mystical Tutor (holt im prinzip indirekt enchantments, kreaturen, länder und mass-removal)

rockleemyhero on Selling some stuff for below ...

1 month ago

Selling some stuff out of my collection, everything should be marked below TCG low as of today. Shipping is $0.50 in PWE at buyer's risk or $3 for tracking and insurance. If you are interested in multiple cards, if it's over $50 I will give a discount. Thanks for looking!

Jay3401 on Guerte

1 month ago

Hey Rob great to have you back! I've been using your Daretti has a reference for my mono red artifact deck Neheb, the Eternal (LD, artifacts). Got any idea to help me improve it? My meta includes mostly creature based combo decks like Selvala, Heart of the Wilds or Yisan, the Wanderer Bard . No Azusa or other land centered decks so i'm going mass LD has a sub theme to give me time to set up my artifacts.

AlwaysSleepy on Spooky Stax Deer

3 months ago


No problem I actually do keep this list more or less up to date on what I'm actually playing for stax.

I'll go in order.

  1. Felidar Guardian enables a win using Birthing Pod. The line is pod 3 CMC creature for Felidar, blink Pod, Pod Felidar for Karmic Guide, bring back Felidar, pod Felidar for Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker, tap Kiki to copy Karmic, bring back Felidar, and then combo to win. I've found the flash isn't super relevant and haven't missed Resto at all.

  2. You're right, it's just too slow. The previous line and the Yisan, the Wanderer Bard lines are much stronger.

  3. Those lines into Twin combos are how I win. Marath combos are unfortunately weak and too fragile/slow. The cards are also not very strong on their own, and Marath requires density since the tutor capacity is fairly weak.

  4. Right on all of the above. Marath isn't winning any speed races. It's not good to dilute a stax game plan with a speed game plan. Pick your battle and do it well.

  5. It mostly does well into other stax decks. I'd probably play Damping Sphere. The anti-synergy is not a huge issue, the deck can find another way to win or just beat face.

  6. Pyro/REB are good cards. Feel free to play them they are good choices. You can cut a less relevant stax piece.

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