Yisan, the Wanderer Bard


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Pioneer Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker 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.

Yisan, the Wanderer Bard Discussion

Hjaltrohir on Help designing a GOOD Boros ...

3 weeks ago

Firstly, Voltron is really hard to make work in CEDH as it is really vulnerable to an edict effect and can only take out one opponent at a time (ignoring additional combat phases). This basically just makes it easy to disrupt and usually the archenemy at the table.

Secondly, the reason Boros sucks in commander is not exclusively due to a lack of good commanders, it is because and are the weakest colours in commander due to a lack of card advantage and spell-based interaction. Thus, even if a new extremely pushed Boros commander were printed, it still would be unlikely able to compete with based CEDH decks simply due to the lack of good support cards in the 99.

Thus the problem with Boros is a systematic one, that can only be fixed by increased support from Wizards in terms of giving powerful card advantage and interaction pieces.

In terms of your commander, he seems like a cute Yisan, the Wanderer Bard for equipment and is at a decent power level. If you really want to create a commander that helps Boros become relevant, a planeswalker or creature with repeated draw or ramp abilities might be better though.

ninjapancake on Derevi Tempo EDH

1 month ago

Why Restoration Angel instead of Felidar Guardian ? In the end you are writing about Yisan, the Wanderer Bard and Eldrazi Displacer as an alternative. How does it work?

gavriel1136 on The Accountant

2 months ago

As a disclaimer, some of these are not perfect 1:1 replacements. Essentially, any card on the remove side can be swapped for any card in the replace side. Remove-Replace Blind Obedience - Kismet : Slowing down your opponent's lands is huge and will make you "faster" in comparison

Good-Fortune Unicorn - Collective Effort : GFU is just too small of an effect to take up a slot here. CE is more flexible, plus at instant speed.

Yisan, the Wanderer Bard - Bloodspore Thrinax : Yisan needs a deck built for her, which this def isn't. Thrinax replaces the Unicorn.

Tolsimir Wolfblood - Leyline of Abundance : Tolsimir is just too weak for what he does. The leyline works well with your mana dorks.

Huatli's Raptor - Mikaeus, the Lunarch : HR is low cost, which implies it will come out early, but it really works best midgame. Mikaes scales to any point in the game and can proliferate faster with all your "untap creatures" effects.

Anafenza, the Foremost - Myth Realized : Ana is simply too narrow. Myth will give you a strong creature even if someone wipes all the creatures on the field.

Hadana's Climb  Flip- Luminarch Ascension : Hadana is nice, but mana-hungry and a bit slow for what it does. LA can churn out angels as early as turn 4 if you can get atraxa out before it.

Temple of the False God - Gavony Township : 4 color decks don't like temple, as a rule, but Gavony is a great mana sink late game

Eternity Vessel - Cauldron of Souls : Since +1/+1 counters negative counters, you'll always be able to save your creatures from a wipe with Persist.

Contentious Plan - Solidarity of Heroes : Even if you never use the strive cost, instant speed doubling can win you the game with an unblocked creature and 1 G mana.

Inexorable Tide - Unbreakable Formation : IT is flashy, but slow to build up. UF is cheap, can save your creatures from a wipe, and if cast during your main phase, basically gives you a free combat round with no consequences.

Jiang Yanggu, Wildcrafter - Oona's Blackguard : Yanguu is too slow and vulnerable. OB can really slow down your opponents when they're losing cards each turn.

Caustic Caterpillar - Black Sun's Zenith : You have tons of artifact/enchantment removal and without graveyard recursion, CC is just too small. BSZ can be cast for X=1 and then can be proliferated. Plus it recurs itself.

Lighthouse Chronologist - Inspiring Call : Don't kid yourself with extra turns. Saving all of your creatures while drawing cards is where it's at.

A few cards I found that would work great in this deck, but had no easy replacements: Gleam of Authority , Together Forever , Orochi Hatchery , Citadel Siege , and (I know you used to have it here) Vorel of the Hull Clade

davidsays1 on EVERYBODY PARL(T)AY [C-EDH][Combo][Primer]

2 months ago

Sephyrias what it means is actually damaging people with selvala 2 damage each turn, or making selvala swing for lethal with Umbral Mantle due to her getting up to 22 commander damage. Yes, Yisan, the Wanderer Bard is no longer in my list, i have an average cmc of 2.7 so figured it wasn't worth it anymore so had it removed, still have to update the primer, Finale of Devastation is 1 of 3 ways i can touch my graveyard so it is definitely a must. I used to have a lot of stax in the deck, but through playing experience found it made the deck too slow/clunky. So i made it faster.

Sephyrias on EVERYBODY PARL(T)AY [C-EDH][Combo][Primer]

2 months ago

What do you mean with "Selvala damage either straight out 2 damage a turn or with Umbral Mantle"?

Yisan, the Wanderer Bard isn't in the list, but in your "Card Choices" section. I suppose that's because Staff of Domination and Aetherflux Reservoir are your win-conditions? I think I'd still rather play Yisan instead of Finale of Devastation .

I'd put Aura of Silence in the maybeboard at least. It stops a lot of artifact based combos and slows opponents doen by a lot, if you can get it out early.

dingusdingo on Gravy Garfield Lazav cEDH

2 months ago

drunksementhrowr take as much time as you need with replies! Real life takes priority

Labman is an extremely safe card for this deck specifically, because it aims to exploit creature based combos to fill the graveyard and the commander can act as a duplicate. That's why I preferred Lazav over another UB commander for this build. Being able to Dread Return your lab man after you copy it with Lazav adds in some serious redundancy to your win, which is a nice feeling with 3 hostile players staring you down. The move away from labman will simply need testing to see if it will work. This build with or without labman is correct either way, because I think you can make a strong case for or against it. The Doomsday brew I have (on private still sry lol) uses labman as well as Jace, Wielder of Mysteries with Demonic Consultation Tainted Pact and the unbelievably spicy Divining Witch for more direct A+B combos, and honestly they may have a place in this build.

I would definitely say this is an Ad Nauseam deck. With a single tutor in hand, it becomes a race for as a strong line to winning. Any combo piece + any tutor and you've guaranteed your winning line, and it lets you refill your hand with control and removal. Our curve is super low to fit the Ad Naus, which causes us to make sacrifices in other spots. We are primarily a layered Ad Naus list, with a value generator from the command zone. We can't guarantee advantage like Tymna the Weaver with 2-3 extra cards every turn, we don't have free tutors like Yisan, the Wanderer Bard , and we don't threaten wins with our commander alone like Najeela, the Blade-Blossom . What we DO have is both a combo enabler AND a combo finisher in the command zone. Ad Naus gives us a reachable goal at 5 mana to find a way to exploit the one card our deck always has available to play.

I really like the inclusion of the small sacrifice creatures. With infinite mana, they guarantee a win. They are pretty much the cards that replaced labman.

Cathartic adept is a spicy tech to shit on top-of-deck tutors. Vampiric Tutor Worldly Tutor Mystical Tutor Enlightened Tutor are played in almost every competitive deck that runs those colors. It hates on Sensei's Divining Top . Arguably Codex Shredder could be better here, as its online turn 1, but being a creature gives us more flexibility with Lazav. Pretty easy card to let go of for draw cards, especially if topdeck tutors aren't in your meta.

Dread Return loves Narcomoeba . The mill combos pretty much require a creature (unless you do Mesmeric + basalt monolith), so lazav + mill creature + narcomoeba would guarantee the flashback cost. Must have missed this when I removed Narcomoeba. Sorcery speed does make this a bummer, but we can always have Lazav in play before we flip so we can instant speed make a copy of labman if someone forces us to draw.

Scepter combo is extremely helpful against Cursed Totem and other creature based hate strategies. It gives us a discrete way to end the game, while being made from two cards with EXTREMELY high utility outside the winning combo, you can definitely value imprint something on Isochron early to help with favorable board state. I wouldn't recommend removing it. Any creature with the word "sacrifice" in your graveyard also means you will mill through your deck with Lazav to an outlet for a win.

I think one of the best ways to layer this deck further will be labman + pact lines. I would recommend giving those a serious consideration if you want to drop isochron + reversal. I also think adding more draw and removal is wise,

I enjoyed the anecdote! Glad to see my deck made it into the wild hahahaha! I look forward to your brewing and testing results!

dbpunk on Opinions on mono G cEDH

2 months ago

I don't play cEDH often, but I've played a few games and I think you probably wanna go with Yisan, the Wanderer Bard or Selvala, Heart of the Wilds . Both of them are gonna be way quicker than Yeva, Nature's Herald , which is gonna actually require you to use alternative Mana and draw sources to get creatures out, as compared to the other two.

Yisan is definitely great if you're going for more of a tool box/combo kit. Just remember to have something's that interact with counters and things that can search for creatures outside his ability.

Selvala's gonna be a much more "watch this stuff get huge" commander. But, since she has ramp and draw built in, she's the full package.

GhostChieftain on Opinions on mono G cEDH

2 months ago

In my commander league I have decided that I will slam my Hulkweaver Karador deck up until I can win a season with it. I have gotten close twice so far and the final rounds are coming right up for the most recent season and we are in a storm meta (i.e. my best matchup) so I have a solid shot.

After I have gotten the win, be it this season or a later season, I plan on going mono green and haven't decided how to go.

Right now it looks like my best options are Yisan, the Wanderer Bard , Selvala, Heart of the Wilds , and Yeva, Nature's Herald . If anyone has played these (or another mono g cEDH) competitively and can offer input as to what feels best, what is most reliable, and what is strongest overall I would really appreciate your help.

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Yisan, the Wanderer Bard occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%

Green: 0.29%