This is a fun Yasova deck that was built to strike a balance between competitiveness and fun. Yasova is not the most competitive commander, but she has an incredibly fun effect to build around. That being said, this deck is not for more casual playgroups, as it is capable of very explosive starts.

As Yasova's theft ability is dependent upon her power, the basic strategy of the deck is centered around buffing her, stealing the best creature your opponents have, and sacrificing it for value. Because Yasova needs to be buffed in order to steal better creatures, there is a small voltron element to the deck. Other game-winning theft effects include Mob Rule and Insurrection . With a sac outlet in play, these can also serve as boardwipes because you can sacrifice all your opponents' creatures before the end of the turn.

There are a few "power matters" cards (ex: Greater Good , Momentous Fall , Traverse the Outlands , etc), which is why Greater Gargadon and Arixmethes, Slumbering Isle are included in the deck. These are not just big, dumb beaters; they both serve alternate purposes which synergize with the deck's main strategy. The gargadon provides a cheap sac outlet for our opponents' stolen creatures, and Arixmethes provides a ton of ramp to help fuel Yasova's mana-hungry ability. As a side benefit, these creatures transition to big beaters, which can then further threaten our opponents or be sacrificed by one of our outlets to gain even more value.

There is a combo win available via Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker and Zealous Conscripts . These 2 creatures can be tutored up via Birthing Pod chains or via Tooth and Nail . The best part about these cards is that they are not dead on their own; the conscripts are a redundant theft effect that can steal ANY permanent, and Kiki-Jiki can produce copies of creatures for more sacrifice fodder. Notably, Glen Elendra Archmage is a key birthing pod target, because it combo's with birthing pod to instantly win if you have the mana. Using birthing pod, sacrifice Glen Elendra to fetch Zealous Conscripts, then use the Conscripts ability to untap birthing pod. Then Glen Elendra will return with persist, which can then be sacrificed to birthing pod again to get kiki-jiki.

If the game is dragging out into an attrition war, then Etali, Primal Storm and Stolen Strategy can grind out wins through pure value. Admittedly, these are mostly included in the deck for fun purposes, but they still provide very real card advantage.

Trinket Mage is worth noting, because it is able to tutor for Skullclamp , O-Naginata , and Sol Ring . Skullclamp is the primary tutor target, as it synergizes quite well with our sac outlets, but O-Naginata is useful as a cheap buff for Yasova. It also curves nicely with Birthing Pod chains.

IRL add/remove: add Glen Elendra, Trinket Mage


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36% Casual

64% Competitive

Date added 8 months
Last updated 4 weeks

This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 3.00
Tokens None Copy Clone, 2/2 Spawn, 3/3 Beast, 2/2 Boar, 2/2 Manifest, 1/1 Bird
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