(The description for this deck has not been updated in a while; please excuse any inconsistencies between the description and the decklist!)

I have been editing this commander deck for the past six years, and Yawgmoth, Thran Physician became my new commander last year because of his combo and card advantage potential. While I have largely stuck to a traditional "Yawgmoth, Thran Physician" EDH shell, I wanted to somehow spice things up, which is why I have included a small but growing stax package. Stax is not only something that this deck can handle but also something that makes mono-black, which has limited protection and non-creature removal, a little more competitive. That being said, I think my deck currently lacks the means to protect individual combo pieces, so I am looking for any advice on how to make my deck more competitive in that aspect (and in any other ways). Hope you enjoy, and thank you for reading!
Note: This description will highlight the main combos of the deck, and while these are the ideal situations to get into, there are many more ways to generate value that do not necessarily go infinite.

Note 2: These combos all revolve around creatures entering and exiting the graveyard. Add Blood Artist or Zulaport Cutthroat to the combo to ping the table or so you don't have to bargain your life away (in the case of Yawgmoth, Thran Physician combos). You can also add Altar of the Brood to mill your opponent's libraries.

Combo 1

Yawgmoth, Thran Physician + Nest of Scarabs + 1 initial creature to sacrifice to Yawgmoth = Yawgmoth's Bargain, as long as there are creatures you can place -1/-1 counters on.

Combo 2

Yawgmoth, Thran Physician + Butcher Ghoul + Geralf's Messenger = Yawgmoth's Bargain.

Combo 3

Yawgmoth, Thran Physician + Butcher Ghoul or Geralf's Messenger + Genesis Chamber or Pawn of Ulamog = Yawgmoth's Bargain.

Combo 4

Yawgmoth, Thran Physician + Mikaeus, the Unhallowed + 2 nonhuman creatures (w/out undying or persist) = Yawgmoth's Bargain. Especially fun with creatures like Abhorrent Overlord, Rune-Scarred Demon, etc.

Combo 5

Mikaeus, the Unhallowed + Puppeteer Clique + sacrifice outlet = pillage your opponent's graveyards and gain infinite value from the sac outlet.

Combo 6

Nim Deathmantle + Ashnod's Altar + Weaponcraft Enthusiast or Abhorrent Overlord = Infinite colorless mana and infinite servos or harpies.

I am slowly adding more stax pieces into the deck as I buy them, but I currently have three main pieces:

Because we (ideally) have many tokens and creature recursion options, sacrificing or tapping permanents should not hinder us as much it will hinder our opponents. Yawgmoth, Thran Physician interacts well with Smokestack and Tangle Wire because we can proliferate the soot and fade counters, respectively. Contamination makes casting spells. As I add more stax elements into the deck, I'll update this section with my reasons for the specific inclusions.

One aspect of this deck that I really enjoy is its flexibility. While this deck strives to piece together a combo as soon as possible, it can also use effective synergies to act like a tempo deck. Bitterblossom, Dreadhorde Invasion, and Ophiomancer provide us with sacrifice fodder on each of our turns (and in the case of Ophiomancer, every turn). Bloodghast also provides a free sacrifice outlet on each of our turns, assuming we hit our land drops. This pairs well with our small stax package to gain value on each of our turns until we can combo off.

Synergy 1

Black Sun's Zenith + Nest of Scarabs = A lot of bugs

Synergy 2

While this deck uses Yawgmoth's first activated ability more than his second, the cheap proliferate effect is very useful for quickly activating planeswalker ultimates like those of Liliana of the Dark Realms and Liliana, Defiant Necromancer.

Synergy 3

Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet is usually meant to stop our opponents' graveyard combos, but with a wrath effect like Damnation or Toxic Deluge, we can wipe the board and reset with a bunch of zombie tokens in a pinch.

Synergy 4

Buried Alive can grab heavy hitters like Sheoldred, Whispering One or Mikaeus, the Unhallowed for easy recursion, but we can also grab cards like Bloodghast and Gravecrawler to get access to cheap sac outlets. Overall, Buried Alive is a great, versatile card.

To ramp early on in the game, we have Sol Ring and Mana Crypt. Terrain Generator is a unique way of ramping if we have spare mana and basic lands in hand. We also have Phyrexian Tower, Solemn Simulacrum, and Peat Bog (which loosely synergizes with Yawgmoth, Thran Physician and his proliferate ability). Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth with Cabal Coffers give us tons of mana, and so does Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx. Crypt Ghast tacks on extra value onto our lands and provides a useful extort trigger on each spell cast.
While this deck can't help you file your taxes, this deck has some ways to deal with problems on the battlefield:

  • If we can get poison counters on opponents with Inkmoth Nexus, we can get around abnormally high life totals by proliferating those counters.
  • A well-timed Bojuka Bog deals with graveyard decks.
Again, thank you for reading! If you like the deck, be sure to hit that upvote button! If you have any suggestions, please comment!

The Maybeboard list is my wishlist for this deck (in addition to being a maybeboard). Some cards currently in the deck, like Peat Bog, will be replaced by more useful cards when I obtain them.


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Date added 6 months
Last updated 1 day

This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Rarity (main - side)

11 - 0 Mythic Rares

38 - 0 Rares

18 - 0 Uncommons

12 - 0 Commons

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 2.64
Tokens 0/1 Insect, 0/0 Zombie Army, 2/2 Zombie, None Treasure, Liliana, 1/1 Faerie Rogue, 0/1 Eldrazi Spawn, 1/1 Myr
Folders Mono Black, Uncategorized, Yawgmoth, References
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