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Yahenni: There are Benefits to Dying

Commander / EDH Control Mono-Black Tokens Voltron



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A Yahenni control deck with a small voltron package. As a 0 activation sacrifice outlet, Yahenni makes a great commander for a "death matters" theme. The deck uses token producers to provide fodder for Yahenni and other sac outlets for value. Multiple cards, including Yahenni, accrue value over time from creatures dying.

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In order to make Yahenni indestructible and trigger all the other dying matters cards, the deck includes many sacrificial lambs. The deck includes token producers and creatures that can reanimate themselves from the graveyard.

Sengir Autocrat provides a respectable amount of bodies for his mana cost.

Pawn of Ulamog both creates sac fodder and ramp when our non-token creatures die.

Abhorrent Overlord can create a massive harpy army which can be threatening in its own right.

Ophiomancer can create a new deathtouch snake each upkeep to provide sac fodder for Yahenni's indestructibility.

Bloodghast, Bloodsoaked Champion, Endless Cockroaches, and Reassembling Skeleton easily bring themselves back from the grave for repeatable sacrifice effects.

Grave Titan is a black staple that can repeatedly create sac fodder for Yahenni.

Animation Module can repeatedly create servo tokens for sac fodder while also pumping Yahenni

Corpse Dance can repeatedly bring creatures back at instant speed, protecting Yahenni when opponents assume Yahenni can be destroyed. Also synergizes well with ETB triggers like Gray Merchant of Asphodel, Abhorrent Overlord, Massacre Wurm, Noxious Gearhulk, etc.

Yahenni does a great job of getting big without much help from equipment. However evasion is very helpful for connecting and some protection is helpful.

Blade of the Bloodchief gets out of hand really quickly. Yahenni gets a total of 3 +1/+1 counters for each creature dying.

Rogue's Passage, Whispersilk Cloak, Prowler's Helm, and Trailblazer's Boots help Yahenni connect.

Lightning Greaves, Swiftfoot Boots and Whispersilk Cloak are protective staples.

The deck includes a lot of removal to trigger all the death matters cards.

Attrition: very effective in this deck as it can machine gun enemy creatures with the deck's tokens and pumping Yahenni.

Board Wipes

Toxic Deluge, Damnation, Crux of Fate: black boardwipe staples

Decree of Pain: Can net a massive amount of cards.

Oblivion Stone: also clears the board of artifacts and enchantments which black struggles with.

Massacre Wurm: great against token armies with potentially devastating life drain.

Instant Removal

Hero's Downfall, Murder, and Murderous Cut: unconditional single target removal.

Curtains' Call: 2 for 1 removal that is often very cheap.

Malicious Affliction: has the non-black downside but morbid is very easy to trigger, giving 2 for 1 value.

Go for the Throat: has non-artifact downside but still very efficient at 2 mana.

ETB Creatures

Ravenous Chupacabra and Patron of the Vein: unconditional removal on a stick

Fleshbag Marauder: edict effect that gets around indestructible and hexproof creatures.

With all of the sacrifice fodder and removal spells, loads of creatures are going to be dying. The deck is designed to accrue incremental value from all this death.

Grave Pact, Dictate of Erebos, and Butcher of Malakir: Repeated edict effects that keep the battlefield clear of threats. Especially oppressive with Bloodghast, Reassembling Skeleton, etc.

Black Market: Quickly ramps up with all of the removal in the deck.

Blood Artist, Falkenrath Noble, and Zulaport Cutthroat: Black life drain staples.

Patron of the Vein: The deck includes many vampires, including Yahenni. The Patron quickly buffs them up.

Blade of the Bloodchief: As mentioned above, this equipment quickly gets out of hand, loading up Yahenni with +1/+1 counters.

Grim Haruspex: Easily turns into repeatable card advantage with creatures like Endless Cockroaches, Reassembling Skeleton, Bloodghast, and Blood-soaked Champion repeatedly dying and coming back.


Updates Add

Ravenous Chupacabra is the one card from Rivals of Ixalan I am throwing in here, replacing Noxious Gearhulk. It's a well-costed ETB creature with no drawbacks that can be sac fodder for Yahenni.

I've also thrown in Chainer, Dementia Master and Torment of Hailfire as mana sinks and alternate win cons. They take the place of Animation Module and Weaponcraft Enthusiast, two of the weaker performing sac fodder (though Animation Module may return as it was decent).

Corpse Dance has been added as a repeatable reanimation spell that can bring back sac fodder or ETB effects at instant speed. It replaces Necromancy which is a decent spell but not repeatable.


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Date added 4 months
Last updated 2 weeks

This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 3.42
Tokens 0/0 Germ, 2/2 Zombie, 1/1 Harpy, 0/1 Eldrazi Spawn, 0/1 Serf
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-1 Animation Module maybe
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