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Yahenni: There are Benefits to Dying

Commander / EDH Control Mono-Black Tokens Voltron




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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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.

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.

Lashwrithe can give Yahenni a large power boost.

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.

Nevinyrral's Disk: also clears the board of artifacts and enchantments which black struggles with.

Massacre Wurm: great against token armies.

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.

ETB Creatures

Noxious Gearhulk and Patron of the Vein: unconditional removal on a stick

Fleshbag Marauder and Anowon, the Ruin Sage: edict effects that get around indestructible and hexproof creatures.

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The deck is playing very well, especially for a newly built deck. Normally it takes a while of fine tuning to get my decks there, but this attrition-style build performed well out of the gate. The few changes I've made have largely been about reducing mana curve. I typically cut back on 5+ CMC cards as I test them out. For example, I recently swapped out Ob Nixilis, Unshackled and Harvester of Souls for Falkenrath Noble and Grim Haruspex as the former two cards didn't do enough for me for 6 CMC.

If you're playing the deck, I definitely suggest holding back a bit in the early game. Yahenni can get scary big very quickly. I learned the hard way that the table will quickly unite against you with a big early game Yahenni. I have found it best to play the game as more of an attrition control game early on and then finishing off opponents with Yahenni in the late game.


SlavicGhaespar says... #1

Mikaeus, the Unhallowed seems like an auto include with sac deck, but maybe you don't like him :)

November 21, 2017 1 p.m.

MegaMatt13 says... #2

SlavicGhaespar, he was on my short list but I cut him when trying to get down to 100 cards. I think you're right though...he is pretty much an auto include. I'll try to find room for him...thanks!

November 21, 2017 1:05 p.m.

SlavicGhaespar says... #3

Sure thing... oh, btw, since you run voltron subtheme, Filth could come in handy, also, with Ashnod's Altar and Grave Titan you can add Nim Deathmantle for infinite tokens and colorless mana, and then just kill your opponents with Gary or Blood Artist.

November 21, 2017 1:14 p.m.

MegaMatt13 says... #4

SlavicGhaespar, I've added both to the maybelist. Filth would actually be very good in my play group as Black is by far the most played colour consistently. Nim Deathmantle I am on the fence about. I tend to purposely keep infinite combos out of my deck due to personal play style.

November 21, 2017 4:16 p.m.

What about Endless Cockroaches

November 25, 2017 2:05 p.m.

Srhike says... #6

Reckless Spite or Ashes to Ashes instead of Curtains' Call? Depends of your playgroup, of course.

November 25, 2017 5:15 p.m.

Enral says... #7

Definitely needs Grim Haruspex and Ogre Slumlord gives you advantage post wipe.

November 26, 2017 11:01 a.m.

MegaMatt13 says... #8

Srhike, thanks for the suggestions. I think Curtains' Call may be better in my playgroup though. I already have some conditional removal like Nekrataal and Attrition. I want some instant speed removal with no strings.

Themysteriousone, good suggestion. I don't own a copy but it looks cheap to pick up. I'll consider getting a copy and finding room. I may have enough self-recurring creatures in here but more playtesting will figure that out.

Enral, nice suggestions. Only reason I haven't put in Grim Haruspex in yet is because I've prioritized cards that care about anyone's creatures dying and not just my own (like Harvester of Souls). However Grim Haruspex may still be worth it. I like its cheap casting cost and I do have a fair number of non-token creatures of my own dying.

November 27, 2017 2:10 p.m.

formulakid2112 says... #9

Grim Haruspex is easily an auto include. The card advantage it grinds out at 3 MANA is insane. Landing it early on in the game makes for insurmountable cars advantage in a deck like yours.

December 4, 2017 6:47 p.m.

MegaMatt13 says... #10

formulakid2112: you're right...I've put him in there...thanks :)

December 5, 2017 12:19 p.m.

Polupus says... #11

Fun deck +1

Pawn of Ulamog is:

A vampire

A token producer

A source of mana ramp

Why not?

December 7, 2017 1:56 a.m.

MegaMatt13 says... #12

Polupus, thanks I have added him to the maybelist.

December 9, 2017 10:57 p.m.

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This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 3.45
Tokens 1/1 Servo, 0/0 Germ, 2/2 Zombie, 1/1 Harpy, 0/1 Serf
Folders De todo, Oloro, collstuf, edh ideas, Interesting Commander Decks, Dino
Top rank #6 on 2017-12-01
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+1 Oblivion Stone maybe
-1 Ogre Slumlord maybe