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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 and Weaponcraft Enthusiast provide a respectable amount of bodies for their mana cost.

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.

Animation Module synergizes with Yahenni by popping out tokens or buffing Yahenni.

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.

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.

Lashwrithe can give Yahenni a large power boost easily in this mono-black deck.

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 and 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

Noxious Gearhulk 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 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.


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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.


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44% Competitive

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This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 3.44
Tokens 1/1 Servo, 0/0 Germ, 2/2 Zombie, 1/1 Harpy, 0/1 Serf
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Top rank #6 on 2017-12-01
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+1 Puppeteer Clique main
-1 Weaponcraft Enthusiast main
+1 Ravenous Chupacabra maybe
-1 Exsanguinate maybe