Yawgmoth, Thran Physician
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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Archenemy Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Planechase Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Yawgmoth, Thran Physician

Legendary Creature — Human Cleric

Protection from Humans ((Remember the acronym debt.) This creature can't be damaged, enchanted, equipped, blocked or targeted by anything Human.)

Pay 1 life, Sacrifice another creature: Put a -1/-1 counter up to one target creature and draw a card.

, Discard a card: Proliferate. (Choose any number of permanents and/or players, then give each another counter of each kind already there.)

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scotchtapedsleeves on Marchezzy says "Goonies Never Die!"

1 week ago

Welcome to the Cult of Marchesa!

I definitely agree that this deck doesn't have enough sac outlets. When other players start to realize the gameplan, they'll be removing every outlet they see. It's important to keep well stocked!


  • Greater Gargadon is absolutely fantastic, opponents can't interact with it until it hits the field and by then you'll have drawn another outlet... hopefully.

  • Viscera Seer is a must, you need all the 1 drop outlets you can get.

  • Yawgmoth, Thran Physician is incredible. Free sac outlet that draws you cards AND is removal? Don't mind if I do.

  • Trophy Mage is an easy tutor for both Ashnod's and Phyrexian altar. I run Altar of Dementia instead of Phyrexian altar, so I run Trinket Mage instead of trophy. This also helps me get out my 2 drop mana rocks in a pinch.


  • Falkenrath Aristocrat has never hit for me, 4 mana for a flying outlet is fine, but she's never done well for me.

  • Scorn-Blade Berserker is fine, but think of the timing their effect will be applied on. If you're sacrificing it for Marchesa, it'll be coming back on that end step. If you want to take advantage of backup, you'd have to sac the backed-up creature during that end step. Ideally we want to avoid doing this as you won't have that creature for the whole next turn.

You mentioned that your partner was constantly being left with no blockers for opponent's combat. That's a difficult line to tread, generally Marchesa isn't enormously aggro although it might seem that way. Your goal is to abuse ETB and LTB triggers for maximum value, swinging with creatures only if you have a sac outlet to reset them for the next person's turn.


  • Kardur, Doomscourge can help with this massively as opponents won't be able to attack you for the next cycle. If he stays around until your next turn you can "flicker" him to goad everyone again!

  • Reef Worm is a pet card of mine, it can generate a huge amount of bodies if you have a Thran Vigil or Uncivil Unrest out. Fantastic sacrifice fodder even if it doesn't have a counter on it

  • Triskelion. You're playing Mikaeus, might as well finish up the combo

  • Imposter Mech is quickly becoming my favourite card. Once you have Marchesa out you generally don't want to attack with her, so you can use her to crew this every turn! Last game I cast it I copied an Avacyn, Angel of Hope to give you an idea of the bonkers stuff you can pull off with it


  • Gray Merchant of Asphodel Generally you don't want to be gaining life in this deck as you want to stay the dethrone target as long as possible. I've died a few times to my own hubris by not including lifegain, but the small amounts you'd be gaining with Gary in a Grixis deck don't make him worth it for me. Special exception to Kokusho, the Evening Star as 15 lifegain is backbreaking for your opponents.

That just about wraps up my thoughts, Marchesa can be pretty complex to play so feel free to reach out if you or your partner have any questions! Like I said, I don't generally play too aggro with my deck. Generally once opponents figure out what's going on you'll be getting a lot of removal thrown your way, but Marchesa is a super sticky commander, she won't leave if you don't want her too. Don't forget to sac in response to removal!

Crow_Umbra on Smeagol will guide you | **Primer v1.1**

2 weeks ago

Hi there, thank you for reaching out. I hope my suggestions will be helpful, but here are some things I noticed when I took a look at your deck:

If you haven't already, I would recommend checking out EDHREC's page on Smeagol, Helpful Guide, here are the pages for a Sacrifice themed deck and a more Landfall focused deck. These pages can give you an idea of which effects overlap between the two strats, and what might be within your budget.

I hope these suggestions were helpful.

fluffyeel on F*** Kevin

2 months ago

I don't see the problem with this deck. Not at all. However, I have some suggestions to make it even more "fun" for Kevin:

plakjekaas on Do you think The One …

2 months ago

Turn Off Artifact-effects deal with it preemptively too, Stony Silence comes down earlier than the Ring.

Discard effects trade up on mana too, your 1mana Thoughtseize traded for the 4mana One Ring.

I'm scrolling through an image of the Modern Meta, and in the top 10 decks, there's like only 2 who actually play the thing. It's a 4 mana play in Modern that does nothing but draw you cards and lose you life. Jace, the Mind Sculptor was unbanned and barely made an impact with his return, I'm not sure why we'd have to be so scared of this when it probably does less. The only actual problem is that Modern is littered with free pitch-cards to use when you draw a lot of cards. The biggest threat the LotR set is posing is still MH2 xD

Yawgmoth, Thran Physician can proliferate the Burden Counters to push for more lifedrain. Not very reliable as a tactic, but possibly useful to consider as option and hilarious if it actually contributes in a significant way :P

legendofa on League of Supervillans

2 months ago

How villainous do you want to get with this? Rakdos and Lazav are both very much sinister, destructive, monomaniacal beings, but they played a key part in taking down the Nephilim, Experiment Kraj, and Nicol Bolas (Rakdos got in on all three, Lazav missed the first two). On that note, Szadek, Lord of Secrets is pure villain.

Volrath the Fallen was one of the earliest arc villains. Yawgmoth, Thran Physician can fit in.

Oona and Maralen are at least antagonistic, but are they strictly villains? They mostly just acted against each other, trying to work around the Great Aurora.

fluffyeel on Help make deck good

2 months ago

Unfortunately, to up the power level, some of the things I will recommend might be pricey (cost-wise), but I'm already seeing some places to improve.

Last_Laugh on Murders and Acquisitions (Marchesa Superiority)

2 months ago

_emphasized text_As far as cuts go, your list is pretty tight. Greater Gargadon and First Day of Class are the 2 that stand out to me. Guardian Beast also, but I feel like it's there for meta reasons.

Kardur, Doomscourge is disgusting.

Gisa, Glorious Resurrector if your meta is remotely creature heavy.

Yawgmoth, Thran Physician is amazing here.

IEatChildren on Webs From All the Spiders…

3 months ago

carpecanum, thank you for the awesome advice, no clue how I missed Isochron Scepter, because even I know it’s popular in commander. Blood Artist and Zulaport Cutthroat are there specifically for the cheeky combo with one of them, Yawgmoth, Thran Physician, Mikaeus, the Unhallowed, and one other non-human creature. Upon review, I will likely be removing Blood Artist as he’ll kill me before multiple opponents. I will definitely take Arcane Lighthouse because otherwise some strategies shut down the turning men into food degeneracy. I’ll also try and make room for the Rabid Bite and similar cards, as well as some board wipe protection. Thank you again!

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