Yawgmoth's Bargain

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Legality

Format Legality
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Premodern Legal
Vintage Legal

Yawgmoth's Bargain

Enchantment

Skip your draw step.

Pay 1 life: Draw a card.

CoarselyRefined on Sheoldred's Dream Drainer

1 week ago

Something be mindful of, not every card is designed to be the most powerful, game-breaking card in the game and, as such, optimizing around a certain card or mechanic is not always going to be the most competitive. There is also something to be said for balance. When I brew my decks I usually try to go by the 8×8 theory as a starting point. That doesn't mean I stay true to an 8×8 build but it helps when starting, for balance.

That said, K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth might be good in this as it allows you to do more with the life you're gaining. An alternate to having Crypt Ghast et. al. on the field.

Tergrid, God of Fright  Flip will be huge in this when you get to play things your opponents had to pitch to their graveyards. Similar in feel would be Lorcan, Warlock Collector but that only nets creatures.

Glacial Chasm could be interesting here as well, especially when paired with Season of the Witch but you'd need a lot of life to see it pay off. While thinking in this space, it might be neat to include some things like Elixir of Immortality to just loop your yard back into your deck for more draw-drain/gain shenanigans. This would also take the place of not having a max hand size. Something your opponents might not expect.

The reason I suggested Necropotence by the way is that it gives you an opportunity to NOT draw, which mid-to-late game might be handy to keep from decking yourself. I'll also suggest Yawgmoth's Bargain in the same space.

Aetherflux Reservoir can be handy if you're up against a deck that leans into not having a lot of life.

I'd also say that limited cards like Dark Betrayal are a no for me. Sure, it's one mana removal but if your opponent(s) play decks that don't have access to black then it's a dead card. Instead run something like Hero's Downfall it's more expensive but it allows you to target any color creature and even planeswalkers.

Are you familiar with the Gatherer website? It allows you to search by different metrics and really let's you explore the depths of what Wizards has printed over the decades.

EnbyGolem on Good Ol' Kamahl.

1 week ago

You could also keep it on a ‘sideboard’ with the deck and swap to it when people are okay with you playing it. I actually do a similar thing with my old-school deck and Yawgmoth's Bargain; I sometimes swap a card for it when my playgroup is playing more higher-tiered decks as a way for me to help keep up with the rest of the group.

bushido_man96 on Pointy Hat Squad

1 month ago

Yawgmoth's Bargain is a banned card in EDH, so you should consider replacing it. One life for one card is pretty broken in EDH.

I'm not sure I'd run Ponder in here. I think a straight draw spell like Night's Whisper or Ambition's Cost would be better, or any other straight draw spell of your choosing.

Does High Tide do much for you here? Being in a three color deck, it doesn't seem like you'll have many Islands on the table at a given time to make much out of it. You could probably find a more consistent ramp spell.

Overall, looks fun!

Gadianten on Orah's Dirty Clergy [Aristocrats EDH]

5 months ago

All recommendations I am making are assuming your in a multi player meta where endurance and flexibility are useful and not a 1v1 meta where speed and reliability are the most critical.

Sorry if I mislead you on the card Yawgmoth's Bargain, it was not my intention, as it is banned for commander. I was just trying to make a comparison to it and the Yawgmoth, Thran Physician reanimation draw combo. The fact that Buried alive makes it easy to set up a mimic of Yawgmoth's Bargain, a card so terrifying, powerful and game breaking in commander that is was banned years ago is incredible and worth the effort to set up.

Edge Walker is pretty good with Yawgmoth for playing the absurd hand size he can get you once you have assembled the draw engine, but if your not assembling him or drawing ridiculous amounts of cards I can see his value limited greatly. Just to give you an idea how crazy the handsize can get imagine you have Children of Korlis out or draw into him, getting a hand size of 50 or more is pretty tame at that point and you need cards like Edge Walker and Priest of Gix to allow you to do something with that kind of hand because if you dont, the table will do its best to reenact the battle for middle earth at your expense.

Gift of Immortality is just pure synergy with your commander as it enables "free" sacrifices to fuel interesting outlets like Yawgmoth, Thran Physician or Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim. Simply slapping gift on your commander will protect him from a lot of removal and make him viable sacrifice fodder to recover other fallen clerics, in short it make your commander far better at doing what he wants to do, cheat death. Also, gift works once each turn, not just your own, or if you prefer try gift with Selfless Spirit and have a mini Avacyn or place it on Remorseful Cleric and make other reanimation players cry.

Another good add for your deck would be Altar of Dementia as it provides another sac outlet or an alternative win via milling people using your reanimation loop. You can even use it to help fuel your own graveyard.

I don't know if you are aware of this funny interaction between some of your creatures, but Mikaeus, the Unhallowed and Yawgmoth, Thran Physician together make your non human creatures very difficult to deal with as you can remove the +1/+1 counter from undying with the -1/-1 counter granted from Yawgmoth, Thran Physician. Not everyone seems to know that the two counter types cancel each other out and are removed off the creature, making undying shenanigans possible.

Davinoth on Orah's Dirty Clergy [Aristocrats EDH]

5 months ago

     Gadianten: Thanks for the suggestions! A few of them have actually already been in and out of the deck a number of times. I was thinking recently that Buried Alive should go back in, good call!

     Hadn't considered Priest of Gix or Yawgmoth's Bargain, but I think both are probably going to make it in as well, excellent suggestions!

     Edgewalker was cut a while ago, and the deck's average CMC has dropped since then as well. I often felt the cost reduction was relatively inconsequential. Same goes for Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim. Good card, but I found I almost never actually activated her, and the removal portion is pretty well covered by the deck's removal package.

     Not sure about Gift of Immortality and Dance of the Dead. I often feel like I have too many slots devoted to Reanimation cards as it is. I've considered cutting Animate Dead a few times, but haven't due to it's great synergy with Hall of Heliod's Generosity - which of course both of your suggestions here would take advantage of as well. Perhaps I'll swap Victimize out for Gift of Immortality.. something to think about!

     Thanks again, really great suggestions! =D

Gadianten on Orah's Dirty Clergy [Aristocrats EDH]

5 months ago

Alright, you NEED Buried Alive as it will enable you to abuse tools you already have in the deck. Choose Yawgmoth, Thran Physician + Karmic Guide + Reveillark and [Insert Reanimate like effect] to revive Reveillark to make a Yawgmoth's Bargain that murders your opponets creatures. Draw cards until you get a winning combo while clearing the board of all creatures you dislike. It is VERY easy to draw 20 or more cards this way and if you have lifegain you can draw as many cards as you want. I cant overstate how powerful this ability is and if you have something like Zulaport Cutthroat out you pretty much win.

Some other considerations for the deck are Edgewalker for the discounts, Priest of Gix for reanimation mana abuse, Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim as a sacrificial outlet of mass destruction and Heliod's Pilgrim as a useful in tribe tool box fetch creature. I think a good tool box would be Gift of Immortality and Dance of the Dead in addition to your current Animate Dead. Pretty helpful to ensure a way to revive off a Buried Alive play. Gift of Immortality is pretty funny with cards like Selfless Spirit or even Yawgmoth, Thran Physician for value.

Guerric on Necropotence vs Yawgmoth’s Bargain

6 months ago

Peoyogon I agree that it isn't all that more powerful than lots of other degenerate cards that are legal. I suspect part of the reason it is banned is bc it is on the reserve list and is an insanely powerful piece that most decks in black would want. Since they can't reprint its supply is limited, and its sort of a haves and have nots thing. The Rules Committee seems to be fine with this dynamic if its not a game-winning card, but they don't like it if there are inaccessible cards that you feel like an optimal deck must run which would also be good in almost any deck in that color. Hence Gaea's Cradle is legal because it is only good in creature-based decks and is not necessarily a must-have for a green deck, but Yawgmoth's Bargain is illegal under this logic because there is no reason not to run it in any black deck, and its supply is limited. I'm not necessarily agreeing with all of this reasoning, but I've noticed that is how they tend to think.

Niko9 on Necropotence vs Yawgmoth’s Bargain

6 months ago

And I just realized that Yawgmoth's Bargain is on the banlist. Sorry! This is what I get for trying to think magic first thing in the morning. Now it definitely makes sense why I don't see it so much in gameplay : )

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