This deck was the first Commander deck I built to use in paper, and boy have I had a good time playing it. It's proven to be as efficient and resilient as I hoped it would be, and though I realize that the deck has basically become a pure combo deck resembling other Yawgmoth lists out there (natural, I suppose, considering I looked at a lot of different lists and videos to learn how to best utilize Yawgmoth's abilities), I still like it and consider it to be "my own".

The deck's gameplay is obviously "aristocratic": sacrifice creatures to Yawgmoth for value, preferably with a Blood Artist style effect on board to prevent life loss and whittle down opponents' lives. In doing this, you not only accrue an impressive amount of card advantage over the course of a game, but you also become an incredible source of board presence control. Those -1/-1 counters rack up fast, and the amount of repeatable sacrifice fodder and reanimation in the deck is plentiful enough that you can usually comfortably protect yourself and even dictate how your opponent plans to attack and what they get to keep on their field. Yawgmoth's ability to sacrifice creatures at instant speed makes the deck quite hard to interact with, as anything your opponent targets for removal or theft can easily be sacrificed, replaced with a draw, and brought back at a later time with cards like Mimic Vat, Coffin Queen, or Animate Dead.

As for how the deck wins, this is primarily done by creating an infinite combo consisting of one of the following formulas:

  1. Two creatures with Undying (such as Butcher Ghoul and Geralf's Messenger) and preferably Zulaport Cutthroat or Ayara, First of Locthwain. Blood Artist can be used as well, but this will likely only end up killing two opponents at most since he only targets one person.

  2. One creature with Undying, one source of token generation triggered by death such as Pawn of Ulamog or Sifter of Skulls, and Zulaport Cutthroat.

The combo works by sacrificing one Undying creature first. After it has returned to the field with its +1/+1 counter, you must sacrifice the other Undying creature or death-generated token to give a -1/-1 counter to the previous Undying creature, thereby canceling those counters out and allowing it to return again. Rinse and repeat. With an "Artist" on the field, you will drain an opponent's life up to the number of cards left in your deck (which is typically enough to kill them off). This is why you need Zulaport Cutthroat on the field so that you're able to kill everyone at once.

If someone happens to have waaayyy more life than you have cards, though... idk, tell them your dog's on fire and quit or something lol.

That should be all there is to it! I feel good about where the deck is now, but I would still welcome any suggestions and advice! Thanks for reading!


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This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Rarity (main - side)

4 - 0 Mythic Rares

26 - 0 Rares

27 - 0 Uncommons

18 - 0 Commons

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 2.87
Tokens 1/1 Human Soldier, 1/1 Myr, Copy Clone, 2/2 Zombie, 1/1 Servo, 0/0 Zombie Army, 0/1 Serf, 1/1 Eldrazi Scion, 1/1 Insect, 1/1 Rat, 2/2 Spirit, 0/1 Eldrazi Spawn, 0/1 Thrull, 1/1 Thrull, 1/1 Spirit, 1/1 Elf Warrior, Treasure
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