Nikara, Lair Scavenger and Yannik, Scavenging Sentinel aren't the strongest options coming with Ikoria but I love the consistent value they can give at a decently low CMC. I'm looking forward to writing out a primer in full when the deck settles down a bit. That will be a while because I'll need to play with the cards some first. I'll add my thoughts below as I build and alter along the way though.

So I found my first bit of tech for the deck in Serra Avatar. When banished with Yannik I could easily have 35 to 40 +1/+1 counters to spread across creatures! This led me to finding what I think are some of the best ridiculously high power creatures for the deck. I've added Ajani Goldmane, Fungal Behemoth, Geist-Honored Monk, Ulvenwald Hydra, and Sage of Ancient Lore   and I'm currently considering which others if any I might go with. 3 of these in particular also come with ETBs furthering their usefulness as Yannik targets.

I believe at this point the main method of winning with this deck will be swinging with Nikara after plopping 30 +1/+1 counters on her from the interaction of yannik and one of the large creatures like serra avatar. Outside of that maybe swarm with tokens produced by some of the other ETBs? There is Gray Merchant of Asphodel, Siege Rhino, and Dire Fleet Ravager but I don't really expect to win with those.

A quick explanation of the custom categories:

Other: Belong in the deck but don't quite match other things in the deck.

BouncyBalls: Ways of bringing things back from the grave or shooting them to hand/exile.

CardAdvantage: Create card advantage...

Mana: Produce or find mana.

Counters: directly produce counters. Usually +1/+1.

Removal: create card disadvantage for opponents.

YannikTargets: ETB effects I want to have multiple times.


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This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

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16 - 0 Mythic Rares

29 - 0 Rares

14 - 0 Uncommons

5 - 0 Commons

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 3.86
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