Yawgmoth Aristocrats & -1/-1 Counters

The Man, The Myth, The PHYSICIAN:

I've been in love with Yawgmoth, Thran Physician since he was first spoiled (also, who doesn't love rooting for the Villain) and I knew I had to build around him. This is not only my favorite deck, it's my Magnum Opus.

Token Production:

Making Tokens is essential in any Aristocrats theme, these tokens are some of the best options for sacrifice fodder. One token maker has an amazing synergy with Yawg, Nest of Scarabs, when using this token maker with Yawg, you can make infinite tokens(or as much life as you're willing to pay). Desecrated Tomb, Bitterblossom, Ophiomancer, and Ogre Slumlord are some of my other favorites in this deck.

Sacrifice Outlets:

The main Sacrifice Outlet in this deck is Yawg himself, but having other sac outlets allows this deck to function if Yawg isn't on the board. Two of my favorites are Phyrexian Altar and Ashnod's Altar.

Mass Mana Production:

Having Cabal Coffers (Copied with Vesuva and Thespian's Stage) and Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth is a nice way to make a ton of mana. This mana then can be dumped into Exsanguinate for a big payoff.

-1/-1 Counters:

The -1/-1 Counters Yawg produces can be a great benefit in combos (besides Nest of Scarabs). Necroskitter pairs really well with Black Sun's Zenith, and allows you to steal everyone else's creatures. There's also a sac combo with Yawg + Butcher Ghoul/Geralf's Messenger /Sightless Ghoul (or Mikaeus, the Unhallowed and 2 nonhumans) that allows for infinite saccing.

Doing Damage:

Zulaport Cutthroat, Ayara, First of Locthwain, Blood Artist, Falkenrath Noble, and Vindictive Vampire are the obvious choices because you're saccing all your own creatures so you'll be doing a lot of damage to everyone else and giving yourself health (to either survive or pay for Yawg's ability).


There is a recursion theme that can help fuel the Aristocrat engine in a pinch. Cards like Chainer, Dementia Master, Phyrexian Reclamation, Liliana, Heretical Healer  , and Animate Dead all aid in recurring creatures.

Lastly, this deck is meant to pivot, if one route gets shut down take a different one. Each game can play out differently, but there's some tutors to hopefully steer everything back in the right direction.


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Date added 1 year
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This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Rarity (main - side)

7 - 0 Mythic Rares

38 - 0 Rares

27 - 0 Uncommons

7 - 0 Commons

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 2.84
Tokens 1/1 Faerie Rogue, Treasure, 0/1 Eldrazi Spawn, 2/2 Zombie, 1/1 Bat, Liliana, 1/1 Insect, 0/0 Zombie Army, 1/1 Myr, 1/1 Human Soldier, 1/1 Goblin, 0/1 Thrull, 1/1 Servo, 1/1 Rat
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