Historic Orzhov Yorion Doom Deck and Sideboard Guide by Avecito
What’s popping, my name is Avery wilson. I’m usually known in the magic community as a player who only knows how to turn cards sideway. I Stream on twitch as Soavecito and on youtube as Mravewil. As a Gruul aficionado, I know how to beat it. When I noticed that Gruul was taking over historic, I had to try to come things down a bit. Introducing the Gruul killer Orzhov Yorion Doom.
Here I am going to talk about how every card fits in this list and what role it plays to make it good. This deck’s main strategy is to outvaule your opponent with enter the battlefield effects and then blinking them with cards like Yorion and Charming Prince. Goal is to make your opponent look for the concede button on the top right of the screen. There are 80 cards, so there is a lot to talk about. please bear with me as i get mad at myself for writing about a 80 card deck.
Yorion, Sky Nomad- This card is the main engine. it allows you to flip the game in your favor by blinking cards like Yarok’s Fenlurker, Charming Prince, Elspeth’s Conquers Death, etc.
Charming Prince- The utilities on this card make it viable because at worst you get to set up your next few draws. The main thing is to blink creatures so they can retrigger again.
Yarok’s Fenlurker- Fenlurker is a good early drop card. It helps strip a card from your opponent hand, while being a good blink target and blocker
Murderous Rider- Good removal for creatures or planeswalkers. It also has value late game when you can play it as a creature and try to gain some life.
Basilica Bell-Haunt- Great creature that has a good body, gains you some life, and makes your opponent discard a card. So much value for 4 mana!!
Ravenous Chupacabra- Wow i can’t believe this card was forgotten. It’s 4 mana play a 2/2 that kills any creature. One of the cards I want to blink the most to be honest.
Agonizing Remorse- Theme of the deck. Takes your opponents best card in hand or graveyard
and exiles them. It feels so good to take a uro from a graveyard
Kaya’s Wrath- Board wipe. Aggro players shake their heads when casted.
Shatter the Sky- See Kaya’s Wrath
Despark- Nice answer to problematic permanents that have CMC 4 or greater.
Eliminate- Wow this card is amazing. I honestly might want to up the number of copies because of how it did against the historic field. Nice early game answer to planeswalkers and creatures.
Heartless Act- I wanted another kill spell that Eliminate didn’t hit
Mortify- Removal spell that sometimes comes in handy and catches pesky enchantments
Oath of kaya- Gains life while dealing with permanents early game. Also can take out an opponent at low life. You would be surprised how many opponents that died to Oath of Kaya
Phyrexian Arena- Card draw engine that is needed to keep up card advantage.
Doom Foretold- This card is the focal point of why I built this. It does everything you can ask for….enough said 🙂
Elspeth Conquers Death- A enchantment I am never sad to see because it exiles a lot of good targets. It also makes your opponent spells cost more AND brings back a creature that has a EBT effect.
The Eldest Reborn- A value card that does similar things like Elspeth Conquers Death
Phew…still with me because i still have to do the sideboard
Duress- Another card disruption spell. Mostly good against heavy non creature decks or combo decks
Devout Decree- Because i want to destroy gruul and mono red
Noxious Grasp- Because i want to destroy gruul and all green decks
History of Benalia- good token maker that helps against aggro decks and good to apply pressure to control decks.
Baneslayer angel- Top end card that helps stabilize against aggro
Lyra Dawnbringer- See baneslayer
Yorion, Sky Nomad- who doesn’t want to start a game of magic with 8 cards
Tips and Tricks
- You can blink Yorion with Charming Prince and it allows a loop that keeps blinking Yorion and charming prince. It is great if you have more things that have entered the battlefield effects to gain value from each blink.
- Sometimes it is best to keep certain creatures alive because you can later get more value from it by blinking the card.
I don’t really like sideboard guides because i swear that i change my mind every game but i cangive a basic template at least
Whole sideboard…….just kidding.
+2 Devout decree +2 Noxious Grasp +1 Baneslayer Angel +2 Lyra Dawnbringer.
– 4 Yarok’s Fenlurker -2 Phyrexian Arena -1 Elspeth, Sun’s Nemesis.
This matchup is all about answering the early game. You want to have them have no good opportunity to flash in embercleave.
+4 History of Benalia +2 Lyra Dawnbringer +1 Baneslayer Angel
-3 Doom foretold-2 Elspeth Conquers Death -2 The eldest Reborn.
History is great here because it makes blockers and allows you to get to the late game.
+3 Duress +2 Noxious Grasp +4 History of Benalia
– 4 Kaya’s Wrath -2 Shatter the Sky – 2 Despark -1 The Eldest Reborn.
Answering Diligent excavator is key. It is the main engine in this deck. So we want to bring in hand disruption and more removal here.
+4 History of Benalia +3 Duress
-2 Heartless Act -2 Eliminate -2 Despark -1 Ravenous Chupacabra.
Disrupting the hand , while putting pressure with history is the game plan in this matchup and it’s important to try to get the ramp spells so they can’t get value off of Field of the Dead.
I wanted to build a deck that had an answer to everything in the format. I live for Enter the battlefield effects and being able to blink them and gain more value is the best feeling ever. I definitely recommend this list for its consistency and resilience against the Historic metagame. I would say the only few changes I would make is cutting Elspeth, Sun’s Nemesis for another Murderous Rider and playing 2 Baneslayer instead of 2 Lyra Dawnbringer. I will definitely be playing this deck when Jumpstart comes out and make more changes because there is a lot of cool cards in the set. Ok that’s all from me, I hope you enjoyed this deck guide that i created.
Signing off, peace..