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Historic Abzan Convoke Yawgmoth Combo Deck Guide

Learn how to rank up with Historic Abzan Convoke Yawgmoth Combo! A deep dive into the deck from the #1 Mythic player - and the youngest at 15 years old!

Hello! In this article you will learn about Abzan Convoke Yawgmoth that has performed in Historic ladder for me recently and I’m going to enlighten you, the reader with a deck overview, sideboard guide, combo explanation, tricks, sequencing Rope Line Attendant, and gameplan against each of the top 5 meta Historic decks.

Post when I made #1 Mythic at age of 15 years what is one the youngest who a player has reached #1 Mythic.
February 2024’s run with Abzan Convoke Yawgmoth to top #1 Mythic run where I went 27-4 platinum to Mythic in little over six hours.

Decklist

2x #1 Mythic Constructed Abzan Convoke Yawgmoth
by Käpälä
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Historic
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37 rare
5 uncommon
9 common
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Chord of Calling
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Lands (22)
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Mana Confluence
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Blooming Marsh
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Godless Shrine
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60 Cards
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15 Cards
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Main Deck

Yawgmoth, Thran Physician is the core of the deck, because it’s a free sacrifice outlet that draws cards. It becomes amazing card when you have couple of Young Wolf to draw as many cards as you have life or even game ending if you have cards like Blood Artist, Zulaport Cutthroat, Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons or Prosperous Innkeeper on battlefield.

Also, it can in some cases control the board with the proliferate ability if your opponent’s creatures have -1/-1 counters, or the more powerful way with Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons acting as board wipe.

Sadly, Yawgmoth is weak to cards Pithing Needle, The End, The Stone Brain, and Fatal Push. You want to play around Fatal Push if you don’t have more than one copy of Yawgmoth available to play, then you should not be blocking or killing opponent’s creatures if not necessary to avoid activating revolt for the opponent.

Young Wolf is a 1/1 that has Undying. When it dies it comes back with a +1/+1 counter. This creature is the best way to execute the combo in this deck while you have two of these on the battlefield combined with Yawgmoth, Thran Physician. It’s also a good card against Dimir or Azorius control, because it’s hard to remove, and if opponent wants to remove it, it becomes a two-for-one for only just one mana. Also, Young Wolf is a great chump blocker for those big creatures in the late game or early game against Izzet Wizards.

Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons is a powerful creature that can wipe your opponent’s board if you can sacrifice another creature with Yawgmoth, Thran Physician to activate Hapatra’s ability and draw tons of cards. It’s a combo piece with a Young Wolf and it can be used some chases to ‘’untap’’ your tapped creatures by sacrificing them to Yawgmoth, putting -1/-1 counters to your opponent’s creatures, while creating untapped snaked giving you a chance to play Chord of Calling to find important the missing combo piece to the battlefield and to win the game.

With Hapatra, Yawgmoth and an aristocrat creature you can usually win games against Mono Green Devotion instantly, because the deck plays so many high toughness creatures early on the game.

Blood Artist is the core way to win with the infinite life drain combined with two Young Wolf or one Young Wolf and Hapatra. In some board states, Blood Artist can be a lethal card to your opponents without even executing the combo If your opponent’s life total is low and you sacrifice all your creatures.

In Historic, you sadly don’t have cards like Endurance to recycle your combo pieces, so it’s crucial in some board states to have them and not in your graveyard so be mindful when you run your Blood artist in matchups where you want your opponent’s dead with one turn lethal.

Prosperous Innkeeper acts as ramp and life gain for the combo. It is generally good that it has mana value of two so, you can sacrifice it to Eldritch Evolution to find Yawgmoth and other Toolbox creatures like Skyclave Apparation, Boromir, Warden of the Tower or Arasta of the Endless Web.

The Orcish Bowmasters nerf made the card much better, because it can be a life gain outlet for the combo, and it doesn’t get hit by Orcish Bowmasters ping anymore. In this Convoke version of the deck, Prosperous Innkeeper can be pretty absurd life gain outlet paired with a nice Rope Line Attendant turn two start giving you time in Wizards and Burn matchups.

Delighted Halfling is a powerful card in the metagame where control is one of the dominant decks, but recently I’ve felt that Avacyn's Pilgrim is better, because of mana fixing for white spells and supporting that way more your Knight-Errant of Eos convoke angle. Halfling is a nice ramp creature that boosts your strategy and makes your Yawgmoth and Hapatra a sad sight to control decks, unless they have Reprieve what bypasses the uncounterable ability from Halfling.

Delighted Halfling sadly taps for colorless, so the multicolored Rope Line Attendant can’t be cast with this powerhouse of a card and that’s the reason why I’ve cut 3 Delighted Halfling for 3 Avacyn's Pilgrim

I started playing a full playset of Avacyn's Pilgrim after a great Magic player Omrithopter who makes great articles and content gave me the idea of playing it to pay white mana to cast cards like Rope Line Attendant and Knight-Errant of Eos, because sometimes the deck just doesn’t give you the ability to cast it with only your lands. It has felt like a major buff to the deck just because it’s a mana dork that makes the white splash much more consistent.

Gilded Goose is one of the ramp cards in this deck and it also fixes mana for Rope Line Attendant and Knight-Errant of Eos If needed. It has the ability to act as a ramp, as well as a life gain card when you get low on life or have nothing to play.

In long games when you are low on cards in hand Goose can be amazing as it gives you life and buys you time to top deck an answer or a win condition depending on the situation of the board state.

Also, it having flying is good against Wizards and UW Scam, because it has the ability to block giant creatures with flying that are usually quite big with those decks.

Rope Line Attendant is one of the best cards in the deck, because it can boost every creature card in your hand to make a 1/1 Selesnya Citizen when they enter the battlefield that can be used as a white source while convoking to a Knight-Errant of Eos. If you have Rope Line Attendant in hand and you have couple other creatures and a Convoke spell like Chord of Calling or Knight-Errant of Eos in hand and no Yawgmoth, I would not play a creature in turn 1 to increase the number of creatures produced by Rope Line Attendant.

If you have a Yawgmoth, Thran Physician in hand I would play a turn 1 mana dork like Avacyn's Pilgrim or Gilded Goose and turn 2 Rope Line Attendant to boost your creature cards in hand and lastly turn]3 Yawgmoth to curve out the main game plan of getting Yawgmoth on battlefield.

Rope Line Attendant can also be a crucial piece to the combo, because it can make your Young Wolf to a killing machine by itself. When you sacrifice a perpetual effect boosted Young Wolf to Yawgmoth it comes back to the battlefield and creates a 1/1 Citizen that you can sacrifice targeting your Young Wolf to loop it like you would have two Young Wolf’s in battlefield.

Rope Line Attendant is very powerful creature on its own too, because when you have a hand of full of creatures it can put in some cases more than ten 1/1 Citizen tokens worth of creatures to your hand that are crucial to the Convoke gameplan and they hit for a lot of damage.

Knight-Errant of Eos is the main reason for splashing white in this deck, because it can be a powerful backup plan to smack your opponents from the game and find combo pieces for the Yawgmoth combo. Sometimes you have a fun opportunity to sacrifice Knight-Errant of Eos to Eldritch Evolution to find Yawgmoth, Thran Physician to the battlefield as it has x=2+ Mana value. It’s very powerful blocker and attacker that can find important sideboard cards after sideboard too with the triggered ability.

Skyclave Apparition is a versatile tutor able silver bullet that offers you a way to remove cards like Sheoldred, The Apocalypse that can stop you from comboing with Yawgmoth, Thran Physician and it’s very nice card against any main deck ways to stop the Yawgmoth combo like Karn, the Great Creator’s toolbox artifacts for example Pithing Needle that stops your Yawgmoth activations. It’s also just good card that can remove threats like UR Wizards creatures or RBx Midranges The One Ring for maximum value.

A-Haywire Mite is amazing card to play as a one of in the main deck, because you are often in a situation where you want to remove opposing artifacts or enchantments. After sideboard you almost always keep Haywire mite in deck, because it can get rid of The One Ring and many powerful sideboard cards against Yawgmoth like Pithing Needle, Stone of Erech and Rest in Peace.

In the current metagame it can also get rid of Agatha's Soul Cauldron that’s played in Kethis Combo and Yawgmoth mirror. Sometimes A-Haywire Mite can be used to exile Discover combo’s treasures to slow the down by a turn.

Chord of Calling is one of the best cards in this deck, because it gives the deck so much consistency to tutor your combo pieces and silver bullets. It’s also a very good card to find your sideboard cards like Scavenging Ooze, Phyrexian Revoker or Skyfisher Spider after sideboard. The card can also be played at your opponent’s end step to reduce possible counterspells to protect your next turn’s spells from getting countered on the control matchups.

It’s one of the best spells in this deck, because it can be used to cripple opponent’s combo plan and pushing your gameplan to win with especially after sideboarding. 

Eldritch Evolution is a useful way to find your silver bullets like Skyclave Apparition or any needed sideboard card to the battlefield like Arasta the Endless Web, scavenging ooze, Boromir warden of the tower, Phyrexian Revoker, Juggernaut Peddler and so on. It’s also a nice way to get Yawgmoth on the battlefield or any missing combo piece that you need in your situation.

Eldritch Evolution is one of the most usual cuts from the deck, because It’s bad against all decks that are running a bunch on counterspells.

Agatha's Soul Cauldron is the best card printed in Wilds of Eldraine no doubt, because it made Modern Yawgmoth and Historic Yawgmoth one of the best decks in the format. Acting as graveyard hate and a backup Yawgmoth if your a Yawgmoth is on the graveyard and you have a creature on the battlefield. It bumps your creatures and making all creatures with +1/+1 counters act as the sideboard cards that have died (Like Scavenging Ooze, Outland Liberator or A-Haywire Mite) really gives you another angle of a gameplan against the graveyard-based decks.

Agatha's Soul Cauldron is a really powerful card that can be a bit broken against RBx/Jund Midrange decks that run a lot of removal and discard spells against you. In the convoke variant I’m playing just one copy of Cauldron, because it can get in your way in multiples and clogs your hand in this variant of Yawgmoth.

The Combo and Tricks

This Combo deck is based on the core card Yawgmoth, Thran Physician that can draw a card when you sacrifice a creature and the deck uses cards like Young Wolf, Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons to combo off abusing the undying triggers.

Combo Example: Yawgmoth and Two Young Wolves 

Sacrifice a Young Wolf: Use Yawgmoth’s ability to pay 1 life and sacrifice one of the Young Wolves. This will trigger Yawgmoth’s ability, allowing you to put a -1/-1 counter on a target creature (which could be an opposing creature or not targeting a creature at start) and draw a card.

After sacrificing the first Young Wolf, it will go to the graveyard and return to the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter from undying. Then you sacrifice another Young Wolf targeting your Young Wolf with a +1/+1 counter to remove it.

You can repeat this process as many times as you have life to pay to draw tons of cards finding many combo pieces or if you have mana/convokable creatures you can cast a Chord of calling while x=2 to find Blood artist or Prosperous Innkeeper if you don’t have any of those in battlefield and win the game.

Tricks

Hapatra or Perpetual Rope Line Attendant + Young Wolf “Untapping” Creatures for Chord of Calling or Knight-Errant of Eos

Example 1

Let’s say you have Yawgmoth, 1 Young Wolf and 1 Hapatra on battlefield and you wanted to get more creatures to convoke for a Chord of Calling while x=2 finding a Blood Artist or Prosperous Innkeeper. Start by sacrificing your Young Wolf targeting your opponent’s creatures to get +1 Snake. Sacrifice the snake targeting the young wolf to reset young wolf and repeating the process as long you can Convoke for a Blood Artist

Example 2

Let’s say you have Yawgmoth and one Young Wolf with a +1/+1 counter and the Perpetual Ability from Rope Line Attendant and some tapped creatures. Start by sacrificing a tapped creature to Perpetual Young Wolf to reset the counters and sacrifice Perpetual Young Wolf to create an untapped 1/1 Citizen. You can use the untapped creatures mainly for Chord of Calling or Knight-Errant of Eos.

Proliferate with Yawgmoth

  1. Proliferate opponent’s creatures that have -1/-1 counters with Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons on battlefield to create obscene amounts of snake tokens that you can use for convoking spells.
  2. Sometimes you can do fun tricks with the deck like Proliferating your Young Wolf to make them bigger and swing for lethal. 
  3. Proliferating opponents The One Ring to kill them if they’re on low life and they have no Sheoldred, The Apocalypse on the Battlefield is a fun trick that is possible.
  4. You can Proliferate your opponent’s Fable of the Mirror-Breaker when it’s on one Saga counter and opponent has no cards in hand to basically skip the looting face of the card.
     

Sideboard

Phyrexian Revoker is a powerful sideboard card against almost all combo decks and Karn, The Great Creator decks. This deck plays Phyrexian Revoker instead of Pithing Needle, because you can find it with Chord of Calling and Eldritch Evolution.

You can also get it in response to Karn with Chord of Calling and stopping all of Karn’s activations. That makes Mono Green Devotion decks much worse against you, because they can’t access their interaction (For example Pithing Needle, The Mightstone and Weakstone or The Stone Brain).

Arasta of the Endless Web shows it best in the Izzet Wizards matchup making bunch of blockers, that are lifesavers very often. Sadly, it dies often to Flame of Anor or double Burn spell, but taxes removal by making those valuable 1/2 reach creatures for blocking their flying creatures. You could consider playing another one if Izzet Wizards is played a lot in the metagame, but I haven’t seen it worth it.

This decks sideboard has 3 Juggernaut Peddler instead of Thoughtseize for the control and Mono Green matchups, because It’s a creature that can be tutored with Chord and it can get the perpetual bonus from Rope Line Attendant, and it can be found from Knight-Errant of Eos and pay for the convoke cards. Besides that, you can attack with it, and it has vigilance so you can still use it as a blocker or a Convoke cost reduction after attacking with it.

I have run another copy of Skyclave Apparition in sideboard against Sheoldred decks and against fast aggro decks for example Simic Merfolk or Orzhov Humans. It having the ability to exile all kinds of nonland permanents makes this card a must have in mainboard and sideboard as an additional answer to Graveyard hate, Karn or any kind of threat to your gameplan.

Scavenging Ooze is a hard card to pass while choosing your sideboard cards, because it can exile your opponent’s valuable beneficial graveyard cards. Most common Examples are against Kethis Combo. Against Kethis it can eat their Mox Amber, Jace, the Perfected Mind or Jace, Wielder of Mysteries and Emry, Lurker of the Loch and it makes their Agatha's Soul Cauldron much worse, if you know to keep one green mana open for exiling the targeted creature card from their Cauldron.

Skyfisher Spider is a powerful removal card against Reanimator and Sheoldred decks, because it can be tutored with Chord of Calling or Eldritch Evolution acting as a silver bullet removal, while getting an attacker/blocker that gains bunch of life when dying. Sometimes I’ve saved myself with the destroy trigger targeting itself to gain life, but the life gain has depended heavily by the number of creatures on the graveyard.

Boromir, Warden of the Tower Is the most powerful way to destroy the Discover combo decks like the Quintorious Discover and the Turbo Geological Appraiser Discover decks. It can be tutored with Chord instant speed, and it can also be a board wipe protection card against UW control and Gates.

Fatal Push is a great, cheap and the best way to remove creatures for example against Izzet Wizards to slow their gameplan a little. Fatal Push is also boarded in against fast aggro decks like Simic Merfolk, Humans and Boros Artifacts. It’s also a good card against creature based combo decks like Kethis Combo or Abzan Amalia.

Pile On is a nice removal spell against creature combo decks and it can even get the biggest creatures down. In some chases you can have an opportunity to kill an Atraxa against reanimator or kill Geological Appraiser to response to the Discover trigger that saves you from dying and gives you a great feeling of massive value.

Necromentia is one of the ways to remove combo decks combo pieces by naming the most important one. Examples: Against Kethis you name Kethis, against Discover Combo you name Eldritch Evolution, against Samwise Cat Combo you name Samwise Gamgee and against Yawgmoth you name Yawgmoth, Thran Physician. Against Mono Green devotion you name Karn, the Great Creator or Storm the Festival if you have already a Phyrexian Revoker on the battlefield that stops Karn’s activations.

Elven Chorus Is mainly in the sideboard for Control and Midrange matchups as a powerful outlet to grind your opponents in the endgame and usually flips the game upside down for you if your opponents don’t have a way to remove it from the battlefield. Also, Elven Chorus gets better in the Convoke shell, because you have so many creatures on the battlefield for immense amounts of mana. Best possible top cards to play are Yawgmoth, Thran Physician and Knight-Errant of Eos that can filter the top card while giving you cards in your hand.

Sideboard Guide

Acronym explanations:

  • OTD: On the Draw
  • OTP: On the Play
  • ETB: Enter the battlefield 

Discover Combo: 6

InOut
1 Boromir, Warden of the Tower4 Knight-Errant of Eos
1 Necromentia1 Agatha's Soul Cauldron
1 Pile On1 Prosperous Innkeeper
OTP: 3 Juggernaut Peddler
OTD: 3 Fatal Push

Izzet Wizards: 6

InOut
3 Fatal Push1 Delighted Halfling
1 Pile On1 Agatha's Soul Cauldron
1 Skyclave Apparition1 A-Haywire Mite
1 Arasta of the Endless Web1 Avacyn's Pilgrim
1 Knight-Errant of Eos
1 Eldritch Evolution

Rakdos Midrange: 4

InOut
1 Pile On1 Blood Artist
1 Skyclave Apparition1 Gilded Goose
1 Skyfisher Spider1 Knight-Errant of Eos
1 Elven Chorus1 Eldritch Evolution

Mono Green Devotion: 4 (7 OTP)

InOut
1 Skyclave Apparition1 Knight-Errant of Eos
1 Necromentia1 Agatha's Soul Cauldron
1 Pile On1 Prosperous Innkeeper
1 Phyrexian Revoker1 (3 OTP) Gilded Goose
OTP: 3 Juggernaut PeddlerOTP: 1 A-Haywire Mite

Azorius Control: 5

InOut
3 Juggernaut Peddler1 Gilded Goose
1 Boromir, Warden of the Tower1 Prosperous Innkeeper
1 Elven Chorus1 Knight-Errant of Eos
1 Eldritch Evolution
1 Skyclave Apparition

Simic Merfolk: 5

InOut
3 Fatal Push2 Gilded Goose
1 Pile On1 Agatha's Soul Cauldron
1 Skyclave Apparition1 Prosperous Innkeeper
1 Eldritch Evolution

Dimir Ninjas: 4

InOut
3 Fatal Push1 Gilded Goose
1 Pile On1 Agatha's Soul Cauldron
1 Prosperous Innkeeper
1 Eldritch Evolution

Golgari/Abzan Yawgmoth: 5 (6 OTD)

InOut
1 Scavenging Ooze1 A-Haywire Mite
2 (3 OTD) Fatal Push1 Knight-Errant of Eos
1 Necromentia1 Prosperous Innkeeper
1 Pile On1 Delighted Halfling
1 (2 OTD) Avacyn's Pilgrim

Orzhov Humans: 5

InOut
3 Fatal Push1 Gilded Goose
1 Pile On1 Agatha's Soul Cauldron
1 Skyclave Apparition1 Prosperous Innkeeper
1 Delighted Halfling
1 A-Haywire Mite

Yawgmoth, Thran Physician has protection from humans, so attacking is extra painful for opponent. In some situations, Orzhov Humans play couple of Brutal Cathar that can’t target Yawgmoth, because it has protection from it so that’s also a nice upside about the protection.

Kethis Combo: 6

InOut
1 Scavenging Ooze2 Gilded Goose
3 Fatal Push2 Knight-Errant of Eos
1 Necromentia1 Prosperous Innkeeper
1 Phyrexian Revoker1 Delighted Halfling

  

Gameplan against Top 5 played decks in Historic Bo3 

#1 Izzet Wizards 

Matchup difficulty: Hard

Izzet Wizards is probably the worst matchup to Yawgmoth, because their gameplan is so so fast compared to Yawgmoth’s and with Flame of Anor it can feel a little hopeless at time to time, because they can kill Yawgmoth with just it and draw 2 cards in the process, so opponent is doing massive value with only one spell and interrupting your gameplan by killing your creatures.

Gameplan

Game One: In game one you barely have a fighting chance, but you can still succeed with your game one with a fast Rope Line Attendant convoke plan paired with Prosperous Innkeeper for massive life gain.  

Sideboard:

InOut
3 Fatal Push1 Delighted Halfling
1 Pile On1 Agatha's Soul Cauldron
1 Skyclave Apparition1 A-Haywire Mite
1 Arasta of the Endless Web1 Avacyn's Pilgrim
1 Knight-Errant of Eos
1 Eldritch Evolution

Game Two and Three: You generally want an interactive fast hand with removal paired with fast combo route with Rope Line Attendant and a Convoke spell like Chord of Calling and Knight-Errant of Eos. After all of the sideboard hustle the match up becomes a bit better, but still not favourable.

Example hand against Wizards on play:

Let’s say you have a pretty good hand against Izzet Wizards with one Fatal Push, two mana dorks, one Rope Line Attendant, two lands and a convoke spell and it’s in this example a Chord of Calling.

Turn one: Play a land untapped and push their Turn one creature on their end step 

Turn two: (At draw step you draw a Young Wolf) Play a land and cast a Rope Line Attendant 

Turn three: (At draw step you drew a land) Play a land, cast your Perpetually boosted Young Wolf and mana dork. Now you have 5 creatures in play 

Turn four: (At draw step you draw a land) Play a land, cast your mana dork and Chord of Calling for x=4 tutoring Yawgmoth to the battlefield and win the game if you have enough life somehow at this late at the game against wizards to draw a game winning life gain outlet or a Chord of Calling.

#2 Mono Green Devotion 

Matchup difficulty: Easy-ish

Because against Mono Green Devotion this list has cards like Phyrexian Revoker and Necromentia (naming Karn, The Great Creator) what can shut opponent’s entire ability to make your combo impossible to execute with cards like Pithing Needle and The Stone Brain

Also, on play Yawgmoth has cards like Juggernaut Peddler to shatter their hand with useless non devotion juggernauts while taking their best cards like Kiora, Karn and Storm the Festival for example.

Sideboard:

InOut
1 Skyclave Apparition1 Knight-Errant of Eos
1 Necromentia1 Agatha's Soul Cauldron
1 Pile On1 Prosperous Innkeeper
1 Phyrexian Revoker1 (3 OTP) Gilded Goose
OTP: 3 Juggernaut PeddlerOTP: 1 A-Haywire Mite

Gameplan:

Against Mono Green you usually want a fast start that can outpace or interrupt opponent’s ability to resolve and activate Karn, the Great Creator with Phyrexian Revoker or Necromentia naming it.

The best possible hand and start against Mono Green would most likely be two lands, a mana dork, Rope Line Attendant, Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons or a Young Wolf and two Chord of Callings that you can use to find Phyrexian Revoker if opponent tries to resolve a Karn. Then on your next turn you can tutor up a Yawgmoth with all of the creatures made by Rope Line Attendant (+1 Perpetual 1/1 Selesnya Citizen at ETB).

Example match with those 7 cards on play:

Turn one: Play a land 

Turn two: (In draw step you draw a land) Play a land and cast Rope Line Attendant giving two creatures in your hand Perpetual bonus. 

Turn three: (In draw step you draw a mana dork) Play a land, cast the mana dork with Rope Line Attendants Perpetual bonus and play Young Wolf with perpetual bonus. Result: You have 5 creatures to convoke a Chord of calling with x=2 that can find a Phyrexian Revoker to answer a Karn of the great Creator on the stack so opponent can’t activate their Karn for any interaction against your next turns lethal combo. 

Turn four: (In draw step you draw a land) Play a land, cast the mana dork and now you have 7 creatures that you use to cast the other Chord of Calling while x=4 finding Yawgmoth, Thran Physician to the battlefield. Then you can execute the Yawgmoth combo until you draw a Life gain outlet like Prosperous Innkeeper or Blood artist or even a Chord of Calling or Eldritch Evolution tutoring a Blood Artist to the battlefield winning the game. 

#3 Discover Combo

Matchup difficulty: Medium

This matchup is usually very favoured to the starting player, because Discover Combo can win as soon as turn three if you, being on draw can’t tutor up an answer to Geological Appraiser that kills you if you can’t kill it while the discover trigger is on the stack.

On play the match up is pretty easy as you can play turn one Avacyn's Pilgrim turn two Rope Line Attendant and a creature with Perpetual bonus and at turn three you usually can have a Yawgmoth enter the battlefield with casting it or tutoring it on the battlefield with cards like Chord of Calling or Eldritch Evolution sacrificing your Rope Line Attendant. After that you probably have +3 other creatures to sacrifice if needed to shrink their Pantlaza, Sun-Favored or kill their Geological Appraiser.

Gameplan:

Game one just slam a Yawgmoth in the battlefield on turn three to secure your victory if you have couple other creatures on the battlefield to sacrifice, because you can kill their Geological Appraiser or shrink Pantlaza, Sun-Favored two times to dodge their combo as they will not be able to cast anything from their deck as it doesn’t have any two or less converted mana value spells to cast. 

Opponent can have a shot still if they can play Trumpeting Carnosaur, but it’s so slow that you should not worry about that in game one. Even if opponent resolves a Trumpeting Carnosaur you can use Chord of Calling to find Hapatra and kill it in response to the discover trigger to basically win the game. 

Sideboard:

InOut
1 Boromir, Warden of the Tower4 Knight-Errant of Eos
1 Necromentia1 Agatha's Soul Cauldron
1 Pile On1 Prosperous Innkeeper
OTP: 3 Juggernaut Peddler
OTD: 3 Fatal Push

Game two and three are much easier since you have cards like Boromir, Warden of the Tower and Necromentia (naming Eldritch Evolution) that win the game almost always since they do stop everything that makes the deck win on the spot and three Juggernaut Peddlers on play to take their Geological Appraiser or any else fast one card winning discover card like Pantlaza, Sun-Favored or Trumpeting Carnosaur.

In draw you have 3 Fatal Push to kill their Geological Appraiser when the discover trigger on the stack.

Tips:

You can exile opponent’s treasure that they make on your end step with Haywire Mite to slow their combo down.

This deck has one Skyclave Apparition that you can tutor with chord of calling x=3 if you don’t have full x=4 for Yawgmoth to exile their Geological Appraiser while discover 3 is on the stack to give you at least one more turn to resolve Yawgmoth on the battlefield.

#4 Azorius Control

Matchup difficulty: Usually favoured

Because some UW control lists play up to 4 copies of Divine Purge what is the most efficient way of wiping your board with exiling your Young Wolf and not killing them, so they don’t come back to the battlefield for free. Also, Boromir Warden of the Tower can’t protect your board form Divine Purge, because it exiles and doesn’t destroy all creatures. 

Sideboard:

InOut
3 Juggernaut Peddler1 Gilded Goose
1 Boromir, Warden of the Tower1 Prosperous Innkeeper
1 Elven Chorus1 Knight-Errant of Eos
1 Eldritch Evolution
1 Skyclave Apparition

Gameplan:

Against UW control you have strong cards in maindeck like Chord of Calling and after sideboarding the matchup is very, very good, because of three Juggernaut Peddlers that can take their board wipes, so opponents have a tough time against your Yawgmoth combo with hybrid combo line that is powered up by Rope Line Attendant and Knight-Errant of Eos. And the cherry on the pie is Boromir, Warden of the Tower that can be found with Chord as instant speed boardwipe protection when they cast a boardwipe trying to kill all of your creatures.

#5 Simic Merfolk

Matchup difficulty: Easy

Because Yawgmoth is one of the strongest decks against creature based aggro decks thanks to Yawgmoth, Thran Physician’s ability and couple creatures that makes attacking almost impossible, because you have the ability to block and sacrifice your creatures while shrinking or killing their creatures that are getting to hit you.

Sideboard:

InOut
3 Fatal Push2 Gilded Goose
1 Pile On1 Agatha's Soul Cauldron
1 Skyclave Apparition1 Prosperous Innkeeper
1 Eldritch Evolution

Gameplan:

Simic Merfolk you generally want to combo as fast as possible while controlling the board with Yawgmoth, Thran Physician and couple creatures. If you have Yawgmoth and a Young Wolf it’s usually game over for the opponent, because it’s so easy to control their board while chump blocking their creatures.

After sideboarding the match up becomes even more better, because you can bring cards like Fatal Push, Pile on and Skyclave Apparition to kill their creatures and with Skyclave you can exile oppponent’s Pithing Needle and Stone of Erech too if needed.

Thanks!

I hope you liked my first article that I’ve made this far. Also, if you have questions about something from this article or something else, let me know! Also special thanks to Omrithopter for being amazing and supportive about doing this article, because it really helped me doing it.

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Käpälä
Käpälä

Aarni or more commonly known as Käpälä is a finnish mtg arena constructed grinder who pilots mainly Yawgmoth in Historic, Timeless and Modern. He's a very young arena constructed ladder grinder who is just 15 years old and has reached #1 Mythic couple times in ladder.

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