EDH Deck Time: Yargle

[card]Yargle, Glutton of Urborg[/card] is an interesting case. MaRo has communicated to us that it’s more or less a joke. Something they put in Dominaria just to have vanilla legend in there.

However, it is quite unique. How many legendary creatures with such a high power with that mana do you have? Actually, only one bests our little frog spirit: [card]Lord of Tresserhorn[/card]

What does this mean? It means that this creature, who is for some weird reason a spirit, not a horror or demon, is at least a potential Voltron Commander, meaning that we want to push it through to deal enough commander damage to win games. Is it going to be good? Probably not, but that hasn’t stopped me before.

Note that I do realize I should be playing cards like [card]Hatred[/card] and [card]Tainted Strike[/card] if I were to try to make this as strong as possible, but that is not my objective.

So, we need to give it some evasion and a little bit of power (to be able to deal enough damage in two hits). We’ll rely heavily on equipment to do this, so let’s start with those that give evasion and other things we might want here, such as haste and extra power:

[draft]Bladed Pinions
Cobbled Wings
Fleetfeather Sandals
Moonsilver Spear
Predator, Flagship
Key to the City
Rogue’s Passage
Whispersilk Cloak
Lightning Greaves
Swiftfoot Boots[/draft]

There’s probably a bunch more things we might use here, but let’s not overdo it.

We also need a bunch of mana, since we basically need to hit five early each game. So, plenty of lands and some other ways to make sure we don’t miss the target.

[draft]Armillary Sphere
Wayfarer’s Bauble
Solemn Simulacrum
Pilgrim’s Eye
Liliana of the Dark Realms
Burnished Hart
Expedition Map
Explorer’s Scope
Journeyer’s Kite
Sword of the Animist
Thaumatic Compass[/draft]

Liliana has a dual purpose here, because she can also just end games with the minus ability. The creatures are also a nice protection from certain sacrifice effects, if you see them in your meta.

So, supposing we can count these as mana sources, of sorts, and we want 50 total sources, we can play these and 39 lands. We already have one in the list previously, so that leaves us room for 38 more, but we’ll get back to those later. Yes, we’ll need this much mana with all the equipment we have. We just have to figure out other ways ot use that mana as well.

What else do we need? Weapons to go with all the other stuff Yargle is carrying.

[draft]Sword of Light and Shadow
Sword of War and Peace
Sword of Feast and Famine
Sword of Body and Mind
Sword of Fire and Ice
Umezawa’s Jitte
Blackblade Reforged
Hammer of Nazahn
Argentum Armor
Lashwrithe
Batterskull[/draft]

Let’s not overdo it, so these should be fine. With 50 mana sources and 21 other artifacts, this leaves us with room for 28 other cards. These should be removal, card draw and maybe a few other creatures. Let’s start with the extra bodies.

[draft]Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon
Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief
Nirkana Revenant
Korlash, Heir to Blackblade[/draft]

Some card draw:

[card]Read the Bones
Night’s Whisper
Costly Plunder
Sign in Blood[/card]

Three of these are there to smooth out draws early. [card]Costly Plunder[/card] is there in case we need to sacrifice our commander if it get’s hit with an enchantment that takes away it’s ability to attack. Just a little hedging.

One problem with the deck is that we are heavily relient on artifacts, so I would like to stay away from enchantment based draw. They are just too slow and easily broken. One [card]Bane of Progress[/card] already wrecks us. Therefore, I’ll use these draw spells for later game.

[draft]Promise of Power
Wretched Confluence
Corpse Augur[/draft]

Finally, removal and a bit of other disruption. I’ll emphasize bodies here a bit, since we do have all that equipment that needs someone to carry it. However, due to the multiplayer nature of the format, instant speed removal definitely has it’s strengths, so I’ll put in some of that as well. I also want ot be able to disrupt graveyards, so I’ll put in some of that.

[draft]Ravenous Chupacabra
Big Game Hunter
Dark Impostor
Nekrataal
Shriekmaw
Avatar of Woe
Ultimate Price
Hero’s Downfall
Ruinous Path
Cast Down
Hero’s Demise
Doom Blade
Tragic Slip
Murderous Cut
Vraska’s Contempt
Cremate
Crypt Incursion[/draft]

I guess we’ll still need some lands, so of course mostly Swamps. I’d probably play these as well:

[draft]Thawing Glaciers
Myriad Landscape
Bojuka Bog
Volrath’s Stronghold
Arch of Orazca
Shizo, Death’s Storehouse[/draft]

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