We’ve all seen EDH decks built around “wheel” effects – effects that make you discard your hand and draw a new one (or cards similar to that). Typically they have someone like Nekusar, the Mindrazer at the helm to punish opponents for drawing extra cards, but today’s deck goes one further – it plays Yidris, Maelstrom Wielder, in order to add green to the mix and ramp up the chaos with a cascade subtheme.
This deck comes in from Sara, Sanguine Blond, and is filled with the potential for extremely sweet but also extremely nasty plays. If you’re someone who doesn’t mind playing the villain at your Commander table, read on and see how you can bring chaos and despair unto your enemies!
Yidris Wheels by Sara, Sanguine Blond
First and foremost – the suite of wheel effects. We’ve got a bit of everything in here, from actual factual Wheel of Fortune to Windfall to Whispering Madness and even Molten Psyche. There’s no shortage of them, and they pair remarkably well with some very nasty payoffs: Megrim, Liliana’s Caress, Geth’s Grimoire and the classic Waste Not. These enchantments come down early and punish your opponents heavily every time a wheel effect resolves.
But it doesn’t stop with enchantments – there are creatures, too, that pull you ahead as your opponents wheel their hands away. Sangromancer gains you a ton of life, Fell Specter makes them lose a ton of life, while Nath of the Gilt-Leaf makes a ton of tokens. Some creatures even aid in the discard plan, with Barbed Shocker being another wheel effect, and Cunning Lethemancer keeps the discarding going each turn. I’m somewhat surprised not to see Tergrid in the suite of creatures, however, as I feel she’d be a great fit.
Outside of the wheel/discard plan, this deck also plays some sweet cascade cards. There’s stuff like Apex Devastator and Maelstrom Wanderer, as you’d expect, but given Yidris can turn anything into a cascade card, there are plenty of huge cards to trigger and benefit from the cascade ability. Things like Archon of Cruelty, Captive Audience and Volcanic Vision will be more powerful than ever when cast after a Yidris attack, and can cascade into… well, into more wheels, probably, to punish people even further.
I like the addition of green to this style of deck. Not only does it open up the cascade angle, it also improves the ramp suite (Ignoble Hierarch, Dryad of the Ilysian Grove and even Zendikar Resurgent) and even offers flexible interaction like Putrefy and Decimate. Four colors can be hard to wrangle, but with 37 lands, a ton of mana rocks and fixing like Dryad of the Ilysian Grove and Chromatic Lantern, it’s not too much of an ask.
I always like seeing popular EDH strategies twisted and played with, and this deck is a great example of that. Nekusar and wheels is an age-old EDH combo, but throwing in some green for cascade really takes this list to the next level for me. Thanks to Sara for sending it in – if you want to do the same, please feel free to submit a list as well! The best place to do this is on Twitter, via DM.