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Is Yorion, Sky Nomad the best Companion in MTGA?

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Is Yorion Sky Nomad best companion

Yorion, Sky Nomad - part bird, part serpent, all awesome. (Image credit: Wizards of the Coast.)

The recently-released Ikora, Lair of Behemoths introduced innovative mechanics to Magic: The Gathering that immediately changed the metagame, improving old decks and creating brand new ones. Undoubtedly the most impactful one was Companion - a new style of creature that starts the game outside of your deck, in a way similar to Commander. There are 10 cards with the Companion keyword and some are more useful than others, which begs the question - who is the best? Is it the majestic Yorion, Sky Nomad?

Meet Yorion

Well, the short answer is yes. This may or may not come as a surprise. Before we begin, let’s get a couple of things out of the way.

First, Keruga the Macrosage is arguably the most popular Companion right now, but mostly because of one build - the Jeskai Fires brew that’s the most popular competitive deck at the moment. While it’s fair to say that the macro-hippo is currently the most favored, Yorion, Sky Nomad is viable in a whole bunch of great competitive decks in various colors, making it much more versatile and a better bank-for-the-buck overall.

Second, at great cost to our sanity, we will make no Pokémon references in this article and we shall in no way mention Lugia, Articuno, or Moltres. Godzilla was quite enough already. That was a joke, by the way.

Without furder ado, let’s jump straight into some decklists that you can build around Yorion and win some games while soaring through the air like the awe-inspiring divine bird-serpent that you are deep inside.

Yorion Fires

As a starter, why not take the popular Fires strategy but add 100% more bird? Yorion Fires is a very interesting build sporting a thick 80-card Mainboard in all sorts of colors to get the job done.

MAINBOARD

4x Atris, Oracle of Half-Truths
3x Fae of Wishes // Granted
1x Narset of the Ancient Way
4x Narset, Parter of Veils
4x Teferi, Time Raveler
1x Cry of the Carnarium
3x Elspeth Conquers Death
2x Extinction Event
4x Fires of Invention
4x Oath of Kaya
4x Omen of the Sea
4x Shark Typhoon
4x Thought Erasure
4x Blood Crypt
4x Godless Shrine
4x Hallowed Fountain
1x Interplanar Beacon

1x Island
4x Raugrin Triome
4x Savai Triome
4x Steam Vents
1x Swamp
4x Temple of Deceit
1x Temple of Enlightenment
1x Temple of Silence
4x Watery Grave
1x Zagoth Triome

SIDEBOARD

1x Aether Gust
2x Agonizing Remorse
3x Cry of the Carnarium
1x Elspeth Conquers Death
1x Inspired Ultimatum
2x Mystical Dispute
1x Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God
1x Shatter the Sky
2x Thought Distortion
1x Yorion, Sky Nomad

Bant Ramp

Bant can’t? Nonsense! Bant sure can Ramp and then take complete control over the game with this thinking man’s build. Remember, it’s not about you playing Magic, it’s about making your opponent not play Magic.

MAINBOARD

3x Agent of Treachery
4x Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath
3x Narset, Parter of Veils
3x Tamiyo, Collector of Tales
4x Teferi, Time Raveler
3x Aether Gust
4x Elspeth Conquers Death
4x Growth Spiral
4x Neutralize
4x Omen of the Sea
4x Shark Typhoon
4x Shatter the Sky

4x Breeding Pool
2x Castle Vantress
4x Fabled Passage
2x Forest
4x Hallowed Fountain
3x Island
1x Plains
4x Temple Garden
4x Temple of Enlightenment
4x Temple of Mystery
4x Temple of Plenty

SIDEBOARD

1x Aether Gust
1x Dovin's Veto
4x Glass Casket
3x Knight of Autumn
4x Mystical Dispute
1x Tolsimir, Friend to Wolves
1x Yorion, Sky Nomad

Azorius Control

Hey, and speaking of control, we can’t neglect the archetype that Paulo Vitor Damo “PVDDR” da Rosa used to win the World Championship! That’s right, good old white-blue Azorius Control is still extremely competitive and now has more chicken than ever! Let’s take a look at the list.

MAINBOARD

2x Dream Trawler
4x Narset, Parter of Veils
4x Teferi, Time Raveler
4x Absorb
1x Banishing Light
2x Dovin's Veto
4x Elspeth Conquers Death
4x Essence Scatter
2x Glass Casket
2x Mystical Dispute
4x Omen of the Sea
4x Shark Typhoon
4x Shatter the Sky
3x The Birth of Meletis
3x Thirst for Meaning

4x Castle Ardenvale
4x Castle Vantress
2x Fabled Passage
1x Field of Ruin
4x Hallowed Fountain
8x Island
4x Plains
3x Raugrin Triome
3x Temple of Enlightenment

SIDEBOARD

4x Aether Gust
2x Archon of Sun's Grace
1x Devout Decree
2x Dovin's Veto
3x Grafdigger's Cage
2x Mystical Dispute
1x Yorion, Sky Nomad

In conclusion

Those decklists pretty much speak for themselves. It’s made clear that Yorion, Sky Nomad is one of - if not the - most versatile companions in the game, being used effectively in different strategies and color combinations. The requirement to wield an 80-card deck appeals to those players who want to put all the combo pieces and watch them interact with each other and the opposing side of the battlefield. If you can only craft one Commander this month, look no further.

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