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Yahenni's Expertise
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Yahenni's Expertise
- Aether Revolt

Reviewed Jan. 25, 2017

Constructed: 4.25
Casual: 4.50
Limited: 4.50
Multiplayer: 4.25
Commander [EDH]: 4.25

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David Fanany

Player since 1995


Yahenni's Expertise
 
This is obviously a good card - it gives you the value of at least two spells for the price of one - but when it comes to tournament play, that doesn't always translate into widespread usage. It really should in this case, especially for smaller card pools where it'll kill a bunch of stuff and you're not going to be facing down a turn two Primeval Titan, and where there are just enough card-drawing and hand-sculpting tools to make sure you're always casting exactly what you want for free. The expertise cycle reminds me a lot of cascade, and it has much the same types of applications.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5
James H.

Yahenni’s Expertise (1/25)
 
This is basically a 3-mana spell stapled to a slightly-weakened Languish. Languish was already a pretty acceptable board wipe from Origins, and being able to add another spell on top of that is really potentially scary.
 
The entire Expertise cycle plays surprisingly well overall; while the effects benefit from being able to, say, chain a spell into it, they can work in a vacuum. Being able to put Yahenni out on the back of this spell is also cool, and they might be able to get through your opponent's defenses rather cleanly.
 
The value of this spell is tied up in how powerful black winds up being as a color in this format, but I think this is easily one of the more powerful spells of the set.
 
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 5
Limited: 5
Multiplayer: 4.5
Commander: 4.5


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