Modern Spotlight: Eldrazi

It seems like right now you can’t go anywhere without reading about this new midrange ramp style modern deck….

The hype seems to be real. Modern Eldrazi has created one of the fastest growing discussions on mtgsalvation (found here), has put a number of pilots into day 2 of the recent large SCG modern opens, has been written about a number of times around the web (on Modern Nexus, Star City Games, Star City Games again, WotC main page, the list goes on….), and offers a high amount of customization. The other exciting bit? We have another set coming out this weekend where the best new cards are pretty much the new additions to this deck….

First, let’s take a quick look at a few decks from the past two weeks. First we have B/W Elkdrazi by Matthew Dilks, who took 10th place at SCG Cincinnati.

Creatures (14)
Spellskite
Blight Herder
Oblivion Sower
Wasteland Strangler
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger

Spells (21)
Expedition Map
Relic of Progenitus
Path to Exile
Slaughter Pact
Inquisition of Kozilek
Lingering Souls
Thoughtseize
Liliana of the Veil
Lands (25)
Plains
Swamp
Bojuka Bog
Cavern of Souls
Eldrazi Temple
Ghost Quarter
Godless Shrine
Marsh Flats
Vault of the Archangel
Eye of Ugin
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

Sideboard (15)
Crucible Of Worlds
Engineered Explosives
Stony Silence
Celestial Purge
Disenchant
Slaughter Pact
Liliana of the Veil
Duress
Timely Reinforcements

and we have Jacob Baugh’s mono black list from Cincinnati, which netted him 123rd place (remember, this was the largest SCG Open ever, over 1000 players) and a featured deck tech

Creatures (14)
Blight Herder
Oblivion Sower
Wasteland Strangler
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger

Spells (22)
Expedition Map
Mind Stone
Relic of Progenitus
Scrabbling Claws
Dismember
Go for the Throat
Slaughter Pact
Inquisition of Kozilek
Lands (24)
Swamp
Bojuka Bog
Eldrazi Temple
Ghost Quarter
Eye of Ugin
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

Sideboard (15)
Ratchet Bomb
Sun Droplet
Night of Souls’ Betrayal
Cranial Extraction
Drown in Sorrow
Duress
Memoricide

and now we once again have Jacob Baugh, this time from SCG Charlotte where he made it to 50th place with Heartless Eldrazi, earning another deck tech.

Creatures (17)
Conduit of Ruin
Kozilek’s Channeler
Oblivion Sower
Void Winnower
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger

Spells (18)
Expedition Map
Heartless Summoning
Dismember
Go for the Throat
Slaughter Pact
Inquisition of Kozilek
Thoughtseize
Lands (25)
Swamp
Bojuka Bog
Cavern of Souls
Eldrazi Temple
Ghost Quarter
Eye of Ugin
Shizo, Death’s Storehouse
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

Sideboard (15)
Ratchet Bomb
Vampiric Link
Disfigure
Slaughter Pact
Night of Souls’ Betrayal
Cranial Extraction
Damnation
Drown in Sorrow
Memoricide

All 3 of these decks have a similar core, but then are able to diverge a bit with some of the flex spots:

  • The combination of Eldrazi Temple, Eye of Ugin, and Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth to make a lot of mana for their creatures very quickly. Urborg is included in this list as it combos with the Eye to make “4” mana out of the 2 lands.
  • The creatures also help ramp. The first two lists utilize Blight Herder and Oblivion Sower to get to a lot of mana very quickly. The Heartless Summoning version can’t really use the Herder, so they drop it to instead have Kozilek’s Channeler and Conduit of Ruin (not counting the namesake enchantment as even more ramp).
  • While omitted in the third, the first two lists feature an assortment of maindeck graveyard hate. The reason it’s there is to exile cards easily to process later (which the third list skips as it doesn’t need the processors) but at the same time this maindeck hates leads to some free wins.

The archetype also gets some new goodies from Oath of the Gatewatch, between Thought-Knot Seer, Kozilek, the Great Distortion, Reality Smasher, Eldrazi Displacer, Kozilek’s Return, and Warping Wail. This is a very exciting time for this archetype as the build is so new, and there are so many cards to test out, that brewers can really make this deck their own. I know I plan to in the near future….

Chris Wendelboe

Chris is a level 2 judge from Ashland, New Hampshire. He enjoys Scapeshift, modern, and putting on the best events possible.