Longtime readers/viewers of this series know of how much I adore Eldritch Evolution. The card is a combo monster, making decks more consistent and more consistently unfair. But I don't' think that's the part of the card that really jumps out at me – even though it's enormously powerful – as much as the "puzzle" of the card. What is best to sacrifice to it? What is the best to go get with it? Just how many toolbox creatures can we fit into one deck? The card presents a wonderful puzzle to be solved, and nothing beats the feeling of a turn two Iona, Shield of Emeria.
This is another Eldritch Evolution deck, and this one aims to be as unfair as possible. Make no mistake, we aren't trying to grind out Evolution-into-Eternal-Witness value here, we want to do broken things. That means Arbor Elf into Utopia Sprawl into a free Allosaurus Rider into Eldritch Evolution, all on the second turn for that sweet turn two Iona, Shield of Emeria.
Allosaurus Rider is, frankly, a weird Magic card that I doubt anyone ever thought would see play. But if I've learned one thing about this game in my decade of playing, it's that free mana mechanics will always be broken at some point or another. Think about it – storm, delve, cascade, Allosaurus Rider, the list goes on and one – free mana is made to be broken. This deck is no exception, and stapled onto the tutoring power of Eldritch Evolution, Allosaurus Rider becomes a way to get whatever hate card you want into play on turn two.
Of course, that plan has some weaknesses – namely, countermagic and removal. But fortunately that's not all this deck has going for it. It plays the tried-and-true broken combo of Devoted Druid and Vizier of Remedies, which creates infinite green mana and comes with a plethora of ways to win. This deck uses Rhonas the Indomitable over Walking Ballista since we can get it into play with Evolution or Chord of Calling to win, and has Duskwatch Recruiter to help find it.
The other silver bullets in the main deck include Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite and Sigarda, Host of Herons as haymakers, plus the "normal" value cards of Eternal Witness, Scavenging Ooze and Thragtusk. Kitchen Finks and Voice of Resurgence are the perfect fodder to sacrifice to Evolution when we're playing a "fair" game, and we have access to a handful of great sideboard creatures targeted at specific archetypes.
I truly think Eldritch Evolution is one of the most powerful and underplayed cards in Modern, and I'm going to keep working to break it. This deck is certainly a step in that direction, and is a ton of fun to boot – have I mentioned I like tutorable silver bullets?
Thanks for reading,