Eldrazi have a long and storied history in Modern. From the very first Modern Pro Tour, players were attempting to cast the titans. It was Cloudpost and Emrakul, the Aeons Torn at that first event, and ever since players have been finding ways to play eldrazi.

Most recently, everyone's favorite tentacle monsters have shown up in the Bant Eldrazi shell you're probably familiar with. Noble Hierarch supports the core of Thought-Knot Seer, Eldrazi Displacer and Reality Smasher, and the deck is a consistent part of the Modern metagame.

But is it the only way to play eldrazi?

Maybe not.

Cody Lingelbach placed in the Top 64 of Grand Prix Dallas with this deck, and it's flown under the radar since. There are definitely some drawbacks here – no mana ramp or Eldrazi Displacer are the big ones – but this actually has a lot going for it. For starters, Kolaghan's Command is just a backbreaking card when you're rebuying Thought-Knot Seers and Reality Smashers with it, and it doubles as removal alongside Lightning Bolt, still the best removal spell in the format. Throw in some discard spells, and you have a much better early game than Bant Eldrazi, since you interact with your opponents in a much more relevant way with Wasteland Stranger than just hoping to accelerate into Thought-Knot Seers. To make that plan work, we also get maindeck access to graveyard hate in Relic of Progenitus.

Not having Eldrazi Displacer is a blow to our late game, but we do make up for it in a few ways. For starters, Kolaghan's Command is an endgame in itself, but we have a few other things as well. Unlike Bant Eldrazi, we get to play Mutavault, which can represent quite a bit of damage after the game has stalled out.

Black-Red Eldrazi plays out more like a control deck with a strong eldrazi top-end, rather than the tempo/midrange deck that its Bant cousin is. Is it a "better" version of the deck? I'm not sure, but I know I had a lot of success in this week's matches, and even more outside of the games I recorded. I really want to tinker with this moving forward, and I think it could become a real metagame player.

Thanks for reading,

Corbin Hosler