This week's deck is one of those perfect blends of strategies that arise every now and then in Magic. Sometimes two disparate strategies are mashed together and form a deck that is better than either version of it was before.
We've seen it plenty in Magic history. Two decks too good for Modern – Splinter Twin and Cawblade – even enjoyed a brief time together as the best deck before bannings happened in Standard.
You can add Eldrazi Taxes onto that list.
Death and Taxes has always been a great strategy in Legacy, and a sound one in Modern. Eldrazi, on the other hand, got a big boost from Oath of the Gatewatch and made waves in Modern that are still rippling out. While the strategy has evolved into the now-familiar Eldrazi Tron and Bant Eldrazi archetypes, the very first iterations of the deck were a White-Black Processors build that was a part of the now-infamous six-Eldrazi Top 8 at Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch. Eldrazi Winter was born, and the deck's most broken cards were soon banned.
But a remnant of that white-black deck lived on, and today it has resurfaced as Eldrazi Taxes, combining with many of the best elements from the Modern Death and Taxes lists to come together in a potent combination.
While this week's deck strays just a little – no Leonin Arbiters here – it is quite close to the deck that Joe Soh used to Take Down Grand Prix Kobe two weeks ago. It layers synergy upon synergy and pairs disruptive creatures with removal to win games.
Inquisition of Kozilek, Thoughtseize, Collective Brutality and Tidehollow Sculler tear apart opponents' hands early on, while Fatal Push and Path to Exile clean up the board. Both strategies can provide fodder for Wasteland Strangler to Decimate opposing creatures, even difficult-to-remove ones like Etched Champion. Meanwhile, the Eldrazi at the top of the curve – Thought-Knot Seer and Reality Smasher – provide value immediately upon being cast.
Relic of Progenitus and Lingering Souls provide the ability to grind out adversaries by both controlling cards like Snapcaster Mage and Tarmogoyf while also providing Wasteland Stranger fodder or punishing graveyard decks, while Lingering Souls is perhaps the best finisher against grindy in the format. A playset of Mutavaults help generate value from the mana base, and the overall package creates a deck very difficult for opponents to interact with.
While strategies like this may not be flashy, this deck is very consistent and has the tools to interact with any deck in the format. That makes it both a very safe and very smart choice for tournaments in the current metagame.
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