It's no secret that I enjoy a good Eldrazi every now and then. Unfortunately the only place you can find an Eldrazi in Modern is in Tron. That's kind of sad, because Tron is kind of a "bad guy" deck. You know, a deck that does unfair things, that a lot of people don't really enjoy playing against because of the linear strategy that it implores?
Anyway, imagine my surprise when I found this beauty lurking among the 5-0 decklists from a Modern League on Magic Online...
This deck was like nothing I had ever seen in Modern. As I mentioned, the only deck playing Eldrazi was Tron, and this was nothing like Tron. It had Blight Herder and Wasteland Strangler for crying out loud! And six maindeck artifacts that removed cards from the graveyard (that I would soon learn were amazing).
I was pretty surprised that I found this deck, and even more so that it went 5-0 in a League. Would this be like the last League deck I found that went 5-0, or was this a different beast altogether? I wasn't sure, but I was incredibly eager to find out!
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One of the best parts about the deck is that cards like Relic of Progenitus and Nihil Spellbomb are so good by themselves and it basically feels like our deck is preboarded against specific matchups. The fact that they exile is basically a bonus...almost. Obviously one of the best parts of the one-mana artifacts is exiling the opponent's fetch lands in order to put them into play with our Oblivion Sowers.
Speaking of Oblivion Sower, it's pretty amazing that we can get that guy into play as early as turn three thanks to lands like Eldrazi Temple and Eye of Ugin. Even turn four isn't that bad! The best part is that, even if our Oblivion Sower gets countered, we should still have enough lands in play from its cast trigger (or exiled cards) to cast our next huge threat, like an Ulamog, or a Blight Herder, or a Conduit of Ruin. If anything I wanted a few more Eldrazi in the deck. Unfortunately many of them are colored, but I was definitely looking at something like Drowner of Hope, or the old Eldrazi titans from Rise of the Eldrazi. Seems like Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger is the best value for Eldrazi in the ten mana range, however.
My literal only issue with the deck was the burn spells. Magma Spray can be somewhat underwhelming, but it does exile a creature; there are just so few creatures it exiles, and the window during which it exiles them can often be small in Modern (against things like Tarmogoyf or Scavenging Ooze for example).
In fact, if we look at the deck, the only maindeck cards we're splashing red for are Magma Spray and Lightning Bolt. That's it. I imagine there might even be better colors to splash, most notably white, which gives us amazing access to things like Oblivion Ring, Path to Exile, and more, all of which exile cards, and are even more versatile than Lightning Bolt and Magma Spray. And of course we even get the amazing white cards for the sideboard like Stony Silence and Rest in Peace. We don't even mind too much about having to board out our artifacts for Stony Silence because we've added things like Path to Exile and Oblivion Ring. I've started to take a crack at a B/W version since I think the deck shows extreme promise.
As I say quite frequently, decks like this really emphasize to me how open Modern is and how you really can practically play anything. People just typically choose not to in favor of their safe decks. Decks like this make me thankful that is not always the case.
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