My eternal struggle this week was deciding whether I wanted to play another new Eldrazi deck in Modern or whether I wanted to go with a deck my good buddy Morgan suggested to me. This is usually something I try to avoid, playing two very similar decks within a short time span, but the more I kept looking at today's list, the more I realized how different it was from the B/R Eldrazi list we played a couple weeks back. That, coupled with the fact that I received multiple messages asking if I was going to cover the deck, and I kind of had to show what it was capable of.
The main difference between the two Eldrazi decks? The oft unappreciated rare from Innistrad, Heartless Summoning! I mean, the main goal of the first Eldrazi deck was to see how many cards we could get that produce mana in increments of two for our Eldrazi. Well that's exactly what Heartless Summoning does! While the -1/-1 clause on the card was usually a pretty big obstacle to overcome for most decks...the Eldrazi frankly don't give a dang. So our Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger are 9/9s now? Oh, alright. My Oblivion Sower is only a 4/8? I'll try to manage.
The fact is, this list shares very few qualities with the previous list aside from the Eldrazi-land driven manabase, which has proven to be quite powerful, and creatures with the Eldrazi type line. Take a look.
As you can see, this list doesn't have things like Blight Herder or Wasteland Strangler in it. It relies more on things like All Is Dust to clear the board and full sets of Oblivion Sower and Conduit of Ruin (!) to ensure that our Eldrazi are as cheap as possible. I'm not sure if this is what the Eldrazi decks will look like once Oath of the Gatewatch is released, but I was definitely curious if this list was also a contender in the format.
Heartless Eldrazi vs. Four-Color Control
Heartless Eldrazi vs. Goryo's Vengeance
Heartless Eldrazi vs. Amulet Bloom
Heartless Eldrazi vs. U/B Mill
The other major difference between this deck and the previous version is that, without cards like Blight Herder and Wasteland Strangler, this one doesn't rely on exiling graveyard cards. This means we cut back on all the cards like Relic of Progenitus, Nihil Spellbomb, and Scrabbling Claws. Unfortunately, this also meant that I kept confusing Mortuary Mire with Bojuka Bog, but no matter!
This also means that our Oblivions Sowers become slightly worse as we don't end up getting to play our opponent's exiled fetch lands anymore, but I try to convince myself that a turn three 5/8 (or 4/7) that may get a few of the opponent's lands is still good enough. The full set of Expedition Maps and the focus on reducing costs and ramping mana makes this version feel a little more Tron-like than previous iterations.
With all of Oath of the Gatewatch currently spoiled, I can definitely see a few cards that I would be willing to try out in Modern. Craig Wescoe proposed an excellent starting point in his article last Friday, and I love the idea of Eldrazi Mimic, Thought-Knot Seer, and maybe even cards like Matter Reshaper and Reality Smasher. I definitely think this deck is going to explode once Oath of the Gatewatch is released. There are just too many possible broken combinations, like multiple ways to play a turn one Eldrazi Mimic, followed by a turn two 4/4 Thought-Knot Seer, followed by a turn three Conduit of Ruin or Oblivion Sower or Reality Smasher. Don't tell anyone, but I am heavily considering this as my Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch deck.
Kozilek, the Great Distortion is also kind of a given, especially in a deck running four Eye of Ugin to easily search him out. These new Eldrazi all have an immense amount of potential, especially when we're able to play them two turns early. We'll have to see what the Eldrazi decks look like come Oath of the Gatewatch, but I have a feeling Modern is going to get more "big alien" before it gets less.
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