Pro Tour Eldritch Moon is over and everyone is clamoring for new decks. Bant Company continued to impress, but Emrakul, the Promised End was hardly willing to take a back seat, as it saw play in many different strategies to strong results. Now that Eldritch Moon is on Magic Online, it's time to test some brews!
The black-aligned Eldrazi in Standard are a resistant bunch of value monsters. Thought-Knot Seer's impact on a game is well-known, but the rest of the black Eldrazi don't play much differently. Bearer of Silence and Wasteland Strangler both look to pick something off on their way in, Matter Reshaper replaces itself, and Reality Smasher either gets a two-for-one or wins the game on the spot. All of these culminate in a ruthless tribe that is quite resilient. Eldritch Moon pushes this identity even further.
Liliana, the Last Hope, Collective Brutality, and Distended Mindbender all provide incredible value and versatility. It is possible that adding these elements slows the deck down and gives it clunkier opening hands, but for now, I want to begin with the most robust set of tools for an open metagame.
Distended Mindbender is the key.
The ability to rip apart an opposing hand is especially valuable right now because so many decks rely on the two-for-one nature that this deck employs. Cards like Collected Company, Planeswalkers, and Reflector Mage are all better removed before they become a problem. Transgress the Mind and Thought-Knot Seer do some good work here, but Distended Mindbender slams the door shut.
Against Bant Company, for example, being able to take away not only the deck's namesake card, but also whatever Plan B was to come with it, such as Reflector Mage or Tireless Tracker, will leave that deck completely at the mercy of its topdecks. Also, since Distended Mindbender is a cast trigger, counterspell blowouts are minimized.
While my list has not changed much over the past few weeks, I did add a few more mana and a Pilgrim's Eye to ensure reasonable consistency for our four copies of Distended Mindbender.
This deck can swing between aggro and control with ease, which can be seen in the videos. This list will have some numbers continue to be tweaked and it will need to continue to adapt to the metagame, but in so far as being a solid shell to rely on, I can't recommend this one enough. Invest in a few Liliana, the Last Hope, which is probably smart anyway, and this shell should be good for the next year or so. Until next week, thanks for reading!!