Bant Eldrazi by Khyler Fields at SCG Columbus

Creatures (28)
1 Elder Deep-Fiend
3 Eldrazi Displacer
4 Matter Reshaper
3 Reality Smasher
4 Servant of the Conduit
3 Thought-Knot Seer
4 Thraben Inspector
3 Archangel Avacyn
1 Bruna, the Fading Light
2 Gisela, the Broken Blade

Non-Creature Spells (8)
2 Tamiyo, Field Researcher
3 Authority of the Consuls
3 Declaration in Stone

Lands (24)
1 Forest
1 Island
4 Plains
1 Wastes
4 Aether Hub
3 Botanical Sanctum
4 Evolving Wilds
2 Fortified Village
2 Prairie Stream
2 Sanctum of Ugin

Sideboard (15)
2 Cataclysmic Gearhulk
2 Stasis Snare
1 Blessed Alliance
2 Immolating Glare
4 Negate
1 Linvala, the Preserver
1 Ajani Unyielding
2 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar

Summary

To continue with the theme on Deck of the Day for the entire week, today we’ll be looking at another SCG Columbus decklist that caught my eye when I looked over the top 32. This deck, piloted at the SCG Open by Khyler Fields on January 21 and 22, is unlike any other deck that we saw this weekend. In fact, you’re more likely to see this archetype in Modern than in Standard. Such is the funny nature of Eldrazi. The dynamic of the weekend seemed fairly clear-cut; you were either playing Copycat or you were playing a deck to combat the powerful 2-card combo. Khyler, however, had a different idea about where he wanted his deck to be positioned. Instead of opting for strategies that facilitated cards like Shock or Grasp of Darkness, he decided that he wanted to be proactive with only limited disruption.

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The biggest weakness in this deck is its mana. Despite its name indicating that it’s a 3 color deck, it’s more of a 4 color deck, with colorless being important for Eldrazi Displacer, Matter Reshaper, Reality Smasher, and Thought-Knot Seer. Servant of the Conduit helps massively with this deck, and Aether Hub is just about as stretched in this deck as possible.

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Against the Copycat decks that are sure to be around during all of Aether Revolt Standard (unless it gets the ban hammer), this deck has minimal interaction, but the fast clock it puts on the opponent is very impressive. Additionally, the 3 copies of Authority of the Consuls provides insurance against the Copycat combo itself. Fair warning: I am cutting those from the deck at the end of the article. My reasoning here is that I believe it’s less correct to mainboard that card now than at SCG Columbus. It was hard to predict what percentage of the metagame was going to be Copycat decks, so mainboarding Authority of the Consuls was a logical move that hedged against the combo deck taking over the format. Now that we have a slightly better idea of the format (and that we see that Copycat is not dominant, necessarily), it’s time for the white enchantment to stay in our sideboard.

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Against the anti-Copycat decks such as Brennan DeCandio’s winning B/G Delirium Deck, this deck thrives. It’s combination of proactivity and threats that are hard to interact with is a combination that matches up very well against fair decks. Each card in this deck gains more than a card’s-worth of value against fair decks, and cards like Tamiyo, Field Researcher frequently puts those matchups out of reach for the opponent. Even beyond that, the angel package in the deck punishes the opponent for trying to grind out advantage in the late game.

Going forward, I like this deck quite a bit in the metagame. It does extremely well against most anti-Copycat decks, and has decent game against the infinite cats combo deck. Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-3 Authority of the Consuls

-1 Elder Deep-Fiend

-3 Eldrazi Displacer

+1 Thought-Knot Seer

+1 Reality Smasher

+2 Stasis Snare

+3 Thalia, Heretic Cathar

Sideboard

-2 Immolating Glare

-1 Blessed Alliance

+3 Authority of the Consuls

This is day 27 of Spellsnare.com’s 2017 Deck of the Day column, where each day we’ll feature a different Standard, Modern, or Legacy deck that caught our eye. You can read day 26 here, where we covered an exciting control that has Copycat in its crosshairs.

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