U/B Eldrazi by tgnyn on MtGO

Creatures (18)
4 Matter Reshaper
3 Reality Smasher
4 Scrapheap Scrounger
4 Thought-Knot Seer
3 Walking Ballista

Non-Creature Spells (18)
3 Cultivator’s Caravan
3 Baral’s Expertise
4 Fatal Push
4 Grasp of Darkness
4 Transgress the Mind

Lands (24)
4 Aether Hub
4 Ruins of Oran-Rief
3 Sea Gate Wreckage
4 Spire of Industry
4 Sunken Hollow
5 Swamp

Sideboard (15)
1 Aethersphere Harvester
3 Disallow
2 Distended Mindbender
2 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
1 Lost Legacy
2 Negate
1 Skysovereign, Consul Flagship
3 Yahenni’s Expertise

Summary

In a format filled with aggro decks, creature combos powerful enough to mow down entire armies, and two-card infinite combos, there might still be a home for big beefy creatures that can see your thoughts or smash…your reality. This U/B Eldrazi deck is a mix of well-sized creautures, efficient kill spells, and cards like Baral’s Expertise and Cultivator’s Caravan to tie the room together.

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The Eldrazi package of Matter Reshaper, Thought-Knot Seer, and Reality Smasher has been commonly seen since they were all released. However, the question of what 2 mana creature fits with this curve was always an important question that deckbuilders had to answer. Some elected for Eldrazi Mimic, but this deck features Scrapheap Scrounger instead, which is more effective in the late game, but packs less of a punch in the early-to-mid game.

Walking Ballista is a nice fit in this deck as well. One big problem with most Eldrazi decks was the lack of creatures at each point in the curve, but Walking Ballista is a decent option at 2, 4, or 6 mana. The missing points in the curve at 3 and 5 are solved well by Cultivator’s Caravan and Baral’s Expertise, as they both allow you to cast themselves and an additional spell that turn, which allows you to pull in front. The deck then uses the one-two tag team of Fatal Push and Grasp of Darkness for removal, and has a full playset of Transgress the Mind to let it interact better against the format’s slower decks.

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Unlike the mainboard, the sideboard isn’t entirely straightforward. Powerful creatures and vehicles in Aethersphere Harvester, Distended Mindbender, Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, and Skysovereign, Consul Flagship offer diversity of threats and additional disruption against creature decks and control decks. Additionally, the deck has 5 counterspells in the sideboard, 3 cheap board wipes to interact with aggro decks, and 1 Lost Legacy. I’ll be cutting the Lost Legacy, however, as the most important creature to name in Standard is Torrential Gearhulk, but it can’t even be named because it’s an artifact.

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Going forward, it’s very possible that Eldrazi is the way to go to combat the format. The first SCG Open of the format featured a Temur Eldrazi deck that had some reasonable success, and it’s possible that the colorless monsters are ready for a comeback in Standard. U/B could also definitely be the way to go. It compliments the aggressive nature of the Eldrazi creatures with the format’s best removal spells and best sideboard options.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-4 Transgress the Mind

+1 Reality Smasher

+1 Cultivator’s Caravan

+2 Distended Mindbender

Sideboard

-2 Distended Mindbender

-1 Aethersphere Harvester

-1 Lost Legacy

-3 Yahenni’s Expertise

+3 Flaying Tendrils

 

+4 Transgress the Mind

This is day 54 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 53 here, where we featured a Standard deck that is reminiscent of formats past.

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