B/R Eldrazi by Bocho on MtGO
As the Standard format develops (and reaches a standstill), it’s more than a little surprising that there isn’t an Eldrazi deck somewhere in the format. The creature suite is good enough to be the centerpiece of an important deck in Modern, and their color flexibility means they can pair with any color or colors. Some players have experimented with various versions of an Eldrazi deck in Aether Revolt Standard, but have had some mixed results trying to break away from the format norms. So, if you can’t beat them, why not join them and do what they’re doing better? That’s what this B/R Eldrazi deck aims to do, taking the core of Mardu Ballista and removing the white entirely in favor of aggressive Eldrazi creatures.
This deck has the same removal and vehicle suites as Marcio Carvalho’s Mardu Vehicles list, and it includes Scrapheap Scrounger and Pia Nalaar, but that’s where the similarities end. The powerful 3, 4, 5 punch of Matter Reshaper, Thought-Knot Seer, and Reality Smasher has always been powerful enough to get the job done a lot of the time, but the pieces around it has always been in question.
The biggest gap that the Eldrazi creatures leave is the 2 mana slot. Scrapheap Scrounger and Heart of Kiran solve this problem gracefully, as they both want to put pressure on the opponent. They also both play well with Unlicensed Disintegration, which is a fantastic inclusion to the Eldrazi deck, as removal is frequently a point of concern for the powerful, colorless creatures.
For my personal tastes, I think this deck is missing Chandra, Torch of Defiance in the mainboard. Chandra covers a lot of the deck’s blindspots. It draws extra cards and deals with creatures without a problem (both are effects that Eldrazi wants), and it can crew Heart of Kiran, which keeps the beatdowns coming without removing one of your attackers from being able to attack.
Additionally, I think the sideboard is a little off where it wants to be. Firstly, Olivia, Mobilized for War seems a little under-powered in this deck that has no synergy with its ability, it just appears to be a flyer that beats down. 5 more removal spells also don’t seem entirely necessary, especially with our 8 in the mainboard plus the 2 copies of Chandra, Torch of Defiance that are moving to the mainboard. Transgress the Mind is exactly where this deck wants to be post-board against several of the format’s important decks, so getting 2 more in there seems like a good idea.
Here are the changes I would make going forward:
-1 Pia Nalaar
-1 Fatal Push
This is day 74 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 73 here, where we featured a Modern deck that’s a unique take on Death’s Shadow.
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