Red Eldrazi by The_Gunslingers on MtGO

Creatures (19)
4 Glorybringer
4 Hanweir Garrison
4 Matter Reshaper
3 Reality Smasher
4 Thought-Knot Seer

Non-Creature Spells (16)
4 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
1 Collective Defiance
4 Incendiary Flow
1 Sweltering Suns
4 Harnessed Lightning
2 Magma Spray

Lands (25)
4 Aether Hub
2 Crumbling Vestige
4 Hanweir Battlements
14 Mountain
1 Westvale Abbey

Sideboard (15)
2 Magma Spray
1 Sweltering Suns
2 By Force
1 Chandra, Flamecaller
2 Dragonmaster Outcast
1 Eldrazi Obligator
3 Hope of Ghirapur
1 Mirrorwing Dragon
1 Skysovereign, Consul Flagship
1 Warping Wail

Summary

While the Eldrazi printed in Oath of the Gatewatch have been seeing plenty of play and making a major impact on Modern, they haven’t quite been able to have that same affect on Standard. However, with the banning of Aetherworks Marvel and overall shifts in the metagame, it may be time for the colorless menace to find its way into Standard.

As expected, the 3-4-5 punch of Matter Reshaper, Thought-Knot Seer, and Reality Smasher are still the centerpieces of the deck. Matter Reshaper replaces itself and is usually profitable both when attacking and blocking, Thought-Knot Seer nabs the opponent’s best card while offering a sizable creature on top of it, and Reality Smasher is a high-powered beatdown machine that forces the opponent to 2-for-1 themselves if they want to get rid of it.

The other creatures are less expected. Hanweir Garrison has seen little to no play in Standard, but its relatively strong power and toughness when attacking and its combination with Hanweir Battlements makes it a good option. Additionally, Hanweir Battlements produces colorless mana on its front side, meaning throwing a full 4 copies in the deck doesn’t negatively effect the deck’s ability to cast its spells. Glorybringer is slightly more expected in red decks than Garrison. It’s proven its worth so far in Standard, hitting hard in the air and killing creatures along the way.

Chandra, Torch of Defiance is a critical part of this deck’s strategy, as it covers a lot of the weak points of Eldrazi strategies. Chandra offers a source of card advantage, a source of additional mana, and a consistent removal spell, while Eldrazi decks tend to run out of cards quickly, get bottlenecked on mana, and have trouble interacting with threats on the board. Chandra isn’t the only removal spell however, as this deck’s access to red gives it several appealing options, including Harnessed Lighting and Incendiary Flow.

In the sideboard, Chandra, Flamecaller, Mirrorwing Dragon, Dragonmaster Outcast, and Skysovereign, Consul Flagship offer more high end options to fight better in the late game. Each of these offers something different and appealing, and despite Mirrorwing Dragon being a very odd card, it has some good applications in this deck. Magma Spray, Sweltering Suns, and Warping Wail help combat the format’s aggressive decks, while By Force is used as an efficient answer to Heart of Kiran and other artifacts.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Collective Defiance

+1 Reality Smasher

Sideboard

-1 By Force

-1 Eldrazi Obligator

-3 Hope of Ghirapur

+1 Sweltering Suns

+2 Release the Gremlins

+2 Aethersphere Harvester

This is day 175 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 174 here, where we featured an aggro-disruption deck that takes a popular Legacy deck and aims to port it to Modern.

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