U/R Eldrazi by sheeps42 on MtGO

Creatures (29)
1 Drowner of Hope
4 Elder Deep-Fiend
4 Eldrazi Skyspawner
4 Matter Reshaper
4 Metallic Mimic
4 Reality Smasher
4 Thought-Knot Seer
2 Vile Aggregate
2 Walking Ballista

Non-Creature Spells (6)
2 Abrade
4 Harnessed Lightning

Lands (25)
4 Aether Hub
4 Ipnu Rivulet
1 Island
1 Mountain
4 Ramunap Ruins
3 Sanctum of Ugin
4 Spirebluff Canal
4 Wandering Fumarole

Sideboard (15)
1 Deepfathom Skulker
2 Dispel
1 Eldrazi Obligator
2 Glorybringer
2 Kozilek’s Return
3 Magma Spray
3 Negate
1 Skysovereign, Consul Flagship

Summary

After JC Tao’s impressive performance at Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch with a dedicated U/R Eldrazi deck, many thought that the strategy would dominate Standard and Modern. However, the banning of Eldrazi Temple in Modern, and shifts in the Standard metagame put a couple of large wrenches in the works. But, with the release of Hour of Devastation and the exciting metagme changes that have been caused by it, it could be time for dedicated Eldrazi decks to come back into the spotlight.

The powerful 3, 4, 5 punch that has made Eldrazi a viable archetype in Standard and Modern is made up of Matter Reshaper, Thought-Knot Seer, and Reality Smasher. Each of these are a mandatory 4-of, and for good reason. Matter Reshaper replaces itself when it dies, potentially casting a free spell, Thought-Knot Seer is a beefy body that strips your opponent of their best spell, and Reality Smasher closes the door on the opponent very quickly, while being very hard to kill.

The other 4-of creatures in this deck are Metallic Mimic, Eldrazi Skyspawner, and Elder Deep-Fiend. Metallic Mimic‘s power level skyrockets in this deck, where you can anticipate playing one or more Eldrazi on each of your turns. Eldrazi Skyspawner gives the deck some much-needed reach, and gets 2 Eldrazi on the board for one card. Elder Deep-Fiend is the powerful top end of this deck. It uses the creatures already in play to cheat out a powerful creature with an impactful enters the battlefield ability. It also creates a powerful chain with Sanctum of Ugin that never lets your opponent get back into the game.

In the sideboard, this deck aims to improve its matchups against the format’s hyper aggressive decks and slow control decks. For the hyper aggressive decks, this deck packs copies of Kozilek’s Return and Magma Spray, both of which are great value for their mana cost against decks like Mono-Red Aggro. For control decks, this deck plays Negate, Dispel, and Deepfathom Skulker. The counter spells help protect creatures, while Deepfathom Skulker is a great source of additional cards, and its activated ability comes up more frequently than one might assume.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Vile Aggregate

+1 Drowner of Hope

Sideboard

-1 Skysovereign, Consul Flagship

-1 Dispel

+1 Eldrazi Obligator

+1 Glorybringer

This is day 206 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 205 here, where we featured a Modern combo deck that looks to chain extra turn spells together to kill the opponent.

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