Mono-Black Eldrazi by akmid on MtGO

Creatures (22)
4 Gifted Aetherborn
4 Glint-Sleeve Siphoner
2 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
4 Matter Reshaper
4 Reality Smasher
4 Thought-Knot Seer

Non-Creature Spells (13)
4 Liliana, the Last Hope
1 Aethersphere Harvester
4 Fatal Push
4 Grasp of Darkness

Lands (25)
4 Aether Hub
2 Desert of the Glorified
4 Ifnir Deadlands
3 Scavenger Grounds
2 Sea Gate Wreckage
10 Swamp

Sideboard (15)
1 Collective Brutality
1 Dispossess
1 Dreamstealer
1 Gonti, Lord of Luxury
1 Liliana’s Defeat
1 Never // Return
2 Ob Nixilis Reignited
2 Scrapheap Scrounger
4 Transgress the Mind
1 Yahenni’s Expertise

Summary

After the preliminary results of Pro Tour Hour of Devastation were released, the metagame was shaping up to be dominated by Ramunap Red. MtGO players took note, and the results were seen in the MtGO PTQ that took place on Pro Tour Sunday. While Mono-Black Zombies was the far and away most successful deck of the PTQ, another Mono-Black deck also put up an impressive result. That deck is Mono-Black Eldrazi, and it’s the deck we’re featuring today.

 

Like almost all Eldrazi decks, this deck packs the consistent and powerful 3, 4, 5 punch of Matter Reshaper, Thought-Knot Seer, and Reality Smasher. Matter Reshaper usually trades even or slightly down on mana, but replaces itself either in board presence or card in hand whenever it dies. Thought-Knot Seer meanwhile strips the opponent of their best card while providing an impressive body, and Reality Smasher puts the pressure on the opponent immediately, forcing through damage while being very inefficient to remove, leaving a lasting impact on the game.

The other creatures in this deck aim to keep the mana curve of the deck low or battle the top decks in the format. Glint-Sleeve Siphoner gets in important chips of damage while drawing extra cards, sometimes doubling the amount of cards you draw per turn. Gifted Aetherborn is nothing but a pile of stats, but those stats line up very well with the current format, and is specifically excellent aginst Ramunap Red. Lastly, Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet makes an appearance in this deck. It has been on a major upswing since the Pro Tour results came in, and for good reason. It gives plenty of stats across bodies as creatures die, and its lifelink lines it up well against the format.

For removal spells, this deck plays the usual suspects in Fatal Push and Grasp of Darkness. Both have only gotten better with the Pro Tour results, as they trade up in mana and deal with the format’s must-kill creatures respectively. Additionally, this deck plays the full 4 copies of Liliana, the Last Hope. While Liliana’s +1 is more matchup-dependent than is ideal, this particular mana spot is lacking without it, and the recursion it provides this deck is critical to its long-game success.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Aethersphere Harvester

+1 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet

Sideboard

-1 Dispossess

-1 Dreamstealer

-1 Gonti, Lord of Luxury

-1 Never // Return

+2 Yahenni’s Expertise

+2 Aethersphere Harvester

This is day 214 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 213 here, where we featured a Standard control deck that forgoes blue for white and red.

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