From A to Eldrazi

In case you hadn’t heard: Eternal Masters and the Legacy Grand Prix in Columbus are a few days away. Are you ready to play Legacy?

I’m not going to lie. I am 99% to play Miracles. It’s my favorite deck. Deep down I’m a very, very blue mage when it comes to Vintage and Legacy.

I don’t always play Legacy, but when I do I play blue spells. Stay broken, my friends.

Well, Mishra’s Workshop style decks are also a thing that I like to do sometimes. The Legacy Eldrazi deck feels an awful lot like a Vintage shop deck to me. Anything that is even marginally comparable to Shops is worth investigating.

An embarrassment of riches…

For my Columbus playtest gauntlet I created a composite Colorless Eldrazi Aggro list from recent tournament results:

Colorless Eldrazi Aggro

Brian DeMars

I took averages of each card and eliminated selections I felt were outliers. The deck plays very well, and it should, because it contains all the best cards being played in successful Eldrazi deck lists!

During my research, I noticed a trend among successful Eldrazi lists: 25 lands, 23 creatures, and 12 spells. Some deviation is fine but generally speaking, I like using 25, 23, 12 as a guideline.

There are also certain cards that everybody always maxes out on:

The Big 3.

The best of the Eldrazi are already pushed at their respective 2, 4, and 5 costs and get obnoxious with lands that make 2+ mana each.

What does a cup of nothing look like to you?

CotV is a payoff card in Eldrazi. Most of your lands make 2 mana, which means you skip playing 1-cost spells. Hence, you play a spell that punishes your opponents who are casting 1-cost spells.

What do all of the “best” cards in Legacy have in common?

Eldrazi is elegant in its simplicity and straightforwardness. The best lock cards, Eldrazi, and lands! “Whoop, there it is!”

Hitsville, U.S.A.

As if CotV wasn’t bad enough for blue decks! How about uncounterable 4- and 5-cost threats? Counterbalance is not very strong against 4 copies of Cavern of Souls!

In the Blink of an Eye of Ugin

Eldrazi Displacer is another direction that you can take Legacy Eldrazi deck lists. I wrote about a White Eldrazi deck that Jon Johnson designed over a month ago and I think that line of thought is more relevant than ever for people looking for an edge.

Displacer is a big trump card in the mirror.

WB Eldrazi

Jonathan Metaye

The designer added more lands and shaved a couple of spells. The extra mana seems good here because Displacer is a mana intensive card.

Easily the best devoid creature that requires white mana to be cast and has a colorless-mana-based activated ability of all time.

I like a lot of the elements of this deck (including the spicy sideboard Toxic Deluge), but it’s missing something…

I pray thee combo Priest with Displacer!

If you “Blink 182” a creature with Eldrazi Displacer’s ability with a Priest in play it stays in exile. For-ev-er.

GW Eldrazi

Justin Meadows

I like the Containment Priest version a lot. Priest is already a great card and the fact that it makes a busted combo with your best card is gravy.

In case you still had doubts that Eldrazi were big game in Eternal formats, check out this image that Paul Mastriano sent me this morning:

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The deck is Jason Jaco’s 9th place Vintage Eldrazi Aggro deck from the NYSE Open. It is very innovative and very cool. In fact, 74/75 cards in the deck are Legacy legal (the exception being a singleton Strip Mine)! The alters are also pretty unbelievable.

So, let me get this straight—a roughly-99%-Legacy-legal version of Eldrazi took 9th in a gigantic Vintage tournament!? It is hard to argue that the strategy isn’t extremely powerful with a result like that.

Here it is formatted:

Vintage Eldrazi Aggro

Jason Jaco, 9th place at the NYSE Vintage Tournament

One other awesome piece of technology from this deck:

That’s so Vintage.

Recurring GQ and Wasteland seems pretty sick in an Eldrazi Mirror or against some poor, distraught Delver opponent (neither of which likely have more than a couple basics). I wouldn’t be surprised to see Crucible seeing play at the top tables in Columbus.

While I haven’t gotten a chance to test CoW, I’m sold on it being great. I have to admit, I’m biased, but it still gets my stamp of approval. One time during Legacy coverage, Patrick Chapin coined the phrase, “DeMars mana base” and defined it as: “Cut 5 cards from a Legacy deck and add 4 Wastelands and a Crucible of Worlds!” Needless to say, I’m a fan of this development.

Well, it would appear that the Eldrazi Apocalypse has now extended into Eternal formats. Will Eldrazi and pals establish themselves as the “Mishra’s Workshop of Legacy?” Only time will tell, but I’m looking forward to seeing how it plays out.

As always, if you have specific questions, ideas, suggestions, or otherwise neat Eldrazi related tech you’d like to share, please feel free to drop them in the comments section. I’ll do my best to respond. I’m looking forward to playing with some of my old Legacy cards this weekend and hope to see many of you in Columbus enjoying some good, old Eternal MTG.

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