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Thirst for Knowledge: Real Cool Deck

Written by Joshua Claytor on . Posted in Competitive Magic, Standard

Thirst for Knowledge:  Real Cool Deck

Joshua Claytor

Joshua is the current content manager of Legitmtg.com and Puremtgo.com.

Apparently my Magic: The Gathering Online account has become an eclectic collection of all things Eldrazi. I’m not entirely sure how this happened, but I am pretty sure I am okay with that. Looking at my completed decks on my account I have six different Standard Eldrazi decks, from Adrian Sullivan’s mono blue number played at Grand Prix New York, to Ben Lundquist’s Mono Black Eldrazi, also played at Grand Prix New York. I have Blue Red Control Eldrazi built, well different versions of it, where the numbers in each are close, but not quite the same. I am working on Willy Edel’s Mono White deck, a Green Red Ramp version, a Temur ramp, a UB and a Mono Red Aggro version as well. Eldrazi Skyspawner and Dimensional Infiltrator are being played as well, in stuff like UG Flash and UW Skies.

I guess those last two decks are not Eldrazi enough for me though!

It gets worse in Modern, where I have Eldrazi and Taxes built, as well as Eldrazi Tron. I have a GW Eldrazi Tron that I played in a recent PTQ on MTGO to disastrous results, and other colors of Eldrazi Tron are being worked on. I am not far away from Eldrazi Stompy in Legacy, and that of course takes me down a path to build Eldrazi Shops in Vintage.

One of the writers for PureMTGO said that Eldrazi is coming close to Burn in terms of being played across multiple formats, and I be that the writer was correct. There is something strangely satisfying about tapping ten mana and casting a really dumb monster.

Over the weekend, while I was failing to make a mark on the Modern PTQ, I was able to waste time looking at the Standard Grand Prix that were going on in New York and Tokyo. I had heard rumblings of a UR Eldrazi doing well in Tokyo, and was interested in seeing the list. When the player, Hiroyuki Gotou, went 9-0 with it, it was just a matter of time before it would be listed. While Gotou did not do as well on day two, when the list was posted, I was curious enough to order what I needed for it from MTGOTraders.com.

Here is the list.

This deck is kinda cool. At first glance, it looks really similar to the UR deck the Jiachen Tao played at Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch. It’s very reminiscent of that. The other thing that jumps right out is the amount of one ofs in the main deck. Eldrazi Obligator, Roast, Warping Wail, and Brutal Expulsion are all just hanging out, looking kind of random, and while it may not make much sense to question a deck that is capable of going undefeated on day one (Gotou had two byes), I feel like the one ofs that are not tutorable could be better served as other things, to be a little more consistent. I do appreciate having access to those cards, Roast and Obligator in particular, but it just felt a little clunky though. I guess it could be nice to make your opponent guess around you having more copies of those cards in the main, but I just did not see that situation coming up often at all!

After I built the deck (and after the weather settled in Kentucky), I sat down in order to get a feel for it. I figured the best way to do that would be to jump in to a friendly league. I’m not confident enough in my play skill to join competitive leagues, but somehow have no issue playing in PPTQs, PTQs, and other larger events online. I’m not sure why.

I played the league out, and here are the matches, in a nice clean playlist form! There is no audio, mainly because the weather has been bad, and alerts have been sounding often while I have been playing, and no one really needs to hear that!


Well that was an awfully fun 2-3. I love leagues on MTGO, as I do not have to sit around waiting long for the rest of the players to finish up their match, but I am not a huge fan of getting paired against the same player twice in the same league. I understand that there are some bugs to work out, and it’s not a desired pairing, it sadly sometimes happens. I may be a little salty from losing the rematch though. If I only had one more turn! I may have made a mistake with Thought-Knot Seer against the Brain in a Jar deck, I think I should have taken the Part, because well, those zombies do enter the battlefield tapped!

I am surprised at how competitive the deck felt against the decks I played against. Every match but one went the full three games, and I felt like I was in every one of them. Had I drawn differently maybe I would have won the match, but the Abzan deck almost felt unwinnable.

As for the one ofs in the deck, I was unimpressed. Obligator was the best one for me, but personally I would rather have more Warping Wails in the main deck. The card is so good against Standard right now! It deals with Languish, Dark Petition, Seasons Past, The Great Aurora, Part the Waterveil, Declaration in Stone, Explosive Vegetation, and so many more spells! If I were to make any changes to the deck, I would take those four one ofs, and make them Warping Wails.

Well, maybe I would keep the misers Obligator and make it three Warping Wails!

With that said, I hope you all enjoyed the look at a pretty unique deck, thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

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