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ARTICLE – Eldrazi and Taxes!


Hi, how are you?

Since this is the first time I write to Eternal, before starting the article I want to introduce myself. My name is Marcos Morelli, I’m 30 years old, studied and working with IT, living near Florianópolis and the last time I get back to Magic: The Gathering was before the pre-release of Return to Ravnica. I participated in the Circuit Legacy Catarinense since 2014 when I was still playing with a Jund Burn (if you’re curious, there’s Carsten Kotterum’s list and comment here). In February of last year, the same weekend Gerry Thompson was second place in the SCG Open, I won the second stage of the CLC with debutant Colorless Eldrazi. Since then I have played with the archetype, adapting the list every month. After accumulating almost a year of experience, this year’s Circuit I decided to drastically change the deck, building an Eldrazi and Taxes… Check below for the list I subscribed in the fourth stage in Blumenau.

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3x [mtg_card]Eldrazi Displacer[/mtg_card] 3x [mtg_card]Lodestone Golem[/mtg_card] 4x [mtg_card]Reality Smasher[/mtg_card] 2x [mtg_card]Stoneforge Mystic[/mtg_card] 3x [mtg_card]Thalia, Guardian of Thraben[/mtg_card] 4x [mtg_card]Thought-Knot Seer[/mtg_card] 3x [mtg_card]Vryn Wingmare[/mtg_card] Artifact (9)
1x [mtg_card]Batterskull[/mtg_card] 4x [mtg_card]Chalice of the Void[/mtg_card] 3x [mtg_card]Mox Diamond[/mtg_card] 1x [mtg_card]Umezawa’s Jitte[/mtg_card] Land (25)
4x [mtg_card]Ancient Tomb[/mtg_card] 4x [mtg_card]Cavern of Souls[/mtg_card] 2x [mtg_card]City of Traitors[/mtg_card] 4x [mtg_card]Eldrazi Temple[/mtg_card] 2x [mtg_card]Karakas[/mtg_card] 5x [mtg_card]Plains[/mtg_card] 4x[mtg_card] Wasteland[/mtg_card] Instant (4)
2x [mtg_card]Blessed Alliance[/mtg_card] 2x [mtg_card]Warping Wail[/mtg_card][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_text_separator title=”Sideboard”][vc_column_text]4x [mtg_card]Containment Priest[/mtg_card] 2x [mtg_card]Forsake the Worldly[/mtg_card] 4x [mtg_card]Leyline of the Void[/mtg_card] 1x [mtg_card]Phyrexian Revoker[/mtg_card] 1x [mtg_card]Sword of Fire and Ice[/mtg_card] 2x [mtg_card]Walking Ballista[/mtg_card] 1x [mtg_card]Wurmcoil Engine[/mtg_card][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”1687″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
4 Smasher, 4 TKS, 3 Displaicer

The first major change was to cut out a lot of Eldrazis. Smasher and TKS are unanimous and the Displaicer with the utilitarian function has secured 3 slots. For those who have not yet had the pleasure of playing with the “almost” white Eldrazi, here goes some examples of its strategies:

  • Prevent creatures from attacking or blocking;

  • Must kill first when at the board;

  • Removal of tokens (Marit Lage mainly);

  • General removal when combined with sideboard [mtg_card]Containment Priest[/mtg_card];

  • Counter for miracle triggers with TKS on the table;

  • Force opponents with [mtg_card]Ensnaring Bridge[/mtg_card] to draw cards with TKS on the table; and

  • Castable Eldrazi even with Blood Moon on the table.

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3 Thalia, 3 Vryn, 3 Golem

It’s quite common in Colorless Eldrazi to use [mtg_card]Thorn of Amethyst[/mtg_card] either on the sideboard or even main deck. It wasn’t once or twice that I saw players flooding them at the table and not having a clock to win. Thalia covers this failure with mastery… The tradeoff of Thraben’s guardian is its mana cost, which the sun lands doesn’t meet. Thats why the [mtg_card]Mox Diamond [/mtg_card]s had came into the deck. The other creatures that taxes add redundancy to the deck. I’ve already curved T1 Thalia, T2 Vryn, T3 Golem… Imagine my opponent’s Jace costing 7 mana in his hand. The setting was once 3-2-2 (Thalia, Vryn, Golem), 3-2-3 and today the 3-3-3, which I consider correct with the discharge of the Delvers and combos. If the reader has not yet convinced himself or is doubting the odds, watch the beginning of the quarterfinals video of the third stage of the CLC here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”1701″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

2 Stoneforge, 1 Batterskull, 1 Jitte

With access to white it is almost obvious the inclusion of Litomancer and the equipments. Here it is worth mentioning the presence of the UR sword on the side against fair decks and mainly TNNs. An interesting trick on the deck is to activate [mtg_card]Stoneforge Mystic[/mtg_card] and answer the ability on the stack with Displacer, so you already put the tutored equipment on the balltefield, saving a summoning sickness 🙂

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2 Wail, 2 Blessed Alliance

Enough of [mtg_card]Dismember[/mtg_card]… How many times the only land option is [mtg_card]Ancient Tomb[/mtg_card] and you are required to pay 6 life to use a removal. The colorless version is much more aggro and with limited options of removal this is what you get. But now with the high tide on Leovolds and TNNs, [mtg_card]Blessed Alliance[/mtg_card] becomes much more valuable. It has the necessary CMC 2 to run with Chalice, flexible against multiple matches (gaining 4 life against Burn can be the path to victory) and easy to escalate with 2 colorless. [mtg_card]Warping Wail[/mtg_card] does not require introductions.

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25 lands + 3 Mox

Here, the main difference is the inclusion of basic lands. [mtg_card]Plains[/mtg_card] guarantee resilience against [mtg_card]Wasteland[/mtg_card], [mtg_card]Blood Moon[/mtg_card], [mtg_card]Back to Basics[/mtg_card] and even [mtg_card]From the Ashes[/mtg_card]. To make room for them I have cut [mtg_card]Eye of Ugin[/mtg_card].


The sideboard is focused on winning from graveyard decks. I consider [mtg_card]Forsake the Worldly[/mtg_card] as a direct upgrade from [mtg_card]Disenchant[/mtg_card] because is able to recycle when it’s useless. [mtg_card]Wurmcoil Engine[/mtg_card] almost always beats the other non-white fair decks, even with [mtg_card]Chalice of the Void[/mtg_card]. [mtg_card]Walking Ballista[/mtg_card] is mainly against D&T, Elves and Aluren.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Like every rogue deck, it is an advantage to play with a list which opponents do not have much of a sense of what is at our’s top. Over the four CLCs I attended, my record with the deck is 21-5-1. For anyone who wants to add a color to their Eldrazi, or splash colorless into Death and Taxes I hope you have enjoyed the review. Any opinion, question or contributions, just feel free to post in the comments. Whoever plays with the list or similar, don’t forget to share how it was. Until next monday![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

About Morelli

Morelli é um entusiasta do Magic há 15 anos. Voltou a jogar competitivo em 2012. Jogando de Standard a Legacy passando por Duel Commander. Conquistou Top 32 em GP Rio e atualmente busca o Pro Tour.

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