The recent round of bans has me feeling nostalgic. Thinking back to the cold, cold Eldrazi Winter. Today we will show you how to resurrect the archetype in Modern today. Before you dive in, you can watch me run it through a match on camera here. Also to celebrate our successful first month we are hosting another giveaway with colorless goodies.
History of the Deck
Since the printing of Rise of the Eldrazi, numerous decks have featured Magic’s favorite Eldrazi menace. With access to Eldrazi Temple, players can effectively begin the game with 2 mana, and many Modern shells have exploited this in different ways. While GR Eldrazi uses creatures like Noble Hierarch and Ancient Stirrings to add consistency to their sudo-ramp strategy, and Eldrazi Tron combines the power of Temple and Tron lands to take advantage of the long game, there is a third shell that has a place close to my heart: Colorless Eldrazi.
First debuting at Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch in February of 2016, the Colorless Eldrazi deck developed by the ChannelFireball team took Modern by storm by combining the power of Eldrazi Temple and the now banned Eye of Ugin to throw massive Eldrazi onto the battlefield. The deck was so dominant that six of the Top 8 players were playing a version of Eldrazi, while three played the Colorless version. This lead to what is now known as Eldrazi Winter and culminated with the banning of Eye of Ugin. The banning of Eye of Ugin lead many to splash colors for the aforementioned builds but colorless was not truly dead. Jordan Boisvert at Modern Nexus developed the post-ban colorless build that you see today.
This deck aims to always start the game with Eldrazi Temple in hand by leveraging the card Serum Powder. It make mulligans less punishing and even beneficial as exiling an Eternal Scourge can effectively add another card into your hand. Paired with the card Gemstone Caverns, this deck is capable of having very explosive draws. The primary benefit of going colorless stems from its mana base. There are no fetches and shocklands in site, allowing for the deck to consistently remain at a high life total and exploit cards like Dismember which are effective against most of the major creatures in Modern. In addition, all of the lands provide the deck added utility. Creature lands such as Mutavault and Blinkmonth provide reach. Ghost Quarter allows us to answer the myriad utility lands in the format. While Zhalfirin Void provides the deck much needed consistency for its top decks.
The deck aims to curve out every game by playing Eldrazi creatures followed up by removal or man-lands to push the final points of damage through. Colorless Eldrazi really shines against decks that either aim to grind you out like Jund, where you have bigger creatures and can pressure their life total, or combo decks, which fold to Chalice of the Void and operate on a low threat count, like Izzet Phoenix. The deck is worst against strategies that play bigger creatures than you to brick wall your attacks like Hardened Scales, as well as creature strategies that overload your removal spells like Devoted Company. Below is a general guide to what I believe the matchups look like against some current Modern decks.
Amulet Titan (Favorable)
-2 Chalice of the Void
+1 Gut Shot, +1 Spatial Contortion
-4 Dismember, -1 Eternal Scourge
+2 Ratchet Bomb, +3 Spatial Contortion
Devoted Company (Unfavorable)
-4 Chalice of the Void, -2 Eldrazi Mimic
+1 Gut Shot, +1 Pithing Needle, +3 Spatial Contortion, +1 Warping Wail
Play: -4 Chalice of the Void, -2 Dismember, -2 Simian Spirit Guide
Draw: -4 Chalice of the Void, -3 Dismember, -1 Simian Spirit Guide
+1 Gut Shot, +2 Ravenous Trap, +4 Relic of Progenitus, +1 Warping Wail
Grixis Death’s Shadow (Favorable)
-4 Eldrazi Mimic, -2 Simian Spirit Guide, -1 Serum Powder, -1 Eternal Scourge
+2 Ravenous Trap, +3 Ratchet Bom, +3 Relic of Progenitus
Hardened Scales (Unfavorable)
-4 Chalice of the Void, -4 Eldrazi Mimic, -1 Simian Spirit Guide
+1 Gut Shot, +1 Pithing Needle, +3 Ratchet Bomb, +3 Spatial Contortion, +1 Warping Wail
-4 Chalice of the Void, -1 Eternal Scourge, -2 Simian Spirit Guide
+1 Gut Shot, +3 Ratchet Bomb, +3 Spatial Contortion
Izzet Phoenix (Favorable)
-1 Eldrazi Mimic, -1 Eternal Scourge, -1 Serum Powder, -1 Simian Spirit Guide
+1 Gut Shot, +2 Ravenous Trap, +1 Warping Wail
-4 Chalice of the Void, -2 Eldrazi Mimic, -1 Serum Powder, -4 Simian Spirit Guide
+1 Gut Shot, +3 Ratchet Bomb, +4 Relic of Progenitus, +3 Spatial Contortion
-4 Chalice of the Void, -4 Simian Spirit Guide
+1 Gut Shot, +3 Ratchet Bomb, +3 Spatial Contortion, +1 Warping Wail
-4 Chalice of the Void, -4 Eldrazi Mimic, -1 Eternal Scourge, -1 Serum Powder, -2 Simian Spirit Guide
+3 Ratchet Bomb, +2 Ravenous Trap, +3 Relic of Progenitus, +3 Spatial Contortion, +1 Warping Wail
-1 Eternal Scourge
+1 Pithing Needle
UW Control (Even)
-2 Chalice of the Void, -1 Serum Powder, -3 Simian Spirit Guide
+1 Gut Shot, +1 Pithing Needle, +3 Relic of Progenitus, +1 Warping Wail
I hope you have enjoyed this stroll down memory lane as much as I did. Between Izzet Phoenix, Grixis Shadow, and the new Burn deck we are starting to see a format ripe for Chalice of the Void. Honestly, I am considering running it in my Humans sideboard again. As always we hope that you’ll join us in our discussion group and doing so this week will enter you to win some sweet Eldrazi via our giveaway. Have a great weekend everyone.