Episode 016 — Eldrazi Aggro is coming to Philly

In this episode, the cast talks Phil’s pro tour success, Eternal Masters, and the newest Tier 1 deck in Legacy, Eldrazi Aggro.

Feast your eyes on this beauty and tune in to SCG this weekend to see it in action in Philly.

Creatures (22)
4 Eldrazi Mimic
4 Phyrexian Revoker
4 Endless One
4 Thought-Knot Seer
4 Reality Smasher
2 Endbringer

Spells (14)
4 Chalice of the Void
2 Trinisphere
3 Warping Wail
2 Dismember
2 Umezawa’s Jitte
1 Sword of Fire and Ice

Lands (24)
4 Ancient Tomb
3 City of Traitors
4 Eldrazi Temple
3 Eye of Ugin
4 Cavern of Souls
4 Wasteland
2 Mishra’s Factory

SB (15)
1 Dismember
3 Spatial Contortion
2 Ratchet Bomb
3 Winter Orb
4 Leyline of the Void
2 Mindbreak Trap

Small warning: Wilson’s microphone was doing strange things in this episode, so please pardon any sound issues on his end.

12 thoughts on “Episode 016 — Eldrazi Aggro is coming to Philly”

  1. Great show, can’t wait to see how this deck plays out in Philly.

    I will say that I’ve heard and read a lot lately about people porting the eldrazi to legacy so definitely be prepared for some mirrors and be expecting some sideboard hate. Ensnaring bridges are usually good for sneak and show and other decks, and seems really good if put out early enough. Not sure how u all combat that but hope it works out.

    And streaming sounds great. I’d highly advise posting the videos here after you’ve finished live streaming if possible. Can’t always watch live streams but always go back and watch after the fact.

    Glad to see you guys pumping out some sweet lists and having some numbers to back it up. Can’t wait for more

    1. Yo Corey,
      Those matchups are just “alright.” Infect is a little better than I predicted because we have so much removal plus 4 Wasteland, and I initially underestimated our interactivity. Sneak and Show will beat us with their best draws, but we have quite a few disruptive tools to make a game out of it – Revoker on Sneak, Warping Wail countering Show and Tell, putting in Endbringer off Show and Tell to lock out their threat, Thought-Knot taking a combo piece, and Chalice on 1 to shut off all their dig. Regardless, I wouldn’t want to be matched up against Sneak and Show.

  2. Love the list, little different then what I am playing but very close.
    Whats your sideboard plan for Elves, I found that matchup to be a bit tough.

    1. Hi Josh, I would board +2 Ratchet, +3 Spatial, +1 Dismember, -2 Trinisphere, -4 Endless One. I know Trinisphere is tempting because they have so many 1-drops, but they make a ton of mana, they empty their hand fast, and Natural Order (which is the best card against us) costs 4. Endless One can usually be Endlessly chumped or Symbiote fogged.

      1. Thank you for the reply.
        In your testing what has performed better, your CounterTop DeMentor deck or your Eldrazi Stompy deck?

        I feel like in a head to head match of both decks Eldrazi is favored.

        1. Josh,

          Thanks for your question. This is something we were talking about just last night. We decided that the CounterTop package is decidedly not good against Eldrazi Aggro, but feel that the Mentor/combo plan could be quite strong. It probably depends on how the sideboards are built, but looking at the current lists we have, my instinct is that Eldrazi would be favored but not super heavily. If you are willing to play against your token plan a bit, we decided that the card Toxic Deluge is one of the best possible in the matchup for CounterTop DeMentor.

          Wilson might chime in here, if he sees this question.


  3. Hey, how did you guys do this past weekend with your Eldrazi list? I saw Gerry made the finals with what looks to be a different build from what you guys came up with.

    1. Hey Josh,

      So only Wilson went and he didn’t even end up playing the Eldrazi deck. He played the CounterTop DeMentor deck, but ended up facing a lot of tough matchups in the early rounds. With a lot of testing in, we are looking to get him talking about his experience and deck updates in the next episode.

      The real story was how well Eldrazi Aggro did at this tournament. It commanded an even larger share of the Day 2 metagame than Miracles. You’ll notice that Kent Ketter’s list (who did a deck tech) was 59/60 of our maindeck choices, and had 71 of our 75. If you flip through the top 32 decklists, you will see that 8th place, 15th place, and 20th place were also all nearly identical to our list. The Gerry T list you are referring to is similar to what a bunch of people on The Source have been tweaking over the past few weeks, with more fast mana and some clunkier cards like Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth and more Trinispheres.

      We will try to tease out the different card choices in the upcoming episode and explain how the various versions play out.

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