Black Eldrazi Control with Ben Lundquist

Posted in Event Coverage on May 8, 2016

By Jacob Van Lunen

Jacob Van Lunen began playing Magic in 1995. He has participated in organized play at every level of competition and was a member of the winning team at Pro Tour San Diego in 2007, thanks to an innovative draft strategy. As a writer, Van Lunen has had more than three hundred Magic strategy pieces published

Ben “Benny Beatdown” Lundquist has always been a brewer. For the last decade, it hasn't been unusually for Lundquist to be stalking the top tables of Grand Prix events with interesting decks of his own design.


Ben Lundquist

We've seen green decks ramping into gigantic Eldrazi like Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger and Kozilek, the Great Distortion for quite some time. More recently, we've seen decks like Adrian Sullivan's Blue Eldrazi Control that aim to interact their way to the late game.

Ben Lundquist had a different approach for casting giant Eldrazi this weekend. Black gives Lundquist access to plenty of removal to help him make it to the late stages of the game where he can seal the deal with one of his massive finishers.

I asked Lundquist when and how he made the deck.

“I made the deck last week. I've had this idea bouncing around in my head for a long time. I wanted to play this deck in old Standard, but there were aggressive red decks that could finish me off with burn spells even when I stabilized.”

The new Standard doesn't present that same set of problems. Now, a black control deck that finishes with Eldrazi can safely navigate a whole tournament without being finished off by red cards.

Lundquist addressed his expectations for this weekend, “I expected a lot of Collected Company decks, Humans, White-Green, and control. I didn't think there would be quite as much White-Green as there is, and I should probably have more copies of Virulent Plague. Bant is a very good matchup, control is close to unloseable, Humans is OK, and White-Green usually comes down to whether or not they have Secure the Wastes in the late game.”

Mage-Ring Network is practically unbeatable for control decks and Lundquist can spend his time dumping mana into that before going way over the top with one of his big spells.

Lundquist has four losses.

“I lost two close matches and feel that I should have won the other two if it weren't for mistakes I made.”

Gigantic Eldrazi like Kozilek, the Great Distortion and Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger are certainly powerful enough to warrant some traction in Standard. Is Lundquist's black control deck the best available shell?

Give this deck a try if you're looking for a new way to make it to ten mana! There's nothing quite as exciting as locking a game up with Kozilek, the Great Distortion!

Ben Lundquist - Black Eldrazi Control

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