Quick Question: The Rise of Eldrazi

Posted in GRAND PRIX PRAGUE 2016 on June 12, 2016

By Tobi Henke

The Eldrazi deck that had been terrorizing Modern until the recent bannings has succesfully transitioned to Legacy. What makes this recent addition to the format's canon tick? Why is it doing so well? And should we be scared of the Eldrazi? Are you?

We asked a couple of pro players in attendance this weekend for their insight ...

Joel Larsson

Pro Tour Magic Origins champion Joel Larsson: I'm a little bit scared, yes. It's the first Chalice deck that's reasonably and reliably aggressive. Previously, the only decks that could use Chalice of the Void took a long time to close a game. Reality Smasher doesn't. That's why it's so scary.

Immanuel Gerschenson

Two-time Grand Prix champion Immanuel Gerschenson: The lands—Eye of Ugin, Eldrazi Temple, Ancient Tomb, and City of Traitors—are quite simply unfair. Over the course of a game, the deck will typically spend more mana than almost any other. Which in general is a huge advantage in Magic.

Magnus Lantto

2014 Magic Online Champion Magnus Lantto: It's popular because it's easy to get and easy to get into. It has a much lower barrier of entry than most decks in the format. Personally, I'm not afraid of the deck, but I chose Lands specifically because I expected a lot of Eldrazi.

Alexander Hayne

Pro Tour Avacyn Restored champion Alexander Hayne: The cards are generally powerful, Chalice of the Void is a powerful tool against a lot of decks, and casting 4-mana spells off of two lands is obviously unfair. But the deck isn't necessarily that strong. It's missing out on all the great card selection in the format and the mana base can be clunky at times. Chalice for one is the scariest thing about the deck.