The power of Eldrazi Temple and Eye of Ugin were key to accelerating these undercosted threats onto the battlefield. When both were in the format Eldrdazi absolutely dominated for several months, and now that we only have the less explosive but more consistent of the two, the archetype has settled into a solid player in the metagame, despite taking on several forms.
First there was Bant, using Noble Hierarch as an additional accelerant while including the late-game power of Eldrazi Displacer and Drowner of Hope which made the U/W lists during Eldrazi Winter so formidable. More recently we've seen a colorless version of the deck that uses Serum Powder to add consistency to the deck while synergizing nicely with Eternal Scourge as a sticky threat.
With Bant there was a consistency issue with needing three colors and explicitly colorless mana. With colorless there is an issue in what interactive spells you can fit into the deck and how limited you are in sideboard options. The most successful variant, G/R Eldrazi, strikes a nice balance between the two. Today's list strikes a similar balance, playing a single color, red, to gain access to one of the best removal spells in the format in Lightning Bolt to pair with Dismember.
But you also get Chandra, Torch of Defiance, a very powerful threat for a deck that can struggle going long without Eldrazi Displacer that doubles as additional removal, and a combo that I tried to make work in Standard several times to no avail: Hanweir Battlements and Hanweir Garrison. The pair is a nice mana sink, an advantage generating threat, and a utility land in a deck whose slim color requirements allow you to leverage your lands more readily than most decks.
For acceleration, you have the always solid but never spectacular Mind Stone alongside the explosive potential of Simian Spirit Guide. It's certainly not on the level of Bant, but you're always going to sacrifice power to gain consistency.
There aren't a lot of gains in the sideboard, but they're still significant. Bonfire of the Damned is great against go wide creature decks like Elves and Affinity, and Abrade is quickly becoming a crossover star as a versatile removal spell. Crumble to Dust could easily go up in numbers if your metagame has more big mana decks since it's great with Mind Stone, and Eldrazi Obligator is a proven player in any race-oriented matchup.
It's the mark of a powerful core that there are plenty of options for the surrounding shell that can compete. Eldrazi Temple and the powerful colorless creatures are just such a proven core, and I expect we'll continue to see innovation around them for years to come.
- 4 Hangarback Walker
- 4 Hanweir Garrison
- 4 Matter Reshaper
- 4 Reality Smasher
- 2 Simian Spirit Guide
- 4 Thought-Knot Seer