As a long time legacy Mud player I was pretty excited when Battle for Zendikar and Oath were both spoiled.  I posted a deck I was playing after BFZ came out but have since made some major changes with the release of Oath.  There were so many new toys that I really wanted to play with!

I immediately wanted to run a new Eldrazi Post deck and put Aaron to work brewing.  My instructions: use the post shell and run larger creatures unlike the new Aggro Eldrazi deck that has taken over Modern and started to make its way into Legacy.  I finally had the opportunity to play test with the list last week and I went 3-0-1, drawing last round to tie for first.  I was even able to play against the Aggro Eldrazi deck in round three beating it handily.  While I think the new Eldrazi list is cute I don’t love it in Legacy. It is too easily answered by a lot of Legacy staples, but I was really adamant about playing an Eldrazi style deck so Aaron built me this:

Mud Post Eldrazi

Lands (24)
Ancient Tomb
Cavern of Souls
Eldrazi Temple
Eye of Ugin
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale

Creatures (14)
Conduit of Ruin
Deceiver of Form
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth
Ruin Processor
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
Wurmcoil Engine

Spells (22)
All Is Dust
Candelabra of Tawnos
Expedition Map
Pithing Needle
Sensei’s Divining Top
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon
Sideboard (15)
Chalice of the Void
Grafdigger’s Cage
Sphere of Resistance
Warping Wail
Wurmcoil Engine

Traditionally I have loved post style decks because they are very good at playing the long game, something that happens in a format saturated with various counters and removal. Also I can’t pretend I don’t love playing a deck with the capacity to play Emrakul. The combination of being able to slow down your opponent with Trinisphere (or Chalice of the Void after board) while still putting on a quick clock with a fatty puts the deck in a very good position. I beat Death and Taxes, Merfolk and Aggro Eldrazi on my first night out with it.  I drew with Tin Fins, though I won’t lie, I struggled in matches we ran for practice. As long as I mull to a quick Chalice or Trinisphere hand, the deck has the potential to beat combo decks.

The creature package is easily the most fun part of this deck.  My favorite is the combo between Conduit of Ruin and Deceiver of Form, which let you attack with a fatty without having to actually cast it that turn.  The combo isn’t one I was able to use often (I only got to have it happen once all night) but that doesn’t make either card bad on its own.  Conduit of Ruin is a fatty in its own right but still ramps you and lets you search up a creature that you need.  Card selection is a huge problem with Mud decks normally but between Conduit of Ruin‘s search ability, Deceiver of Forms scry ability, Endbringer‘s ability to draw you a card, Expedition Map and Top, I found I never had an issue finding what I needed to find.  For the rest of the creatures I’m running a fairly traditional top end for post with Kozilek, Emrakul and the new Ulamog.  Ruin Processor is a little bit different but I love it because it helps buy time in the aggro match-ups like burn.  My favorite part is it can eat a suspended Rift Bolt or Ancestral VisionWurmcoil Engine is a great beater in any match that also helps buy time in the aggro match-ups.

All of these creatures are easy to get down early thanks to the Posts, Candelabra, Conduit of Ruin and Eye of Ugin. It’s very hard for most decks to deal with any of these creatures once they land. Thanks to Cavern and Trinisphere, most decks have trouble countering them.  More importantly with Pithing Needle and Trinisphere (plus sideboard Chalice) it’s very easy to buy the time I need to get these creatures down if some reason I’m struggling at all.  If you like playing Post I strongly recommend giving this deck a try.  It’s much stronger and more consistent than the traditional Mud builds but still has the prison elements that make post the deck that it is.

Kate hails from Worcester MA and also does a bit of Card Altering. Check her Stuff out on Facebook! She mainly plays legacy and modern though will occasionally find herself playing EDH or Standard if she’s desperate.

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