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Monumental Eldrazi - Brian Greenberg (8/29/2010)

If you're looking for new and exciting ways to abuse Eldrazi spawns, well look no further. This deck is based on using the Eldrazi spawns not for their intended purpose of being brutally butchered for mana, but in other devious ways. Lots of cards in sets before RTE have focused on having decks that had only one central creature type, and clearly one of the major advantages of the Rise of the Eldrazi set is that it can spew out creatures tokens at a rate that would leave Road Runner gaping. Using combos and creature buffs, these little spawnlets can roll onto the field with remarkable power at early stages of the game.

And here they are!


Monumental Eldrazis (60)

Red(10)
4: Mana Echoes
Mana Echoes
Mana EchoesSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
218
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Whenever a creature comes into play, you may add 1 to your mana pool for each creature you control that shares a creature type with it.

2: Rapacious One
Rapacious One
Rapacious OneSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Eldrazi Drone
Rarity:
U
Number:
162
Artist:
Jason A. Engle
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
Text:
Trample Whenever Rapacious One deals combat damage to a player, put that many 0/1 colorless Eldrazi Spawn creature tokens onto the battlefield. They have "Sacrifice this creature: Add {1} to your mana pool."

2: Brood Birthing
Brood Birthing
Brood BirthingSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
138
Artist:
Anthony Francisco
Text:
If you control an Eldrazi Spawn, put three 0/1 colorless Eldrazi Spawn creature tokens onto the battlefield. They have "Sacrifice this creature: Add {1} to your mana pool." Otherwise, put one of those tokens onto the battlefield.

2: Emrakul’s Hatcher

Green(10)
2: Growth Spasm
Growth Spasm
Growth SpasmSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
186
Artist:
Dan Scott
Text:
Search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library. Put a 0/1 colorless Eldrazi Spawn creature token onto the battlefield. It has "Sacrifice this creature: Add {1} to your mana pool."

4: Nest Invader
Nest Invader
Nest InvaderSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Eldrazi Drone
Rarity:
C
Number:
201
Artist:
Trevor Claxton
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Nest Invader enters the battlefield, put a 0/1 colorless Eldrazi Spawn creature token onto the battlefield. It has "Sacrifice this creature: Add {1} to your mana pool."

2: Kozilek’s Predator
2: Awakening Zone
Awakening Zone
Awakening ZoneSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
176
Artist:
Johann Bodin
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, you may put a 0/1 colorless Eldrazi Spawn creature token onto the battlefield. It has "Sacrifice this creature: Add {1} to your mana pool."


Colorless(20)
3: Cryptic Gateway
Cryptic Gateway
Cryptic GatewaySet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
306
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Tap two untapped creatures you control: You may put a creature card from your hand into play that shares a creature type with each creature tapped this way.

4: Door of Destinies
Door of Destinies
Door of DestiniesSet: Morningtide
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
143
Artist:
Larry MacDougall
Text:
As Door of Destinies comes into play, choose a creature type.Whenever you play a spell of that type, put a charge counter on Door of Destinies.Creatures you control of that type get +1/+1 for each charge counter on Door of Destinies.

2: Skittering Invasion
Skittering Invasion
Skittering InvasionSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
7
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Tribal Sorcery
Sub Type:
Eldrazi
Rarity:
U
Number:
10
Artist:
Eric Deschamps
Text:
Put five 0/1 colorless Eldrazi Spawn creature tokens onto the battlefield. They have "Sacrifice this creature: Add {1} to your mana pool."

1: Ulamog, The Infinite Gyre
1: Ulamog’s Crush
Crush
CrushSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
61
Artist:
Matt Stewart
Text:
Destroy target noncreature artifact.
er
1: Eldrazi Monument
Eldrazi Monument
Eldrazi MonumentSet: Zendikar
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
M
Number:
199
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Creatures you control get +1/+1, have flying, and are indestructible. At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice a creature. If you can't, sacrifice Eldrazi Monument.

4: Spawnsire Of Ulamog
2: Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
’s Incubator
2: Belbe’s Portal

Lands(20)
4: Gruul Turf
Gruul Turf
Gruul TurfSet: Guildpact
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
158
Text:
Gruul Turf comes into play tapped. When Gruul Turf comes into play, return a land you control to its owner’s hand. T: Add RG to your mana pool.

4: Cloudpost
Cloudpost
CloudpostSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Locus
Rarity:
C
Number:
280
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Power:
Land
Toughness:
Locus
Text:
Cloudpost comes into play tapped. T: Add 1 to your mana pool for each Locus in play.

6: Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.

6: Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.



Let’s get to some key cards.

-Mana Echoes
Mana Echoes
Mana EchoesSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
218
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Whenever a creature comes into play, you may add 1 to your mana pool for each creature you control that shares a creature type with it.
with Spawnsire of Ulamog
Spawnsire of Ulamog
Spawnsire of UlamogSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
10
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Eldrazi
Rarity:
R
Number:
11
Artist:
Izzy
Power:
7
Toughness:
11
Text:
Annihilator 1 (Whenever this creature attacks, defending player sacrifices a permanent.) {4}: Put two 0/1 colorless Eldrazi Spawn creature tokens onto the battlefield. They have "Sacrifice this creature: Add {1} to your mana pool." {2}0}: Cast any number of Eldrazi cards you own from outside the game without paying their mana costs.
: The original reason I put Mana Echoes
Mana Echoes
Mana EchoesSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
218
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Whenever a creature comes into play, you may add 1 to your mana pool for each creature you control that shares a creature type with it.
in was used in combination with Spawnsire of Ulamog
Spawnsire of Ulamog
Spawnsire of UlamogSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
10
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Eldrazi
Rarity:
R
Number:
11
Artist:
Izzy
Power:
7
Toughness:
11
Text:
Annihilator 1 (Whenever this creature attacks, defending player sacrifices a permanent.) {4}: Put two 0/1 colorless Eldrazi Spawn creature tokens onto the battlefield. They have "Sacrifice this creature: Add {1} to your mana pool." {2}0}: Cast any number of Eldrazi cards you own from outside the game without paying their mana costs.
you can generate an infinite number of Eldrazi spawns seeing as if you have 2 or more tokens in play you’ll be gaining more mana from mana echoes than you’re spending to play the ability. You can afford to play the ability again and again and again which makes that 20 mana Spawnsire of Ulamog
Spawnsire of Ulamog
Spawnsire of UlamogSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
10
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Eldrazi
Rarity:
R
Number:
11
Artist:
Izzy
Power:
7
Toughness:
11
Text:
Annihilator 1 (Whenever this creature attacks, defending player sacrifices a permanent.) {4}: Put two 0/1 colorless Eldrazi Spawn creature tokens onto the battlefield. They have "Sacrifice this creature: Add {1} to your mana pool." {2}0}: Cast any number of Eldrazi cards you own from outside the game without paying their mana costs.
effect shockingly easy to use. Also you’ll have infinite 0/1’s. Even without the combo, both of these cards are great by themselves.

-Cryptic Gateway
Cryptic Gateway
Cryptic GatewaySet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
306
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Tap two untapped creatures you control: You may put a creature card from your hand into play that shares a creature type with each creature tapped this way.
: Let’s do a little a little math with Cryptic Gateway
Cryptic Gateway
Cryptic GatewaySet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
306
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Tap two untapped creatures you control: You may put a creature card from your hand into play that shares a creature type with each creature tapped this way.
. What do you get when you add
0/1 + 0/1? The answer is Indestructible 10/10 with Annihilator 4. When you can tap two puny Eldrazi spawns to bring out Ulamog, Kozilek, or Emrakul it really shows you the true value of this card. With the right hand you can pull out one of the massive annihilators on turn 4. That should make the game interesting.

-Belbe’s Portal & Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
’s Incubator: In decks where all creatures share the same type. It shouldn’t take long to realize how obscenely overpowered these cards are. Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
’s Incubator is a great way to make it easier to play all of your spawn generators, and with Belbe’s Portal you can start throwing out Ulamog on the 6th turn. These will help you get that much needed creature advantage early in the game.

-Door Of Destinies: I’m sure all of you know that these are necessary in a deck like this, the more creatures you have, the bigger tanks those creatures become. I opted for these instead of Beast
Beast
BeastSet: Garruk vs. Liliana
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
1
Artist:
John Donahue
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
master Aascension because +5/+5 is nothing compared to the epic stat-upping bonuses that these can generate late in the game. Every time you cast one of the Eldrazi creatures, ALL your spawn tokens get bigger. I put in Doors instead of Coat of Arms
Coat of Arms
Coat of ArmsSet: Exodus
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
131
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Each creature gets +1/+1 for each other creature in play of the same creature type. (For example, if there are three Goblins in play, each of them gets +2/+2.)
for three reasons: Coat costs more mana, it can also help out your opponents and backfire on you, and its power decreases every time one of your creatures dies.

-Eldrazi Monument
Eldrazi Monument
Eldrazi MonumentSet: Zendikar
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
M
Number:
199
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Creatures you control get +1/+1, have flying, and are indestructible. At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice a creature. If you can't, sacrifice Eldrazi Monument.
: Indestructible fliers, you get it.

Now I would just like to take this time to say that I’m sorry if this deck shares any similarities to the Revenge of the Mana Dorks article. I had made the deck before that article had came out and I was too far into writing this to want to stop. As compensation for writing a similar article I’ll throw in another deck plan because I’m just that nice.

The deck is made up of changelings and then cards that benefit specific creature types, but since changelings are all creature types they absorb all of those effects.


Changelings

Green (18)
4: Game Trail Changeling
Game Trail Changeling
Game Trail ChangelingSet: Morningtide
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Shapeshifter
Rarity:
C
Number:
123
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Changeling (This card is every creature type at all times.) Trample

4: Changeling Titan
Changeling Titan
Changeling TitanSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Shapeshifter
Rarity:
U
Number:
200
Artist:
Jesper Ejsing
Power:
7
Toughness:
7
Text:
Changeling (This card is every creature type at all times.) Champion a creature (When this comes into play, sacrifice it unless you remove another creature you control from the game. When this leaves play, that card returns to play.)

4: Woodland Changeling
Woodland Changeling
Woodland ChangelingSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Shapeshifter
Rarity:
C
Number:
242
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Changeling (This card is every creature type at all times.)

2: Greatbow Doyen
Greatbow Doyen
Greatbow DoyenSet: Morningtide
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Archer
Rarity:
R
Number:
125
Artist:
Steven Belledin
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Other Archer creatures you control get +1/+1. Whenever an Archer you control deals damage to a creature, that Archer deals that much damage to that creature's controller.

2: Wolf-Skull Shaman
2: Krosan Warchief
Krosan Warchief
Krosan WarchiefSet: Scourge
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
123
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Beast spells you play cost 1 less.
1G : Regenerate target Beast.


White (15)
4: Avian Changeling
Avian Changeling
Avian ChangelingSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Shapeshifter
Rarity:
C
Number:
4
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Changeling (This card is every creature type at all times.) Flying

4: Changeling Hero
Changeling Hero
Changeling HeroSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Shapeshifter
Rarity:
U
Number:
9
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Changeling (This card is every creature type at all times.) Champion a creature (When this comes into play, sacrifice it unless you remove another creature you control from the game. When this leaves play, that card returns to play.) Lifelink (Whenever this creature deals damage, you gain that much life.)

2: Changeling Sentinel
Changeling Sentinel
Changeling SentinelSet: Morningtide
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Shapeshifter
Rarity:
C
Number:
6
Artist:
Chuck Lukacs
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Changeling (This card is every creature type at all times.) Vigilance

1: Ancestor’s Prophet
1: Catapult Master
Catapult Master
Catapult MasterSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier Lord
Rarity:
R
Number:
10
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Tap five untapped Soldiers you control: Remove target creature from the game.

3: Daru Warchief
Daru Warchief
Daru WarchiefSet: Scourge
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
6
Artist:
Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Soldier spells you play cost 1 less to play. Soldiers you control get +1/+2.



Colorless (32)
4: Runed Stalactite
Runed Stalactite
Runed StalactiteSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
C
Number:
260
Artist:
Jim Pavelec
Text:
Equipped creature gets +1/+1 and is every creature type. Equip 2

4: Graypelt Refuge
Graypelt Refuge
Graypelt RefugeSet: Zendikar
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
214
Artist:
Philip Straub
Text:
Graypelt Refuge enters the battlefield tapped. When Graypelt Refuge enters the battlefield, you gain 1 life. {T}: Add {G} or {W} to your mana pool.

4: Selesnya Sanctuary
Selesnya Sanctuary
Selesnya SanctuarySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
281
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Selesnya Sanctuary comes into play tapped. When Selesnya Sanctuary comes into play, return a land you control to its owner’s hand. T: Add GW to your mana pool.

4: Elfhame Palace
Elfhame Palace
Elfhame PalaceSet: Invasion
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
322
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Text:
Elfhame Palace comes into play tapped.T: Add G or W to your mana pool.

4: Tranquil Garden
Tranquil Garden
Tranquil GardenSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
284
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. T: Add G or W to your mana pool. Tranquil Garden doesn't untap during your next untap step.

4: Vec Townships
Vec Townships
Vec TownshipsSet: Tempest
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Eric David Anderson
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Add G or W to your mana pool. Vec Townships does not untap during your next untap phase.

1: Reaper King
Reaper King
Reaper KingSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
10
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Legendary Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Scarecrow
Rarity:
R
Number:
260
Artist:
Jim Murray
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
(o(2/w) can be paid with any two mana or with W. This card's converted mana cost is 10.) Other Scarecrow creatures you control get +1/+1. Whenever another Scarecrow comes into play under your control, destroy target permanent.

2: Door of Destinies
Door of Destinies
Door of DestiniesSet: Morningtide
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
143
Artist:
Larry MacDougall
Text:
As Door of Destinies comes into play, choose a creature type.Whenever you play a spell of that type, put a charge counter on Door of Destinies.Creatures you control of that type get +1/+1 for each charge counter on Door of Destinies.

1: Cryptic Gateway
Cryptic Gateway
Cryptic GatewaySet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
306
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Tap two untapped creatures you control: You may put a creature card from your hand into play that shares a creature type with each creature tapped this way.

4: Brass Herald
Brass Herald
Brass HeraldSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
U
Number:
133
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
As Brass Herald comes into play, choose a creature type.When Brass Herald comes into play, reveal the top four cards of your library. Put all creature cards of the chosen type revealed this way into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library. Creatures of the chosen type get +1/+1.



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