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Colorless Eldrazi Protection - Matthew Beischer (8/29/2010)

Everyone has been talking about how to deal with the Eldrazi. How do we kill them, and make sure they can't come back?! The guys at The Mana Pool came up with an interesting tactic. Play a Chaos Orb
Chaos Orb
Chaos OrbSet: Oversize Cards
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Mono Artifact
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
1: Flip Chaos Orb onto the playing area from a height of at least one foot. Chaos Orb must turn completely over at least once or it is discarded with no effect. When Chaos Orb lands, any cards in play that it touches are destroyed, as is Chaos Orb.
, then Dance of Many
Dance of Many
Dance of ManySet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
During your upkeep, pay UU or bury Dance of Many.When you play Dance of Many, choose target summon card. When Dance of Many comes into play, put a token creature into play and treat it as an exact copy of that summon card. If either Dance of Many or the token creature leaves play, bury the other.
. Use a couch cushion as a token and wipe out everything ever from existence. Of course, you're only sending the Eldrazi home. The Blind Eternities... A place of madness and power, accessible through the Eye of Ugin
Eye of Ugin
Eye of UginSet: Worldwake
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
M
Number:
136
Artist:
James Paick
Text:
Colorless Eldrazi spells you cast cost {2} less to cast. {7}, {T}: Search your library for a colorless creature card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
.

What I want to cover here today is how to protect them from the puny mortals you'll be playing against. Of course, we'll have to talk mana generation before we can talk protection as primarily one wants to run a colorless mana acceleration. So we'll need ways of producing loads of colorless and with the recent releases, this is easier than ever. But first the numbers:

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.
is an interesting card that allows you to produce exponentially increasing mana for every locus you have out in play; unfortunately no other locus has been printed. However, there is a land called Vesuva
Vesuva
VesuvaSet: Time Spiral
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
281
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
As Vesuva comes into play, you may choose a land in play. If you do, Vesuva comes into play tapped as a copy of the chosen land.
that makes itself a copy of target land when played. So now you have eight exponential colorless producers which can produce a WHOPPING 64 colorless if you can somehow get them all out, assuming you’re not running against land destruction. I'd suggest at least 4 each, up to a maximum of 4 each, which means... Put 4 of each in your deck. Seriously.

Another famous colorless producer is the "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.
tron," each land produces 1 mana each, unless you have at least one of each out, in which case you get 3 for Urza's Tower
Urza's Tower
Urza's TowerSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. If you control Urza's Mine, Urza's Power Plant, and Urza's Tower, add three colorless mana to your mana pool instead of one.
and 2 for Urza's Mine
Urza's Mine
Urza's MineSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. If you control Urza's Mine, Urza's Power Plant, and Urza's Tower, add two colorless mana to your mana pool instead of one.
and Urza's Power Plant
Urza's Power Plant
Urza's Power PlantSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. If you control Urza's Mine, Urza's Power Plant, and Urza's Tower, add two colorless mana to your mana pool instead of one.
. I would suggest 3 or 4 each. Why not 4? I mean, they seem pretty powerful, right? But we'll want that room later, trust me.

Next we will want the Eldrazi Temple
Eldrazi Temple
Eldrazi TempleSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
227
Artist:
James Paick
Text:
{T}: Add {1} to your mana pool. {T}: Add {2} to your mana pool. Spend this mana only to cast colorless Eldrazi spells or activate abilities of colorless Eldrazi.
, which means 1 colorless natively, or 2 colorless to be applied to any Eldrazi spell or ability. This is the trade off for the reduced amounts of the 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.
tron. This is insurance, and while 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.
tron is great, if your opponent is running some kind of bounce or destroy land, you could go from 7 mana to 2 mana very quickly, deflating your buildup, and while the "Eightpost" above is your primary mana generation, you'll want these to supplement as we'll be running a little Eldrazi heavy.

That leaves 1 land left, and you'll notice, I've mentioned no colored land at all. The hows and whats of how you distribute your lands is, as it always was, up to you. But there will be some colored mana here, as no colorless card, artifact or otherwise, will be able to protect ALL your permanents reliably. For this last land, I recommend the Eye of Ugin
Eye of Ugin
Eye of UginSet: Worldwake
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
M
Number:
136
Artist:
James Paick
Text:
Colorless Eldrazi spells you cast cost {2} less to cast. {7}, {T}: Search your library for a colorless creature card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
. Yes, that now very prized card in every cracking of boosters for Worldwake (Just in case you wanted to run out to grab a few right now.). This makes all Eldrazi spells or abilities cost 2 less to play. It's a mythic rare, and quite expensive in the market today.

But hey, why not just shove in another tower for an extra 3 mana. I know, it’s unfair. But like I said, 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.
tron is vulnerable, and you'll want versatility out on the field.

To the protection. Anyone running Eldrazi, colored or otherwise is going to have 4 Not Of This Worlds in their deck. It’s a counterspell for spells played on creatures. And while grossly expensive, it is free for creatures that have power 7 and up. Primo, right? And those are all of the instants we will have. No, I'm not kidding. We're going to protect in a different way here.

But to get those Eldrazi out quick we are going to have to get those lands out quick, and for this there’s a great colorless Artifact Construct (It may say just construct, this was a mistake, it was fixed in the rulings) for this, Walking Atlas
Walking Atlas
Walking AtlasSet: Worldwake
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Construct
Rarity:
C
Number:
131
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
{T}: You may put a land card from your hand onto the battlefield.
. Tap to put a land into play, and it’s a 1/1 for 2 colorless. That's great, and to speed it up we'll need a quick way to do that, which is why I suggest Lightning Greaves
Lightning Greaves
Lightning GreavesSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
199
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Text:
Equipped creature has haste and can't be the target of spells or abilities. Equip 0 (0: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card comes into play unattached and stays in play if the creature leaves play.)
, which is an equipment that costs 2 colorless and equips for 0. Lets say you're on turn three with 3 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.
s out, only 2 untapped, but with six mana, and assuming you played the Greaves last turn, you can play two or three Walking Atlas
Walking Atlas
Walking AtlasSet: Worldwake
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Construct
Rarity:
C
Number:
131
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
{T}: You may put a land card from your hand onto the battlefield.
es and tap both to throw out that much land. Which takes us to the next part, how are we going to get that land into our hands? How, I beg you? Well, there was always the Tolaria West
Tolaria West
Tolaria WestSet: Future Sight
Cost:
0
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
173
Artist:
Khang Le
Text:
Tolaria West comes into play tapped.
T Add U to your mana pool.
Transmute 1UU(1UU, Discard this card. Search your library for a card with converted mana cost 0, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)
in the past that allowed you to tutor for nonbasic lands, but in Zendikar there’s a new way - Expedition Map
Expedition Map
Expedition MapSet: Zendikar
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
201
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Text:
{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Expedition Map: Search your library for a land card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
. Cast for 2 colorless, pay 1, tap, and sacrifice to tutor for that fourth 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.
or Vesuva
Vesuva
VesuvaSet: Time Spiral
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
281
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
As Vesuva comes into play, you may choose a land in play. If you do, Vesuva comes into play tapped as a copy of the chosen land.
. And with the dismal probability of drawing the Eye of Ugin
Eye of Ugin
Eye of UginSet: Worldwake
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
M
Number:
136
Artist:
James Paick
Text:
Colorless Eldrazi spells you cast cost {2} less to cast. {7}, {T}: Search your library for a colorless creature card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
, this is a great way to get that out too if have your lands protected, which we'll get to next.

To protect your land, there’s another great card from Worldwake called Terra Eternal
Terra Eternal
Terra EternalSet: Worldwake
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
22
Artist:
Daniel Ljunggren
Text:
All lands are indestructible.
, for a white and 2 colorless. All lands are now indestructible. Great for you, way bad for your enemies as indestructible permanents can still be sacrificed. Thank you annihilator! But wait, white?

Yea, white. And green too! I swear, the way you look at me sometimes. One of the worst ways you can lose with the Eldrazi, apart from not having your land out fast enough to defend (or your spawns if that's how you are accelerating.), is to be done in by fliers! We'll also want Spidersilk Armor
Spidersilk Armor
Spidersilk ArmorSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
273
Artist:
Scott Hampton
Text:
Creatures you control get +0/+1 and may block as though they had flying.
out too for green and 2 colorless, which gives all your creatures +0/+1 and reach. It's an older card and as a result this deck will be only 1.5 compatible, but there are great new cards that offer protection as well, Ornithopter
Ornithopter
OrnithopterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
s for one. If you are running colors, Pilgrim's Eye
Pilgrim's Eye
Pilgrim's EyeSet: Worldwake
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Thopter
Rarity:
C
Number:
128
Artist:
Dan Scott
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying When Pilgrim's Eye enters the battlefield, you may search your library for a basic land card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle your library.
allows you to tutor for a basic land but it's a 1/1 for 3, Spidersilk Net
Spidersilk Net
Spidersilk NetSet: Zendikar
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
C
Number:
206
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
Equipped creature gets +0/+2 and has reach. (It can block creatures with flying.) Equip {2} ({2}: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery.)
for 0 and equip for 2 colorless will protect you from one flyer which is cheap and effective, Kitesail
Kitesail
KitesailSet: Worldwake
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
C
Number:
126
Artist:
Cyril Van Der Haegen
Text:
Equipped creature gets +1/+0 and has flying. Equip {2} ({2}: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery.)
grants your creature +1/+0 and flying for 2 and 2 colorless to equip, and Arachnoid
Arachnoid
ArachnoidSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Spider
Rarity:
U
Number:
102
Power:
2
Toughness:
6
Text:
Arachnoid may block as though it had flying.
for 6 colorless for a 2/6 with reach. So there are options.

As for how we'll get that colored mana, we'll want Gold and Copper Myr
Copper Myr
Copper MyrSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
C
Number:
158
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
s, 1/1's for 2 that tap for white and green mana respectively, and with the Greaves, you'll get that colored mana fast. Additionally, we'll want Prophetic Prism
Prophetic Prism
Prophetic PrismSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
222
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
When Prophetic Prism enters the battlefield, draw a card. {1}, {T}: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
, an artifact that costs 2 and fixes one mana to any color. You even get to draw a card when you play it which partially makes up for the space it takes up. Six mana fixers in a deck is a good rule of thumb for any multicolor deck, so 2 Gold Myr
Gold Myr
Gold MyrSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
C
Number:
180
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.
s, 2 Copper Myr
Copper Myr
Copper MyrSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
C
Number:
158
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
s, and 2 Prophetic Prism
Prophetic Prism
Prophetic PrismSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
222
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
When Prophetic Prism enters the battlefield, draw a card. {1}, {T}: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
s is a good arrangement. Now, I've mentioned ways to protect your lands, but not your adorable, terrible Eldrazi, which is why I'll now mention the enchantment called Steely Resolve
Steely Resolve
Steely ResolveSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
286
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
As Steely Resolve comes into play, choose a creature type. Creatures of the chosen type can't be the targets of spells or abilities.
. It's a card from Onslaught
Onslaught
OnslaughtSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Whenever you successfully cast a creature spell, tap target creature.
that's somewhat hard to find these days; cast it for green and 1 (yes one!) colorless and call out the word "Eldrazi Creatures" at the top of your lungs and your Eldrazi gain shroud. So now you have your Eldrazi protected and your lands immune from destruction. But you're likely going to take damage from whomever you're playing against unless you've been somehow getting your Eldrazi out fast (which you should be able to), which is why I would suggest a green card called Living Destiny
Living Destiny
Living DestinySet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
195
Artist:
James Ryman
Text:
As an additional cost to cast Living Destiny, reveal a creature card from your hand. You gain life equal to the revealed card's converted mana cost.
. For a green and 3 colorless, you reveal Emrakul, The Aeons Torn (or any of the Eldrazi you are likely to have in your hand) as you cast it, and you gain that card’s converted mana cost in life. Yea, I told you to trust me. One can also use a Jaddi Lifestrider
Jaddi Lifestrider
Jaddi LifestriderSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
U
Number:
189
Artist:
Vincent Proce
Power:
2
Toughness:
8
Text:
When Jaddi Lifestrider enters the battlefield, you may tap any number of untapped creatures you control. You gain 2 life for each creature tapped this way.
for a quick blocker at a 2/8 for green and 4 colorless, and when it comes into play you can tap any number of creatures you control, including all those Spawn tokens you may have if you aren't running this style, which you can then sacrifice to play a bigger untapped creature. So you'll recover if you're lagging.

This would be a little vulnerable to discard, but you can run Ivory Mask
Ivory Mask
Ivory MaskSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
24
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
You can't be the target of spells or abilities.
for 2 white and 2 colorless, and give yourself shroud. I would suggest this as a sideboard card as you'll need two white to cast, but you'll have the kind of mana fixing you'll need to play it if you run it right (And it is also a little hard to find.).

These colored cards are your potential sideboarding cards, as even I would be hard pressed to get rid of any Eldrazi to make room. Except for Emrakul, Ulamog, and Kozilek, I wouldn't run just one of any card in this deck. But as for the Eldrazi spread, this deck style makes little use for the Eldrazi spawn except for the use of the 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.
with his ability (Which I might add will only cost 2 colorless if you have the Eye of Ugin
Eye of Ugin
Eye of UginSet: Worldwake
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
M
Number:
136
Artist:
James Paick
Text:
Colorless Eldrazi spells you cast cost {2} less to cast. {7}, {T}: Search your library for a colorless creature card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
out. Amazing mana generation!) which will be useful to add blockers, and his second ability to cast all of the Hands of Emrakul you don't have in your deck without paying their mana cost... As well as one of those two other Emrakuls you have in your deck box.

Just a few side notes, as you'll be playing the Eldrazi faster than normal, I'd recommend some It That Betrays
It That Betrays
It That BetraysSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
12
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Eldrazi
Rarity:
R
Number:
7
Artist:
Tomasz Jedruszek
Power:
11
Toughness:
11
Text:
Annihilator 2 (Whenever this creature attacks, defending player sacrifices two permanents.) Whenever an opponent sacrifices a nontoken permanent, put that card onto the battlefield under your control.
so you can grab those annihilated cards that you'll be getting from an All Is Dust
All Is Dust
All Is DustSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
7
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Tribal Sorcery
Sub Type:
Eldrazi
Rarity:
M
Number:
1
Artist:
Jason Felix
Text:
Each player sacrifices all colored permanents he or she controls.
. An amazing card that forces all opponents to sacrifice their colored permanents (keep in mind, lands are not colored - cards are colored by their mana cost and lands have none). Keep an eye out for the Tajuru Preserver
Tajuru Preserver
Tajuru PreserverSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
R
Number:
211
Artist:
rk post
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Spells and abilities your opponents control can't cause you to sacrifice permanents.
in green decks that nullify your annihilator abilities (still there’s a 12/12 coming your way that's indestructible). You may want to run some Artisans of Kozilek if you lost some mana producing creatures earlier. Pathrazer of Ulamog
Pathrazer of Ulamog
Pathrazer of UlamogSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
11
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Eldrazi
Rarity:
U
Number:
9
Artist:
Austin Hsu
Power:
9
Toughness:
9
Text:
Annihilator 3 (Whenever this creature attacks, defending player sacrifices three permanents.) Pathrazer of Ulamog can't be blocked except by three or more creatures.
is another Eldrazi worth keeping around for his 9/9 Annihilator 3 assets. I'm sure there are other ways to protect you from damage as well while you bolster your power base. For instance you can fix for blue (with the Prophetic Prism
Prophetic Prism
Prophetic PrismSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
222
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
When Prophetic Prism enters the battlefield, draw a card. {1}, {T}: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
or a Silver Myr
Silver Myr
Silver MyrSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
C
Number:
241
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
) and 2 colorless to play a Guard Gomozoa and enchant it with Pariah
Pariah
PariahSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
28
Artist:
Jon J Muth
Text:
Redirect to enchanted creature all damage dealt to you.
for another white and 2 colorless, you can then play Aspect of the Mongoose or Canopy Cover
Canopy Cover
Canopy CoverSet: Worldwake
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
98
Artist:
Igor Kieryluk
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature can't be blocked except by creatures with flying or reach. Enchanted creature can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.
on it to give it shroud, or if you are strapped for colored mana, play a Cloak and Dagger
Cloak and Dagger
Cloak and DaggerSet: Morningtide
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Tribal Artifact
Sub Type:
Rogue Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
141
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
Equipped creature gets +2/+0 and has shroud. (It can't be the target of spells or abilities.) Whenever a Rogue creature comes into play, you may attach Cloak and Dagger to it. Equip 3
for 2 colorless and attach for 3 colorless to give it +2/+0 and shroud. Keep in mind that Lifelink
Lifelink
LifelinkSet: Magic 2010
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Enchant creatureEnchanted creature has lifelink. (Damage dealt by the creature also causes its controller to gain that much life.)
stops working for your opponent if you use the Pariah
Pariah
PariahSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
28
Artist:
Jon J Muth
Text:
Redirect to enchanted creature all damage dealt to you.
/R3VhcmQgGomazoa
Gomazoa
GomazoaSet: Zendikar
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Jellyfish
Rarity:
U
Number:
46
Artist:
Chippy
Power:
0
Toughness:
3
Text:
Defender, flying {T}: Put Gomazoa and each creature it's blocking on top of their owners'libraries, then those players shuffle their libraries.
/Shroud combo. Or if you feel simple and want to reduce the space these various cards take up, play a Steel Wall
Steel Wall
Steel WallSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Number:
248
Artist:
David Day
Power:
0
Toughness:
4
Text:
(Walls can't attack.)
for 1 colorless for a 0/4 defender.

Naturally there are going to be vulnerabilities anywhere, for instance, a blue counterspell deck against... anything! But I hope to have shown you a few ways to protect yourself a little better from those who would revolt against the rightful rule of the Eldrazi.

I just want to ask that, if you find something that works better, please let me know! And lastly I'll add the deck layout I suggest for a fortified Eldrazi deck:

Lands
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.

4 Vesuva
Vesuva
VesuvaSet: Time Spiral
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
281
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
As Vesuva comes into play, you may choose a land in play. If you do, Vesuva comes into play tapped as a copy of the chosen land.

3 Urza's Power Plant
Urza's Power Plant
Urza's Power PlantSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. If you control Urza's Mine, Urza's Power Plant, and Urza's Tower, add two colorless mana to your mana pool instead of one.

3 Urza's Mine
Urza's Mine
Urza's MineSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. If you control Urza's Mine, Urza's Power Plant, and Urza's Tower, add two colorless mana to your mana pool instead of one.

3 Urza's Tower
Urza's Tower
Urza's TowerSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. If you control Urza's Mine, Urza's Power Plant, and Urza's Tower, add three colorless mana to your mana pool instead of one.

2 Eldrazi Temple
Eldrazi Temple
Eldrazi TempleSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
227
Artist:
James Paick
Text:
{T}: Add {1} to your mana pool. {T}: Add {2} to your mana pool. Spend this mana only to cast colorless Eldrazi spells or activate abilities of colorless Eldrazi.

1 Eye of Ugin
Eye of Ugin
Eye of UginSet: Worldwake
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
M
Number:
136
Artist:
James Paick
Text:
Colorless Eldrazi spells you cast cost {2} less to cast. {7}, {T}: Search your library for a colorless creature card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.


Eldrazi Spells
1 Kozilek, Butcher of Truth
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth
Kozilek, Butcher of TruthSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
10
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Eldrazi
Rarity:
M
Number:
6
Artist:
Michael Komarck
Power:
12
Toughness:
12
Text:
When you cast Kozilek, Butcher of Truth, draw four cards. Annihilator 4 (Whenever this creature attacks, defending player sacrifices four permanents.) When Kozilek is put into a graveyard from anywhere, its owner shuffles his or her graveyard into his or her library.

1 Ulamog, The Infinite Gyre
1 Emrakul, The Aeons Torn
2 Artisan of Kozilek
Artisan of Kozilek
Artisan of KozilekSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
9
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Eldrazi
Rarity:
U
Number:
2
Artist:
Jason Felix
Power:
10
Toughness:
9
Text:
When you cast Artisan of Kozilek, you may return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield. Annihilator 2 (Whenever this creature attacks, defending player sacrifices two permanents.)

2 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.

2 Pathrazer of Ulamog
Pathrazer of Ulamog
Pathrazer of UlamogSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
11
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Eldrazi
Rarity:
U
Number:
9
Artist:
Austin Hsu
Power:
9
Toughness:
9
Text:
Annihilator 3 (Whenever this creature attacks, defending player sacrifices three permanents.) Pathrazer of Ulamog can't be blocked except by three or more creatures.

2 It That Betrays
It That Betrays
It That BetraysSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
12
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Eldrazi
Rarity:
R
Number:
7
Artist:
Tomasz Jedruszek
Power:
11
Toughness:
11
Text:
Annihilator 2 (Whenever this creature attacks, defending player sacrifices two permanents.) Whenever an opponent sacrifices a nontoken permanent, put that card onto the battlefield under your control.

2 All Is Dust
All Is Dust
All Is DustSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
7
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Tribal Sorcery
Sub Type:
Eldrazi
Rarity:
M
Number:
1
Artist:
Jason Felix
Text:
Each player sacrifices all colored permanents he or she controls.

4 Not Of This World

Artifacts
2 Copper Myr
Copper Myr
Copper MyrSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
C
Number:
158
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.

2 Gold Myr
Gold Myr
Gold MyrSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
C
Number:
180
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.

3 Walking Atlas
Walking Atlas
Walking AtlasSet: Worldwake
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Construct
Rarity:
C
Number:
131
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
{T}: You may put a land card from your hand onto the battlefield.

4 Expedition Map
Expedition Map
Expedition MapSet: Zendikar
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
201
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Text:
{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Expedition Map: Search your library for a land card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

2 Lightning Greaves
Lightning Greaves
Lightning GreavesSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
199
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Text:
Equipped creature has haste and can't be the target of spells or abilities. Equip 0 (0: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card comes into play unattached and stays in play if the creature leaves play.)

2 Prophetic Prism
Prophetic Prism
Prophetic PrismSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
222
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
When Prophetic Prism enters the battlefield, draw a card. {1}, {T}: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.


Colored Spells
2 Terra Eternal
Terra Eternal
Terra EternalSet: Worldwake
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
22
Artist:
Daniel Ljunggren
Text:
All lands are indestructible.

2 Spidersilk Armor
Spidersilk Armor
Spidersilk ArmorSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
273
Artist:
Scott Hampton
Text:
Creatures you control get +0/+1 and may block as though they had flying.

2 Living Destiny
Living Destiny
Living DestinySet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
195
Artist:
James Ryman
Text:
As an additional cost to cast Living Destiny, reveal a creature card from your hand. You gain life equal to the revealed card's converted mana cost.

2 Steely Resolve
Steely Resolve
Steely ResolveSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
286
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
As Steely Resolve comes into play, choose a creature type. Creatures of the chosen type can't be the targets of spells or abilities.



Sideboard
2 Eldrazi Temple
Eldrazi Temple
Eldrazi TempleSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
227
Artist:
James Paick
Text:
{T}: Add {1} to your mana pool. {T}: Add {2} to your mana pool. Spend this mana only to cast colorless Eldrazi spells or activate abilities of colorless Eldrazi.

1 Urza's Tower
Urza's Tower
Urza's TowerSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. If you control Urza's Mine, Urza's Power Plant, and Urza's Tower, add three colorless mana to your mana pool instead of one.

1 Urza's Mine
Urza's Mine
Urza's MineSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. If you control Urza's Mine, Urza's Power Plant, and Urza's Tower, add two colorless mana to your mana pool instead of one.

1 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 Powerplant
2 R3VhcmQgGomazoa
Gomazoa
GomazoaSet: Zendikar
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Jellyfish
Rarity:
U
Number:
46
Artist:
Chippy
Power:
0
Toughness:
3
Text:
Defender, flying {T}: Put Gomazoa and each creature it's blocking on top of their owners'libraries, then those players shuffle their libraries.

2 Pariah
Pariah
PariahSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
28
Artist:
Jon J Muth
Text:
Redirect to enchanted creature all damage dealt to you.

2 Silver Myr
Silver Myr
Silver MyrSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
C
Number:
241
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.

2 Steel Wall
Steel Wall
Steel WallSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Number:
248
Artist:
David Day
Power:
0
Toughness:
4
Text:
(Walls can't attack.)

2 Cloak and Dagger
Cloak and Dagger
Cloak and DaggerSet: Morningtide
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Tribal Artifact
Sub Type:
Rogue Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
141
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
Equipped creature gets +2/+0 and has shroud. (It can't be the target of spells or abilities.) Whenever a Rogue creature comes into play, you may attach Cloak and Dagger to it. Equip 3
OR Canopy Cover
Canopy Cover
Canopy CoverSet: Worldwake
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
98
Artist:
Igor Kieryluk
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature can't be blocked except by creatures with flying or reach. Enchanted creature can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.


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