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Abzan with a twist of Eldrazi

With Oath of the Gatewatch releasing this Friday, the Standard format should see some possible changes.

A host of new Eldrazi and Eldrazi-based cards have really added some excitement to what otherwise has been a rather dull format.

For me, I am excited to dive back into Abzan. I know.. I know.. Abzan, yuck. But, after leaving the deck several months ago and trying my hand at GW Mega Morph and Dark Jeskai, I feel it’s time to give it a go again.

But, I want to change things up because, if you’re going to play Abzan you might as well get as much value out of your cards as possible. This means more Siege Rhino. How? Simple, let me introduce you to (yeah I know, you already had this figured out) Eldrazi Displacer.

For 2W you get a 3/3 creature with the ability of 2{C}: Exile another target creature, then return it to the battlefield tapped under it’s owner’s control.uVcdchJ

How many of you remember Restoration Angel and Thragtusk? I do! Now we have Eldrazi Displacer and Siege Rhino! I know… gloriously disgusting, right?

The plan is to cast Eldrazi Displacer on turn three, then follow it with a Siege Rhino on turn four. On turn five you can attack with the Rhino and then bounce him away! This means your opponent gets nailed by the Rhino’s ETB twice! And, if they didn’t block it, you get some combat damage to boot. Seems pretty solid to me!

Another addition to the deck, Reality Smasher.

This seems like such a wonderful follow-up to the Rhino. Reality Smasher is: 4{C} 5/5 110873Trample Haste. Whenever Reality Smasher becomes the target of a spell or ability an opponent controls, counter that spell unless its controller discards a card.

So much win in this card.

I also decided to try out Oath of Nissa. It reads: G – Legendary Enchantment – When Oath of Nissa enters the battlefield, look at the top three cards of your library. You may reveal a creature, land, or planeswalker card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in any order. You may spend mana of any color to cast planeswalker spells.

Seems good, right? I sure think so. But you need to make sure you’re running the ‘walkers to support it. So I decided to use Gideon, Ally of Zendikar, and Sorin Solemn Visitor.en_XwieodY0PV


But enough of my rambling, here is the deck. You will notice the side board isn’t finished. I still haven’t quite figured out what I want to do there. I would love to hear some thoughts in the comments below!



Eldrazi Abzan

Creatures (22)
4 Hangarback Walker
4 Warden of the First Tree
3 Anafenza, the Foremost
4 Eldrazi Displacer
4 Siege Rhino
3 Reality Smasher
Spells (17)
2 Oath of Nissa
2 Transgress the Mind
4 Dromoka’s Command
2 Abzan Charm
2 Sorin, Solemn Visitor
3 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
2 Murderous Cut
Lands (21)
3 Canopy Vista
3 Forest
3 Windswept Heath
4 Plains
4 Swamp
4 Wastes

Sideboard (9)

2 Duress
3 Silkwrap
2 Infinite Obliteration
2 Wingmate Roc


Patrick Cossel is the publisher of The Forge Herald. He can be contacted at pcossel@gmail.com










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