Reality Smasher Solutions!

Reality Smasher
Reality Smasher is a key threat in all versions of Modern Eldrazi Aggro

“Sometimes you smash reality. Sometimes reality smashes you.”
-Frank Lepore

What is the “core” of the Modern Eldrazi deck? Is it Eldrazi Mimic, Matter Reshaper, Thought-Knot Seer, and Reality Smasher?

Or is it, like Mike and Patrick agree… Eldrazi Temple and Eye of Ugin?

What’s the best draw you can get with an Eldrazi Aggro deck?

Turn one: Eye of Ugin + three Eldrazi Mimics
Turn two: Eldrazi Temple, Simian Spirit Guide, and Reality Smasher… Swing for 20!

“The capabilities of each and every deck that exists, that has ever existed in any format, eminates from its mana base. The deck itself is a product of what the mana base can produce.”
-Mike, paraphrasing Mike Long

In case you’ve been living under a rock, the Modern format has been turned on its ear by Oath of the Gatewatch. There is a new Tier One strategy and it is largely defined by the powerful threats from the newest set (with some mana base help from the last time we encountered the Eldrazi).

Patrick’s “buddy”, office-mate, and collaborator on Eternal Luis Scott-Vargas added yet another feather to his much-decorated hat with another Top 8:

4 Chalice of the Void
4 Eldrazi Mimic
4 Endless One
4 Matter Reshaper
2 Ratchet Bomb
4 Reality Smasher
2 Spellskite
4 Thought-Knot Seer

4 Dismember

4 Simian Spirit Guide

4 Blinkmoth Nexus
4 Eldrazi Temple
4 Eye of Ugin
4 Ghost Quarter
3 Mutavault
3 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
2 Wastes

sb:
3 Oblivion Sower
2 Pithing Needle
1 Ratchet Bomb
4 Relic of Progenitus
1 Spellskite
1 Warping Wail
2 Gut Shot

Mike like LSV’s take on Reality Smasher best… But it wasn’t even the most successful build!

Jiachen Tao actually won the event with Izzet Eldrazi:

4 Eldrazi Mimic
4 Endless One
4 Reality Smasher
4 Thought-Knot Seer

3 Dismember

4 Drowner of Hope
4 Eldrazi Skyspawner
2 Ruination Guide

3 Eldrazi Obligator
4 Vile Aggregate

3 Cavern of Souls
4 Eldrazi Temple
4 Eye of Ugin
1 Gemstone Caverns
2 Island
4 Scalding Tarn
4 Shivan Reef
2 Steam Vents

sb:
2 Chalice of the Void
1 Ratchet Bomb
2 Relic of Progenitus
1 Spellskite
3 Hurkyl’s Recall
3 Stubborn Denial
2 Gut Shot
1 Tomb of the Spirit Dragon

“This is a deck that has lots of different ways to do great things. Its turn three is consistently glorious.”
-Patrick

“This is, I think, a deck where you should know what your cards do.”
-Mike

“This deck is going to require a lot more practice, no question.”
-Patrick

Rounding out the different Reality Smasher decks in the Top 8 is Frank Lepore (in his very first Pro Tour!)

Frank played a Sultai Processor Eldrazi Aggro:

4 Blight Herder
4 Eldrazi Mimic
4 Matter Reshaper
4 Reality Smasher
4 Relic of Progenitus
2 Scrabbling Claws
4 Thought-Knot Seer

4 Wasteland Strangler

4 Drowner of Hope

1 World Breaker

4 Cavern of Souls
4 Corrupted Crossroads
4 Eldrazi Temple
4 Eye of Ugin
4 Ghost Quarter
1 Island
1 Swamp
3 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

sb:
2 Ratchet Bomb
4 Spatial Contortion
2 Spellskite
3 Sun Droplet
2 Warping Wail
2 Surgical Extraction

4 Relic of Progenitus and 2 Scrabbling Claws main deck? Frank Lepore is prepared for Living End!

While it’s all fun to celebrate the Eldrazi bad guys, Emily Lense pinged us on our Facebook Page and asked a pretty compelling question:

Emily Lense

So how do you fight the Eldrazi in Modern?

Patrick has a hell of an answer that you’ll really want to hear. Find out what it is in “Reality Smasher Solutions!”

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