Eidolon of the Great Revel is Surprisingly Good in the Mirror

Eidolon of the Great Revel
Eleven members of Team Ultra PRO played a red deck highlighted by Eidolon of the Great Revel

Team Ultra PRO had an outstanding Pro Tour Magic Origins!

Two members of Team Ultra PRO made Top 8 of Pro Tour Magic Origins — Pat Cox with Mono-Red and Matt Sperling with Abzan Control — with Rich Hoaen in ninth place on tiebreakers.

Find out how Michael, Patrick, and their Team Ultra PRO partners put together their multiple awesome decks, and better finishes!

Mono-Red by Pat Cox

4 Abbot of Keral Keep
4 Eidolon of the Great Revel
4 Exquisite Firecraft
1 Goblin Glory Chaser
1 Goblin Heelcutter
2 Lightning Berserker
4 Lightning Strike
4 Monastery Swiftspear
4 Searing Blood
4 Stoke the Flames
1 Titan’s Strength
4 Wild Slash
3 Zurgo Bellstriker

20 Mountain

1 Chandra, Pyromaster
2 Goblin Heelcutter
2 Magma Spray
2 Outpost Siege
4 Roast
2 Scab-Clan Berserker
2 Scouring Sands


  • How many Lightning Berserkers is the right number? Top Level Podcast is a house divided here. Patrick thinks the PT-winning build (with four Lightning Berserkers) is a home run.
  • (like we said above) Eidolon of the Great Revel is surprisingly good in the mirror… also a great source of free wins
  • Abbot of Keral Keep has elevated red to high Tier One status. It is a great way to try to hit your third land drop, and a Scry 1 even when you miss.
  • “Stoke the Flames is a really powerful Magic card”
  • Searing Blood is good against most decks main deck, due to the addition of the new Planeswalkers in Magic Origins

Abzan Control by Matt Sperling

1 Ugin, the Spirit Dragon

3 Hero’s Downfall
2 Languish
1 Tasigur, the Golden Fang
4 Thoughtseize
2 Ultimate Price

4 Abzan Charm
4 Siege Rhino

4 Courser of Kruphix
3 Den Protector
3 Nissa, Vastwood Seer

3 Elspeth, Sun’s Champion

2 Caves of Koilos
4 Forest
2 Llanowar Wastes
1 Plains
4 Sandsteppe Citadel
4 Temple of Malady
4 Temple of Silence
1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
4 Windswept Heath

2 Drown in Sorrow
1 Duress
1 Pharika’s Cure
2 Read the Bones
1 Tasigur, the Golden Fang
1 Ultimate Price
2 Dromoka’s Command
3 Fleecemane Lion
1 Utter End
1 End Hostilities

What an unusual collection of two-ofs, three-ofs, and unique card choices! How do Platinum level pros like Patrick Chapin and Matt Sperling get to three Den Protectors, or playing them on turn two against aggro decks?

How do you end up with a deck like this, that ends up being so successful?

“Eidolon of the Great Revel is Surprisingly Good in the Mirror” will tell you!

To wit:

Three reasons Ultimate Price got better in Abzan Control:

  1. Abzan Aggro and Esper Dragons (both decks with powerful multicolor cards) got worse due to Languish being printed.
  2. The default Red Deck became more about Abbot of Keral Keep and no longer “go wide” with Hordeling Outburst
  3. Nissa, Vastwood Seer encourages Abzan players to run basic Forest… Which can cast Ultimate Price but not Bile Blight.

“As long as you don’t have the wrong answers, you can’t beat Abzan’s card quality.”

Give “Eidolon of the Great Revel is Surprisingly Good in the Mirror” a listen now:

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Abzan Aggro and Warden of the First Tree

“Abzan Aggro and Warden of the First Tree” discusses…

Identifying good cards… and playing them!

How and when to “kill your darlings” in deck building. When do you, say, cut a Sakura-Tribe Elder, Goblin Piledriver… Or Courser of Kruphix? <-- This is a key deck building superpower!

The secrets of the Abzan Aggro deck that Patrick and other top Pro players ran at Grand Prix Denver (including a second-place “steak knives” finish by friend, friend, and friend of the ‘cast Matt Sperling).

Matt Sperling’s Abzan Aggro (care of Paul Rietzl)

2 Bile Blight
1 Herald of Torment
2 Hero’s Downfall
4 Thoughtseize

4 Abzan Charm
3 Anafenza, the Foremost
4 Fleecemane Lion
3 Rakshasa Deathdealer
4 Siege Rhino
2 Sorin, Solemn Visitor

4 Heir of the Wilds

2 Wingmate Roc

3 Caves of Koilos
2 Forest
2 Llanowar Wastes
2 Plains
4 Temple of Malady
2 Temple of Silence
4 Sandsteppe Citadel
2 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
4 Windswept Heath

2 Bile Blight
1 Dark Betrayal
2 Drown in Sorrow
1 Murderous Cut
3 Back to Nature
2 Hunt the Hunter
3 Glare of Heresy
1 Wingmate Roc

Contextualizing Abzan Aggro for a post-Fate Reforged world… Where Patrick and Michael talk about newcomer Warden of the First Tree!

Warden of the First Tree
Warden of the First Tree

Many Warden of the First Tree ideas, and in-depth analysis of the card!

What are you waiting for? Listen to this great new episode!

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Want to hear more from Patrick and Michael? Check out their Magic: The Gathering books:

Patrick’s Magic: The Gathering Books

Michael’s Magic: The Gathering Books