After a decent amount of testing, I really feel like we need another card like Caves of Koilos (Post-OGW). It really is the tri-land for this deck, it's always so good to draw. I've been thinking about using Mirrodin's Core as Caves 5-8. It doesn't give you the color you need on turn 1, but it does stop you from getting color/colorless screwed. My current landbase looks like this, thoughts? (Note that I'm too poor to get Marsh Flats)
I think Mirrodin's Core is terrible because you can't use it immediately (would feel awful to topdeck), and because you have to waste a turn tapping it to build counters. Someone in the main Eldrazi thread mentioned using Tendo Ice Bridge, which I think is a better solution. I would also be running more Godless Shrines in a fetchless build. You have 7 sources of untapped white mana in a deck that wants access to white early for path. I would cut the Cores for maybe 3 godless, 2 tendo?
I can only imagine that mirror matches are going to be this odd land of who has the better draws.
I think it's going to come down to who can drop the first Herder or Sower (i.e. who can ramp into Ulamog the fastest). Though I am toying with the idea of some really corner case Sideboard tech, like Funeral Charm.
I didn't watch the whole series because of time constraints this morning, but skipped to his wrap up. He said he lost to Twin, Affinity and one other deck (maybe burn) and beat Merfolk and Grishoalbrand(not hard to do with all our graveyard hate). He was also playing a pretty wonky list (imo) and said he had some troubles with the deck.
Ari Lax posted a video series with an early (imo, untuned) BW list last week that was great to watch, he went 4-1 losing only to the mirror, and he won another mirror match. That one should be available for free before Sam Black's.
This deck is picking up steam. Starcity posted today Sam Black with a version of this deck, and Todd Anderson piloting it against Tom.
That is under premium right? Anyone know if the video will become free eventually? (I seem to recall after a few days they usually do). I'd seriously love to watch more folks playing this variant of the deck. Lots of youtube videos of mono black and UB (other than ashiok, I really dislike the UB list).
Although labeled as BW Eldrazi on the site, the deck Sam plays in the videos is actually Mono-Black. He, uh, does not have a good run with it.
Yup my Day 1 loses were to burn and tron. Day 2 I lost to Todd Stevens on Naya company. I have tested BW BR and BU. I like BW the best because path has some synergy over bolt. I like cards like slaughter games for a lot of match ups out of the red. Anyone on red should look into play vile aggregate to help the curve, it is also an ingester and hits hard if you curve into blight herder.
That's a quote from a reddit user who I assume is Dilks. I checked the SCG pairings lists, and Dilks did play Stevens in Round 14 on Sunday. I would note that Stevens made it to the Semifinals before losing to Jeff Hoogland.
So those loses look to be in line with what most people have said can be the difficult match-ups for the deck.I asked the poster to consider writing up a tournament report, explaining card choices, match-ups, etc. If he follows through, I'll link it back here.