Thanks for the report, Polymorph. Your posted list looks similar to what I was running before I started trying out the Scullers again. It's definitely running a more aggressive, creature-beats gameplan, and I think Matter Reshaper is amazing in that shell. As you say, not so sure about 2x Cavern of Souls though. Question: How is Sea Gate Wreckage playing out for you? Has it fed Collective Brutality for you at all?
I think the two-drop slot in an Eldrazi deck is a little unusual. With a Temple in play, either Reshaper or Eternal Scourge are excellent T2 plays. The Sculler build suffers for not having that option since Strangler is far, far weaker on T2 than either, if it can't process.
Wreckage was good.
It shined in the super-long grind games were every player is in topdeck-mode.
I've tested Sculler for 2 weeks and it was super-awkward and plain bad.
This Deck doesn't aim to out-tempo or heavily disrupt your opponent, hoping to dodge Removal and beat down with a 2/2.
The untold truth is - Reality Smasher is what this decks aims to get to.
You want to smash faces. 4-of Smasher is essential for winning games out of nowhere!
This deck try to bridge the gap till Tunr 3-5 with disruption until teh way is clear for our Bombs.
This bombs should end teh game in a couple of turns. Sculler is a lot of durdling around - it does nothing really well, is a horrendous topdeck and has to trade with Snapcaster Mage, Dark Confidant or even worse gets stonewalled by Goyf, Tasigur etc.
I know that Tidehollow Sculler gave us more disruption against Combo and Ramp-Decks.
But believe me, it's not worth it - they rip there combo-pieces of the top of there deck leaving you with the feeling that even the 10th Discard spell couldn't change that (so it is).
I'm willing to die against a T3 Karn Liberated instead of a Turn 5 Karn with a 2/2 on board.
The amassement of Discard will leave you with many dead Cards in the deck, especially past Turn 4, 5 and 6.
I'm a big believer in the fact that this deck is winning on the back of keeping a good oening hand instead of Durdle-Hatebears.
All of my threats must have an impact on the board.
I've cutted Tidehollow Sculler totally, which has been absolutely right.
Placed 5th and won and Aether Vial in Foil + Store Credit.
Congrats Polymorph! Can you post your deck list? Can you give a brief synopsis of your matches and sideboarding? Which cards were all-stars? thanks
My decklist is attached to this reply.
Round 1: Eldrazi Tron
Guess what happened. walking ballista + basilisk collar sealed the deal pretty quickly.
Ugin and Ulamog crushed me too, but my openers has been totally crap - even after mulliganing to 5.
Round 3: Abzan Liege
We both kept a slow hand, remaining on 2 Lands for 4 turns or so.
He put a Voice of Resurgence which hit me for 6. I handled an Ooze, drawing an Eldrazi Temple
for TKS and then just put the game away.
GAme 2 we traded Lingering Souls, but Sorin was the game-breaker on my side.
I handled his threats and put the game away.
Game 2 Sorin put my opponent under serious pressure. Lingering Souls gave him some gas, but he couldn't break the stall
and after a bunch of turns fighting for Sorin i've put away the Game with him.
Game 3 Sorin took the Game again. My opponent had Liliana first, which got handled by Spirit Tokens. I've followed up with sorin and
some Drazi's. My enemy had Shambling Vent and Stirring wildwood which i had no removal for.
After TKS got handled by him i followed up with a 2nd one, stripping the rightly drawn Path to Exile. An Elspeth, Sun's Champion wiped my board. I got rid of her with Unmaking and ticking Sorin further which selead the deal in a super-exciting Final Game.
So 6-1 at all and fealing super-great after struggling a bit in the last 4 couple of weeks with the deck.
MVP's / Gamebreakers had been Sorin + Anguished Unmaking.
This one can eat Tidehollow Sculler or Mutavault and has
bonus synergy with Wasteland Strangler (exiling Cards). Also i do need
an additional Creature with Lifelink because my Meta is Merfolk, Goblins, Burn,
Death's Shadow and Affinity
With the exception of Blessed Alliance, those cards seems not great against a deck with so much hand disruption and at least 2-3 Stubborn Denial main deck. They are very slow and they're a huge tempo loss if countered. I would definitely keep Inquisition over Damnation or Ob Nix, and I'd probably keep Thoughtseize over those too. Dismember is a good card against GDS for their Delve fatties.
Yeah, guess you're right on that matter.
I do play 2x Anguished Unmaking which has broader applications.
I've dropped Tidehhollow Sculler because i just wasn't super-impressed by it.
If it works in my favor it was great, if not it was plain horrible.
I ran 2x Tidehollow Sculler while cutting 2 colorless Utility-Lands for more colored sources.
It's pretty solid against all kinds of decks that doesn't run super-much removal (Tron, EldraziTron, Bant Eldrazi, Merfolk),
but awkward against all kind of midrange-deck (Grixis, Jund, Junk).
It dodges Whipflare, allows better curving (nothing feels as good as putting Thoughtseize into Sculler into TKS) and disrupts my opponent.
My updated list is on the very bottom of this post.
I was placing 14th at a 75 Player Event yesterday.
Ended up with a 5-2 Record, fighting against Merfolk 3 times (1-2), Bant Spirits (won), Gb Tron 2 times (2-0) and beating finally Bant Eldrazi in a hell of a game and a board swept up with huge Eldrazi's.