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Standard is in a strange spot right now where the two top tier decks are very well defined. Four-Color Saheeli Rai and Mardu Vehicles are clearly a cut above the rest of the decks in the format, but there’s a shell of creatures that have the ability to generate the right amount of speed, disruption, and sheer size to fight through both of these with some consistency: Eldrazi. The pair of Thought-Knot Seer and Reality Smasher is a potent combination of pressure and disruption that has a chance to get the job done against just about anything. That still leaves the question of what your other 52 cards are going to be:


Transgress the Mind
This deck is a powerful hodgepodge of synergies you’re likely familiar with. The Winding Constrictor package of Tireless Tracker and Walking Ballista is still a powerful midrange core. The difference is that this deck doesn’t rely on assembling the pieces of that core in order to get stuff done. If your Winding Constrictor doesn’t live, you can still just curve out into Thought-Knot Seer. If it does live, now your Ruins of Oran-Rief turns your Thought-Knot Seers and Reality Smashers into a dominating board presence. You can even use Ruins of Oran-Rief to pump your Heart of Kirans if you have spare creatures to crew them the turn they enter the battlefield.

So if those creatures are the core of the deck, what about the supporting cast? Fatal Push is still the removal spell of choice. Transgress the Mind is the most proactive way for you to interact with the pieces of the Saheeli Rai combo. Natural Obsolescence lets you stay ahead of opposing Vehicles. Perhaps the most interesting pick here is Lifecrafter's Bestiary, which improves your card quality and allows you to start generating card advantage if a game is going to be especially dependent on attrition.

If you’re looking for a deck with the early pressure and interaction to steal games from the top tier decks in the format, but also enough midrange and card advantage elements to grind out even pure control decks, this shell looks very promising, due to the raw efficiency and versatility of its threats.


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