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Throughout the years in Legacy, we’ve seen large number of decks that rely on the power of “sol lands” like Ancient Tomb and City of Traitors, and occasionally depletion lands like Sandstone Needle. We’ve also seen some decks that lean on Cloudpost, Glimmerpost, and Vesuva to start casting gigantic things early in the game. Very rarely, we’ve seen people try to mix the two, usually into some Kuldotha Forgemaster deck backed by all the usual colorless disruption. However, with the advent of Eldrazi in Legacy over the last year, perhaps a different kind of colorless deck is possible.


Kozilek, the Great Distortion
At a glance, this can look awfully similar to the more typical Eldrazi lists. It’s easy to see Ancient Tomb, Chalice of the Void, Trinisphere, and Thought-Knot Seer and just scroll right on past. But a second glance will show you that this deck is quite different from stock Eldrazi lists. Instead of going for hyper efficient disruption and beatdown, you’re going much, much bigger. Most Eldrazi lists top out with Endbringer. This one goes all the way up to Kozilek, the Great Distortion and Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger, and could easily go even bigger if one were so inclined.

The power of this deck is in the speed and redundancy of its acceleration. You can easily string together a bunch of Cloudposts and Vesuvas or just Ancient Tombs and Eldrazi Temples to start casting giant things early on. You can also utilize Basalt Monolith and Grim Monolith to help power out your threats. With your best draws, you can utilize the likes of Voltaic Key and your fast mana to get even faster.

The best part about this deck isn’t just that you get to play enormous threats, it’s that you’re actually pretty well-positioned against the control decks of the format. There are relatively few control decks that are prepared to fight against the combination of Eye of Ugin and powerful effects that trigger upon casting. Sure, your opponent can have Swords to Plowshares for your first Ulamog. They might even have Snapcaster Mage for Swords to Plowshares for the second Ulamog. But at some point, you’ll have more Ulamogs than they have remaining White sources; and that’s assuming that you don’t have an early Chalice for one. If their only real removal is something like Terminus, then you just get to keep using Eye of Ugin to rebuy the same threats until your opponent just dies.

This deck walks an interesting line between the Primeval Titan decks and the more stock Eldrazi decks. The advantage is that you get the end game of the Primeval Titan decks, but have a fail case of still just casting Thought-Knot Seers, Matter Reshapers, and Chalice of the Void, rather than doing absolutely nothing. If you’re looking for a ramp deck with early disruption and a strong backup plan, this deck seems like it may be on the rise.


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