Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Last Eldrazi

It's hard to believe, but today I'll look at the last of the Common Eldrazi from Battle for Zendikar. It's taken me almost two weeks, but I've managed to review each and every one of them. In that time, I've also gotten Part One and Part Two of my Standard Pauper review of the set published over at PureMTGO, and assuming all goes according to plan, I'll finish off the review with Part Three next Monday, just in time for the release events to start on Magic Online and hold our capstone MPDC event for Season 30. As so, here is the last of the Eldrazi at Common:

Ruin Processor is another of the so-called processor cards, which require you to have exiled one of your opponent's cards and then place it in their graveyard to activate a secondary effect. In this case, you're getting a 7/8 for 7 that optionally also gains you 5 Life when it enters the battlefield. This is only a single mana cheaper than Eldrazi Devastator, and lacks the Trample ability that makes that card so good. You're not really get much for your 7 mana investment, nor are you receiving a major payoff for jumping through the hoops to return an exiled card. This is not what I want to be doing for seven mana.

Overall, the Eldrazi are a mixed bag, which should come as no surprise. Those that are have Red or Blue mana in their casting cost seem to be the strongest, particularly Benthic Infiltrator, Eldrazi Skyspawner, and Nettle Drone. The aforementioned Eldrazi Devastator also seems quite strong, and is one of the best things you can do in Standard Pauper for eight mana. I am not optimistic that the whole processor mechanic will end up being consistent enough to be worth playing, but if it does, Oracle of Dust could also generate a ton of advantage in the right Control build. Finally, if a token build ends up seeing play, Eyeless Watcher will probably be a strong inclusion.

I'd love to hear what you think of our new Eldrazi overlords. Let me know in the comments below.

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