Deck of the Day: Modern Eladamri’s Toolbox

Modern is a pretty open format, and I’ve come to expect the unexpected. That typically takes the form of an alternative take on an established archetype, or a revival of an old deck that I thought had gone extinct. Once in a while, you somebody shows up with a midrange brew using the best cards from their favorite color combination.

All of that said, it’s pretty special when somebody completely breaks the mold, and shows up with something nobody’s ever dreamed of before. When scrolling through recent results, this deck not only earned a double-take, but I spent the next ten minutes trying to envision how a typical game might play out. It requires some imagination…

Modern Eladamri's Toolbox Deck List - ReturnToDust

The only name I could give to this deck is “Toolbox,” which is a general term that refers to the ability to search up the ideal card for the ideal situation. What’s awesome about this deck is that essentially every card–both the lands and the creatures–contributes to the toolbox. Elvish Reclaimer, Knight of the Reliquary, Golos, and Primeval Titan can find your Valakuts and Ghost Quarters, while Eladamri’s Call, Fierce Empath, and Woodland Bellower can set you up with the creature of your choice.

A key card in this deck is Dryad of the Ilysian Grove, which ramps your mana, facilitates the use of Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle, and is made ultra-powerful when combined with Courser of Kruphix or Ramunap Excavator.

Another cool feature is the use of Aether Vial–a card that you traditionally find in decks with low land counts. However, with this creature density, Vial can let you double-spell on key turns, as well as allowing you to invest mana into Elvish Reclaimer while still building your battlefield with more creatures.

While the skeptics might brush this deck off as “just for fun,” I have to tell you that 11th place in the Modern Showcase Challenge is no joke. That means a 7-2 record in one of the most competitive Modern events that exists right now.

Eladamri’s Toolbox gives its pilot a tremendous amount of control over the battlefield. But what I particularly like is the fallback plan of having twenty-seven creatures that can simply attack! That makes it hard for the opponent to shut you down with simple measures like Blood Moon or Ashiok, Dream Render.

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