Here’s ten different ways to throw spaghetti at your opponents.
Perhaps one of Magic’s greatest villains, the Eldrazi, are an ancient race that serves to sate an endless hunger by consuming mana and energy until the universe is no more, then moving on to the next. Prominent to Zendikar, the Eldrazi consists of three titans — Kozilek, Ulamog, and Emrakul. Throughout Magic’s history, the Eldrazi have appeared on other planes, such as Innistrad, where Emrakul attempted to take control of the gothic horror plane but lost to Tamiyo and Jacs, where the Eldrazi titan now lays dormant inside Innistrad’s moon. While most Eldrazi are colorless, there are Eldrazi in White, Blue, Black, Red, and Green with some instances of Devoid — a static ability that makes a card colorless, no matter if it has colored mana as its casting cost.
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While the Eldrazi aren’t the most-loved creature type in Magic: The Gathering, you have to admit they offer some of the most powerful creatures in the game. Take Emrakul, the Aeons Torn, a card that is very much banned in Commander as it’s unfun to play against, plus taking an extra turn while being uncounterable upon cast doesn’t help things either. While colorless Commanders aren’t as popular, support for this and these tentacle creatures will be at the forefront when Commander Masters releases this summer, where Eldrazi Unbound, a Colorless Commander Precon highlighting the ancient race led by Zhulodok, Void Gorger, including a dozen-or-so new cards.
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Although it’s ways away until the release of Commander Masters and new Eldrazi cards, let’s look at some Eldrazi cards you can play in Commander, whether in the ninety-nine or leading as a Commander.
#10 Conduit of Ruin
Battle For Zendikar
Enablers are a crucial part of any Commander strategy, and Conduit of Ruin offers this for Eldrazi by reducing the cost of the first creature card you cast each turn, with the bonus of finding a colorless creature card with a mana value of seven or more from your library into your hand — Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre, Emrakul, the Promised End, and Kozilek, Butcher of Truth are all excellent targets.
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While Conduit of Ruin isn’t the most convincing of enablers compared to other creature-focused strategies, it does allow you to find those massive threats while filtering your library and giving you something to do with all that excess colorless mana.
#9 Sire of Stagnation
Battle For Zendikar
Not all Eldrazi are colorless, well, technically. Appearing in various Mill strategies in Commander is Sire of Stagnation, a Mythic Rare from Battle for Zendikar. Whenever an opponent plays a Land, Sire of Stagnation forces the opponent to exile the top two cards of their library, and you draw two cards. While winning through milling in Commander is often a challenge, the ability to draw two cards each time an opponent plays a Land is strong.
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In particular, the Eldrazi is a decent answer against archetypes that care about ramping into massive threats, as you can draw plenty of cards while chipping away at their library. Since the opponent’s card goes into exile and not into their graveyard, opponents will have a tough time getting value otherwise, making Sire of Stagnation an excellent card for any Mill strategy in Commander. While you can’t play Sire of Stagnation in a dedicated colorless Eldrazi strategy despite the Devoid typing, you can sneak the card in a Morophon, the Boundless build if you want to play all different colors of Eldrazi, in addition to colorless ones.
#8 All is Dust
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As part of any Commander strategy, having a couple of sweepers is ideal as a path toward victory. For an Eldrazi Commander, the flavorful All is Dust is fantastic as it forces each opponent at the table to sacrifice all colored permanents they control, likely leaving the opponents with nothing but lands and colorless artifacts. What makes All is Dust so good is how it evades hexproof, ward, and indestructible as it forces the opponents to sacrifice permanents instead. And it only becomes more disgusting if you happen to have a It That Betrays on the battlefield when All is Dust resolves.
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All is Dust is the best colorless sweeper right now, with cards such as Ugin, the Spirit Dragon offering another answer to colored permanents. Outside of that, cards like Oblivion Stone can be okay, but the board wipe becomes symmetrical without adding Fate counters to permanents you control.
#7 It That Betrays
Rise Of The Eldrazi
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To help spread the good word of the Eldrazi, sometimes taking control of your opponent’s nontoken permanents is the way to go, which is something It That Betrays offers in abundance. By forcing your Commander opponents to sacrifice permanents, they will re-enter the battlefield under your control, giving you an overwhelming route to victory. Especially if you have sweepers to force your opponent to sacrifice their permanents, such as All Is Dust. Unfortunately, this does not work when an opponent sacrifices their Commanders anymore, as the opponent can simply put the card in the command zone instead as a replacement effect.
#6 Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre
Rise Of The Eldrazi
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One of the original Eldrazi Titans from Worldwake is Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre, an excellent threat for Commander that can also provide a shuffle effect in a pinch. While it doesn’t exile permanents, unlike its Battle for Zendikar counterpart Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger, destroying a permanent is still noteworthy, and coming with Annihilator 4 allows you to put one of your Commander opponents into absolute ruin. While Ulamog appears in dedicated colorless Commander lists, it’s also a decent payoff in Ramp strategies as you aim to cast the threat ahead of schedule — forcing your opponents to answer the Eldrazi early on.
#5 Emrakul, the Promised End
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Appearing in Eldritch Moon, Emrakul, the Promised End is an amazing threat with a wealth of excellent abilities. Not only can you reduce the costs of casting Emrakul based on what card types are in your graveyard, but when cast, you can take control of target opponent during that player’s next turn. With this, you can cause some absolute mayhem to one of your Commander opponents, essentially pushing them out of the game altogether.
While this does give the targeted opponent an extra turn after the fact, it should put them behind them enough for it to be irrelevant. You can remove the threat player at the table, dwindle their resources on the other opponents, and seize victory. Oh, and Emrakul. Promised End comes with protection from Instants, flying, and trample if you need another reason to incorporate the Eldrazi card in your Commander lists.
#4 Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
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A key payoff in Modern’s Mono-Green Tron, Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger also serves well as part of the ninety-nine of an Eldrazi or Ramp-focused Commander strategy. Upon cast, you can exile two permanents, and when the Eldrazi Titan attacks, you force the defending opponent to exile the top twenty cards of their library. While removing a bunch of cards from the opponent’s library in Commander isn’t as powerful as constructed formats, you can cast an Oblivion Sower after the attack, netting you a ridiculous amount of Lands from the opponent in the process. Outside of exiling cards and permanents, Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger serves as a solid threat, and coming with indestructible, it can make it tricky to remove in Commander.
#3 Forsaken Monument
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While not technically an Eldrazi, Forsaken Monument is a roleplayer in many colorless Commander strategies that can also offer combo potential. If paired with a Basalt Monolith on the battlefield, you can create infinite colorless mana by tapping Basalt Monolith, creating four colorless mana as Forsaken Monument’s replacement effect creates one additional colorless mana, and you can pay three generic mana to untap Basalt Monolith. Rinse and repeat.
Outside of the infinite mana combinations, Forsaken Monument packs a bonus effect to your creatures, in addition to you generating incremental amounts of life each time you cast a colorless spell. Jumping from two to three colorless mana with your Sol Ring allows you to play haymaker Eldrazi threats and other spells ahead of schedule.
#2 Kozilek, Butcher of Truth
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth (Borderless)
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Another member of the original Eldrazi Titan cycle, Kozilek, Butcher of Truth is a massive threat that draws you four cards when cast. Not only does the Eldrazi comes with Annihilator to raze everything in its path, but if it were to enter the graveyard from anywhere, you shuffle Kozilek back into your library. With this, you can avoid any Mill shenanigans an opponent may try, and offers you to re-cast the card if you either draw it or find it off a spell such as Worldly Tutor or Eladamri’s Call for a second time. A flavorful aspect of these Eldrazi Titans is that they are persistent and strong, and with Kozilek, you can keep your hand full of interaction each time you cast the Legendary Eldrazi.
#1 Kozielk, the Great Distortion
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Perhaps not much of an accomplishment given you don’t see many colorless Commanders at present, but Kozilek, the Great Distortion is the top colorless Commander according to EDHREC, and if built correctly, the Eldrazi titan can be gnarly to play against. Given the amount of “Sol Lands” such as Ancient Tomb, City of Traitors, and technically Eldrazi Temple, you can cast Kozilek, the Great Distortion ahead of schedule. And when you cast Kozilek? Oh boy. Not only do you draw up to seven cards in hand, but you can also discard a card to counter a spell where the card discarded has to match the mana value of the spell. Oh, and Kozilek also has menace, for some reason.
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With that, a Kozilek, the Great Distortion strategy comes with different angles that can make it quite strong. First, you have numerous ways to be ahead on mana with cards like Eldrazi Temple, but also with cards like Mana Crypt and Sol Ring, reaching you closer to casting your Commander. Once cast, you can take a Voltron approach since Kozilek comes with menace, meaning cards like Batterskull, Commander’s Plate, Kaldra Compleat offer a swift clock through Commander damage and the best part? You can protect Kozilek by countering the opponent’s spells by discarding cards from your hand. Granted, building Kozilek on a budget is challenging since it needs these expensive staple mana accelerants as you can’t use other colors. However, if you want to create a strong colorless Commander or want to adjust the Eldrazi Unbound Precon when Commander Masters drops, Kozilek, the Great Distortion is an excellent choice to lead the Eldrazi into battle.