Daily Digest: East West Bowl

This may have been the first Pro Tour with multiple teams breaking the same types of strategies. GerryT pays tribute to the most broken of the broken, the victor among all the other victors.

Grand Prix Washington, DC: March 11-13!

I think it’s Eldrazi Week on Daily Digest. Between the Pro Tour and the following Magic Online results, we’ve got a lot to talk about.

Let’s start with the champ. JC Tao’s deck, with the help of Eye of Ugin and Eldrazi Temple, plays analogues to the best cards in Modern, except they are much cheaper. In the words of Andrew Brown, Vile Aggregate is Tarmogoyf, Eldrazi Skyspawner is Lingering Souls, and Drowner of Hope is Cryptic Command.

Overall, those comparisons are a little off, but not by much. The power level of the Eldrazi, at least when being cheated into play, is at least close to the power of those cards. This deck is doing broken things, even if it is with a bunch of draft commons that haven’t even seen Standard play.

Going forward, I fully expect this to be the Eldrazi deck of choice. Not only did it win the Pro Tour outright, it also has the edge in the mirror match. The name recognition of the CFB/FtF squad might pull some people away, but the truth lies in Vile Aggregate.

Grand Prix Washington, DC: March 11-13!