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I'm constructing an Eldrazi based deck and I'm thinking about possible ways of getting one onto the table. What I already considered:

Do you know any other cards like these?

Edit: I'm talking about the "big three" Legendary Eldrazi -- Emrakul, the Aeons Torn, Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre, and Kozilek, Butcher of Truth.

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I'm assuming you mean the "big three" Legendary Eldrazi -- Emrakul, the Aeons Torn, Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre, and Kozilek, Butcher of Truth. If you want any Eldrazi, like a Pathrazer of Ulamog, you can always use reanimation spells. These three, however, have the persnickety clause:

When {card name} is put into a graveyard from anywhere, its owner shuffles his or her graveyard into his or her library.

Thus, you have to turn to alternative techniques to cheat on costs — or hardcast them normally using obscene mana acceleration, which is basically "cheating them out" for most intents and purposes.

The proven competitive decks that do this are:

Other approaches I've seen used (ranked in approximate order of jankiness):


If you're looking for a top-tier tournament deck, I recommend:

  • Sneak and Show for Legacy: it was totally the top deck for a while. Main down side is that it was totally the top deck for a while, of course, so many players know how to play against it.
  • G/R Tron for Modern. Faster and more consistent than the other Tron decks, and pretty cheap to put together, especially if you already own the Eldrazi. The main down side is that it is pretty weak against some of the other combo decks (like Storm) and hyper-aggressive decks.

If you're looking for a deck to play at "casual" tables, my recommendation is a Windbrisk Heights + Summoning Trap deck. It's still very powerful but not as obviously "unfair" as the tournament combo decks — some players vehemently dislike seeing turn-3 Karn every other game — and the aggressive/midrange creatures give you a decent fallback plan even if the whole table is dedicated to hating out your combo.

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Downvoter: Why the downvote? Anything I can fix? –  Alex P Jul 6 '12 at 16:00
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+1 Nice extensive answer. For casual, don't forget [mtg:Mana Echoes] the token generating drones, and the Eldrazi that gets copies you own from outside the game –  user1873 Jul 6 '12 at 16:26
    
+1 for "ranking in approximate order of jankiness" –  ghoppe Jul 6 '12 at 18:04
    
I'm just a casual player I just checked out the Eldrazi cards and I wanted to put together a nice deck. –  Adam Arold Jul 6 '12 at 19:48
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Only other major competitive deck I think you missed is Doomsday + Shelldock Isle, although that deck is possibly one of the hardest to play in existence. –  WLPhoenix Jul 24 '12 at 22:06
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Here's a non-comprehensive list of additional ideas:

* — The creature card is cast, so you get a free turn from Emrakul, the Aeons Torn.

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You need to cut down your list of graveyard revival, unless you include ways to instantly play most of those cards or Stifle the Eldrazi trigger. Vishidian Orrey –  user1873 Jul 6 '12 at 15:14
    
Ahh, yeah. Forgot about the whole graveyard trigger thing. editing to remove graveyard revival. –  Hyppy Jul 6 '12 at 15:19
    
Also, how does Dream Halls work with colorless creatures? –  Alex P Jul 6 '12 at 15:41
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@AlexP: Painter's Servant comes to mind. –  Hyppy Jul 6 '12 at 15:53
    
@Hyppy Good call! –  Alex P Jul 6 '12 at 15:59
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