Emrakul, the Eons Torn – Followup

I mentioned in my Fist of Emrakul Deck article that I had come up with various ways to get the 15 Mana Emrakul, the Eons Torn into play cheaply and easily. Besides the Fist of Suns route which I explored in the first Emrakul deck post, I think the second best and  second most viable approach involves this card, which is a 4 Mana Blue Instant:

With Fold into Aether, you can drop Emrakul, the Eons Torn consistently and easily on turn 3 or 4, with the right deck around it. And this is my approach: Get Fold into Aether with the help of Merchant Scroll or just draw it regularly, play a Spell that has 0 casting cost and counter your own Spell with Fold into Aether, which will let you put a Creature – the best options would be either Emrakul or Blighsteel Colossus – into play. If you played a mana accelerator on turn 1 or 2, you will be able to get Emrakul into play by turn 3. Attach Lightning Greaves to give him Haste, attack twice in a row and hey presto – 30 damage in your opponent’s face!!

Let me show you what a Deck centered around this combo would look like if I was to make one:

Aetheric Emrakul:


3 x Emrakul, the Eons Torn

1 x Blightsteel Colossus


4 x Gitaxian Probe

4 x Daze

4 x Counterspell

4 x Fold into Aether


4 x Merchant Scroll

4 x Fabricate


4 x Welding Jar

4 x Everflowing Chalice

4 x Lightning Greaves


20 x Islands

My Thoughts on Strategy:

Use Merchant Scroll to fetch Fold into Aether if you don’t draw it soon enough. Kicked at 2, Everflowing Chalice can be used to play Fold into Aether a turn earlier, as early as on your third turn. Also it can be used as a free Spell which you can counter with Fold into Aether to put into play one of your killer Creatures. Alternatives are Gitaxian Probe, which can be played for free at the cost of 2 life and Welding Jar, which doubles as protection for key artifacts such as Lightning Greaves. The latter is extremely useful in giving either Emrakul or Blightsteel Colossus Haste. I am running some general control in the form of Daze and Counterspell. The former can be used as a free counter if your third turn Fold into Aether gets countered. Fabricate can be used to fetch your lone Blightsteel Colossus or get you Lightning Greaves if needed. All in all, the prospect of getting a 15/15 behemoth with a ton of potent and menacing abilities as soon as on turn 3 without much effort is tempting to say the least… 



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