Lovecraftian cosmic horror has had a far-reaching influence. You’ll see references to it everywhere, and Magic: the Gathering is no exception.
Nowhere is Lovecraftian influence more apparent than in the Eldrazi. These horrific and alien-looking creatures call to mind the madness-causing gods from Lovecraft’s works.
If you’re planning to add them to your own stock in droves, which MTG sets have Eldrazi?
We’ll provide you the information you need for purchasing these powerful creature cards.
This is what this article will discuss:
- What Eldrazi are
- Which MTG sets have Eldrazi
- Our overall recommendations
So let’s take a closer look.
What are Eldrazi?
Eldrazi were first brought to the fore of the Magic world in the Rise of the Eldrazi set. However, there were references to their existence in Worldwake, where the card Eye of Ugin allowed players to cast Eldrazi for less mana.
At the time of Worldwake, though, there were no Eldrazi cards to use Eye of Ugin with. Players at the time were baffled for a couple months until the following Rise of the Eldrazi set dropped.
So what are the Eldrazi? In many ways, they’re reminiscent of Lovecraftian gods.
They’re incomprehensible creatures that come from between the planes. You can read more about their lore here.
As far as game mechanics go, they are usually colorless creatures. They tend to have a horrifying appearance, with tentacles or extra limbs.
On the whole, they’re a pretty powerful creature type. Many Eldrazi cards, such as Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger (pictured above) are highly desirable and valuable.
MTG Sets with Eldrazi
Unlike most other creature types, Eldrazi aren’t scattered across so many sets.
This makes searching for sets with them significantly easier. You can find them in the following:
- Battle for Zendikar
- Eldritch Moon
- Modern Masters 2015
- Oath of the Gatewatch
- Rise of the Eldrazi
- Ultimate Masters
As with other sets that take place on Zendikar, Battle for Zendikar (BFZ) is a pretty land-focused set.
It made use of keywords and mechanics like landfall, and it also had 25 of the Zendikar Expeditions cards within it. These include expensive shock and fetch lands that are particularly useful in multi-color decks.
Interestingly, the set had a colorless matters theme, too. That’s where the Eldrazi came into play.
- Number of Eldrazi cards: 51 (Click here for the full list of them)
- Possibility of pulling expensive shock and fetch lands
- Higher number of Eldrazi cards than others on the list
- More expensive than some other options
- Some feel the Eldrazi in this set are weaker than in other sets
Players got to return Innistrad, the gothic horror plane, with Eldritch Moon (EMN). In some ways, this makes it a potential alternative to Innistrad for players craving a sense of horror in the game.
Since the story running underneath the cards touched on Emrakul, a promiment Eldrazi, there were a bunch of Eldrazi cards in this set.
- Number of Eldrazi Cards: 29 (Click here for the full list of them)
- Compelling horror theme
- Less Eldrazi than other options in this list
- Missing the Investigate mechanic that was popular with fans
One thing that can be said about sets like Modern Masters 2015, which is a Masters set, is that they’re generally stronger than other sets.
Even if you don’t get a lot of Eldrazi in Modern Masters 2015 (MM2), the cards you do end up pulling will be a bit better than what you may get in other sets.
- Total power level is higher than with many other sets
- Specifically designed for use in the Modern format
- Includes some multi-color support
- Number of Eldrazi cards is less: 9 (Click here for the full list.)
In Oath of the Gatewatch (OGW), the iconic Gatewatch, a team of four legendary planeswalkers, was formed. This set focuses on their fight against Eldrazi titans Ulamog and Kozilek.
Accordingly, there’s an abundance of Eldrazi type cards in Oath of the Gatewatch.
- Number of Eldrazi: 41 (Click here for the full list)
- Possibility of pulling valuable Zendikar Expeditions lands
- Eldrazi cards present in set may be at times overpowered
This is where Eldrazi began. Rise of the Eldrazi (ROE), which came out in 2010, was the first set to feature Eldrazi cards.
A huge theme in this set was colorless Eldrazi spells and hugely powerful Eldrazi creatures. Some of the game’s most terrifying Eldrazi, such as Emrakul, the Aeons Torn, were born in this set.
- Number of Eldrazi: 19 (Click here for the full list of them.)
- Many of the Eldrazi cards in this set are strong, such as Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre
- Good underlying story
- Not as many Eldrazi as some of the other sets on this list
The last of the Masters sets for the forseeable future, Ultimate Masters (UMA) reprints some of MTG’s most powerful and popular cards.
Although, like other Masters sets, this one tends to run on the more expensive side, its strength as a set is generally greater than with other sets. Each box also comes with an Ultimate Box Topper card that’s rare and foil.
- This is a strong set
- Each box comes with an Ultimate Box Topper
- Good for drafting
- Least number of Eldrazi on the list: 7 (Click here for the full list of Eldrazi in this set.)
When it comes down to pure numbers, the best choice for getting a bunch of Eldrazi cards is Battle for Zendikar.
Generally, though, if there is a specific card you want, it’s better to buy it as a single rather than buy a box and hope you get it. The reason for that is because you can’t be sure you’ll get the card you need in any box.
But if all you want is to open a bunch of packs with a higher possibility of getting an Eldrazi, then these are certainly good choices to consider.
Looking to add dragons to your collection, too? Take a look at our list of MTG sets with dragons