The Rock by ToddTheWraith on MtGO
2 Bloodstained Mire
4 Blooming Marsh
1 Ghost Quarter
1 Hissing Quagmire
2 Overgrown Tomb
4 Treetop Village
1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
4 Verdant Catacombs
1 Wooded Foothills
Modern Jund is frequently described as a B/G Midrange deck that splashes red for Lightning Bolt and Terminate. That B/G Midrange deck is referred to as The Rock, and we’ll be featuring it today. Despite the excellent mana that Jund has, it can still suffer mightily against Blood Moon or with deficiencies in its own manabase. This is why some players opt to not play the third color and just play B/G. So, let’s talk about The Rock!
No, not him! The Magic deck!
The Rock, just like Jund, draws its strength from its combination of one-for-one removal spells and card advantage engines. Dark Confidant and Liliana of the Veil were a match made in heaven, and this deck maxes out on both. Additionally, discard spells such as Thoughtseize and Inquisition of Kozilek give the deck enough time to get its powerful engine online. Courser of Kruphix and Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, like Dark Confidant, offer card advantage on a creature, and are both very well-sized in this Lighting Bolt-heavy format. The newly printed Fatal Push is an excellent option for this deck. If there’s anything that The Rock lacked when compared to Jund, it would be its 1-mana removal, and Fatal Push is an auto-include in these B/G Midrange decks.
The beauty of not playing a third color in the B/G Midrange shell is that it allows you to play cards that would otherwise be crowded out of the deck. A perfect example of this is the one copy of Sword of Light and Shadow that this list is playing. This deck is also able to max out on the best creature-land in Modern, Treetop Village, because it doesn’t need to rely on its creature-lands to produce multiple colors of mana.
The sideboard of the deck has two common themes: stop control decks, and stop Burn. On the “stop control decks” half of the sideboard, cards like Fulminator Mage, Phyrexian Arena, and Thrun, the Last Troll all offer different, powerful effects that control has a difficult time dealing with. On the “stop Burn” half of the sideboard, Kitchen Finks and Obstinate Baloth offer a good one-two (or rather, three-four) punch in the matchup.
As the sideboard may suggest, this deck, just like Jund, can struggle against Burn, as well as control decks that have more card advantage than one-for-one removal spells or Liliana of the Veil can provide. However, against combo decks and creature-based aggro decks, Jund thrives, and I highly recommend picking it up if you’re looking to attack those matchups at your next Modern tournament.
Here are the changes I would make going forward:
This is day 41 of Spellsnare.com’s 2017 Deck of the Day column, where each day we’ll feature a different Standard, Modern, or Legacy deck that caught our eye. You can read day 40 here, where we covered an innovative Standard deck that takes advantage of a new Aether Revolt mechanic.
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