Sultai Midrange by charliethebananaking on MtGO

Creatures (16)
4 Dark Confidant
3 Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy
3 Scavenging Ooze
1 Snapcaster Mage
1 Thragtusk
4 Tireless Tracker

Non-Creature Spells (20)
4 Liliana of the Veil
3 Inquisition of Kozilek
2 Maelstrom Pulse
3 Thoughtseize
2 Abrupt Decay
1 Dismember
4 Fatal Push
1 Murderous Cut

Lands (24)
4 Blooming Marsh
1 Breeding Pool
3 Creeping Tar Pit
1 Forest
2 Misty Rainforest
2 Overgrown Tomb
4 Polluted Delta
2 Swamp
4 Verdant Catacombs
1 Watery Grave

Sideboard (15)
2 Ceremonious Rejection
2 Countersquall
2 Damnation
2 Disdainful Stroke
1 Grafdigger’s Cage
1 Liliana, the Last Hope
1 Night of Souls’ Betrayal
2 Pithing Needle
1 Sword of Light and Shadow
1 Witchbane Orb

Summary

For years, Jund has been a go-to deck for Modern players looking for a consistent midrange deck that can play the early game well and has enough card advantage to compete with any deck in the late game. In the last year or so, that deck has fallen by the wayside, as the format became too proactive and combo-oriented for Jund to compete. Instead, players have been looking towards different color combinations to get the job done while playing a midrange, value-oriented strategy.

Like the Jund decks of old, this Sultai deck gains most of its grindy value from the creatures. While Dark Confidant is a staple in both decks, Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy is not. The 2 mana semi-planeswalker allows you to filter through your draws on the front end and is a powerful planeswalker on the back end. Also at 2 mana is not the usual suspect in Tarmogoyf, but is instead Scavenging Ooze. While Ooze rarely hits as hard as Tarmogoyf, it does have the benefit of having a lot of game against several decks in the format, including Dredge and Shadow.

At the top end of the curve, this deck has a playset of Tireless Tracker and a copy of Thragtusk. Tireless Tracker has seen little to no play in Modern, but its ability to draw cards turn after turn puts a near limitless cap on the amount of cards this deck can get through. Thragtusk is excellent at getting back into the game against aggressive decks, as well as being a resilient threat against slower, controlling decks.

The other very important half of this deck contains the important removal spells and discard spells. For removal spells, this deck plays Maelstrom Pulse, Abrupt Decay, Dismember, Fatal Push, and Murderous Cut. And for discard spells, the deck plays Inquisition of Kozilek and Thoughtseize. Lastly, Liliana of the Veil plays a critical role in this deck, as it’s a removal spell, a discard spell, a win condition, and a turn-after-turn source of card advantage that demands an answer from the opponent whenever it’s played.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Dismember

-1 Snapcaster Mage

+1 Inquisition of Kozilek

+1 Thragtusk

Sideboard

-1 Witchbane Orb

+1 Grafdigger’s Cage

This is day 230 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 229 here, where we featured a Modern deck that looks to gain life and go wide.

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