B/G Rock by japanesefisherman on MtGO

Creatures (13)
1 Big Game Hunter
4 Dark Confidant
1 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
1 Scavenging Ooze
4 Tarmogoyf
2 Tireless Tracker

Non-Creature Spells (27)
4 Liliana of the Veil
1 Collective Brutality
3 Inquisition of Kozilek
2 Maelstrom Pulse
3 Thoughtseize
3 Traverse the Ulvenwald
2 Abrupt Decay
4 Fatal Push
1 Go for the Throat
3 Mishra’s Bauble
1 Nihil Spellbomb

Lands (20)
4 Blooming Marsh
1 Forest
1 Ghost Quarter
3 Marsh Flats
3 Overgrown Tomb
2 Swamp
2 Treetop Village
4 Verdant Catacombs

Sideboard (15)
2 Collective Brutality
2 Nihil Spellbomb
1 Chameleon Colossus
1 Creeping Corrosion
2 Flaying Tendrils
1 Fulminator Mage
2 Grafdigger’s Cage
1 Ishkanah, Grafwidow
1 Lost Legacy
1 Nature’s Claim
1 Surgical Extraction

Summary

Grindy midrange decks have always had their place in Modern, but changes to the metagame have pushed the traditional decks out of the format. Since then, these grindy midrange decks have had to find different strategies in order to survive. The deck we’re featuring today is B/G Rock, which takes the more traditional Jund strategy and adds more card draw and consistency.

Like the more traditional Jund deck, this deck cares immensely about the value it can gain from its creatures. Dark Confidant and Tarmogoyf are both 4-ofs in this deck and for good reason. Dark Confidant represents an extra card every single turn, which is too much to handle for most decks if they can’t remove it, while Tarmogoyf is very frequently the largest creature on the battlefield, dominating combat for just 2 mana.

Due to the presence of Traverse the Ulvenwald, this deck can play a smattering of slightly situational creatures without the drawbacks of drawing them frequently in the matchups where they don’t shine. These creatures are Big Game Hunter, which is excellent against the large creatures in the format, Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, which is more dominant against smaller creature decks, Scavenging Ooze, which hates out graveyard decks, and Tireless Tracker, which provides a steady stream of cards against the slower decks.

This style of deck leans heavily on its removal spells, and this deck has an embarrassment of riches in that regard. Collective Brutality, Maelstrom Pulse, Abrupt Decay, Fatal Push, and Go for the Throat all deal well with the creatures in the format. For discard spells, this deck plays the dynamic duo of Thoughtseize and Inquisition of Kozilek. Both categories of spells are supplemented perfectly by Liliana of the Veil. Because this deck wants to turn on Delirium for Traverse the Ulvenwald, Mishra’s Bauble is a welcome inclusion, as it costs no mana, replaces itself every time, and gets a bit of information before putting an artifact into the graveyard.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Tireless Tracker

-1 Nihil Spellbomb

+1 Collective Brutality

+1 Thragtusk

Sideboard

-1 Collective Brutality

-1 Lost Legacy

+2 Fulminator Mage

This is day 231 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 230 here, where we featured another grindy midrange deck, but this one plays blue!

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