B/R Moon Delve by nickashcroft on MtGO

Creatures (11)
4 Dark Confidant
4 Gifted Aetherborn
3 Goblin Rabblemaster

Non-Creature Spells (27)
2 Liliana of the Veil
2 Collective Brutality
3 Dreadbore
2 Inquisition of Kozilek
2 Raven’s Crime
4 Thoughtseize
3 Empty the Pits
4 Fatal Push
1 Kolaghan’s Command
2 Lightning Bolt
2 Blood Moon

Lands (22)
3 Blood Crypt
4 Bloodstained Mire
1 Godless Shrine
4 Polluted Delta
6 Swamp
4 Verdant Catacombs

Sideboard (15)
2 Lost Legacy
2 Molten Rain
2 Phyrexian Unlife
2 Stony Silence
2 Underworld Dreams
3 Wear // Tear
2 Zealous Persecution

Summary

Traditional Modern Jund decks have been struggling of late, due in no small part to the format’s extremely diverse and linear nature. That style of deck tends to have “dead” cards in nearly every matchup. However, decks featuring cards that made Jund and similar decks successful can still be used in different shells, like what we see in the deck we’re featuring today, B/R Moon Delve.

This deck is truly more of a mono-black deck that splashes red (and white in the sideboard). Its game plan is to control the board and strip the opponent of their best cards with discard spells. That being said, this deck relies heavily on its creatures, Dark Confidant, Gifted Aetherborn, and Goblin Rabblemaster to draw cards, control the board, and finish games off respectively. Dark Confidant, in the right shell, is one of the most powerful cards in the format, drawing an additional card each turn and demanding an answer. Goblin Rabblemaster, meanwhile, is a favorite of this type of strategy, as when left unanswered (or when the opponent can’t cast their spells) it closes the door quickly.

Like the Jund decks of old, this deck relies on Thoughtseize, Inquisition of Kozilek, and Liliana of the Veil to disrupt the opponent and get their hand size low. Collective Brutality is a new inclusion to the discard suite in Modern, and a welcome one, as it finds relevance in nearly every matchup in the format. Raven’s Crime is an infrequently played option that takes the assault on the opponent’s hand into the mid and late game, and is a very powerful option against midrange, control, and combo decks in the format.

Blood Moon, although a 2-of, plays a critical role in this deck and shapes its overall strategy. It frequently locks greedy manabases out of the game, and having it game 1, before the opponent plays around sideboarded copies, gives this deck a lot of free games. Its inclusion is also a good indicator of this deck’s divergent path from Jund. Empty the Pits is a card that I honestly never thought would see play outside of Standard, but its inclusion in this deck makes sense. This deck wants the game to go long and it frequently gets cards into its graveyard and locks the opponent out of the game, meaning it only needs a powerful finisher to get the game over with.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Goblin Rabblemaster

-1 Empty the Pits

+1 Blood Moon

+1 Liliana of the Veil

Sideboard

-2 Underworld Dreams

+2 Phyrexian Arena

This is day 285 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 284 here, where we featured a Modern Death & Taxes deck that looks to take the deck in a different direction.

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