Temur Moon by Gerard Fabiano at SCG Invitational – 5th

Creatures (14)
3 Huntmaster of the Fells
3 Snapcaster Mage
4 Tarmogoyf
2 Tireless Tracker
2 Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy

Non-Creature Spells (25)
3 Engineered Explosives
2 Blood Moon
2 Cryptic Command
4 Lightning Bolt
3 Mana Leak
3 Opt
1 Remand
2 Spell Snare
1 Thought Scour
4 Serum Visions

Lands (21)
1 Forest
6 Island
1 Mountain
1 Breeding Pool
4 Misty Rainforest
4 Scalding Tarn
2 Steam Vents
1 Stomping Ground
1 Wooded Foothills

Sideboard (15)
3 Relic of Progenitus
3 Abrade
3 Ceremonious Rejection
3 Dispel
1 Jace, Architect of Thought
2 Roast

Summary

Blood Moon decks are on the rise in Modern currently, with several U/R variants doing powerful things both on MtGO and in real life events. At the SCG Invitational, a Moon deck broke through, but in a Temur shell thought up by none other than Gerard Fabiano.

Like most decks in this vein, Blood Moon plays a critical role in this deck. It can lock many opponents out or severely limit their ability to play their natural game. This deck, unlike many of the others with a similar build, is looking to play a more fair game, rather than combo the opponent out. Tarmogoyf, Huntmaster of the Fells, and Tireless Tracker are all perfect examples of this. Tarmogoyf is very frequently the largest creature on any board, closing games out quickly where the opponent is struggling to operate. Huntmaster of the Fells similarly punishes the opponent for not being able to play their natural game, adding more and more power to the board while beating down. Tireless Tracker‘s main weakness is that it is fairly easily killed, but in this deck it plays a valuable role by drawing extra cards and capitalizing on the opponent’s mana troubles.

What really makes this deck tick is the rather traditional Modern blue shell that it uses. Cryptic Command, Mana Leak, Remand, and Spell Snare are all counter spells that you would find in tempo or control decks in Modern, and play similar roles here, supported as always by the ever-reliable Snapcaster Mage, which helps this deck with card advantage while being a somewhat relevant attacker and blocker. In this same blue vein, Opt, Thought Scour, and Serum Visions are used as the draw spells that help this deck churn through cards to find what is needed to win or sufficiently disrupt the opponent.

Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy provides another creature/planeswalker hybrid that demands an answer from the opponent, but can win games on its own if left unchecked. Lightning Bolt being in this deck is more of a foregone conclusion than anything, as it is the cheapest removal spell that this deck can reasonably play. Engineered Explosives, however, is much less expected in this deck. The powerful Sunburst artifact can be rather mana inefficient at times, but the flexibility it provides and its ability to singlehandedly deal with the opponent’s board in certain matchups makes it warrant its inclusion.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Huntmaster of the Fells

-1 Thought Scour

+1 Blood Moon

+1 Opt

Sideboard

No changes.

This is day 342 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 341 here, where we featured a  deck that looks to bring an established Modern archetype into Legacy.

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