I recently finished Top Deck’s Modern League in 1st place with 42 points.
Overall, I was 14-2 in matches and included an IQ Top 8 during the month.
As for the decklist, there was very little changes I made over the four weeks.
Jund by Michael Farrel
4 Bloodbraid Elf
3 Dark Confidant
3 Scavenging Ooze
4 Inquisition of Kozilek
3 Assassin’s Trophy
2 Fatal Push
3 Kolaghan’s Command
4 Lightning Bolt
3 Liliana of the Veil
1 Liliana, the Last Hope
4 Blackcleave Cliffs
1 Blood Crypt
3 Bloodstained Mire
2 Overgrown Tomb
3 Raging Ravine
1 Stomping Ground
1 Twilight Mire
4 Verdant Catacombs
1 Wooded Foothills
4 Fulminator Mage
2 Kitchen Finks
1 Surgical Extraction
1 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
2 Nihil Spellbomb
2 Anger of the Gods
1 Painful Truths
All games were played at GameSwap in Mason OH, which features a very diverse metagame. The competitors here are some of the best in the city, so my opponents were no slouches. This victory was earned.
The matchups were as follows:
Week 1: 3-1
1-2 Titan shift (Feature match)
2-1 UB 8 rack
2-0 bant spirits
Week 2: 4-0
2-0 Sultai control (Feature match)
2-0 UW control (Zach Harris)
2-0 Grishoal Brand
Week 3: 3-1
2-0 Grixis shadow (Feature match)
2-0 Dredge (Zach Harris)
Week 4: 4-0
2-1 8 Rack (Feature match)
2-0 Mardu Pyro
The main deck has a couple of flex spots: the 4th Dark Confidant or 4th Bloodbraid Elf, plus, 24 vs 25 lands. The sideboard, however, can be spread quite wide. I opted for the following:
- Four answers to big mana in Fulminator Mage
- Two board wipes in Anger of the Gods
- Two Kitchen Finks and to Collective Brutality for the aggressive match-ups
- Three pieces of graveyard hate
- Some solid cards for as a catch-all like Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet and Painful Truths.
While I like Nissa, Vital Force, I wanted to steer away from too many high-end cards while I was running only 24 lands.
I saw quite the variety of different decks over the month. Despite this, I would not make any changes to my list. Regardless of the strategies I battled against, I always felt confident in my ability to win. Due to this confidence, I’m running back this deck for the RPTQ in hopes of bringing Jund to the Pro Tour!
Before closing, I want to talk about how my playgroup and I decide what cards go into our boards:
The dice game™
Step 1 – Spread your sideboard out and get some dice ready, at least one per unique card
Step 2 – Go over the matches you’d expect. Pick at least 10-15 as modern has a lot of viable decks. Place a dice on each card you’d bring in the matchup. Let’s say, for example, my first matchup is Burn. Well, I’ve got 5 cards to bring out, and I’m siding in Finks, Brutality, and Kalitas. Let’s add three dice on matchup one.
Step 3) Keep going over the matchups and have a plan before you sit down across from it. Keep going until you’ve hit every relevant matchup
Step 4) Now that were done, you can see that my Surgical and Painful truths only come in for three matches. Is that enough? Could they be replaced with a similar card that would come in more? That’s where you start your cuts.