Mythical Magic – A deck you haven’t seen yet

What’s up guys? Today I am bringing you a deck that I had not seen earlier. It contains black and it is kinda midrangey. No it is not 8-rack or The Rock. It is “Black Moon”. Deck plays of course Blood Moon. I love Blood Moon as a card and in a deck where it does not hurt us a lot it is wonderful. I had the idea from a janky brews topic in MTG Finland. I think Black might be my favourite color so let’s dive in.

The link to the thread:

OP: kaMeli85



The Idea Behind the Madness

So the deck is Black and Red Midrange deck. The idea behind the deck is to mess up the landbases of the Modern decks that use heavy manabases with a lot of colors, shocks and fetches. In the contrary, our biggest weakness are the 1-color decks like Mono-Red burn, Goblins, 8-Rack, Elves, Merfolk and many more. Two color decks do not take as big of a hit as 3 or more colors but we can interfere them a bit as well. This is no means Tier 1 deck, but it can take a lot of people off-guard and maybe win you a FNM with some good luck with the meta-pairings. So naturally we want cards to our sidevoard that help against the 1 and 2 color decks.



The List

The Lands

4 Mutavault

4 Blood Crypt

4 Bloodstone Mire

2 Verdant Catacombs

2 Swamp

1 Mountain

3 Blackcleave Cliffs

2 Lavaclaw Reaches


Creatures and Planeswalkers

4 Pack Rat

2 Dark Confidant

4 Liliana of the Veil


Other spells

4 Thoughtseize

4 Inquisition of Kozilek

4 Lightning Bolt

4 Terminate

2 Victim of Night

3 Blood Moon

2 Kolaghan’s Command

3 Fulminator Mage


Sideboard template?

1 Blood Moon

2 Dragon’s Claw

2 Damnation

2 Engineered Explosives

1 Rakdos Charm

2 Slaughter Games

1 Illnes in the Ranks

1 Shatterstorm

1 Torpor Orb

1 Relic of Progenitus




Some other choices

I think some cards that can be considered are Batterskull mainboard, Phyrexian Arena, Koth of the Hammer, Anger of the Gods (If your meta needs it). Our Manacurve is very low-end so we need to think about the amount of lifet otal that we want to use as a resource. I love Phyrexian Arena but if we run Dark Confidants, we can’t have both in my opinion. But is Phyrexian Arena better for us than Dark Confidant? Let me know in the comments!

A card that would maybe make the cut for the mainboard is Rakdo’s Return. It is a nice semi-finisher in the late stages of the game with added discard effect. For some grindy situations Chandra, Pyromaster might be needed.

The curious case of Bobs is difficult. As we are in black, we have a lot of alternatives for trading our lifepoints as advantage. I am not sure if Bitterblossom would suit the deck? But the turn 1 discard and turn 2 Bob is still a huge play for the rest of the game. Slam down the Moon on turn 3 and a possible turn 4 Chalice of the Void.



Let me explain

As we play the Blood Moon, we need some other cards to finish the game off. Koth of the Hammer might act as a threat, but I like the Pack Rat // Mutavault scenario. Mutavault is useless with Blood Moon so we have some conflicts in our own manabase. We could even go as far as playing maybe a set of The Rack instead of some other cards to be able to lock them down and make them suffer. I love 8-rack so I think BR 8-Rack might be a whole different deck.

We can fine tune the deck to have some artifacts in the form of full sets of Ensnaring Bridge and Chalice of the Void. With this package I would run Bitterblossom. Chalice would help us big time against mono-colored decks.

So the deck really is a raw version behind some janky ideas. We can play also Collective Brutality, Dreadbore etc. in the mainboard. I see that this deck has endless possibilities but I am not sure will it ever be super effective? The deck might like some monkeymana to be able to slam the Moon down turn 2.

I am adamant that there is a working 75 here. I am propably the one to tell you guys it, but I would love to have a discussion with you to try to find it. I hope that you like this article, I have tried to discover some different decks for Modern than the ones that see play. I think Modern is very wide format, sure there are top decks but I think there are a lot different play styles that you can use and fine tune those decks and strategies.



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Mythical Regards

Roope Keskitalo



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