Modern Deckguide: Jund Moon

Jeremy Dezani

Jeremy Dezani

Hello everyone,

Today I would like to talk about the deck I created for Grand Prix Lille and piloted to 11th place. Since a lot of people had asked me on Facebook for advice regarding the deck, I figured I would write a short guide for it.

Jund Moon by Jeremy Dezani – GP Lille 11th

Jeremy Dezani – Jund Moon
GP Lille 2016(11th)

4 《Swamp》
1 《Forest》
1 《Mountain》
1 《Blood Crypt》
1 《Overgrown Tomb》
1 《Stomping Ground》
4 《Wooded Foothills》
4 《Verdant Catacombs》
3 《Bloodstained Mire》
4 《Blackcleave Cliffs》

-Lands (24)-

1 《Grim Lavamancer》
4 《Tarmogoyf》
4 《Dark Confidant》
2 《Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet》
1 《Pia and Kiran Nalaar》

-Creatures (12)-
1 《Slaughter Pact》
4 《Lightning Bolt》
4 《Inquisition of Kozilek》
2 《Thoughtseize》
4 《Terminate》
1 《Dreadbore》
4 《Blood Moon》
4 《Liliana of the Veil》

-Spells (24)-
2 《Collective Brutality》
2 《Shatterstorm》
2 《Grafdigger's Cage》
1 《Spellskite》
1 《Vampire Nighthawk》
1 《Thragtusk》
1 《Thoughtseize》
1 《Ancient Grudge》
1 《Rakdos Charm》
1 《Damnation》
1 《Engineered Explosives》
1 《Nihil Spellbomb》

-Sideboards (15)-
hareruya

Blood Moon


Usually 《Blood Moon》 is the weapon of choice against the Jund player. This is one of the reasons why 《Blood Moon》 is good in this deck, because people don’t see it coming. Also, the worst matchups for Jund are probably GR Tron and Bant Eldrazi, and they become good matchups with 《Blood Moon》. Even if those decks draw their basic lands, they do not work well under the spell of 《Blood Moon》and if you are not under any pressure it is basically a free win for Jund. Also the combination of 《Blood Moon》 and 《Liliana of the Veil》 is super good and locks your opponent into a “can’t cast spells / discard into ultimate” circle. Even against Infect or Suicide Zoo if you play 《Blood Moon》 on an empty board it’s usually backbreaking. Day one, I beat an Affinity player with 《Blood Moon》 and he mentioned afterwards: “unfortunately you play maindeck 《Blood Moon》“, the Affinity player said that? Hilarious. Against Burn it’s a little slow but it is still a card that voids all 《Boros Charm》, 《Atarka's Command》 and 《Lightning Helix》 because they are only running basic mountains and non-basic lands.

Making Room For Blood Moon
Maelstrom PulseScavenging Ooze
TarmogoyfAbrupt Decay


It is pretty rough trying to play 3 colors with 《Blood Moon》, so I chose to transform the list into more of a Rakdos splashing green for 《Tarmogoyf》 deck. I looked for something to replace 《Tarmogoyf》 with at first, but this card is just so good, there is really nothing comparable in red or black. Instead you don’t get to play any of these: 《Abrupt Decay》, 《Maelstrom Pulse》 or 《Scavenging Ooze》 in the deck. I tried 《Abrupt Decay》 during test but it is bad to have too many green cards in the main deck. Also you can’t play any of the green double symbol cards in the sideboard like 《Obstinate Baloth》 or 《Kitchen Finks》. Yes, a lot of concessions had to be made in order to play the full playset of 《Blood Moon》 maindeck.

Adjusting the manabase
Verdant Catacombs


The main thing here is that you’re not playing any manlands like 《Raging Ravine》 or 《Treetop Village》. This is better for you because you don’t have any tapped lands in the opening turns and you can easily play everything on curve. Your mana base is mainly fetches to get your basic lands to set up the 《Blood Moon》 plan. You have one mountain because it’s hard to not play it when playing 7 fetches anyway, saving some life is always a good thing. Taking 3 for a turn one 《Lightning Bolt》 or a turn 2 《Terminate》 against agressive decks just because you don’t have this mountain is plain(s) awful.

The most important fetchland is by far《Verdant Catacombs》 since it gets you both basic Forests or Swamps. The other fetches don’t give you that choice and are less optimal when it comes to setting up the 《Blood Moon》 play. Because you are playing both Liliana and Kalitas, you need 4 basic Swamps. Swamps and Forest are the last lands you put into play, as you should fetch as soon as possible to not transform them into a mountain.

Customizing your sideboard

A list of viable sideboard cards and what matchups they are good against.

《Rakdos Charm》: Affinity, living end, storm, dredge, ad nauseam, urza tron, lantern control
《Collective Brutality》: Burn, infect, serum vision decks, rg titan
《Ancient Grudge》: Affinity, ad nauseum, urza tron, lantern
《Shatterstorm》: Affinity, lantern
《Anger of the Gods》: Affinity, dredge, voice/kitchen decks, infect, token decks
《Damnation》: Jund, eldrazi, affinity, infect, suicide zoo, token decks
《Thragtusk》: Burn, jund, control decks, suicide zoo
《Vampire Nighthawk》: Burn, affinity, suicide zoo
《Grafdigger's Cage》: Dredge, snapcaster / nahiri decks, kitchen finks / chord of calling decks
《Pithing Needle》: Nahiri decks, affinity, infect
《Nihil Spellbomb》: Snapcaster decks, junk, dredge, living end
《Leyline of the Void》: Dredge, living end
《Engineered Explosives》: Suicide zoo, affinity, infect, token decks
《Spellskite》: Affinity, suicide zoo, infect, burn
《Surgical Extraction》: Dredge, combo decks

Here’s the list I’m currently playing:


Jeremy Dezani – Jund Moon (Updated)

4 《Swamp》
1 《Forest》
1 《Mountain》
1 《Blood Crypt》
1 《Overgrown Tomb》
1 《Stomping Ground》
4 《Wooded Foothills》
4 《Verdant Catacombs》
2 《Bloodstained Mire》
4 《Blackcleave Cliffs》

-Lands (23)-

1 《Grim Lavamancer》
4 《Tarmogoyf》
4 《Dark Confidant》
2 《Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet》

-Creatures (11)-
4 《Lightning Bolt》
4 《Inquisition of Kozilek》
3 《Thoughtseize》
4 《Terminate》
1 《Collective Brutality》
4 《Blood Moon》
4 《Liliana of the Veil》
2 《Chandra, Pyromaster》

-Spells (26)-
3 《Collective Brutality》
2 《Ancient Grudge》
2 《Rakdos Charm》
2 《Grafdigger's Cage》
1 《Thragtusk》
1 《Anger of the Gods》
1 《Kolaghan's Command》
1 《Shatterstorm》
1 《Engineered Explosives》
1 《Nihil Spellbomb》

-Sideboards (15)-
hareruya


Chandra gives you great card advantage, deals with 《Lingering Souls》 or 《Young Pyromancer》 tokens and it is easy to cast after Blood Moon. An opening hand with 《Inquisition of Kozilek》 or 《Thoughtseize》 is so good when followed up with a 《Dark Confidant》, Liliana or Blood Moon, so I’m up to playing 7 discard spells main now. 《Collective Brutality》 is mostly used for removal and/or as discard, you can also cycle your 《Blood Moon》 or extra lands with it.

Keep an eye out for the new Chandra, since it will most likely be a great card for the deck.



Filigree Familiar might also end up being a good sideboard card against burn decks, 《Etched Champion》 or even in grindy mirror matches.



Here’s are a few screenshots showcasing how ridiculous《Blood Moon》 is versus unprepared opponents.







You can also find the decktech Raphael Levy and I did for official Coverage here:
GPLille Coverage: Jund Moon decktech

I hope you will enjoy this deck in your future tournaments as much as I did at GP Lille.

Jeremy Dezani

Cards found in the Article

Chandra, Torch of Defiance


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