What an absolutely wild week for Modern. Playing with Bloodbraid Elf and Jace, the Mind Sculptor legal has been incredibly exciting and exhausting. With so many shells to try, and so many changes in deck-building philosophy (particularly for control decks) I feel like I'll never have enough time to explore all the avenues! Today's Blue Moon list comes largely from the core of a 6-2 finish of MTGO user Gul_Dukat in the most recent Modern Challenge. Jace, of course, is the obvious addition to the archetype, but other innovations are present. Most importantly, in my opinion, is the implementation of four Disrupting Shoal.
When I first heard the rumblings of Shoal being used after the Jace unban, my initial impression was that it would be a trap. Nothing impressive, too restrictive, and altogether too cute. After my twenty or so matches with the card, I am incredibly impressed. I have been happy with it in nearly every matchup (GBx being the exception) and it has always overperformed. Whether it was countering a lethal Scapeshift, a turn-one Cranial Plating (I was on the draw), or helping me win early counter wars against Storm, it was outstanding.
I'm not sure that this Blood Moon shell is the best way to move forward with a Jace/Shoal list, but it is certainly a good starting point. Shoal decks are looking for a few important things:
- They incentivize tapping out for impactful threats.
- They require a heavy blue card count.
- They reward a variety of blue converted mana costs (low to the curve).
It may just be me (I'm a bit biased here), but this sounds excellent for UW. Originally after the Jace unban, I became concerned about the future of UW Control because of its relative lack of ability to deal with Jace efficiently in pseudo-mirrors. UW lists will always be lighter on countermagic, and without Lightning Bolt, it is difficult to have a clean answer to a resolved Jace. Now that I've been shown the truth that is Disrupting Shoal, I'm very curious to find if it can help solve some of these issues in the mirror.
This entire write-up became essentially about Disrupting Shoal (and less about Blue Moon in general) but it was hard to avoid! I'm genuinely excited about the future of the card in the format moving forward and I'm going to be testing a lot of shells with it. Enough about that though, you came here to see some games with Blue Moon!
I hope you enjoy the matches and, as usual, I'm interested to hear what kind of content you'd like to see moving forward, so I can continue to evolve and improve my videos. Please let me know your thoughts, and any improvements you would like to see concerning formatting, presentation, or whatever else strikes your fancy. If you'd like to see similar content, check out my Twitch channel for some more live Modern!