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10.29.2009

Jund Aggro

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A quick review of Wizards Decks of the Week is a very decent place to start when looking for either Magic the Gathering deck ideas or to start thinking about developing an answer for these popular decks. If one were to assess the new hotness, look to the summaries of Standard on Magic Online top deck tournment returns, it becomes rapidly apparent that the deck to beat at the moment is Jund Aggro. Today, we will have a look at the common build for this deck.

For a deck list link from MTG Url, click HERE, for the analytical break-down, click HERE.

Main Deck : 60 cards

25 lands
4 Dragonskull Summit
4 Forest
2 Mountain
4 Rootbound Crag
4 Savage Lands
4 Swamp
3 Terramorphic Expanse

15 creatures
4 Bloodbraid Elf
3 Broodmate Dragon
4 Putrid Leech
4 Sprouting Thrinax

20 other spells
3 Bituminous Blast
4 Blightning
2 Garruk Wildspeaker
4 Lightning Bolt
3 Resounding Thunder
4 Terminate

15 sideboard cards
4 Duress
4 Great Sable Stag
4 Jund Charm
3 Pyroclasm

Most variants include the hasty Bloodbraid Elf which cascades nicely into Putrid Leech, Sprouting Thrinax, Blightning, Ligthning Bolt, Terminate or even a Malestrom Pulse. This is very decent by any metric you may want to use. The idea here is to obtain the best deck effeciency by tunning your deck to include a good number of two and three drop spells. Bituminous Blast also acts in the same way to cascade into pretty much everything else with the exception of Broodmate Dragon which is typically reserved as the game finisher.

The other card that really stands out in most of these builds is the Jund Charm to wipe the board of tokens and smaller critters. This card is most often used to pump up Putrid Leech which one could even pump yet again to handle a Baneslayer Angel if necessary.

Of note also is the inclusion within the sideboard of Great Sable Stag. This is typically reserved should you go up against a similar Jund build. This card will offer a definite advantage in a mirror match due his protection against black. One can now feel safe with the typical Jund removal and be able to effectively block Putrid Leech and the ilk.

All in all, this is a very decent deck. The drawback (for very many of us) is that this is no budget deck which comprises the meat 'n' potatoes of the casual kitchen / FNM Magic that this blog is dedicated to. Expect to pay in excess of $300 were you to buy all of these cards as singles.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

$300 is far too much for that deck, I hope that's not what it would cost you at your local store, if that's the case your getting ripped off :(

Entering the deck on BlackBorder.com it averages out to be $127.51. There are only 17 rares in the maindeck and sideboard combined so even $127 is a bit on the high end. I'd say this deck shouldn't cost more than $80 for a someone who is frugal with their magic budget.

Robb said...

i hate hate hate jund aggro.

i long for the day a deck beats jund aggro

Erock B said...

I am also not a fan of Jund aggro. It does not help that everyone and there mom plays this deck. At the local Zen game day 4 out of the 5 matches were Jund Aggro with almost this exact build. Gets kind of old. Were is the originality at?

DivisionbyZer0 said...

White-blue-green with vedalken outlander, mindbreak trap, white knight, and the wg 2/2 pro black from conflux should be able to beat this deck consistently, but will it be able to beat anything else? If you don''t like green go red and use swerve and double negative ;)

Go ahead, try something new and "Creative", and see how well you do.

People play variations of the same deck because too much creativity and straying from the archetypes loses games, unless you happen to be exceptional and deck construction and deck concepts. This deck is popular because it is easy, fun, and cascading into blightning annoys people like nothing else. I play this deck with maybe 6 card slots being different (nyxathid, pulse, and on occasion lord of extinction) because I refuse to netdeck, and I rarely do better than 3/2.

I usually get beat by netdecked white weenie and netdecked vampires.