Jund by mindofakid on MtGO

Creatures (13)
4 Dark Confidant
2 Grim Lavamancer
2 Scavenging Ooze
4 Tarmogoyf
1 Tireless Tracker

Non-Creature Spells (24)
4 Liliana of the Veil
4 Inquisition of Kozilek
1 Maelstrom Pulse
2 Thoughtseize
4 Fatal Push
2 Kolaghan’s Command
3 Lightning Bolt
4 Terminate

Lands (23)
4 Blackcleave Cliffs
1 Blood Crypt
3 Bloodstained Mire
1 Blooming Marsh
1 Forest
2 Overgrown Tomb
2 Raging Ravine
1 Stomping Ground
2 Swamp
4 Verdant Catacombs
2 Wooded Foothills

Sideboard (15)
1 Kolaghan’s Command
1 Maelstrom Pulse
2 Ancient Grudge
2 Anger of the Gods
2 Collective Brutality
1 Huntmaster of the Fells
1 Liliana, the Last Hope
1 Night of Souls’ Betrayal
3 Nihil Spellbomb
1 Thrun, the Last Troll

Summary

There’s a saying that frequently gets passed around in Modern, “If Jund is good, the format is healthy.” While it’s certainly an exaggeration, having a deck that’s as fair as they get being good in a format is never a bad thing. In recent times, Modern has become incredibly diverse, which has in turn limited the amount of Jund we see at the top tables. However, it may be time for the midrange menace to make a comeback.

The creature base of this deck has stayed largely the same in this new incarnation, with Dark Confidant and Tarmogoyf still the centerpieces. Dark Confidant allows this deck to churn out creatures and 1-for-1 removal spells over and over again over many turns with few negatives, thanks to this deck’s overall low curve. Tarmogoyf is the beefiest creature that 2 mana can buy in this format, especially in this deck, which loves to play all sorts of card types. Scavenging Ooze is another important creature to this deck. It grows larger and larger as the game goes on and rewards this deck for using its kill spells. Grim Lavamancer similarly is happy to eat cards from the graveyard, although it’s best suited for aggressive metagames, as the repeated activations can present huge problems for quicker, creature-based decks.

Liliana of the Veil is a crucial card to this deck’s strategy. It’s mana efficient and provides a repeatable source of creature kill while constricting the opponent’s hand. It usually demands an answer from the opponent, as the +1 ability combined with the ultimate is usually enough of an advantage to secure the game. Inquisition of Kozilek and Thoughtseize are also used in this deck as efficient ways of trading 1-for-1 with the opponent’s cards, and sets this deck up to dominate the early and mid game. These discard spells are what keeps this deck competitive in this increasingly diverse and combo-oriented format.

The main defining feature of Jund decks is their removal spells. While Lightning Bolt has seen a notable downtick in play in Modern as of late, but it’s still a valuable piece to this deck, as it’s a 1 mana removal spell that nearly always trades up in mana, something that this deck is always aiming to do. Fatal Push does a very similar job, and is the ideal card for this strategy, especially with this deck’s suite of fetchlands. Terminate, Kolaghan’s Command, and Maelstrom Pulse are the other removal spells in this deck. Terminate is a catch-all answer, Kolaghan’s Command represents a 2-for-1 whenever it is cast, and Maelstrom Pulse can hit any non-land permanent that needs to be killed, and frequently nabs multiple.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Grim Lavamancer

+1 Thoughtseize

Sideboard

-1 Maelstrom Pulse

-1 Kolaghan’s Command

+1 Liliana, the Last Hope

+1 Tireless Tracker

This is day 331 of Spellsnare.com’s 2017 Deck of the Day column, where each day we’ll feature a different Standard, Modern, or Legacy deck that caught our eye. You can read day 330 here, where we featured a Legacy Control deck that looks to be the heir to U/W Miracles’ throne.

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