Jund Sacrifice is Back

Matias Leveratto

Matias Leveratto

(Editor’s Note: this article was written before the statement was announced.)

Introduction

Guess who’s back, back again.

Jund’s back, tell a friend.

Hello fellow Magicians around the world. Are you bored with the current state of Standard? Are you tired of seeing 《Yorion, Sky Nomad》 everywhere? 《Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast》 frustrated you so many times that you even considered playing it? 《Obosh, the Preypiercer》 doesn’t really fit your playstyle? Well, I am happy to bring you today a deck that I think is very well positioned in the current metagame while also being powerful and fun =)

Cauldron FamiliarGilded GooseMayhem DevilWitch's Oven

Jund! Yes, it’s back. It’s been a while since it was dominating the format, and now might be a perfect moment for it to shine again. First of all, credit where credit’s due, Yuuki Ichikawa (@serra2020) was the one that brought it back. He crushed day 1 of the Red Bull Untapped tournament playing the deck and lost in a very close semifinals of that tournament. After watching some of his games I was ready to try his list.

Decklist

Enough talk. Here is the decklist he registered:

The week prior to this tournament, I was also playing a very different Jund build, finding some success on ladder, but despite the good results I kinda felt that something was missing, deck was lacking consistency. I didn’t have time to put into the deck so I abandoned that ship.

Here is what I was playing:

I like Yuuki’s version a lot more. He managed to combine the solid grindy parts of the old Jund with some metagame adjustment and powerful finishers. The deck has some particular choices that make more sense once you play with them and discover all the little synergies.

New Additions to Old Jund Builds

《Priest of Forgotten Gods》

Priest of Forgotten Gods

This is a card that was not used in Jund decks in the past, and makes a lot of sense now. She works very well with 《Claim the Firstborn》, has a great buddy in 《Woe Strider》 and the most powerful thing she can do: letting you ramp to a turn 4 《Bolas’s Citadel》!

《Claim the Firstborn》

Claim the Firstborn

Having 3 sacrifice outlets in the shape of 《Priest of Forgotten Gods》, 《Woe Strider》 and 《Witch’s Oven》 is key for this card to be playable in the deck. Killing a creature for just 1 mana while attacking and also getting a food token, or a scry, or a Priest activation is very powerful. Even though, it’s true that it doesn’t shine in every matchup, more often than not you will be glad to have it in hand.

《Woe Strider》

Woe Strider

A great role player. It works well with almost every card in the deck.

《Bolas’s Citadel》

Bolas's Citadel

When I first saw the list, I was a little bit skeptical of this one, but everything changed when I played it. It’s amazing. It can win you games on the spot that you wouldn’t have won any other way.

What you are trying to do is assemble a board with 10 nonland permanents including 《Mayhem Devil》 to deal 20 damage (10 from Citadel – 10 from Devil’s ability). It’s easier than it looks like, I promise. Keep in mind that once you have Citadel in play, you have cards like 《Woe Strider》, 《Fabled Passage》 and 《Trail of Crumbs》 to help you not stumble finding multiple lands on the top of your deck.

Tips and Tricks

This deck might not be the easiest to play, but it only demands some testing and knowing very well the interaction between your cards. I will give you some tips that might come in handy if it’s your first time playing the deck:

Sideboard Guide

As always, I want to say that I’m not a big fan of sideboard guides. I think that they should be used only as a first approach but are not set in stone. The most important thing is to learn which’s your role in each matchup and then adjust it as you feel comfortable.

Lukka Yorion

Against Lukka Yorion

Out

Claim the Firstborn Claim the Firstborn Claim the Firstborn Claim the Firstborn
Priest of Forgotten Gods Priest of Forgotten Gods

In

Duress Duress Duress Duress
Embereth Shieldbreaker Embereth Shieldbreaker

Mono-Red Obosh

Against Mono-Red Obosh

Out

Bolas's Citadel Bolas's Citadel Bolas's Citadel
Migration Path Trail of Crumbs

In

Scorching Dragonfire Scorching Dragonfire Scorching Dragonfire
Massacre Girl Massacre Girl

Boros Cycling

Against Boros Cycling

Out

Bolas's Citadel Bolas's Citadel Bolas's Citadel
Migration Path Trail of Crumbs

In

Scorching Dragonfire Scorching Dragonfire Scorching Dragonfire
Soul-Guide Lantern Soul-Guide Lantern

Bant Yorion

Against Bant Yorion

Out

Claim the Firstborn Claim the Firstborn Claim the Firstborn Claim the Firstborn
Priest of Forgotten Gods Priest of Forgotten Gods

In

Duress Duress Duress Duress
Cindervines Cindervines

Temur Reclamation

Against Temur Reclamation

Out

Claim the Firstborn Claim the Firstborn Priest of Forgotten Gods Priest of Forgotten Gods
Bolas's Citadel Migration Path

In

Duress Duress Duress Duress
Cindervines Cindervines

RB Sacrifice

Against RB Sacrifice

Out

Bolas's Citadel Bolas's Citadel Bolas's Citadel
Migration Path Trail of Crumbs

In

Scorching Dragonfire Scorching Dragonfire Scorching Dragonfire
Massacre Girl Massacre Girl

Conclusion

Hope you find the article useful. I am more than happy to receive feedback, so don’t be shy and let me know your thoughts.

Thanks for reading =)

Mati <3 (Twitter / Twitch)

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Matias Leveratto

Matias Leveratto Matias Leveratto is a veteran player from Argentina. He quit Pro Magic in 2012 but finally returned and his re-debut was insanely great. When he won two qualifiers in succession, he got a chance to compete in the highest level tournaments and he didn't miss it. At the Mythic Championship III he chose Simic Nexus as his weapon to battle against the very best players from all over the world and his trusty deck and skill just crushed EVERYTHING. Now he is a Mythic Championship winner and one of the remarkable player in the game. Read more articles by Matias Leveratto