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About Sacrifice In Explorer


Lets talk about Sacrifice in Explorer

In between testing for the New Capenna Set Championship I’ve been playing around a lot of the new MTG Arena format Explorer. I generally tend to play random decks that I have fun with and over try harding with archetypes I know inside and out as I don’t want to fry my brain and just have some fun. With the Explorer Challenge this past weekend I have seen lots of people post decklists about Rakdos Sacrifice and Jund Sacrifice, I love the sacrifice archetype so seeing these decks both do well makes me happy and really excited for what the future of the format has in store but let’s talk about one of the most common question I’ve seen running around the community and question I got asked personally a bunch as well. 

Which Build of Sacrifice is the better build? 

Short Answer Jund, Long answer actually Rakdos but lets actually talk about why I’m giving you two different answers 
Well lets go over the decks shall we?

Jund Sac:

Deck (60)
Cauldron Familiar
Gilded Goose
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King
Mayhem Devil
Deadly Dispute
Fatal Push
Oni-Cult Anvil
Witch’s Oven
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker
Trail of Crumbs
Blightstep Pathway
Blood Crypt
Boseiju, Who Endures
Cragcrown Pathway
Darkbore Pathway
Forest
Overgrown Tomb
Stomping Ground
Ziatora’s Proving Ground
Sideboard (15)
Boseiju, Who Endures
Jegantha, the Wellspring
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King
Noxious Grasp
Ray of Enfeeblement
Riveteers Charm
Soul-Guide Lantern
Thoughtseize

Jund Sac is one of the standard decks out there, this list I took from TheNerdySteve and then I moved some cards around to what I think would be best. This deck is very solid and is best at making the game go long. Since we were a Jund deck we force the game to slow down so were in a great position almost every time.

Rakdos Sac:

Deck (60)
Ob Nixilis, the Adversary
Cauldron Familiar
Kroxa, Titan of Death’s Hunger
Mayhem Devil
Unlucky Witness
Thoughtseize
Deadly Dispute
Fatal Push
Experimental Synthesizer
Oni-Cult Anvil
Witch’s Oven
Blightstep Pathway
Blood Crypt
Castle Locthwain
Den of the Bugbear
Fabled Passage
Haunted Ridge
Hive of the Eye Tyrant
Mountain
Swamp
Sideboard (15)
Abrade
Claim the Firstborn
Duress
Legion’s End
Soul-Guide Lantern
The Meathook Massacre
Voltage Surge

The Rakdos deck here is going slightly more low to the ground, Unlike the jund build it has space to run a more low curve while also adding more utility/hand disruption main unlike its jund counterpart. This deck also gets to run the new hotness Ob Nixilis, the Adversary which combo’s very well with Mayhem devil. I took this list from twitter and changed around the mana base and changed some of the SB cards and I think this is where I would start with this list. This deck can go fast and generally has a better time finishing a game quickly. 

So why the different answers? 

The reason I give two different answers is for a simple reason, they are both good in different areas over each other. I say jund is better overall because Jund has more utility options being three colour and has a higher chance of winning in the mirror. While Rakods is faster it will often lose in the mirror since it can’t outvalue a trail of crumbs or a Korvold, Fae-Cursed King so it’s only option is to try and outrace the jund deck or try to get cute with a Claim the first born. Rakdos however is much better in an open field such as the ladder since the ladder rewards playing more aggressively over being controlling. If you were to play in a tournament however I would play the Jund deck as it has a higher chance of performing against more controlling decks and can fight a much more refined field. When you’re in a tournament you’re playing against players who have spent a lot of time on their specific choice of deck and actually practicing with them over players who are on the ladder just playing whatever. So for those reasons I would play jund over rakdos in a tournament setting but at the same time I would play Rakdos on the ladder. 

I could and can go a LOT more deeper into the nitty gritty of these two decks but I’ll save that talk for another day. I have to get back to testing so I’ll see you all next week as always check out my socials for more of my content in the future.



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