Jund in Explorer
Explorer with Jund
This month, we’re talking about Explorer again, since the Qualifier will be in this format, which still has several possibilities.
The deck I wanted to talk about today is Jund Sacrifice, a strategy that is far from new, but that still needs to be addressed more in the format.
Jund Sacrifice has been one of Pioneer’s main strategies and when Explorer was announced it was obvious that it would also appear in the format, because it is one of the deck cases that “exported” everything from one format to another.
In a previous article I talked about Jund, but the list I posted was based on Karn, the Great Creator, maindeck to have quick access to grave haters and Grafdigger’s Cage, with Winota’s banishment I changed the list, but I still bet on planeswalker to hold decks with Greasefang, Okiba Boss. However, we have seen a move to Rakdos Midrange, 5c Niv and unfair decks, with Fires of Invention and Tranmogrify effects, than to bring vehicles from the graveyard. In this scenario, I have preferred to go back to the traditional list with Korvold, Fae-Cursed King and card advantage fight.
In addition to the card advantage, Korvold, Fae-Cursed King also gives me the possibility of making a hit kill on the opponent, it’s not uncommon to cast him and on the return attack for lethal, and I want a move like this if the format tries to play bigger, I want to take advantage of a window and attack for lethal, which a list with Karn, the Greeat Creator doesn’t allow. Because of these options and because Korvold is also a good card versus aggro, I used him again in all my Jund tests.
Another issue on this list is The Meathhook Massacre, a lot of people haven’t used main this enchantment and I understand that against midrange decks the card loses part of its appeal, but there’s still a lot of WW, Gruul and RDW in this format and I want to guarantee these matches . The Meathhook Massacre is very effective doing what it needs and there are few slots, I still have a good kit for card advantage on the G1 and the hook is not useless even against controls, where we do it to zero. The card is so good that it allows me to basically have 4 slots against aggro and be able to dedicate myself to winning other things. Important detail, I love using The Meathhook Massacre because it’s a removal that I get with Trail of Crumbs, a card that I don’t generally like versus aggros, because it’s slow and doesn’t take removals, but that improves a lot with the synergy with the hook.
On the side I have 4 slots that I change a lot depending on the metagame. At the moment these slots are Binding the Old Gods, Liliana, Dreadhorde General and Sorin the Mirthless, so I aim more to beat card advantage attrition, especially at the table. But if, for example, control becomes popular again, I’ll use Chandra, Awakened Inferno, or if decks that play unfairly become popular, I might use more discards or even Necromentia. The point is how these slots change according to the expected metagame, I’m using them focused on midranges because that’s what I’ve faced the most in the last week, but whenever you feel that something is more popular, this is where you put your work on.
At the moment, Jund is a deck that punishes smaller decks, has a good game against midranges and suffers against unfair decks. The change for this week that worries me the most would be unfair decks getting popular because they force me to play unfair too, using cards like Bola’s Citadel and a very different shell. But I like to have that possibility in Jund, to change as the field changes and adapt at all times.
Until the next article!