Jund Aggro Deck from a Jund Master

January 7, 2013 | Posted by Dee

Last month, Willy Edel won the Modern Grand Prix in Toronto with an innovative Jund deck. This past weekend, Paul Morelli got top eight at the Starcitygames Legacy Open in Columbus with a Jund deck designed by Willy.

Because of these top finishes, I was intrigued when Willy built a Jund Aggro deck, this time for Standard. He definitely seemed to understand the black/red/green color combination pretty well.

Michael Jacob, another pro, picked up the Standard deck and gave it his recommendation on Twitter after going undefeated in a Daily Event on Magic Online.

Here’s the full decklist.

Jund Aggro
Creatures (27)
Spells (9)
Lands (24)
Sideboard (15)

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Deck Analysis

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The strength of this deck lies in its flexibility. With cards like Hellrider and Gravecrawler, it definitely wants to attack like an aggro deck.

But it can also morph into a midrange deck after sideboard to gain an edge over other aggro decks. Huntmaster of the Fells, Olivia Voldaren, and Vampire Nighthawk are solid anti-aggro cards for game two and three.

Also, in the main deck, you’ve got Lotleth Troll and Thrill-Kill Assassin, creatures that are good at playing offense and defense.

Lotleth Troll has regeneration so he’s a good ground blocker. Thrill-Kill Assassin has deathtouch. As a blocker, she can trade with Loxodon Smiter and Geist of Saint Traft.

She makes the deck over Knight of Infamy for several reasons. First, when you unleash her, she survives Pillar of Flame. This burn spell is everywhere.

Second, there’s been an influx of blue/white/red decks that sideboard Izzet Staticaster. That creature destroys Knight of Infamy because he only has one toughness.

Third, Thrill-Kill Assassin is not that much worse against white creatures. For example, as an attacker, she trades with Restoration Angel.

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If you play an aggro deck with black, I would try her out. She may not look that powerful, but she’s actually a solid role player.

By going with three colors, Willy moved away from Geralf’s Messenger. The Zombie is not as good these days because of Pillar of Flame. This deck definitely wants to beat that burn spell. All the creatures that cost two or three mana are better against Pillar of Flame than Geralf’s Messenger.

Also, the Zombie is often a liability against super fast aggro decks because he enters the battlefield tapped so he can’t block right away.

Also, three colors gives you access to more tools against control. Rakdos’s Return is a good answer to card draw spells while Golgari Charm is an excellent response to Supreme Verdict.

Sideboarding can be tricky with a deck that can morph into a different one. Fortunately, I found some sideboard tips from Willy’s Twitter.

For midrange and control matchups, you should bring in Rakdos’s Return and Kessig Wolf Run and cut removal spells.

Don’t go under 24 creatures. You want a lot of creatures to keep the pressure up. Plus, Lotleth Troll, Dreg Mangler, and Hellrider are better with a lot of creatures.

When you morph into a midrange deck to beat aggro, take out the Gravecrawlers. I’ve been taking out Hellriders too.

Deck Price Tag

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Total Deck Price: $561.16

QTYCard NameAvg. PriceTotal Price
Total Deck Price:$561.16
 
4Gravecrawler$9.15$36.60
3Deathrite Shaman$12.46$37.38
4Thrill-Kill Assassin$0.21$0.84
4Lotleth Troll$3.20$12.80
3Dreg Mangler$0.47$1.41
3Vampire Nighthawk$0.84$2.52
4Hellrider$9.17$36.68
2Thundermaw Hellkite$37.74$75.48
 
2Pillar of Flame$0.51$1.02
1Tragic Slip$0.59$0.59
3Searing Spear$0.43$1.29
2Ultimate Price$0.47$0.94
1Mizzium Mortars$1.89$1.89
 
4Cavern of Souls$23.81$95.24
4Blood Crypt$9.46$37.84
4Dragonskull Summit$3.75$15.00
4Rootbound Crag$2.78$11.12
4Overgrown Tomb$10.27$41.08
1Woodland Cemetery$9.17$9.17
2Mountain$0.00$0.00
1Swamp$0.00$0.00
 
1Bonfire of the Damned$26.59$26.59
1Mizzium Mortars$1.89$1.89
1Vampire Nighthawk$0.84$0.84
3Huntmaster of the Fells$25.88$77.64
2Tragic Slip$0.59$1.18
1Olivia Voldaren$13.75$13.75
3Rakdos's Return$5.96$17.88
1Kessig Wolf Run$1.70$1.70
2Golgari Charm$0.40$0.80
 

10 Responses to “Jund Aggro Deck from a Jund Master”

  1. Rob on January 8th, 2013 2:06 pm

    Building this for FNM this week.

  2. Dee on January 8th, 2013 2:58 pm

    Cool! Good luck. :)

    Let us know how it goes.

  3. Christian on January 11th, 2013 7:53 am

    Hey Dee! Saw you great post and just had to try out this deck list. Threw it together for some thursday night magic,

    Some points I found,

    - its not as explosive as my BR or RB list, but it is grindier as you have things like deathtouch, regen.
    - the land base seems more consistent with the 3rd color. No guildgates like BR.
    - I missed messenger and falkenrath, but having 4 hellriders main is nice

    I went 3-1 losing to the very tough Naya Humans list. Any recommendations? Post sideboard it still gets chewed up by it.

  4. Dee on January 11th, 2013 12:29 pm

    Hey Christian, thanks for the comment and congrats on a solid finish. :)

    How did you sideboard against Naya Humans?

  5. Tom on January 12th, 2013 6:07 pm

    Hey Dee i used the deck at FNM and went 4-0 beating 1 bant,1 junk tokens and 2 b/r zombies.

    The side deck is amazing and i love the way it converts to midrange vs aggro decks but today I found out that the deck has a bad matchup vs naya and other midrange decks(went 3-1 at locals lost to naya 2-0).Also i dont thing that sideing out the removal spells is the right way against them cause you need them to take care the threats since your opponent wants to have field advantage to beat you(either with thragtusks or huntmasters+restorations).Again i might be wrong just pointing out what i got from my games and playtests i did after the tournaments

    Again a great deck, i really love and i think i am going to run it next week at a GPT

  6. Dee on January 12th, 2013 7:00 pm

    Congrats, Tom!

    You’re probably right about sideboarding against midrange. Many of them can almost function as aggro decks so Rakdos’s Return might not be good enough.

    Against the slower midrange decks (like Jund), the X-Spell still seems good though.

  7. Tom on January 12th, 2013 7:10 pm

    Yeah rakdos’s return is nuts against jund and very good vs naya but i think the best side board card against it is bonfire and would like to add 2 more copies to the side board.

    What do u think about it?

  8. Dee on January 12th, 2013 8:15 pm

    That seems good. Olivia Voldaren might work too, I think.

  9. Christian on January 16th, 2013 12:16 pm

    Against humans I sided out hellriders and gravecrawlers for removal, bonfire, huntmasters and olivia

    After further testing olivia seems like an allstar out of the sideboard, I would also like to include a second olivia to increase the chance I will see her game 2/3

  10. Dee on January 16th, 2013 12:56 pm

    That seems good. I would bring in Vampire Nighthawk too. Human Frailty might be a decent option.