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.
4-0ed with Jund Aggro in Standard, I like the deck a lot. Deck name is EdelGenius. Check archives and screenshot for a list, as I am lazy.
— Michael A Jacob (@Michael_A_Jacob) January 4, 2013
Here’s the full decklist.
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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.
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
Here’s the price tag of the deck. I used the prices of a popular online store.
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Total Deck Price: $561.16
|QTY||Card Name||Avg. Price||Total Price|
|Total Deck Price:||$561.16|
|2||Pillar of Flame||$0.51||$1.02|
|4||Cavern of Souls||$23.81||$95.24|
|1||Bonfire of the Damned||$26.59||$26.59|
|3||Huntmaster of the Fells||$25.88||$77.64|
|1||Kessig Wolf Run||$1.70||$1.70|