Jund Aggro Deck with 4 Varolz, the Scar-Striped

May 3, 2013 | Posted by Dee

Varolz, the Scar-Striped is one of the most interesting cards in Dragon’s Maze because he has such a unique ability. His scavenge ability adds value to every creature that hits your graveyard.

In a creature-heavy deck, if he’s left unchecked, he can dominate the board by buffing your creatures with the ones that have died. By playing creatures with high power relative to their casting cost, you can make sure that Varolz’s ability adds many +1/+1 counters to your creatures at low cost.

Plus, Varolz can protect himself with regeneration so he’s very resilient compared to most other creatures.

As long as you have another creature on the board, you can count on him to survive against many removal spells including Searing Spear, Supreme Verdict, Abrupt Decay, Dreadbore, Mizzium Mortars, and Blasphemous Act.

As I was doing my strategy reading, I found a solid looking Varolz decklist by Michael Martin on Starcitygames. Check it out below.

Varolz Jund Aggro
Creatures (31)
Spells (6)
Lands (23)
Sideboard (15)

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Deck Analysis

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I like Michael’s deck because he plays over 30 creatures including 12 one-drops with two or more power. All those one-drops are great with Varolz because you increase your chances of playing him on turn four and immediately scavenging for two or more +1/+1 counters.

Vexing Devil is especially good with the Golgari champion because you can scavenge it for four +1/+1 counters for only one red mana.

Gravecrawler fits the deck well because you can keep recasting him as regeneration fodder for Varolz. Plus, he’s an excellent creature to discard to Lotleth Troll. The Zombie Troll gives you another resilient regenerator against removal. He’s a great target for scavenge because he also has trample.

Spike Jester is a new aggro card from Dragon’s Maze. He’s a solid role player as a high power haste creature for two mana.

Ghor-Clan Rampager is one of the best performing cards from Gatecrash because of its raw power and versatility. With its powerful bloodrush ability, the card is a great fit for just about any aggro deck with green and red. In this deck, you gain additional value from it after discarding it to bloodrush by scavenging it with Varolz.

Falkenrath Aristocrat gives the deck yet another creature that shrugs off removal spells that deal damage or destroy. With flying, she gives the deck a different angle of attack. An evasion creature is very relevant for ending the game quickly with Varolz’s scavenge ability.

Searing Spear is not just one of the best removal spells in the format. It is one of the best cards period. In the last four days on Magic Online, Searing Spear actually showed up more often in main decks than any other card.

The rest of the removal suite, Tragic Slip and Mark of Mutiny, are good calls because they combo with the zero mana sacrifice abilities of Falkenrath Aristocrat and Varolz. Vexing Devil also triggers morbid for cheap for Tragic Slip if your opponent chooses to make you sacrifice the 4/3.

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: $488.16

QTYCard NameAvg. PriceTotal Price
Total Deck Price:$488.16
4Vexing Devil$7.50$30.00
4Diregraf Ghoul$0.44$1.76
4Lotleth Troll$3.02$12.08
3Spike Jester$0.45$1.35
4Varolz, the Scar-Striped$5.00$20.00
4Ghor-Clan Rampager$1.14$4.56
4Falkenrath Aristocrat$18.00$72.00
1Tragic Slip$0.49$0.49
4Searing Spear$0.49$1.96
1Mark of Mutiny$0.15$0.15
4Blood Crypt$7.98$31.92
4Dragonskull Summit$3.35$13.40
4Overgrown Tomb$8.93$35.72
2Woodland Cemetery$7.75$15.50
4Stomping Ground$12.98$51.92
2Rootbound Crag$4.16$8.32
3Liliana of the Veil$45.00$135.00
1Mark of Mutiny$0.15$0.15
2Gruul Charm$0.24$0.48
3Abrupt Decay$8.75$26.25
3Tormod's Crypt$0.42$1.26

One Response to “Jund Aggro Deck with 4 Varolz, the Scar-Striped”

  1. Matt on May 6th, 2013 1:18 pm

    Slumbering Dragon is a 3/3 for 1 red. Cheap scavenge for nice payoff. Likely wont do much in play, but does provide a sac target.