Standard Hero Needs • Standard • MTG Arena Zone
Hi Planeswalkers, I’m the hero of MTG, and I love Jund’s grumpy goodness. Seriously, is there a better or more infamous color combination than Jund (black, red, and green)? I don’t think so, and that’s what we’ll cover today! Now, Jund as standard is nothing new. Players have been scrambling different versions of this one for a while, but no one has sat down to really break down to find the “best version,” which I will be doing in this article.
I played this deck for a long time as standard, and it became my “try hard” deck. He does whatever I want and can get out of most situations. I have played this deck at Mythic, have been to traditional standard events 5 times multiple times and recently played the deck at an unbeaten race in the Decathlon event! So I think highly of this deck and really believe I found the correct 75 for the current standard.
So why Jund?
So, which separates Jund from other creature decks like Mono Green and Mono White, Jund can break through the stalls on the board. Goldspan Dragon and Immersturm Predator have piloting that allows you to go over the two big aggro decks.
Reckless Stormseeker and Halana and Alena, Partners make our creatures bigger and make them rush so they can get down to business immediately and put pressure on them. Halana is constantly transforming our little creatures into big threats, which is important because they are not outscored as the game progresses. Even a successful innkeeper essentially becomes a 3/3 for two around Halana’s turn.
Even though this is a 3-color deck, which others have largely struggled with due to the stress and pressure applied by other decks, ours has fantastic mana. Jaspera Sentinel and Treasures from Magda, Brazen Outlaw, Prosperous Innkeeper and Kalain, Reclusive Painter give us perfect mana most of the time.
Jund also has a real buffet. Unlike monochrome decks, which play weaker cards like Outland Liberator and Tangletrap because they don’t have access to better cards, we play real cards that aim to take out big decks.
Here is my current version:
55.2% of overall winning rate
3.06% metagame share
by hero MTG
Cards not included
It’s a powerful card, but I just wouldn’t play it on any other card we have. Immersturm Predator somehow does its job better. If you want a more diverse buffet this might be an option though.
Meathook is another great card but in a different deck, but we play with a lot of creatures to get her at full power. If we want a sweeper, we have access to Cinderclasm.
If I played 61 cards, this would be it. It’s just weaker than anything else we’ve got, and I think it’s too slow for our deck and doesn’t put enough pressure on the control and mids.
Play the bridge
Jund has the best mana boost in Standard using Jaspera Sentinel with Magda, Brazen Outlaw. This curve allows us to have six mana on turn three, which allows for incredibly explosive games. Goldspan Dragon on turn three is hard to beat for almost any deck and our gold standard of curves. Also, don’t forget that if we get five treasures in-game, we can use Magda to exchange them for a dragon from our deck!
As a save you want to play Prosperous Innkeeper and Kalain, Reclusive Painter. These creatures still allow us to have five mana on turn three, which is more than acceptable and still allows for some explosive lines. Since we have a strong treasure theme in the deck, Kalain is a natural fit allowing our creatures to be just better than the opponent’s even though they have the same creatures as us.
As an “alternative payer” to this early ramp strategy, I think Immersturm Predator and Halana and Alena partners are fantastic. Predator is very difficult to deal with and only grows larger as the game progresses, while Halana and Alena spur even our smallest creatures into powerful threats. Both cards can be easily deployed on turn three. They also pair well with Kalain, as she will give the counters to Halana and Alena, allowing them to further boost our creatures.
Immersturm Predator also has a nice interaction with Jaspera Sentinel. If you don’t have a good attack with it, you can always pair it with Jaspera Sentinel for mana. It also allows the Predator to exile cards from the opponent’s grave and grow safely while you bide your time for an attack and ramp up our mana.
But even if we don’t have the Insane Divine Curve, we do need a reliable strategy, and that’s where Reckless Stormseeker and Esika’s Chariot come in. Chariot pairs perfectly with Halana and Stormseeker as he can immediately be. piloted and in a hurry to start putting pressure on the opponent.
Chariot can also make copies of treasures, which can be useful for setting up explosive games. While the Innkeeper and the Cart are a fantastic source of extra life. This allows Jund to effectively race against aggro decks in the blink of an eye.
You can adjust the buffet to be more flexible. But I think our main plan is strong enough to beat most of the weaker decks like Zombies and Mono Red. Therefore, I donate my buffet to beat the large standard dogs.
Medium / Control
Tips and tricks
- Remember that Magda, Brazen Outlaw can sacrifice five treasures to search for one of our dragons.
It’s my favorite deck for playing in a true meta-storyline and one of the only standard decks I’ve built for paper tournaments. It does everything you want in a good midrange deck going through aggro decks and going under control decks. If you like aggressively slanted goodness then this deck is for you, and I can only recommend it more. Until next time Planeswalkers, Hero out!