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The strategy as old as the format itself is back for more with some new toys and favorable position in the metagame despite Primeval TitanPrimeval Titan strategies being stronger than ever. How can it be? Read on about my reasoning for picking up the deck, explanation of the less obvious cards in my main deck and all the sideboard cards. In part 2 you can look forward to a matchup guide for 10 of the most played decks in Modern.

Thoughtseize
Tarmogoyf
Liliana of the Veil

Prologue

Theros Beyond Death introduced a lot of tasty tools for Primeval TitanPrimeval Titan-based strategies to the format which resulted in a lot of Primeval TitanPrimeval Titans being cast and a lot of decks trying to go under the dreadful Giant. I thought to myself, “what if I can play a deck that is favored against the rest and sideboard my way out of Primeval TitanPrimeval Titan matchups”, and next thing I knew I was sleeving up good ol’ Jund Midrange. I felt an excitement I hadn’t felt in a long time, and honestly I think Wizards of the Coast did an awesome job with the banlist, but that’s a talk for another day. I know you’re here for the Jundy stuff!

Scavenging Ooze

The Ooze is lose and will come in handy in attrition matchups where both players’ cards die, in matchups where the graveyard matters, and matchups where your life total is under pressure early and often. Scavenging OozeScavenging Ooze is an attacking swiss army knife that fits the curve perfectly.

Dark Confidant

I didn’t find room for Bob Maher‘s awesome invitational card this time around. Greatness, at any cost is great and all against combo and control decks, but between being under pressure from hyper aggressive decks like Mono Red Prowess and Humans to dying to Wrenn and SixWrenn and Six in the mirror match where it used to be the MVP, it got relegated to the binder.

Assassin’s Trophy

The fact that Black-Green-based midrange ramps its opponent voluntarily says a lot about the requirement of having “hard” removal spells in Modern at the moment. Whether you need to blow up a Tron piece, Primeval TitanPrimeval Titan or all the cheaper cards that Abrupt DecayAbrupt Decay can also deal with, the Trophy is the right item for the job.

Wrenn and Six

While too powerful for Legacy where WastelandWasteland is available for recycling and puts other decks in too rough of a spot, the two-mana planeswalker is perfectly balanced for Modern. Combined with a fetchland it secures your land drop, it makes Liliana of the VeilLiliana of the Veil asymmetrical and is even a card draw engine with Barren MoorBarren Moor and Nurturing PeatlandNurturing Peatland. In matchups where the ping ability is less relevant, I like sideboarding out a single copy since drawing multiples doesn’t accomplish much.

Sideboard

Fulminator Mage

Traditionally, I’ve loved four copies of Fulminator MageFulminator Mage because of its obvious utility against big mana decks like Tron and Amulet Titan which are both bad matchups, but also because it was fine against Control and Midrange where you sometimes want to keep it around for attacking or blocking before blowing up a land. It’s also playable as a removal spell for Inkmoth NexusInkmoth Nexus against Infect. However, Veil of SummerVeil of Summer made some clever people play a split with the following card, and I like that a lot.

Stone Rain
Stone RainStone Rain is basically a less flexible Fulminator MageFulminator Mage that doesn’t get hit by Veil of SummerVeil of Summer with the little added bonus that you can destroy opposing basic lands in a Blood MoonBlood Moon matchup.

Ashiok, Dream Render

With Primeval TitanPrimeval Titan-strategies being the decks to beat in Modern right now, it makes a ton of sense that shutting off the opponent’s ability to search their library is powerful. Ashiok even doubles as graveyard hate and stops Gifts UngivenGifts Ungiven completely out of Storm. Be careful of ticking it down without a purpose.

Plague Engineer

Another sweet addition from Modern Horizons which helps out in various niche spots aside from the Humans matchup where it’s absolutely bonkers. Lingering SoulsLingering Souls, Empty the WarrensEmpty the Warrens and Seasoned PyromancerSeasoned Pyromancer are all great cards against a 1-for-1 strategy like Jund, and Plague EngineerPlague Engineer is conveniently a great answer.

Grafdigger’s Cage

I debated a lot about the choice of graveyard hate, but I ended up with the card that also stops NeoformNeoform from searching up a GriselbrandGriselbrand. Nihil SpellbombNihil Spellbomb will come in for more matchups, but sometimes let the Dredge opponent rebuild again and doesn’t do anything against NeoformNeoform.

Damping Sphere

A little anti-synergy with Bloodbraid ElfBloodbraid Elf in exchange for a powerful hate card against big mana decks to supplement the land destruction. I decided to load the sideboard with anti-land cards to make up for the bad game one against those decks, which is necessary to justify playing Jund in this metagame. I like that it costs two mana, so sequences like ThoughtseizeThoughtseize, Damping SphereDamping Sphere, Liliana of the VeilLiliana of the Veil are possible.

Huntmaster of the Fells
Collective Brutality
Kitchen Finks

To round out the sideboard I knew I wanted three cards to help against Mono Red Prowess that all contributed to different matchups as well. Huntmaster of the FellsHuntmaster of the Fells and Kitchen FinksKitchen Finks are great in the mirror match and other grindy matchups where Collective BrutalityCollective Brutality is good against spell-based combo and Collected CompanyCollected Company decks. I have been dropping a few matches to Red Prowess lately, so maybe lifegain card number four will find its way back to my sideboard in the future.

Jund Midrange by Andreas Petersen

Lands (24)
Blackcleave Cliffs
Stomping Ground
Bloodstained Mire
Overgrown Tomb
Mountain
Nurturing Peatland
Raging Ravine
Swamp
Barren Moor
Blood Crypt
Verdant Catacombs
Wooded Foothills
Forest

Creatures (11)
Bloodbraid Elf
Scavenging Ooze
Tarmogoyf

Spells (25)
Assassin’s Trophy
Fatal Push
Inquisition of Kozilek
Kolaghan’s Command
Liliana of the Veil
Maelstrom Pulse
Lightning Bolt
Wrenn and Six
Thoughtseize
Sideboard (15)
Ashiok, Dream Render
Collective Brutality
Huntmaster of the Fells
Fulminator Mage
Damping Sphere
Kitchen Finks
Plague Engineer
Grafdigger’s Cage
Stone Rain

 

Thank you for reading this far, and I hope you look forward to the upcoming matchup guide as much as I do!

Andreas Petersen

Andreas Petersen

Andreas is probably better known as "ecobaronen" on MTGO. After 2nd place of Team Trios #GPMadrid playing Modern he's heading to his second Pro Tour in Minneapolis this year. Andreas has an opinion about every constructed format except Standard.