Having a “solid” deck in Magic: The Gathering (MTG) entails a lot of different factors. With so many cards possible to choose from, many deck strategies will have their share of respective strengths and weaknesses. Therefore, having a deck competitive enough to float somewhere in the middle of the pack is hard to achieve.
However, in the Modern format, I believe Jund is the epitome of such a concept. Properly built, Jund does not necessarily have many great matchups per se, but it also does not have many awful ones as well. Its appeal stems from its versatility in dealing with just about any opposing strategy. A jack of all trades of sorts.
In other words, Jund as a whole is an excellent litmus test. I happen to playtest using a Jund proxy deck when playing with my friend.
What makes Jund so practical? Well, value comes to mind. Every card in any typical Jund list brings value to the table – both to the card table and in a literal sense. A full Jund list with real paper cards can cost you a few thousand dollars. Minimum. It is a lot of money, as just about every card is pricey.
If Jund is not going after your creatures, the deck can also attack you in other ways. Jund also has hand destruction as a weapon, card-drawing engines to sift through their deck and even a formidable creature army waiting in the wings.
Basically, Jund packs a lot of ways for playing against just about any opponent. This flexibility makes Jund a “safe” deck to run if you are willing to fork over the cash for it.
Let’s look at a Jund example played by Guillaume Perbet, who took first place at the 2016 World Magic Cup Qualifiers in France. Keep in mind many variations of Jund exist, so take this particular build as a base idea.
This deck, valued at $2,000 or so as of the time of me writing this, won first place at the 2016 World Magic Cup Qualifiers for a reason. Every card in this deck is either expensive or just incredibly powerful for its color(s). With a deck like this, you can rest assured Jund will always be a competent strategy to utilize. Its combination of high-value cards and varied ways of capably taking down almost any opponent makes it a winner.
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