Standard Jund Midrange Deck Guide: The Hero Standard Needs
Hello Planeswalkers, I am The MTG Hero, and I love me some grindy Jund goodness. Seriously, is there any color combination better or more infamous than Jund (black, red, and green)? I don’t think so, and that’s what we are going to cover today! Now, Jund in standard is nothing new. Players have been jamming different builds of it for a while but no one has sat down to really break down to find the “best build” which Is what I am going to do in this article.
I have played this deck for a long time in standard, and it has become my “try hard” deck. It just does everything I want and can play its way out of most situations. I have played this deck to mythic, went 5-X several times in Traditional Standard Events and recently I played the deck to an undefeated run in the Decathlon event! So, I think highly of this deck and truly believe I have found the correct 75 for current standard.
So Why Jund?
So, what separates Jund from other creature decks like Mono Green and Mono White, Jund can break through board stalls. Goldspan Dragon and Immersturm Predator have flying which allows you to get over the two big aggro decks.
Reckless Stormseeker and Halana and Alena, Partners make our creatures bigger and give them haste so they can get to work immediately and pressure. Halana permanently makes our smaller creatures into big threats, which is important since they don’t get outclassed as the game goes on. Even a Prosperous Innkeeper essentially becomes a 3/3 for two the turn Halana comes in.
Even though it is a 3-color deck, which others have largely struggled in standard 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 gives us perfect mana most of the time.
Jund also has a real sideboard. Unlike mono colored decks, which play weaker cards like Outland Liberator and Tangletrap because they don’t have access to better cards, we get to play real cards that are targeted at taking out the big decks.
This is my current build:
Cards Not Included
This is a powerful card, but I just wouldn’t play it over anything else we have. Immersturm Predator just kind of does its job better. If you want a more diverse sideboard, it could be an option though.
Meathook is another great card but in a different deck, but we play to many creatures for it to be 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 everything else we have, and I think it is too slow for our deck and doesn’t pressure enough versus control and midrange.
Playing the Deck
Jund has the best mana acceleration in Standard by using Jaspera Sentinel with Magda, Brazen Outlaw. This curve allows us to have six mana on turn three, allowing for some insanely explosive plays. Goldspan Dragon on turn three is hard for almost any deck to beat and our gold standard of curves. Also remember that if we get five treasures in play, we can use Magda to cash them in for a dragon from our deck!
As backup 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 just be better than the opponent’s even if they have the same creatures as us.
As “alternative pay offs” to this early ramp strategy I think Immersturm Predator and Halana and Alena, Partners are fantastic. Predator is very hard to deal with and only grows as the game goes on, while Halana and Alena boost even our smallest creatures up into powerful threats. Both cards can be ramped out on turn three easily. They also pair nicely with Kalain, since she will give the counters to Halana and Alena, which allows them to boost our creatures more.
Immersturm Predator also has a nice interaction with Jaspera Sentinel. If you don’t have a good attack with it, you can always tap it to Jaspera Sentinel for mana. This also allows the Predator to exile cards from the opponent’s grave and grow safely while you bid your time for an attack and accelerating our mana.
But even if we don’t have the insane godly curve, we need a reliable strategy, and this is where Reckless Stormseeker and Esika's Chariot comes in. Chariot pairs perfectly with Halana and Stormseeker since it can immediately be crewed and given haste to start pressuring the opponent.
Chariot can also make copies of treasures, which can be beneficial in setting up explosive plays. While Innkeeper and Chariot is a fantastic source of incremental life gain. This allows Jund to effectively race aggro decks in a pinch.
You can tune the sideboard 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 sideboard to beat the big dogs of standard.
Midrange / Control
|+4 Duress||-4 Jaspera Sentinel|
|+3 Go Blank||-1 Magda, Brazen Outlaw|
|+2 Wrenn and Seven||-4 Prosperous Innkeeper|
Tips and Tricks
- You can tap Immersturm Predator with Jaspera Sentinel when you don’t have a good attack to produce mana and grow Predator for free.
- Esika's Chariot can make copies of treasure tokens in a pinch.
- If you control Reckless Stormseeker and Halana and Alena, Partners be sure to layer their effects appropriately to get the most damage since Halana’s ability is based on their power which Stormseeker increases.
- Don’t forget that Magda, Brazen Outlaw can sacrifice five treasures to search out one of our dragons.
This is my favorite deck to play in a real meta scenario and one of the only standard decks that I have built for paper tournaments. It does everything you want in a good midrange deck by going over the aggro decks and getting under the control decks. If you like grindy aggressively slanted goodness, then this deck is for you, and I can’t recommend it more. Until next time Planeswalkers, Hero out!