Ziatora, the Incinerator Art by Chris Rahn

Standard Jund Treasures Deck Guide: Crush the Competition With This Extremely Underrated Deck

Jund Treasures hasn't seen much play, but Bohe thinks that it should see much more! Find out why Bohe believes that Jund Treasures may be the best aggro deck in Standard and why it's so well positioned!

After playing this archetype for a while, making a bold affirmation like the one in the title is not hard at all. Hello, dear readers. Continuing with the series of articles about the last New Capenna Championship led us to the deck that Chris Botelho and Autumn Burchett decided to play for a combined 10-4 record: Jund Treasures.

It’s very close to a Gruul Aggro classic build, featuring cards like the old Jaspera Sentinel, Magda, Brazen Outlaw, Goldspan Dragon, Esika's Chariot, and Prosperous Innkeeper. However, the black splash gives this deck incredible reach through the mid and late instances of the game giving us enough power so we can compete with the best midrange and late game archetypes like Esper, Grixis, or Jeskai without a problem.

Let’s find what the list has for us:

Jund Treasures
by Bohe
Standard
Aggro
best of 3
8 mythic
36 rare
4 uncommon
12 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Instants (6)
3
Voltage Surge
$0.75
1
Dragon’s Fire
$0.25
2
Riveteers Charm
$0.50
Sorceries (2)
Artifacts (4)
Enchantments (2)
2
Ranger Class
$2.58
60 Cards
$374.86
Sideboard
2
Masked Vandal
$0.98
2
Snakeskin Veil
$0.50
1
Voltage Surge
$0.25
2
Negate
$0.50
2
Infernal Grasp
$1.38
2
Riveteers Charm
$0.50
15 Cards
$5.11

There are some very interesting things about this build. First of all, its consistent. It’s clear that they want to make the deck capable of developing its plan even if we don’t have Jaspera Sentinel and/or Magda, Brazen Outlaw. Adding a pair of Goldhound and Prosperous Innkeeper let us have a creature to ramp us during the first two turns of the game most of the time.

Since we have so much ramp, we can get away with just one three mana creature. Skipping our turn three is very, very common while playing this deck thanks to the aforementioned ramping creatures. Nevertheless, Professional Face-Breaker is amazing at covering the curve. It’s aggressive thanks to its menace ability, it’s cohesive with our plan, and it also lets us make more Treasure when we deal combat damage to our opponents. Finally and most importantly, it virtually lets us draw a card for each treasure we have which is clearly a powerful ability.

Just like Professional Face-Breaker covers our turn three, Ranger Class covers our turn two. When this green enchantment was released a few months ago, it was almost everywhere. For one reason or another, its popularity fell thanks to how favored other strategies were in the recent sets. However, having the chance of playing this card once again made me realize how good it always has been.

Talking about how good Goldspan Dragon or Esika's Chariot are is probably not needed. Almost every player devoted to Standard knows the strength of these cards. The important part here is to know that Goldspan Dragon can come into play as early as turn three:

While uninterrupted, this play is most of the time enough for sealing many games on its own.

With so many treasures in our plan, playing Voltage Surge is obvious. The lists didn’t play a full set of it and decided to go for a 3-1 split with Dragon's Fire. We could deal 4 damage with Fure thanks to Goldspan Dragon however, I can say that dealing 6 thanks to Ziatora, the Incinerator has single-handedly made me win many games.

Speaking of Ziatora, the Incinerator, let’s talk about the Black cards splash. This demon dragon presses the gas to close games faster than almost every other late-game card in the format. Don’t hesitate to play it as soon as possible, one turn on the battlefield means the game is over most of the time.

Also, throwing our creatures at our opponent’s face is amazing! The damage lets us end the game most of the time, but in the case that it’s not enough, three treasures mean a Goldspan Dragon attacking next turn in case we have Magda, Brazen Outlaw, or many extra cards thanks to Professional Face-Breaker.

The other black card in our main board is Riveteers Charm. This is probably the best charm of the five we have in Streets of New Capenna. The first ability lets us get creatures like Raffine, Scheming Seer out of our way. Three more cards to play during our turn is similarly powerful as well. Finally, exiling the graveyard is very relevant in the current metagame. Having our opponent’s graveyard empty makes Lier, Disciple of the Drowned useless in the Jeskai Combo deck and getting Tenacious Underdog out of the graveyard is also always good if needed.

The two copies of Halana and Alena, Partners are a great inclusion to this archetype. This card lets us attack with our early drops buffing them and blocks amazingly well thanks to its first strike and reach. Now the best part is that even if we don’t play this creature in curve, it’s always a creature we like to draw later in the game. 6/6 Goldspan Dragons? Yes, please. Thanks to Ziatora, the Incinerator‘s ability that lets us Fling our creatures, the extra power that Halana and Alena, Partners gives to our creatures means more damage even after combat.

Playing this deck makes me remember the times when Raph Levy climbed to #1 with Gruul Aggro back in the days. The deck plays very similarly in some ways, trying to exert pressure as early as we can with creatures that surely were not planned to be played as early as this deck can.

This deck also features a Blue splash in the sideboard, just as some Gruul Aggro decks did during the last rotation of Standard, making them “Temur Aggro”. This deck is a Glint Treasures Aggro (Glint: Non-White). We are going to talk about our Blue cards later in our Sideboard Guide section.

Potential Inclusions / Notable Exclusions

Reflection of Kiki-Jiki Art by akio
Reflection of Kiki-Jiki Art by akio
  • One key removal spell not played in this deck is Flame-Blessed Bolt. This card is very good against creatures like Tenacious Underdog or Kami of Transience. Most of the time Voltage Surge deals four damage for the same amount of mana, However, the fact that Flame-Blessed Bolt exiles its target is something we could consider for adding this card to our sideboard.
  • Make Disappear keeps proving how good it is. In the beginning, I was doubtful about this card. Not because I thought it was bad, but because I think its design pushes it to certain archetypes. However, a pseudo-Mana Leak does wonders nowadays. Switching some of our sideboard counters for a pair of this card is not a crazy idea, and sacrificing one of our early drops during the mid-game is not that punishing for us, making this card even better.
  • Spell Pierce is a counter that creature decks always like to be playing. Having this card in consideration is also a good idea.
  • As incredible as it seems, this red deck is not playing Fable of the Mirror-Breaker. This red saga is almost an auto inclusion/staple in any deck that could cast it. The aggressiveness this deck is trying to present, made this card not make the cut. However, playing a full set is something that surely can’t go wrong, especially if the possibility of copying Goldspan Dragon is there.
  • Seismic Wave is a card I always like against Lolth, Spider Queen or any planeswalker that leaves tokens behind like Kaito Shizuki or The Wandering Emperor.
  • Test of Talents does wonders against Expressive Iteration decks.
  • Playing Ray of Enfeeblement could be good, nevertheless, dealing 4 damage with Voltage Surge is so common that this black card is not needed.
  • Duress and Go Blank are always good options against Blue-based decks. Going for this kind of card could make our aggressive plan stumble. Going for the same aggressive idea backed up with counter-magic for key moments is a better option for us.

Matchups and Sideboard Guide

Riveteers Charm Art by Steve Argyle
Riveteers Charm Art by Steve Argyle

Esper Midrange

InOut
+2 Snakeskin Veil-2 Prosperous Innkeeper
+1 Voltage Surge-2 Goldhound
+2 Negate-2 Ranger Class
+2 Riveteers Charm-1 Esika's Chariot

Like we said before, Riveteers Charm does wonders in this matchup. The key to playing accordingly is having 3 mana up for this card whenever we expect Raffine, Scheming Seer. If Raffine doesn’t appear, playing this card at the end of our opponent’s turn to have 3 extra cards the next turn is a good play most of the time. Getting one Tenacious Underdog with Charm is good enough too.

Snakeskin Veil is a good choice here. They tend to play high amounts of removal against aggressive decks like us.

Negate has many good targets in this matchup. Don’t play it targeting the first non-creature spell in sight with it. Countering game-changer spells like The Meathook Massacre, The Wandering Emperor, or Kaito Shizuki is the best use of this card.

Try to exert pressure and keep their Raffine back as a blocker. Don’t fear racing, you’re favored in most cases. Without a doubt, Raffine, Scheming Seer is your best target for Voltage Surge.

Grixis Midrange

InOut
+2 Snakeskin Veil-2 Goldhound
+1 Voltage Surge-2 Prosperous Innkeeper
+2 Negate-2 Ranger Class
+2 Riveteers Charm-2 Esika's Chariot
+1 Unleash the Inferno

We sideboard similarly as we do against Esper. However, against Grixis we add Unleash the Inferno. This deck plays more enchantments than Esper and getting a 2 for 1 killing Evelyn, the Covetous at the same time as a Fable of the Mirror-Breaker or The Meathook Massacre is one of our best plays.

Evelyn, the Covetous is also the reason we keep Dragon's Fire. Dealing 6 damage to her with this spell while having Ziatora, the Incinerator in our hand gets this pesky blocker out of our way.

Riveteers Charm is also great here. It not only checks Evelyn, but also any of their problematic planeswalkers like Kaito Shizuki or Lolth, Spider Queen, and gets Tenacious Underdog out of our opponent’s graveyard.

Always have The Meathook Massacre in mind and play your Negate accordingly.

Jeskai Hinata

InOut
+2 Snakeskin Veil-2 Goldhound
+1 Voltage Surge-2 Prosperous Innkeeper
+2 Negate-1 Professional Face-Breaker
+3 Disdainful Stroke-1 Dragon's Fire
-1 Goldspan Dragon
-1 Esika's Chariot

Well, believe it or not, Hinata, Dawn-Crowned is everywhere. Being more popular than Jeskai Dragon Storm made Hinata reach this sideboard guide.

The sideboard plan is very similar. Voltage Surge lets us check both Hinata, Dawn-Crowned and Goldspan Dragon alike. In this matchup, Disdainful Stroke shines lthe brightest. Countering any of these creatures on sight is a game-changer. Hinata decks also play a full set of Magma Opus, a card that even hard casting can turn the tide to their favor. Multiple Disdainful Stroke are always appreciated.

I like to keep Ranger Class here because if we manage to put two +1/+1 counters on Halana and Alena, Partners with it and/or with Snakeskin Veil, the game shifts heavily to our favor.

Boros Aggro

InOut
+1 Voltage Surge-2 Goldhound
+2 Snakeskin Veil-2 Professional Face-Breaker
+2 Infernal Grasp-1 Goldspan Dragon
+1 Unleash the Inferno-2 Ranger Class
+2 Riveteers Charm-1 Ziatora, the Incinerator

We have to identify our role in this matchup to play it correctly. They are the aggressor, period. Boros Aggro is getting more popular than Mono White or Mono Green, and there are many reasons behind it. It could exert pressure faster thanks to how many of their creatures have haste, and it doesn’t rely on putting all the eggs in the same basket as Naya Runes.

We keep Prosperous Innkeeper here because of how relevant it is to gain some life, especially when playing a pair of Infernal Grasp. Unleash the Inferno could seem like a very expensive removal for their creatures, nevertheless, we want all the removal we could afford plus they play Kumano Faces Kakkazan and tend to sideboard Showdown of the Skalds and/or Wedding Announcement if they want to go bigger. Getting a 2 for 1 out of this removal is amazing.

Even if they’re an aggro archetype, 4 Brutal Cathar, Play with Fire, Roil Eruption, and 1 Valorous Stance justify our pair of Snakeskin Veil to keep our threats around.

Tips and Tricks

Goldspan Dragon Art by Andrew Mar
Goldspan Dragon Art by Andrew Mar

End Step

Time had passed since the last time I played a Jaspera Sentinel + Magda, Brazen Outlaw + Goldspan Dragon deck. This archetype feels incredibly well-positioned against the metagame. It has a higher curve than Mono White, Mono Green, or Naya Runes which lets us fight midrange archetypes and out-power regular aggro decks. Also, in comparison with Boros Aggro (the main contender for the best aggro deck), playing four colors in such a comfortable way make us have better tools against control and combo decks like Jeskai Combo.

Until our next column, dear readers. Let me know what you think on my social media (link below) and remember; smile when your day starts. It makes the difference. ♥

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