Abzan vs Jund

Well I am back again with my latest article. I am going to break down two decks that has become among the most recognized decks within the modern format. The two I will be looking over is none other than Jund and Junk, Abzan for the newer players. Both decks run a Green, Black, X color scheme for Jund the third color is Red, while Junk’s third color is White. Both are a green, black shell how different can they be in the metagame?

So I am going to start one deck at a time and post some recently winning decks from events.

Jund by Alex Smith
1st SCG IQ at Arvada

Creatures (14)
1x Grim Lavamancer
4x Dark Confidant
2x Scavenging Ooze
4x Tarmogoyf
2x Kitchen Finks
1x Huntmaster of the Fells

Planeswalkers (4)
3x Liliana of the Veil
1x Liliana, the Last Hope

Spells (18)
4x Lightning Bolt
4x Inquisition of Kozilek
2x Thoughtseize
2x Abrupt Decay
1x Collective Brutality
3x Terminate
1x Kolaghan’s Command
1x Maelstrom Pulse

Lands (24)
4x Blackcleave Cliffs
1x Blood Crypt
3x Bloodstained Mire
1x Forest
2x Overgrown Tomb
4x Raging Ravine
1x Stomping Ground
2x Swamp
1x Twilight Mire
4x Verdant Catacombs
1x Wooded Foothills

Sideboard (15)
1x Engineered Explosives
1x Duress
1x Grim Lavamancer
1x Thoughtseize
2x Ancient Grudge
1x Collective Brutality
2x Anger of the Gods
2x Fulminator Mage
1x Liliana, the Last Hope
1x Chandra, Torch of Defiance
2x Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet

Dredge – 9.63%
Affinity – 9.07%
Infect – 6.30%
Bant Eldrazi – 5.19%
Naya Burn – 5%
Grixis Delver – 2.96%
Suicide Bloo – 2.59%
Merfolk – 2.22%
Eldrazi & Taxes – 2.04%Midrange
Jund – 5.37%
Abzan – 3.52%

Control
G/R Tron – 3.33%

Combo
Titan Shift – 2.78%

As you can tell nine of thirteen decks are aggro. Eight of them do a massive amount of damage to your life points and with the efficient life gain and spot removal that Junk offers where Jund only offers spot removal I have to say that Junk is similar but a better deck within this metagame. Perhaps once Kaladesh settles down and even the new set is released perhaps the meta will slow enough to put Jund back where I think it can be a better deck than Junk; however, I don’t even see this happening until they unban Bloodbraid Elf.

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