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Jund 'Em Out


Legacy is in an interesting spot right now, given the banning of Sensei's Divining Top. In subsequent months, we’ve seen Delver of Secrets rise to its former prominence, as well as combo decks that are trying to crush all the fair attrition decks hoping to prey on Delver variants. In the middle of all this, some players are just looking to Jund their opponents out. MadMalice may have found a great build for anyone who’s looking to do just that:

Bloodbraid Elf
The core of this deck is Thoughtseize and Hymn to Tourach. You don’t have any countermagic to interact with combo decks, but you can keep them at bay just long enough to beat them down with Tarmogoyf and Grim Flayer. Similarly, you’re looking to trade resources as efficiently as possible against Delver of Secrets so you can buy enough time to leverage your more powerful spells. Thoughtseize and Hymn to Tourach are two of the best ways to accomplish all of these goals.

The early game suite of disruption and removal is, of course, backed up by Bloodbraid Elf. It’s a testament to how powerful and efficient the interaction is in Jund that everything you’re trying to cascade into, with the exception of Hymn, is Modern legal. Liliana of the Veil is still what you’re hoping for most of the time, but Abrupt Decay, any of your creatures, or your other disruptive elements are completely reasonable.

One thing worth noting is we haven’t really seen any decks that looked to combine Kolaghan's Command with cascade creatures before this point. This is a powerful attrition engine that lets you ensure you’re up multiple spells on your opponent if games go longer. This kind of interaction is particularly important against control variants trying to attrition you out and set up Jace, the Mind Sculptor. Bloodbraid Elf plus Kolaghan's Command gives you a way to keep pace with the card advantage of Baleful Strix and Leovold, Emissary of Trest.

If you’re looking to play fair Magic in Legacy, this is one of the best shells to do it in. There are lots of options as far as trying to make the deck fit your local metagame. Punishing Fire and Grove of the Burnwillows is a great way to punish Delver decks and make your Lilianas even more backbreaking. You can tweak the numbers of your disruption spells, playing Cabal Therapy, Inquisition of Kozilek, Dark Confidant, or others to try to ensure that you have more consistent access to removal. You can even tweak things to find room for some number of Sylvan Library to help set up your cascades. This is a deck with a lot of raw power and flexible options, and you ought to be able to build it to keep up with almost any contender in your local Legacy scene.

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