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Eggs, Infect, and Robots Versus Jund

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For this set of videos, Reid requested I play the three breakout decks from Pro Tour: Return to Ravnica, which were Second Breakfast, robots, and infect.

I don’t know everything there is to know about this deck, but there are a few things I have noticed from playing with it (against Jund) and against it (as Jund). The matchup against Jund is very good for a few reasons.

Vulshok Berserker
The opponent may have many dead cards in his deck Game 1 (such as any Terminates, Maelstrom Pulses, and/or Kitchen Finks) that don’t do much. Even Jund’s “best card” (Bloodbraid Elf) doesn’t have a great impact on the game since it is a glorified Vulshok Berserker.

Second, you can leave most of your cantrips in play (Chromatic Sphere, Chromatic Star, and Conjurer's Bauble) to try to draw into Faith's Reward or Second Sunrise the turn you need to go off. Doing arithmetic on how much damage Jund can deal you on any possible turn is very important since waiting increases the chance you can go off successfully.

In post-boarded games, I wouldn’t bother boarding Echoing Truth or Pithing Needle unless you know for sure the Jund player has some sort of permanent-based hate spell (Leyline of the Void and so forth). I boarded as follows:

+1 Grapeshot

+4 Leyline of Sanctity

−3 Sleight of Hand

−2 Silence

I went 1–1 in matches against Reid’s Jund list as above, losing Game 2 of the second match by failing to play around Jund Charm when I could have done so. It would still have been really hard for me to win that game, but it was certainly possible.

This is Nassif’s list from Top 16 of Pro Tour: Return to Ravnica. His list eschews red (which has Galvanic Blast and Shrapnel Blast) for blue (for Thoughtcast and Master of Etherium). I suspect his list is slightly softer to Jund since he has no main-decked Etched Champions, but the matchup is still probably quite favorable. Thoughtcast lets the deck recover from Jund’s attrition, and Master of Etherium is a big guy that only Terminate, Maelstrom Pulse, or Abrupt Decay can really handle.

I sideboarded as follows:

−4 Memnite

+4 Etched Champion

The theory was Memnite just plays into all of the hate cards that Jund boards into (Jund Charm, Pyroclasm, and so forth) while being very easy to block.

I went 2–0 in games against Reid’s Jund list as above, and the matchup felt pretty easy.

Plague Stinger
The last deck with which I played against Reid was the G/u infect deck that Kelvin Chew piloted to Top 8 of the Pro Tour. This list is remarkably good at killing people on turn three more often than not, and in fact, I don’t think the Jund matchup is that bad (not worse than 40/60). I do think Jund is favored since it’s designed to trade very well with all of infect’s cards here.

I went 1–2 in matches against Reid. There is a ton of play and interaction in this matchup, so I think if I were to play more games in this matchup, it is certainly winnable. I think the blue cantrip version here is worse against Jund than Ari Lax’s G/b build with more pump spells and Plague Stingers.

I am still not sure of the optimal sideboard plan against Jund here (since you want all of your Spell Pierces and Spellskites, but I think that makes the opponents’ Ancient Grudges too good against you, and I could see a plan that involves taking out Ichorclaw Myr).

Overall, I think all three of these decks are powerful enough to warrant consideration for the Grand Prix this weekend. I will not be in attendance, but I wish all of you the best of luck in the Grand Prix and in any Return to Ravnica Limited Pro Tour Qualifiers you choose to play in.

I will try my best to respond to any comments here or on Twitter.

Thanks for watching!

Jarvis

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