Explorer: Jund Food Deck Tech & Sideboard Guide
07/20/22 0 comments
Jund Food has several micro-interactions that allow it to play on top of other Midranges while being a natural predator of Aggro decks, making it a solid option for Explorer today.Edit Article
Jund Food, which, I think, is the best way to fight Rakdos Midrange today.
Jund Sacrificeis characterized by playing around casting Bolas's Citadel quickly to perform a pseudo-combo kill with Mayhem Devil. It tends to play with a lower mana curve, has plenty of mana dorks like Prosperous Innkeeper and Llanowar Elves and tends not to care so much about interacting with the opponent or accumulating value — you cast the Citadel and, from then on, you have all the value you need, or you win the game on-spot.
Jund Foodis a Midrange that features the Sacrifice base interactions (Cauldron Familiar, Witch's Oven and Mayhem Devil) alongside a Ramp and Card Advantage core that interact absurdly with Trail of Crumbs, an enchantment that allows for an absurd and recurring card selection — comparable to Sylvan Library — if you meet the requirements, something effortless for a list that has Gilded Goose and Witch's Oven. It manages to outplay traditional Midranges by accumulating more value than them through micro-interactions, especially with Korvold, Fae-Cursed King. Finally,
Jund Karnis a variant of Jund Food that chooses to have access to a gigantic toolbox with Karn, the Great Creator, allowing access to Sideboard cards in Game 1, such as Soul-Guide Lantern or Unlicensed Hearse against Greasefang, or Pithing Needle against Planeswalkers, as well as serving as extra copies of Witch's Oven and Oni-Cult Anvil. It's usually in attrition Metagames and/or when Greasefang, Okiba Boss decks or the mirror match are high, as Karn "locks" the activated abilities of opposing artifacts. Here, I'm emphasizing
Jund Food, as currently, it seems like the best option against the Metagame, and this is the list I've been running on Magic Arena ranked: Oni-Cult Anvil and The Meathook Massacre.
essentialin games where we want it.
Mulligan and Postures
MulliganWhen it comes to Jund Food, there is no specific example of a perfect hand — although those that include Witch's Oven and Cauldron Familiar are preferable — and instead, what matters is if your hand actually has a plan. As already mentioned, a hand with Cat-Oven is preferable, but others that include Trail of Crumbs and Deadly Dispute in addition to Gilded Goose to generate value in the medium term are also acceptable to find the remaining pieces. The point is that you
don't need to be afraid to mulliganwith this deck because it has so many ways to bounce back if you have the right interactions. So, what really matters is having access to them during the first few turns and then finding what's left with Deadly Dispute and Trail of Crumbs.
PostureDespite being a Midrange, Jund Food isn't the deck where you prioritize interaction: you want to do your things and extract value from them to bury your opponent in card advantage — your interaction will basically come from targeting with your Mayhem Devil triggers and removals while managing your resources. So, especially in Game 1, you need to be
proactiveand set up your engine before your opponent runs over you — an easy task when you have so many lifegain effects with Food and Witch's Oven — and only afterward you will care about deciding how to handle X or Y situations that present themselves on a game. If you fail to do this for any reason, you'll most likely lose. This changes in post-sideboard games because you're mostly forced to interact— especially against decks that are more flexible and/or can hit the "free-win" button as your clock is too slow for you to
just execute your plan. In these cases, we abdicated the stance of the first game in favor of acting closer than a traditional Midrange does, where you adapt to the game situation and become more proactive or reactive as needed.
Tips and TricksThe main tip I can give you about this or any other Cat-Oven archetype is that
it requires plenty of clicks, and that makes games time-consuming.
Have patience when piloting this deck, so you don't end up missing opportunities with each trigger. Cat-Oven's combo can rack up damage
very fastin the presence of one or two copies of Mayhem Devil and/or The Meathook Massacre, and it's pretty easy, with a list that requires so many clicks and micro-interactions, to end up losing count of how much damage you can deal in a single turn - take your time to do the math.
Mardu GreasefangOn the Play: IN:
Mono Blue SpiritsIN:
Mono Red AggroIN:
Jund Foodis one of Explorer's top contenders today and one of the few archetypes that demonstrates a strong and consistent setup enough to have a positive match against Rakdos Midrange and other creature-oriented archetypes. Its weaknesses are Combos and strategies that can play over it, like Big Mana or Control. But as these decks are currently low or almost non-existent, I believe it is in a good place in the current competitive landscape. Thanks for reading!