Kibler Jund

Posted in Feature on May 30, 2012

By Gavin Verhey

When Gavin Verhey was eleven, he dreamt of a job making Magic cards—and now as a Magic designer, he's living his dream! Gavin has been writing about Magic since 2005.

Last weekend's Grand Prix Anaheim showcased the Innistrad Block Constructed format. Traditionally, Block Constructed has been a harbinger of the upcoming Standard format, and so keeping a close eye on the successful decks will be rewarded a few months down the road. One of the most successful decks of the tournament—Jund!

Jund—shorthand for a black-green-red deck and named after the Shards of Alara shard—came out of the gates with a strong finish this weekend. Hall of Famer Brian Kibler spearheaded a lot of the popularity of this deck, and he also put up one of the most successful finishes with the archetype.

Most of the potency of Jund comes from its individually powerful cards. Rather than relying on synergy, it just casts powerful spells turn after turn and forces the opponent to deal with each in turn. Cards like Wolfir Silverheart, Falkenrath Aristocrat, Olivia Voldaren, and Garruk Relentless pressure the opponent and demand to be dealt with. And to make things even more difficult on your opponent, the creatures can come out even quicker thanks to Avacyn's Pilgrim!

In addition to efficient creatures, the deck features some strong removal as well. Tragic Slip, Garruk Relentless, and Bonfire of the Damned clear creatures out of the way, allowing your big hitters to smash through. In some matchups, this deck can even play more of a controlling game by dealing with each of the opponent's threats and then deploying huge monsters of its own.

Whether you're looking to play Innistrad Block or just want to keep an eye out for future Standard, this deck is worth checking out. Take a look at Kibler's decklist below!

Brian Kibler's Jund Innistrad Block

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