Modern Horizons 2 has released many new and powerful tools for existing strategies and many Modern players find themselves asking, “Will my favorite deck still be good?” Jund Midrange players, on the other hand, once again find themselves asking, “Will my favorite deck finally be good again?”
To understand what it would take to make Jund Midrange good in Modern again, first we need to understand what made it good in the first place.
Back when Jund Midrange was one of the best decks in Modern, there were two distinct elements to its game plan. First and foremost, Jund was able to play the most powerful and aggressively-costed threats in the format that could each individually take over the game if left unchecked.
Second, Jund was able to play efficient discard and removal spells to aggressively trade resources with opponents. This element of Jund’s game plan hasn’t changed. Inquisition of Kozilek, Thoughtseize, Lightning Bolt and Fatal Push are still the best one-mana spells that a player can use to interact with their opponent.
What has changed is that, over time, the overall power level of cards in Modern has increased, and cards like Liliana of the Veil, Dark Confidant, Scavenging Ooze and Tarmogoyf either became easier to answer or were outclassed by cards in different decks.
If the lacking element in Jund Midrange’s game plan is a new powerful threat, let’s take a look at what I believe is the most powerful card in Modern Horizons 2.