Modern Horizons 2 is wasting no time, and today’s preview has a card that has Jund aficionados delivering a standing ovation. Feast your eyes on Ignoble Hierarch:
This is an obvious riff on Noble Hierarch, and it’s absolutely going to change how many different decks are built. We know how good it is to get exalted alongside the mana ability and tapping for black and red mana opens up a world of possibilities.
Ignoble Hierarch is perfect for the color-intensive decks that are trying to cast Thoughtseize, Wrenn and Six, Seasoned Pyromancer and Liliana of the Veil, all in a timely fashion. It comes out first, fixes your mana plus ramps you, and even meaningfully contributes to combat.
Let’s take a look at what an updated Jund list looks like.
4 Liliana of the Veil 4 Ignoble Hierarch 2 Wrenn and Six 4 Bloodbraid Elf 2 Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger 1 Scavenging Ooze 2 Seasoned Pyromancer 4 Tarmogoyf 4 Inquisition of Kozilek 1 Maelstrom Pulse 2 Thoughtseize 1 Abrupt Decay 1 Assassin's Trophy 1 Fatal Push 2 Kolaghan's Command 3 Lightning Bolt 1 Blackcleave Cliffs 2 Blood Crypt 1 Copperline Gorge 2 Bloodstained Mire 3 Forest 2 Nurturing Peatland 2 Overgrown Tomb 1 Raging Ravine 1 Stomping Ground 1 Swamp 4 Verdant Catacombs 2 Wooded Foothills Sideboard 2 Ashiok, Dream Render 2 Cleansing Wildfire 2 Collective Brutality 1 Scavenging Ooze 1 Damping Sphere 1 Grafdigger's Cage 1 Nihil Spellbomb 2 Plague Engineer 1 Surgical Extraction 2 Veil of Summer
This may not quite be Deathrite Shaman, but it’s not far off, and I for one welcome our new Jund overlords.