I’ve really been enjoying the Historic format. A deeper card pool than Standard means you don’t run into the same cards as often, and it means that a wider range of strategies can be successful.
Importantly, there’s also room to brew! Having access to great cards in virtually every color and archetype means that players can take things in whatever direction they want. This is particularly true for those creative deckbuilders who know the best way to attack some of the linear strategies that exist in Historic.
Historic Jund Midrange Deck List - Griffin Lussier
This is a Jund Midrange deck, courtesy of Griffin Lussier, who put up a solid 5-2 record in the MTG Arena Zone Historic Open. In essence, this is a “good cards” deck, prioritizing individual card quality over complicated synergies.
It all starts with four Thoughtseize, which is one of the cards Historic players are most excited about right now. Next we move to the full four main deck Scavenging Ooze, which is fantastic in a world of God-Pharaoh’s Gift, Dreadhorde Arcanist, Uro, Titan of Nature’s Wrath, and tons of other incidental ways to use the graveyard. It also happens to shine against Goblins and Burn as a massive creature with some lifegain attached to it.
Cut//Ribbons, Maelstrom Pulse, and Murderous Rider are some of the best removal spells available in the format, and complement Chevill, Bane of Monsters to create profitable exchanges as you dismantle the opponent’s battlefield. Elder Gargaroth and Glorybringer can drop the hammer, and close the game out quickly once you reach that point.
I particularly love to see Liliana, Waker of the Dead making an appearance in Historic. She may not be the most powerful planeswalker of recent sets, but the ability to attack both creatures and the opponent’s hand makes her highly useful. She’s perfect in a deck that wants to empty its own hand, and really put the squeeze on the opponent’s resources.
Moving to the sideboard, Disfigure is as efficient as it gets against small creatures. (And fits the manabase better than Shock for this particular deck). Grafdigger’s Cage is ideal for beating people trying to gain value with Collected Company, Bolas’s Citadel, Conspicuous Snoop, and Muxus, Goblin Grandee. With those cards out of the picture, people will be forced to play the fair, grindy game–a game that Jund is set up to win almost every time.
Jund is a strategy close to my own heart, and I love this deck. More than that, I love what a successful midrange brew says about the format. Particularly with Field of the Dead recently becoming banned, the stage is set for deckbuilders to pave their own way in Historic.