Mana Wars Deck Lists: Jund vs. Humans

It’s that awkward time of year in-between Christmas and New Year’s, and there’s no better way to pass the time than with another epic Magic: The Gathering Match! As always, the fantastic staff at Pat’s Games have come through for us! This week, we’ve got Tad and Joel facing off with a Jund vs. Humans showdown!

Tad: Jund

Tad’s deck takes a preemptive removal approach for this battle, forcing the opponents to get rid of their best cards, often before they’re even played. Inquisition of Kozilek is a low-cost sorcery that allows for removal of a card with a converted mana cost of 3 or less from the opponent’s hand. This is ideal for the early phases of this game, where these card can easily rid the opponent of one of their best early-game cards (while also allowing you to see their hand.) This removal is then aided by the formidable Planeswalker Liliana, which includes options for generic card removal, creature removal, and outright destruction of half of the opponent’s permanents.  With Bloodbraid Elf around to reliably cause damage and mop up any final resistance (while also providing a chance to bring Liliana and similar cards back onto the field for free if needed), Tad’s opponent will certainly have a hard time handling this deck.

Tad’s full deck list includes:

Lands (24)

  • 3 Blackcleave Cliffs
  • 1 Blood Crypt
  • 4 Bloodstained Mire
  • 2 Blooming Marsh
  • 1 Forest
  • 1 Mountain
  • 2 Overgrown Tomb
  • 3 Raging Ravine
  • 1 Stomping Ground
  • 2 Swamp
  • 4 Verdant Catacombs

Creatures (14)

  • 4 Bloodbraid Elf
  • 3 Dark Confidant
  • 3 Scavenging Ooze
  • 4 Tarmogoyf

Instants (9)

  • 1 Abrupt Decay
  • 2 Fatal Push
  • 2 Kolaghan’s Command
  • 4 Lightning Bolt

Sorceries (7)

  • 4 Inquisition of Kozilek
  • 1 Maelstrom Pulse
  • 2 Thoughtseize

Planeswalkers (6)

  • 4 Liliana of the Veil
  • 2 Liliana, the Last Hope

Sideboard (15)

  • 2 Ancient Grudge
  • 2 Collective Brutality
  • 1 Choke
  • 3 Fulminator Mage
  • 1 Grafdigger’s Cage
  • 1 Kolaghan’s Command
  • 3 Leyline of the Void
  • 2 Anger of the Gods

Joel: Humans

The centerpiece of Joel’s deck is Mantis Rider, a versatile 3/3 flyer with vigilance of haste. While this allows for a huge variety in attack styles, this card is often limited by the fact that it requires three different mana in order to function. Or…at least it would be, if not for Aether Vial allowing the player to play creatures from their hand if there are an equal number of counter on Aether Vial. So, instead of relying on constantly having three different mana, Joel can play Mantis Rider whenever he wants as long as he has Aether Vial on the field. And once Mantis Rider gets onto the field, its myriad of abilities will allow it to wreak havoc on the battlefield.
Joel’s full deck list includes:

Creatures (37)

  • 4 Champion of the Parish
  • 4 Kitesail Freebooter
  • 4 Mantis Rider
  • 4 Meddling Mage
  • 2 Militia Bugler
  • 4 Noble Hierarch
  • 3 Phantasmal Image
  • 4 Reflector Mage
  • 1 Tajic, Legion’s Edge
  • 4 Thalia’s Lieutenant
  • 3 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben

Lands (19)

  • 4 Ancient Ziggurat
  • 4 Cavern of Souls
  • 4 Horizon Canopy
  • 1 Island
  • 1 Plains
  • 1 Seachrome Coast
  • 4 Unclaimed Territory

Artifacts (4)

  • 4 Æther Vial

Sideboard (15)

  • 2 Auriok Champion
  • 2 Damping Sphere
  • 2 Dismember
  • 1 Gaddock Teeg
  • 2 Izzet Staticaster
  • 2 Knight of Autumn
  • 2 Militia Bugler
  • 2 Sin Collector

To see what happens when these two awesome decks duke it out, check out the episode below!

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