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Bobs and Braids

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The letter I!t is generally the case that most Standard formats have some reigning king that holds control of an era. Right now, we are in the Delver of Secrets era in Standard. You can follow the string back in time, though, through Caw-Blade to Faeries to Affinity. Each of these decks defined Standard for a significant portion of time. If you have ever been the victim of a Blightning, though, you can quickly name a deck missing from that list.

Jund was the big bad wolf for over a year as it evolved and adapted, all the while riding the back of Bloodbraid Elf to victory. Eventually, Jund became a well-formed deck and we all knew what to expect, game after game. Putrid Leech, Blightning, Bituminous Blast, Sprouting Thrinax... the deck did what it did, and did it well. Well, Orin Beasley decided to resurrect an old friend for last weekend's Modern Grand Prix in Columbus, only with a bit of a facelift.

The list gets powered up with a deeper card pool, including additions like Dark Confidant (popularly known as Bob after invitational winner Bob Maher, who designed it), Grim Lavamancer, and Liliana of the Veil. Orin even went deeper into the tank, playing Terry Soh's invitational design, Rakdos Augermage. Some of the same old Jund tricks stuck around, like Lightning Bolt and Terminate, but really, the show belongs to Bloodbraid Elf, still one of the most powerful and swingy effects in the format! Check out other lists from Grand Prix Columbus here!


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