This is it- our final match for our Conflux reviews, and I am looking to go out on top with a with for Jund. Looking to stop me is Jimi, piloting Grixis Shambling Army. Against that much removal, I have my work cut out for me…
In his book Leviathan, by Thomas Hobbes and published in 1651, the author famously describes life in the absence of a strong central authority as ”solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” He might have saved himself a few words if instead he said simply, “welcome to Jund.”
With one of the themes of Conflux being what happens when shards collide with forces inimical to them, you could hardly ask for a better thematic matchup than Esper Air Assault versus Naya Domain. Sam took on the five-colour Naya deck to give my artifacts a run for their money, and here are the results.
In our last review, we returned to Grixis to see what had changed since the shards collided with one another, and began to reach out and explore their long-lost brethren. Today we’ll be moving one notch to the left in the colour wheel, to the orderly and artificial world of Esper.
It’s a classic match of good versus evil today, as Jimi has selected Bant on the March to act as foil for Grixis Shambling Army. Will her exalted beaters triumph at swordpoint, or will their broken bodies be added to the bonepiles of Grixis?
2009′s Conflux had a difficult act to follow. The large set of the block- Shards of Alara- had repeated Ravnica’s trick of tying storyline and theme together with distinct colour combinations, though this time they were in three-colour “shards” rather than two-colour “guilds.”