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This is a great question!
During the Shards of Alara expansions a few years ago, the story revolved around five planar “shards” that each identified with one of the five arc color trios in Magic (see above). Those shards were:
• Bant (GREEN/WHITE/BLUE)
• Esper (WHITE/BLUE/BLACK)
• Grixis (BLUE/BLACK/RED)
• Jund (BLACK/RED/GREEN)
• Naya (RED/GREEN/WHITE)
Since this was the first time those color trios had been associated with an actual name, the names stuck and have become sort of a traditional nomenclature with deck builders. So anytime you see a deck with a “Bant” or “Jund” in front of it, it’s usually referring to the colors the deck uses. (There’s also a certain play style associated with each of these color trios.)
“Jund” has also become a archetype term for Black/Red/Green decks that use fast, damaging creatures and powerful spells to break down the opponent. Recently, the deck has been very popular in the Modern format. The key cards of that deck are usually Bloodbraid Elf, Tarmogoyf, Liliana of the Veil, Dark Confidant & Thoughtseize.
The term “Junk” is similar in that it refers to the color trio used in the deck (Black/Green/White), but in this case it refers to one of the wedge color trios (see above). As for the other wedge trios, I’m not sure if those have names. The only other one I’ve heard is “America” (Red/White/Blue). Anyone know any others?
Anyway, that’s what those terms mean. With Ravnica being big right now, you’ll hear people referring to their decks as “Rakdos” or “Golgari” or “Simic”, etc. It’s the same thing, they’re just referring to the colors used in the deck.
Hope this helped!
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Dual Lands - are possibly the most famous and sought after nonbasic lands in Magic. Printed in Alpha, Beta and Revised, all 10 of the lands count as two different basic land types. Due to an error, Volcanic Island was not included in Alpha, but was included in Beta and Revised.
Pain Lands - originally printed in Ice Age and only with ally color combinations. They allowed you to tap for colorless mana normally or one of two colors by taking 1 damage. After Ice Age these were reprinted in 5th, 6th, 7th, 9th and 10th edition. The enemy color combinations were first attempted in Tempest, but the lands came into play tapped and were not popular. Versions that came into play untapped were seen first in Apocalypse, a set with an enemy colored theme. The enemy lands were reprinted in 9th and 10th edition along with the originals.
Filter Lands - a set of ally color combination lands from Odyssey. The enemy combination lands were never made. The signets from the original Ravnica worked similar to the filter lands, but were artifacts instead of lands. In Futuresight a future shifted land was similar to the original filter lands using hybrid mana instead of colorless. All 10 of the hybrid filter lands were later printed in Shadowmoor block, allied in Shadowmoor and enemy in Eventide.
Fetch Lands - a staple of tournament play, fetch lands allow you to tap, pay 1 life and retrieve one of two basic land types from your library. The thing that makes them useful is the fact that the new land comes into play untapped. The original fetch lands are actually from Mirage and did not require the 1 life, but they came into play tapped and thus delayed you a turn. Only the allied color combinations were printed for the original Mirage fetch lands. The new fetch lands were printed in Onslaught, with enemy color fetch lands printed in Zendikar. Since the Onslaught fetch lands were printed prior Mirrodin we may see them reprinted in the next couple years for Modern format.
Shock Lands - printed in Ravnica and reprinted in Return to Ravnica. These lands finally gave a new dual land that has the basic land types, allowing great interactions with fetch lands. Shock lands get their name from the spell Shock, which does two damage. When shock lands come into play they are tapped unless you take two damage. The shock lands were deliberately given generic sounding names so they could be reprinted in any set, not just one on Ravnica. Funny, since they actually were reprinted in another Ravnica set.
Bounce Lands - also called the Karoo Lands after a cycle of lands from Visions. The Visions lands required you to bounce a specific basic land type and would tap for that color plus one colorless. The guild bounce lands printed in Ravnica all tap for two mana of one of the ten combinations. Printed at common level as a mana fix for limited, the bounce lands do not entirely fit with current printing rules. The mechanic is a little too complicated for common and they are also a little too good for common. They would probably be reprinted as uncommon if they are ever reprinted.
“Got Laid Parade”
“Stride of Pride”
“Took Off My Pants Dance”
“Had Fun With the Clit, Time to Split”
It’s not that you can’t have those cookies. It’s that you choose not to :)
Source: Book “Self-discipline in 10 days”
“I don’t know if you’ve ever felt like that. That you wanted to sleep for a thousand years. Or just not exist. Or just not be aware that you do exist. Or something like that. I think wanting that is very morbid, but I want it when I get like this. That’s why I’m trying not to think. I just want it all to stop spinning.”
Please, just stay together. Please just stay with me. Please come lay with me.