Sneak Fit is a Jund variant of Nic Fit that aims to attack the opponent using the angle of the card Sneak Attack through the use of synergistic tutor creatures backed up by midrange threats.
The deck has a strong, linear combo plan that is highly capable of powering out a win where no win seems possible, in addition to being able to simply hard-cast most of its large threats.
History of the Deck
Sneak Fit’s creation came in 2016 by Arianrhod after a cube match involving Meren of Clan Nel Toth and Sneak Attack. Furthermore the deck has been picked up primarily by Joseph Dyer (Administrator of this subreddit) and has been tuned further. Other members of the community have also picked up this version and began tuning it since the loss of Sensei’s Divining Top, which was a major blow to the archetype.
In addition several new additions like Dire Fleet Daredevil have given this archetype some new life.
Core Deck Construction / Play Style
Sneak Fit in general plays much like any midrange Jund variant does, with the exception of being able to slam a Sneak Attack into play and win with it. To this end the deck plays creatures like Fierce Empath and Woodland Bellower to actively chain into a combo kill or to search down a specific creature to answer the board state. The end result kill is using Emrakul, the Aeons Torn to get rid of your opponent’s permanents as well as possibly killing them.
Fierce Empath is one of the cards that drives this archetype, being able to search out many of the deck’s larger creatures. One of the nice things about this card is that it can be fetched by Woodland Bellower in order to chain into a larger creature.
Bellower is a strong card, being able to chain into a Fierce Empath into an Emrakul or a Titan with ease. Can also be used to find Tireless Tracker in a pinch. Being a 6/5 he can swing through most large creatures of the format, but having no evasion sometimes means he can’t help push through the damage in the combo turn.
Grave Titan / Inferno Titan
Two of the decks larger threats, both of these cards can come down off of Sneak Attack and do a lot of damage quickly. Being 6 CMC they can also be tutored up by Fierce Empath.
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
The biggest, baddest Eldrazi momma this side of town, Emrakul is the penultimate creature used for the most effective kills. Being able to be chained into through Fierce Empath, Emrakul can come down off Sneak Attack and push through a kill while also destroying your opponent’s permanents.
Sneak Attack is the namesake of the deck and the most important card for pushing through a combo kill. One important thing to note about using this card is that its ability states that you may put a creature into play, but you are not required to. This is important to note when beating cards like Containment Priest if you don’t have red mana to activate in response the casting of Priest.
Also note that Karakas cannot ever beat Sneak Attack with Emrakul if you have at least 2 red mana open.
One of the primary issues that Sneak Fit has is that it often draws Sneak Attacks that it doesn’t need or doesn’t draw them at all when it does need them. In the past, Sensei’s Divining Top helped correct this in a large way, but without Top we need other options. Faithless Looting allows the deck to dig, in addition to resetting the yard if it needs to when pitching an Emrakul to it. It gets dead Sneak Attacks out of the hand and also finds threats.
When combined with Grove of the Burnwillows, Punishing Fire is a powerful recurring removal engine that can help keep you alive through creatures until a combo is assembled. This also kills Deathrite Shaman.
Sideboarding with Sneak Fit is much like other various Nic Fit builds in that it is difficult to beat combo decks so additional copies of Thoughtseize / Surgical Extraction are necessary.
Thanks to its non-reliance on nonbasic lands, Sneak also gains the benefit of being able to run Blood Moon in its sideboard which can often help the Sneak Attack game plan heavily. This shores up matches like Pile and Lands that heavily rely on nonbasic manabases.
Reclamation Sage is typically an auto-include because one of the ways that decks can beat this variant is through the use of cards like Pithing Needle, Sorcerous Spyglass, and Phyrexian Revoker. Having another zenithable/Bellower-enabled 3 drop that can kill these things is important.
Kolaghan’s Command is another strong solid sideboard option in that it is almost always value to cast, being able to make your opponent discard or return a creature to hand from the yard. Very useful to cast in response to the Emrakul shuffle trigger to get back the big Momma.