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    Sarven McLinton
    Sarven McLinton
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    RUG Life is the deck developed by Sarven McLinton in mid 2018 to prey on the SA meta at the time (largely control vs. aggro). RUG Life went undefeated in the Swiss of the Adelaide Eternal Highlander Challenge (see event results for meta), with Sarv piloting it to 1st place. The video deck tech is below, and the list would suit anyone who enjoys tempo strategies, burn strategies, 2-drop green creatures like Goyf (and an honorary member of the club, Hooting Mandrills), and soft permission. The engine of the deck revolves around Spellseeker fetching both Time Walk and Ancestral Recall, and Regrowth or JVP allowing you to cast your 7 points both consistently and also multiple times per game. That being said, most of your games can be ended quite swiftly off Price of Progress, and you will often find yourself Seeking out PoP, or flashing it back for 6-12 damage per go.

    This deck tech is the video primer, and a list is included below:

    DECKLIST: Temur Tempo
    “RUG Life”

    //Threats (12)
    Goblin Guide
    Delver of Secrets
    Deathrite Shaman
    Grim Lavamancer
    Tarmogoyf
    Scavenging Ooze
    Young Pyromancer
    Hooting Mandrills
    Direfleet Daredevil
    Vendilion Clique
    Garruk Relentless
    Chandra, Torch of Defiance

    //Removal or Reach (7)
    Lightning Bolt
    Chain Lightning
    Burst Lightning
    Incendiary Flow
    Fire//Ice
    Price of Progress
    Atarka’s Command

    //Protection and Interaction (10)
    Misdirection
    Daze
    Mental Misstep
    Spell Pierce
    Spell Snare
    Remand
    Censor
    Izzet Charm
    Mana Leak
    Counterspell

    //Draw and Filtering (6)
    Brainstorm
    Gush
    Dack Fayden
    Gitaxian Probe
    Ponder
    Preordain

    //The Engine (5)
    Time Walk ***
    Ancestral Recall ****
    Regrowth
    Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy
    Spellseeker

    //Mana (20)
    Scalding Tarn
    Polluted Delta
    Flooded Strand
    Misty Rainforest
    Arid Mesa
    Bloodstained Mire
    Wooded Foothills
    Windswept Heath
    Verdant Catacombs
    Volcanic Island
    Steam Vents
    Tropical Island
    Breeding Pool
    Taiga
    Underground Sea
    Rishadan Port
    2 Island
    Mountain
    Forest

    SIDEBOARD (15)
    Seedtime
    Sylvan Library
    Pyroblast
    Red Elemental Blast
    Flusterstorm
    Anger of the Gods
    Arc Trail
    Submerge
    Hydroblast
    Blue Elemental Blast
    Trygon Predator
    Destructive Revelry
    Tormod’s Crypt
    Relic of Progenitus
    Blood Moon

    I manage Adelaide Eternal, a group running monthly tournaments in SA for Vintage, Highlander, and Legacy. We also commentate feature matches which are uploaded to our YouTube channel every month. Visit: www.youtube.com/adelaideeternal

    #1140
    Sarven McLinton
    Sarven McLinton
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    AE Highlander Challenge finals (third quarter of 2018) match demonstrates RUG Life in action:

    I manage Adelaide Eternal, a group running monthly tournaments in SA for Vintage, Highlander, and Legacy. We also commentate feature matches which are uploaded to our YouTube channel every month. Visit: www.youtube.com/adelaideeternal

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