Deck Spotlight: Modern RUG Delver

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Story time: A few years back, my friends and I were attending Borås Spelkonvent (BSK, lit. Borås Gaming Convention), a gaming convention with Magic events traditionally focused on the eternal formats. Although I don’t consider Modern to be an eternal format, they had scheduled one on Saturday morning anyway, when there was nothing else to do.

After losing in the quarterfinals to Show and Tell combo with RUG the night before, I was done with Legacy for the evening and my friends and I went to the apartment we had borrowed for the weekend to brew me a Modern deck. With not a lot of cards in our disposal, I decided to play RUG Delver in Modern as well, and this is what we came up with:

4 Misty Rainforest
4 Scalding Tarn
2 Steam Vents
2 Breeding Pool
6 Island
2 Forest
1 Mountain

4 Delver of Secrets
4 Snapcaster Mage
4 Tarmogoyf
3 Young Pyromancer

4 Serum Visions
3 Gitaxian Probe
2 Spell Snare
3 Mana Leak
2 Cryptic Command
4 Lightning Bolt
2 Burst Lightning
1 Izzet Charm
1 Electrolyze
2 Vedalken Shackles

2 Thrun, the Last Troll
3 Threads of Disloyalty
4 Ancient Grudge
2 Combust
4 Blood Moon

We did do some testing in the very early hours of the morning after I had sleeved the deck up, but the testing was done exclusively against my friend’s UWR control deck, and I concluded that the deck was a) awful against his deck, but b) the deck fared much better with Thrun and Blood Moon in the main deck. I pondered putting them in the main deck, but decided against it in the end.

My matches, in short:

Round 1 – Mono-B Pox, 2-1

Round 2 – Twin, 2-1

Round 3 – 4C Deathrite, 2-0

Round 4 – Tron, 2-1

Round 5 – Pod, ID for 1st place, half a box and a break for some food.

My friend was royally pissed and after the obligatory rounds of high-five, we went and played a real format (Legacy) instead. I didn’t win that tournament. I only won the tournament where I didn’t care about the format, the deck or the prize pool (Theros boosters, which we mini-mastered on site). So why am I even typing this.

It’s not just the bragging, a year or so later a deck called Blue Moon surfaced, meaning it took the rest of the format a year to figure out that Blood Moon is bonkers when everyone is greedy and playing 15+ non-basics in their lists. It was a good time, even if Blue Moon fell off the radar pretty quickly.

Get with the times,  and friends!

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