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    Sarven McLinton
    Sarven McLinton


    JP Storm, Will Storm, Kelly Storm, whatever you want to call it you can’t go far without meeting the highlander Storm aficionado John-Paul Kelly. The deck is surprisingly consistent and scarily explosive, with the distinct possibility of winning on Turn 1, or at least a turn before your opponent can muster their storm hate.

    NOTE: this is an exception to the Top Tier Archetype rules as it has not done well in the hands of multiple pilots, nor does it consistently post results. It is listed here as an example of a highlander storm deck to make people aware that it exists and encourage people to come up with their own innovative storm decks. For more difficult/complicated (read fun) storm or storm-like decks in highlander see the Established Archetype section entries under Channel Mirror or Tolarian Draw Sevens. Maybe your deck can be the first to truly break the Top Tier barrier.

    Check out this video for a quick primer on the deck:

    JP Kelly’s latest deck list is here for your deckbuilding pleasure:
    “JP Storm” as popularised by John-Paul Kelly

    Storm Spells (4)
    Brain Freeze
    Empty the Warrens
    Tendrils of Agony
    Mind’s Desire

    Mana Acceleration (11)
    Black Lotus ****
    Chrome Mox
    Mox Diamond
    Lion’s Eye Diamond
    Lotus Petal
    Rite of flame
    Dark Ritual
    Cabal Ritual
    Desperate Ritual
    Pyretic Ritual
    Seething Song

    Cantrips (15)
    Gitaxian Probe
    Chromatic Sphere
    Chromatic Star
    Darkwater Egg
    Shadowblood Egg
    Thought Scour
    Peer Through Depths
    Strategic Planning
    Frantic Search

    Creatures (2)
    Baral, Chief of Compliance
    Goblin Electromancer

    Safety (2)

    Tutors (4)
    Rhystic Tutor
    Grim Tutor

    Other Spells (4)
    Wheel of Fortune
    Yawgmoth’s Will ***
    Ill-Gotten Gains
    Past in Flames

    Lands (19)
    Ancient Tomb
    City of Traitors
    Ancient Spring
    Sulfur Vent
    Ebon Stronghold
    Peat Bog
    Saprazzan Skerry
    Bloodstained Mire
    Flooded Strand
    Marsh Flats
    Polluted Delta
    Scalding Tarn
    Verdant Catacombs
    Tropical Island
    Underground Sea
    Volcanic Island

    SB: Duress
    SB: Thoughtseize
    SB: Chain of Vapor
    SB: Pernicious Deed
    SB: Hurkyl’s Recall
    SB: Vendilion Clique
    SB: Dark Confidant
    SB: Tarmogoyf
    SB: Firespout
    SB: Pyroclasm
    SB: Carpet of Flowers
    SB: Abrupt Decay
    SB: Ad Nauseam
    SB: Flusterstorm
    SB: Orim’s Chant

    Other cards to consider are Mizzix’s Mastery, Recoup, Necropotence.

    Watch this space in the case that: Intuition, Gifts Ungiven, Personal Tutor, Yawgmoth’s Bargain, Lim-Dul’s Vault, or Tainted Pact lose a point.

    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


    JP Storm – 9th place at Adelaide Eternal Weekend

    1 Ancient Spring
    1 Ancient Tomb
    1 Badlands
    1 Bayou
    1 Bloodstained Mire
    1 City of Traitors
    1 Flooded Strand
    1 Marsh Flats
    1 Peat Bog
    1 Polluted Delta
    1 Sandstone Needle
    1 Saprazzan Skerry
    1 Scalding Tarn
    1 Scrubland
    1 Sulfur Vent
    1 Tropical Island
    1 Underground Sea
    1 Verdant Catacombs
    1 Volcanic Island

    1 Black Lotus ****
    1 Chromatic Sphere
    1 Chromatic Star
    1 Chrome Mox
    1 Darkwater Egg
    1 Helm of Awakening
    1 Lion’s Eye Diamond
    1 Lotus Petal
    1 Mox Diamond
    1 Shadowblood Egg

    1 Necropotence

    1 Abeyance
    1 Brain Freeze
    1 Brainstorm
    1 Cabal Ritual
    1 Dark Ritual
    1 Desperate Ritual
    1 Frantic Search
    1 Impulse
    1 Manamorphose
    1 Peer Through Depths
    1 Pyretic Ritual
    1 Remand
    1 Seething Song
    1 Thought Scour

    1 Bonus Round
    1 Doomsday
    1 Empty the Warrens
    1 Gamble
    1 Gitaxian Probe
    1 Grim Tutor
    1 Mind’s Desire
    1 Past in Flames
    1 Ponder
    1 Preordain
    1 Rhystic Tutor
    1 Rite of Flame
    1 Tendrils of Agony
    1 Wheel of Fortune
    1 Yawgmoth’s Will ***

    1 Baral, Chief of Compliance

    1 Abrupt Decay
    1 Ad Nauseam
    1 Assassin’s Trophy
    1 Carpet of Flowers
    1 Collective Brutality
    1 Defense Grid
    1 Duress
    1 Firespout
    1 Flusterstorm
    1 Monastery Mentor
    1 Pyroclasm
    1 Red Elemental Blast
    1 Tarmogoyf
    1 Thoughtseize
    1 Vendilion Clique

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