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  • #1632
    The EditorThe Editor
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    One of the few constants in highlander is Jean-Paul Kelly aka JP, and that when he attends an event he will be on his Storm deck. JP started built and began playing his storm deck possibly as early as 2007 and definitely by 2009. During that time he has racked up a conservative estimate of 26,000 goldfishes, making him more experienced with this particular flavour of storm than the next three most experienced pilots combined.

    This particular Storm represents a near perfect medium for Storm(-like) combo in highlander. Medium difficulty. Mid-level complexity. Middle of the pack for speed and resiliency. The deck proves intimidatingly complex for new players, as they can struggle to find ways to meaningfully interact. The deck is weak to extract effects and almost certainly loses to a Sadistic Sacrament or Bitter Ordeal (for 3). As a rule of thumb, one piece of interaction every 2-turns accompanied by a clock is enough to disrupt all but the absolutely most resilient of highlander combo decks.

    Experienced pilots include (Discord usernames): JP Kelly
    Noteworthy Finishes: 1st at the Last Metagames Event 2011

    Last updated 10/07/19 12:38 AEST
    Lands (19)
    Badlands
    Bayou
    Scrubland
    Tropical Island
    Underground Sea
    Volcanic Island
    Ancient Spring
    Ancient Tomb
    City of Traitors
    Peat Bog
    Sandstone Needle
    Saprazzan Skerry
    Sulfur Vent
    Bloodstained Mire
    Flooded Strand
    Marsh Flats
    Polluted Delta
    Scalding Tarn
    Verdant Catacombs

    Fast Mana (12)
    Black Lotus ++++
    Chrome Mox
    Lion’s Eye Diamond
    Lotus Petal
    Mox Diamond
    Dark Ritual
    Rite of Flame
    Cabal Ritual
    Desperate Ritual
    Manamorphose
    Pyretic Ritual
    Seething Song

    Eggs & Rocks (6)
    Chromatic Sphere
    Chromatic Star
    Darkwater Egg
    Shadowblood Egg
    Baral, Chief of Compliance
    Helm of Awakening

    Draw (10)
    Gitaxian Probe
    Brainstorm
    Ponder
    Preordain
    Abeyance
    Impulse
    Remand
    Frantic Search
    Necropotence
    Wheel of Fortune

    Tutors (5)
    Gamble
    Doomsday +
    Grim Tutor
    Rhystic Tutor
    Gifts Ungiven

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

    Enablers (4)
    Recoup
    Bonus Round
    Past in Flames
    Yawgmoth’s Will +

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

    • This topic was modified 6 months, 1 week ago by ShaneShane.
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    #738
    Sarven McLintonSarven McLinton
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    PRIMER: STORM

    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
    Brainstorm
    Chromatic Sphere
    Chromatic Star
    Darkwater Egg
    Ponder
    Preordain
    Shadowblood Egg
    Thought Scour
    Impulse
    Manamorphose
    Peer Through Depths
    Strategic Planning
    Frantic Search

    Creatures (2)
    Baral, Chief of Compliance
    Goblin Electromancer

    Safety (2)
    Remand
    Abeyance

    Tutors (4)
    Gamble
    Rhystic Tutor
    Grim Tutor
    Doomsday

    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
    Badlands
    Bayou
    Scrubland
    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.

    • This reply was modified 6 months, 1 week ago by ShaneShane.
    • This reply was modified 6 months, 1 week ago by ShaneShane.

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    #879
    HoiguyyamiHoiguyyami
    Member

    I designed this deck for two reasons: I wanted to play storm and didn’t have access to a Black Lotus, and I noticed there are several very powerful cards at one point seemingly to prevent storm from becoming too strong. Traditional lists use all their points in Lotus + Yawgwill and if a new card is printed that is too good in storm, putting it at one point will simply remove it from the deck. I wanted to test some of these options. The decks tries to make up for the lack of this amazing mana acceleration by taking a page out of the book of Modern Storm and running cost reducers which are exceptional combined with the new point cards Wheel of Fortune, Time Spiral and Dark Petition. Less so with Memory Jar but Jar is still a very powerful option. Due to the addition of these cost reducers I have removed most of the eggs that traditional storm decks run. I also added a Laboratory Maniac for Doomsday piles that can beat infinite life/Leyline of Sanctity/Flusterstorm.

    As for alterations, the landbase is obviously needing some upgrades, and it will receive them over time. It’s possible the deck needs more lands as it only runs 17 right now, though once you resolve a wheel you will likely have too many lands, for this reason the deck would love a Mox Diamond. Helm of Awakening is something I would like to test.
    And lets be honest, Ad Nauseam is a pipe dream, the CMC of this deck is WAY too high for it to be effective, so it is likely the first card that will get cut this iteration.

    Any and all suggestions are welcome.

    Cost reducers:
    Baral, Chief of Compliance
    Goblin Electromancer
    Nightscape Familiar

    Acceleration:
    Lion’s Eye Diamond
    Chrome Mox
    Lotus Petal
    Rite of Flame
    Dark Ritual
    Rain of Filth
    Pyretic Ritual
    Desperate Ritual
    Cabal Ritual
    Manamorphose
    Seething Song

    Cantrips:
    Gitaxian Probe
    Preordain
    Brainstorm
    Ponder
    Peer Through Depths
    Anticipate
    Impulse
    Frantic Search
    Compulsive Research
    Act on Impulse

    Engine Pieces:
    Memory Jar*
    Wheel of Fortune*
    Time Spiral*
    Dark Petition*
    Yawgmoth’s Will***
    Ad Nauseam
    Doomsday
    Past in Flames
    Mind’s Desire

    Wincons:
    Brain Freeze
    Laboratory Maniac
    Empty the Warrens
    Tendrils of Agony

    Misc:
    Repeal
    Duress
    Muddle the Mixture
    Silence
    Abeyance
    Defense Grid

    Lands:
    Ebon Stronghold
    Dwarven Ruins
    Svyelunite Temple
    Geothermal Crevice
    Sulfur Vent
    City of Brass
    Gemstone Mine
    Cascading Cataracts
    Mana Confluence
    Spirebluff Canal
    Blood Crypt
    Steam Vents
    Watery Grave
    Polluted Delta
    Mountain
    Island
    Swamp

    • This reply was modified 6 months, 1 week ago by ShaneShane.
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    #1273
    Avatargridgm
    Keymaster

    JP Storm – 9th place at Adelaide Eternal Weekend

    //Lands
    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

    //Artifacts
    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

    //Enchantments
    1 Necropotence

    //Instants
    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

    //Sorceries
    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 ***

    //Creatures
    1 Baral, Chief of Compliance

    //Sideboard
    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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