Deck Tech: RUG Aggro with Cliff Weixler
Cliff Scott Weixler's Strangleroot+Geist. Making its Constructed debut in the hands of Strangleroot+Geist over Delver. It requires so many cards to deal with and it attacks them as soon as it hits, representing a similar amount of damage,” Cliff explained.
If a major selling point is that the deck can pretend it’s a Delver deck, then one of the most important edges it has is the matchup against true Delver—which Cliff really, really like. “It basically can’t lose to Delver,” Cliff said—a bold claim. “The Delver matchup is extremely good, and the U/B matchup is good after boarding.” His trouble matchup is on the rise now, which could admittedly be an obstacle. “It only really has a problem fighting the Snapcaster+Mage is an ideal partner for the Huntmaster, as you can pass the turn to flip him and then use Snapcaster on Mana+Leak or Galvanic blast to flip him back!
Grand Prix Baltimore put U/B back on the map, so Cliff was wise to plan for the control deck. “I’m playing multiple Dissipates, two Thruns,” he said. “Depending on what you see you may want Ancient+Grudge as well, for Ratchet+Bombs and Batterskulls. You’re a lot like the Delver deck, but you have much larger threats.” U/B tends to improve against decks that are slower and less disruptive, but as Baltimore showed us, both Delver and R/G give it problems—the combination, perhaps doubly so.
What about Increasing+Savagery to blow them out and Dungeon+Geists to fight their Titans.” Increasing+Savagery is a sick beating, especially on the hexproof Thrun. Resolving the card once should end most games—twice is overkill.
One of the deck’s MVPs has been Garruk+Relentless. He’s in a constant struggle with Primal Hunter most of the time, but for Cliff he has been an easy number one. “He’s probably the best threat against U/B. They can’t really beat the card,” Cliff said. “He makes a legitimate threat every turn, since you also play Snapcaster+Mage!