Deck Tech: RUG Ramp with John Kassari
Los Angeles Legacy Open champ John Kassari shows off his update to RUG Ramp.
San Diego native John Kassari made the rainy trek up to Sacramento armed with a new spin on the RUG Ramp deck he piloted to a Top 8 appearance at the Los Angeles Standard Open earlier this year.
John moved away from the full-blown ramp-control model he used in Los Angeles, which was pre-Dark Ascension, now sitting much closer to a “normal” aggro deck. Turning Ponder into Galvanic Blast and slow cards like Consecrated Sphinx and Blue Sun's Zenith into Huntmaster of the Fells shows his commitment to hitting hard early.
But John isn't content to just mash his werewolf into the red zone. No, he wants it all. His goal of creating a deck with favorable or winnable matchups across the board is just about realized with this deck, and he admitted that he believes he has the perfect 75 in his deckbox despite a sometimes iffy matchup against Zombies. His experience with the deck has given him the tools and game plans he needs to beat all other comers, from Delver and Humans to U/B Control.
Looking deeper into the list, it is pretty clear that this is a blue-green ramp deck that tops things off with a light red splash for Huntmaster of the Fells and some removal spells. John thinks he has the best configuration for the Dark Ascension mythic rare that wasn't available in Los Angeles, with the ability to keep flipping his back and forth with Snapcaster Mage while suppressing opposing Huntmasters with Galvanic Blast and instants. Primeval Titan plays several roles in John's deck between fetching up the Inkmoth Nexus-Kessig Wolf Run plan, beating for a lot of damage, and acting as a gigantic Obstinate Baloth with the somewhat greedy Glimmerposts against aggro where extra life is at a premium. And while it's been quite some time since Frost Titan really stood out, the blue monster gives him game as a titantic titan trump against other ramp decks.