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Sligh is a sub-archetype of the aggro archetype. So named after Paul Sligh, one of the first to play a deck that embraced the philosophy of the "Sligh principle", founded by Jay Schneider, Sligh decks have variable effect in the history of Magic.

Sligh decks are generally red-based aggressive decks that use small and cheap creatures on early turns to quickly diminish the opponent's life total. If the creatures are not enough, burn spells are used to finish the opponent off. The burn spells also double to remove blockers. Sligh decks also commonly employ one form or another of Land destruction to slow down the opponent once the creatures are on the table, and keep the opponent from generating mana and play answers to the creatures. The deck generally attempts to use all of its available mana during every single turn and win the game somewhere around turn 5.

Decks and players that subscribe to the "Sligh principle" are referred to as "Sligh decks" and "Sligh players", respectively. A branch of "Sligh decks" that have seen much success is the "Red Deck Wins" archetype.

Sample deck[edit | edit source]

It all started at a PTQ in Atlanta, during the first high point of Necropotence's long and decorated history. An odd looking deck with some atrocious synergies made us re-think how Magic is played, how we should put together decks, and when a game begins.

This deck was played by Paul Sligh to a second place finish in that PTQ, which explains the moniker "Sligh". In those days, second place would pick up a PT slot, so, along with a tiny bit of Internet hype, the name stuck. In reality, the deck (alternately called "Geeba" or "The Orcish Librarian Deck") was designed by Jay Schneider, a significant deck builder even today, whereas Sligh's namesake has been little seen or heard from in the past eight years.

Sligh - Jay Schneider  
2 Dwarven Ruins
4 Mishra's Factory
13 Mountain
4 Strip Mine

1 Black Vise

4 Brass Man
2 Brothers of Fire
2 Dragon Whelp
3 Dwarven Lieutenant
2 Dwarven Trader
2 Goblins of the Flarg
4 Ironclaw Orcs
2 Orcish Artillery
2 Orcish Cannoneers
2 Orcish Librarian
4 Incinerate
4 Lightning Bolt
1 Shatter

1 Detonate
1 Fireball
3 Active Volcano
1 An-Zerrin Ruins
1 Detonate
1 Fireball
4 Manabarbs
1 Meekstone
2 Serrated Arrows
1 Shatter
1 Zuran Orb