B/G Delirium by Brennan DeCandio at SCG Columbus

Creatures (25)
4 Verdurous Gearhulk
4 Walking Ballista
4 Grim Flayer
4 Mindwrack Demon
2 Tireless Tracker
4 Winding Constrictor
3 Rishkar, Peema Renegade

Non-Creature Spells (12)
2 Fatal Push
4 Grasp of Darkness
1 To the Slaughter
2 Ruinous Path
3 Traverse the Ulvenwald

Lands (23)
6 Forest
7 Swamp
4 Blooming Marsh
2 Evolving Wilds
4 Hissing Quagmire

Sideboard (15)
1 Noxious Gearhulk
2 Natural State
2 To the Slaughter
1 Ishkanah, Grafwidow
1 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
1 Nissa, Vital Force
1 Ob Nixilis Reignited
3 Lost Legacy
3 Yahenni’s Expertise

Summary

This past weekend was the first Standard tournament since the release of Aether Revolt and the Standard bans that we’ve discussed more than a little bit on this website, so it would feel wrong to not feature the winning deck as Deck of the Day. After 15 rounds of Swiss, and 3 elimination rounds, Brennan DeCandio emerged victorious with B/G Delirium at the SCG Open in Columbus on January 21 and 22. His deck, which centered around powerful +1/+1 counter synergies and Walking Ballista. Despite being called B/G Delirium, this deck is far from the B/G Delirium of Kaladesh Standard. It’s far more aggressive and synergy-based.

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Before we get into the nitty-gritty of the deck, I suggest you read my article from last week where I talked about my version of this B/G deck, as I’ll be a little biased towards the choices I made in my list.

The real MVP of this deck is Walking Ballista. It works so smoothly with the other cards in the deck. The comparison to Hangarback Walker is an obvious one, but mostly because of the mana cost and the +1/+1 counters. I think that Patrick Sullivan and Cedric Phillips on coverage put it best, saying that Hangarback Walker is better when you only have 2 mana to cast it, but Walking Ballista is better in almost every other situation. I definitely underestimated the power of the artifact creature, and only putting 3 in my deck was a big mistake. Additionally, my list didn’t feature Mindwrack Demon, which was also definitely incorrect. I knew that the Demon’s stock spiked after Reflector Mage was unceremoniously removed from the format, but didn’t expect that it would spike as much as it did.

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Brennan DeCandio was just that much farther ahead of the format than anyone else, and it showed in the end. The format is now shaped (primarily) around 2 decks: Jeskai/4-Color Copycat and DeCandio’s B/G Delirium. Changes to the deck should now be more metagame-based than simply tuning the deck to run more smoothly.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Traverse the Ulvenwald

+1 To the Slaughter

Sideboard

-1 Nissa, Vital Force

-1 To the Slaughter

+1 Ob Nixilis Reignited

+1 Noxious Gearhulk

This is day 23 of Spellsnare.com’s 2017 Deck of the Day column, where each day we’ll feature a Standard, Modern, or Legacy deck that caught our eye. you can read day 22 here, where we featured the boogeyman of the Standard format as interpreted by Kevin Jones.

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