Sultai Delirium Midrange by _Marco_Polo_ on MtGO

Creatures (12)
1 Architects of Will
1 Courser of Kruphix
1 Emrakul, the Promised End
3 Grim Flayer
3 Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy
1 Shriekmaw
1 Thragtusk
1 Tireless Tracker

Non-Creature Spells (25)
1 Bitterblossom
2 Garruk Relentless
2 Liliana, the Last Hope
3 Mishra’s Bauble
1 Abrupt Decay
1 Dismember
4 Fatal Push
3 Inquisition of Kozilek
1 Maelstrom Pulse
1 Raven’s Crime
2 Thoughtseize
4 Traverse the Ulvenwald

Lands (23)
4 Blooming Marsh
1 Breeding Pool
2 Creeping Tar Pit
1 Forest
1 Ghost Quarter
1 Island
1 Misty Rainforest
2 Overgrown Tomb
3 Polluted Delta
1 River of Tears
1 Swamp
4 Verdant Catacombs
1 Watery Grave

Sideboard (15)
1 Bojuka Bog
1 Collective Brutality
1 Countersquall
2 Damnation
1 Dispel
1 Ghost Quarter
1 Grave Titan
1 Ishkanah, Grafwidow
1 Reclamation Sage
1 Scavenging Ooze
2 Surgical Extraction
1 To the Slaughter
1 Whispers of Emrakul


Holy moly that’s spicy! I have a particular affinity for decks that have a million moving parts, and this one is certainly no exception. In Modern, the saying goes that you should be trying to do your own thing and let your opponent worry about theirs, but I’m not against doing our own thing as well as trying to stop the opponent’s sweet stuff, and that’s exactly what this Sultai Delirium Midrange deck does!

I think the only sane way of breaking this deck down is looking at the cards that are not 1-ofs, and getting a better sense of the deck from there. Grim Flayer and Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy are both excellent at filtering your draws and forcing answers from your opponent. Jace is stronger in this regard, but Grim Flayer actively pressures the opponent’s life total and can quickly turn into a stone wall against some aggressive decks without much effort.


4 Fatal Push, 3 Inquisition of Kozilek, 2 Thoughtseize, 4 Traverse the Ulvenwald. Hmmm…seems very similar to the cards that a certain Death’s Shadow deck is playing. This, along with the 3 copies of Mishra’s Bauble, indicate to us that this deck is trying to operate on the same (or at least a very similar) axis to the Death’s Shadow Jund deck, but is undoubtedly trying to bring more value to the table, giving it a positive matchup against Death’s Shadow Jund. Garruk Relentless and Liliana, the Last Hope are both hard to interact with for more controlling decks, and both generate impressive value as the game goes on.


Now onto the 1-ofs. The 1-of non-creatures are simply misers and are excellent in certain matchups, but can’t be searched for through Traverse the Ulvenwald. Having access to Traverse in our deck that is excellent at turning on delirium opens up a lot of doors. Tireless Tracker, Thragtusk, Shriekmaw, and certainly Architects of Will would never find their way into our deck, but having effectively 4 additional copies of each in the deck makes it reasonable to have a few situational cards that are high impact in only a few situations. And, of course, where would a delirium deck in any format be without Emrakul, the Promised End, which can cost as little as 6 mana in this deck.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:


-1 Dismember

-1 Raven’s Crime

-1 Architects of Will

+1 Courser of Kruphix

+1 Grim Flayer

+1 Ishkanah, Grafwidow


-1 Ishkanah, Grafwidow

-1 Countersquall

-1 Dispel

-1 To the Slaughter

-1 Whispers of Emrakul

+2 Collective Brutality

+1 Damnation

+2 Creeping Corrosion

This is day 75 of’s 2017 Deck of the Day column, where each day we’ll feature a different Standard, Modern, or Legacy deck that caught our eye. You can read day 74 here, where we featured a Standard deck that’s looking to harness the power of colorless creatures.

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