U/B Delver by kbr3 on MtGO

Creatures (11)
4 Delver of Secrets
4 Snapcaster Mage
2 Tasigur, the Golden Fang
1 Vendilion Clique

Non-Creature Spells (26)
2 Liliana of the Veil
3 Inquisition of Kozilek
4 Serum Visions
2 Thoughtseize
3 Cryptic Command
4 Fatal Push
1 Go for the Throat
1 Murderous Cut
2 Remand
2 Spell Snare
2 Thought Scour

Lands (23)
4 Creeping Tar Pit
4 Darkslick Shores
1 Flooded Strand
3 Island
3 Mutavault
4 Polluted Delta
1 Swamp
3 Watery Grave

Sideboard (15)
1 Vendilion Clique
2 Bitterblossom
2 Ceremonious Rejection
2 Collective Brutality
1 Damnation
1 Dismember
2 Echoing Truth
1 Nihil Spellbomb
1 Pithing Needle
2 Threads of Disloyalty


Delver of Secrets is undoubtedly one of the most powerful creatures printed in the last decade, and it currently is a staple of many important Legacy decks. However, its playability in Modern has been limited by the absence of cards like Ponder, and the banning of important payoff cards like Treasure Cruise. In certain metagames, we’ve seen Delver decks thrive, and it might be time for the powerful 1 mana blue creature to make its mark on Modern once again.

Most Delver decks in Modern have opted for red, as it gives the deck access to creatures like Monastery Swiftspear and Young Pyromancer, as well as removal spells like Lightning Bolt. However, this deck opts for black instead. This shifts the overall strategy of the deck and allows it to grind small advantages more. Tasigur, the Golden Fang is a very powerful creature when in the right shell, and this deck can power it out as soon as turn 2. Black makes up for the loss of red removal spells with removal spells of its own in Liliana of the Veil and Fatal Push. However, the real advantage of playing black with your Delver of Secrets is in the discard spells.

This deck plays 5 targeted discard spells in the mainbaord and 2 more in the sideboard, and I think including even more is a good decision. The Modern metagame has shifted in such a way that each deck is attempting to do its own powerful thing while more or less ignoring the opponent. This has pushed Modern’s reactive decks to the fringes of the format, due to the sheer number of cards and strategies that need to be answered. However, discard spells do a good job of interacting with almost every deck in the format in a positive way, while not straying from your deck’s central strategy. In other words, it takes the guesswork out of disruption spells.

The sideboard of this deck has several spells that are used to target certain matchups, such as Nihil Spellbomb and Ceremonious Rejection, alongside a package of cards that allow this tempo-oriented deck to grind with the best of them. Threads of Disloyalty is a very potent option against Death’s Shadow decks, traditional Jund decks, and others, as it allows you to progress your board while answering the opponent’s, which keeps in line with the strong tempo elements of this deck.

These are the changes I would make going forward:


-1 Cryptic Command

-1 Vendilion Clique

+1 Thought Scour

+1 Thoughtseize


-2 Echoing Truth

+1 Vendilion Clique

+1 Nihil Spellbomb

This is day 101 of Spellsnare.com’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 100 here, where we featured a Legacy deck that looks to ramp on mana and cast powerful Eldrazi!

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