U/R Delver by dkm2493 on MtGO

Creatures (12)
2 Bedlam Reveler
3 Delver of Secrets
3 Snapcaster Mage
4 Young Pyromancer

Non-Creature Spells (29)
1 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
3 Serum Visions
2 Sleight of Hand
3 Burst Lightning
1 Deprive
1 Echoing Truth
4 Lightning Bolt
2 Mana Leak
2 Remand
2 Spell Pierce
2 Spell Snare
3 Thought Scour
2 Vapor Snag
1 Blood Moon

Lands (19)
1 Desolate Lighthouse
6 Island
2 Mountain
4 Scalding Tarn
1 Spirebluff Canal
3 Steam Vents
1 Sulfur Falls
1 Wandering Fumarole

Sideboard (15)
1 Blood Moon
2 Anger of the Gods
1 Counterflux
2 Dismember
2 Dragon’s Claw
1 Grafdigger’s Cage
1 Izzet Staticaster
1 Molten Rain
1 Relic of Progenitus
2 Shattering Spree
1 Tormod’s Crypt

Summary

Like I mentioned in yesterday’s Deck of the Day, which you can read here, Delver of Secrets hasn’t been as dominant in Modern as it has in Legacy, but its moderate success in the format has come largely when paired with Lightning Bolt. The U/R combination gives the deck access to the cheapest and most efficient counter spells and removal spells in the format, which plays well into the tempo strategy that the deck wants to play.

Alongside the usual suspects in Delver of Secrets, Snapcaster Mage, and Young Pyromancer, this deck uses Bedlam Reveler as a powerful late-game creature that refills your hand and hits harder than most creatures in the format. The absence of the powerful Gitaxian Probe has forced the deck to further diversify its spells, with Sleight of Hand and Vapor Snag being more viable than they previously were. I think that the singleton copy of Blood Moon is a powerful option that has the upside of instantly winning several matchups when it is drawn, and the downside is very limited.

On the flip side, I’m not a fan of Echoing Truth at all in this deck. Truth’s place in this Modern format is squarely in the sideboard of powerful combo decks that need a catch-all answer to the hate cards that it will face. It is incredibly inefficient at what it does, and the flexibility simply isn’t needed in this deck. In the same vein, Chandra, Torch of Defiance doesn’t quite fit in this strategy either. The powerful planeswalker is at its best when it can sit back and gain card advantage over several turns, which clashes with this deck’s desire to keep the pressure on and tempo the opponent out.

The sideboard of this deck is very diverse, and I would only make a couple of changes. Tormod’s Crypt and Grafdigger’s Cage essentially accomplish the same thing in this deck, but Cage’s ability to shut off Abzan Company means that you likely want to swap Crypt for another Cage. Additionally, Blood Moon and Molten Rain also accomplish the same thing, and Blood Moon is definitely the more potent option.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Chandra, Torch of Defiance

-1 Burst Lightning

-1 Echoing Truth

+1 Delver of Secrets

+1 Snapcaster Mage

+1 Serum Visions

Sideboard

-1 Tormod’s Crypt

-1 Molten Rain

+1 Blood Moon

+1 Grafdigger’s Cage

This is day 102 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 101 here, where we featured another Delver of Secrets deck in Modern, but one with an interesting twist.

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