Temur Delirium by oosunq on MtGO

Creatures (15)
3 Champion of Wits
2 Elder Deep-Fiend
2 Glorybringer
1 Goblin Dark-Dwellers
1 Ishkanah, Grafwidow
4 Rogue Refiner
1 Tireless Tracker
1 World Breaker

Non-Creature Spells (22)
2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
2 Strategic Planning
4 Traverse the Ulvenwald
2 Abrade
2 Grapple with the Past
3 Harnessed Lightning
3 Kozilek’s Return
2 Magma Spray
2 Vessel of Nascency

Lands (23)
4 Aether Hub
4 Botanical Sanctum
3 Evolving Wilds
3 Forest
1 Island
1 Lumbering Falls
2 Mountain
1 Sanctum of Ugin
2 Sheltered Thicket
2 Spirebluff Canal

Sideboard (15)
1 Goblin Dark-Dwellers
1 Ishkanah, Grafwidow
2 Tireless Tracker
1 World Breaker
1 Abrade
1 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
1 Magma Spray
1 Appetite for the Unnatural
1 Chandra’s Defeat
3 Negate
2 Nimble Obstructionist

Summary

With Hour of Devastation now on MtGO, several new and interesting decklists have been published, despite Wizards of the Coast’s questionable decision to limit how many decklists they publish per day, but that’s a topic for another article. The deck we’re featuring today takes many already successful Standard cards and puts them in a new shell facilitated by some powerful Hour of Devastation cards.

At its core, this deck wants to grind into the late game, where its powerful Delirium cards can go to work. Because of this, Rogue Refiner is a hugely important card for this deck, as it does just about everything the deck wants to do. In a similar role, the new card Champion of Wits is an excellent Delirium enabler, blocks well, and gains card advantage in the late game.

This deck also uses Grapple with the Past and Vessel of Nascency to put cards into the graveyard regularly. Both have their strengths and weaknesses, but they compliment each other well. The other Delirium enabler that Hour of Devastation provides is Strategic Planning. In most decks, its very similar to Anticipate, but with the deck’s heavy graveyard theme, it becomes a valuable piece of the deck.

This deck has several payoffs for enabling Delirium. Traverse the Ulvenwald is the normal payoff for these decks, and this deck is no different. It has several impactful creatures to search for, including Ishkanah, Grafwidow, Goblin Dark-Dwellers, and Worldbreaker. Ishkanah is great value for its mana when Delirium is turned on, Dark-Dwellers can rebuy a spell (like Traverse the Ulvenwald), and Worldbreaker deals with pesky permanents and can be rebought from the graveyard.

In order to bridge the gap, this deck plays Elder Deep-Fiend and Glorybringer. Elder Deep-Fiend takes advantage of the small creatures left in play from the early turns to delay the opponent and tempo them out, while Glorybringer has proven its worth recently as a great evasive creature that can control the opponent’s board.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Kozilek’s Return

+1 Ishkanah, Grafwidow

Sideboard

-1 Goblin Dark-Dwellers

-1 Abrade

-1 Chandra, Torch of Defiance

-2 Nimble Obstructionist

+2 Appetite for the Unnatural

+1 Chandra’s Defeat

+2 Chandra, Flamecaller

This is day 195 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 194 here, where we featured another Standard deck that’s looking to capitalize on new Hour of Devastation cards.

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