Jeskai Delver by zackwithak on MtGO

Creatures (13)
4 Delver of Secrets
2 Geist of Saint Traft
4 Snapcaster Mage
3 Young Pyromancer

Non-Creature Spells (29)
4 Serum Visions
3 Boros Charm
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Lightning Helix
2 Mana Leak
4 Path to Exile
4 Remand
4 Spell Pierce

Lands (18)
1 Arid Mesa
4 Flooded Strand
2 Hallowed Fountain
1 Island
1 Mountain
1 Plains
1 Sacred Foundry
4 Scalding Tarn
3 Steam Vents

Sideboard (15)
3 Anger of the Gods
1 Aven Mindcensor
4 Blessed Alliance
2 Counterflux
1 Grim Lavamancer
1 Izzet Staticaster
3 Leyline of Sanctity


Modern in its current incarnation rewards linear strategies. The traditional fair decks that were successful in Modern due to their ability to have game against most of the format are less popular now than before. Similarly, Delver decks in this format have seen a significant downturn since the two iconic Delve spells were banned. The deck we’re featuring today aims to take the tempo-based archetypes that have been on the rise in Modern and create a new and more powerful Delver deck.

Like previous Delver decks in this format, this deck relies heavily on the one-two punch of Delver of Secrets and Young Pyromancer. Delver of Secrets rewards you for having a high density of non-creature spells in your deck by turning into a 3/2 flyer for just 1 mana, putting a significant clock on the opponent. Young Pyromancer similarly rewards you for having a high density of non-creature spells with great value for initial mana input, but Pyromancer spreads it over many creatures.

Geist of Saint Traft and Snapcaster Mage round up the creature base in this deck. Geist of Saint Traft has seen a major uptick in play as these tempo decks require a significant clock to be put on their linear opponents for the strategy overall to be effective, and it doesn’t get much better than 6 power (4 in the air) for just 3 mana. Snapcaster Mage allows you to rebuy the spells you’ve cast earlier in the game, giving this deck some much needed 2-for-1 value.


As for the actual non-creature spells, this deck takes a rather aggressive and burn-heavy approach, which reflects the overall speed of the format and the need for decks to act quickly to combat it. Lightning Bolt, Path to Exile, and Remand are all to be expected in this deck, but Boros Charm‘s inclusion is the strongest indication of this. It acts as a 4 damage burn spell that can protect the deck’s more valuable creatures. The presence of a full playset of Spell Pierce is another good indicator of this deck’s strategy of being more mana- and card-efficient than its opponents, and 1 mana counter spells fit perfectly in this mold.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:


-1 Snapcaster Mage

+1 Geist of Saint Traft


-1 Aven Mindcensor

+1 Izzet Staticaster

This is day 283 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 282 here, where we featured a new Standard deck that looks to reach the mid game and cast powerful planeswalkers and creatures.

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