Jeskai Delver by qbturtle15 on MtGO

Creatures (15)
4 Delver of Secrets
4 Meddling Mage
4 Steppe Lynx
3 True-Name Nemesis

Non-Creature Spells (26)
4 Gitaxian Probe
4 Ponder
4 Brainstorm
4 Daze
4 Force of Will
4 Lightning Bolt
2 Thwart

Lands (19)
4 Flooded Strand
4 Scalding Tarn
4 Tundra
3 Volcanic Island
4 Wasteland

Sideboard (15)
1 Abrade
1 Electrickery
1 Ensnare
1 Ethersworn Canonist
1 Flusterstorm
1 Forked Bolt
1 Grim Lavamancer
1 Hydroblast
1 Pyroblast
1 Rest in Peace
1 Spell Pierce
1 Stony Silence
1 Submerge
1 Surgical Extraction
1 Vendilion Clique

Summary

Delver decks have always been successful in Legacy since the printing of the namesake card, thanks to the powerful creature’s ability to completely dictate games on its own. Additionally, a remarkable number of variations have been viable, thanks to the overall strategy carrying over very well regardless of colors included in the deck. The deck we’re featuring today is a new take on Jeskai Delver, which aims to be both more aggressive and more disruptive.

Just like every other Delver deck, this one is heavily reliant on Delver of Secrets. The 1 mana creature, especially in spell-heavy decks, can quickly be a 3/2 flyer, putting a hard to block clock on the opponent, thus increasing the power of the tempo cards that this deck has. One thing that separates this deck from most is the inclusion of Steppe Lynx. The 1 mana Landfall creature turns every land that enters the battlefield into 2 damage on board. Each fetchland represents 4, and saving cracks on those fetchlands becomes more valuable.

Meddling Mage is a card that has seen its stock skyrocket in Modern, but it’s still a very powerful tool in Legacy. While it doesn’t hit the hardest, it’s an incredibly powerful option against combo decks or decks that otherwise rely heavily on a singular card. True-Name Nemesis is the no nonsense blue finisher that trumps most other fair decks. Removing it is a huge challenge for any fair opponent, and it helps this deck push through the final points of damage.

Much of the non-creature spells in this deck will look very similar to anyone familiar with Legacy Delver decks. Ponder and Brainstorm are still the best draw spell options that can also set up Delver flips, Lightning Bolt is still the most mana efficient removal spell that can also be aimed at the opponent, and Gitaxian Probe is still excellent at effectively thinning the deck while gaining valuable information, which is particularly useful in this deck thanks to Meddling Mage. Force of Will is nearly an auto-include here, as is Daze, the latter of which gains a lot of value thanks to the presence of Steppe Lynx. Lynx is also the reason why Thwart is in this deck. While it demands quite a bit to cast it for free, it is another somewhat free counter spell that helps provide more lands for the 1 mana Cat.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 True-Name Nemesis

+1 Fire // Ice

Sideboard

-1 Ensnare

-1 Submerge

-1 Surgical Extraction

+1 Rest in Peace

+1 Ethersworn Canonist

+1 Pyroblast

This is day 360 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 359 here, where we featured a Modern deck that uses all 5 colors facilitated by a powerful land.

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