Delver of Secrets

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
From the Vault: Transform (V17) None
Innistrad (ISD) Common

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Delver of Secrets

Creature — Human Wizard

At the beginning of your upkeep, look at the top card of your library. You may reveal that card. If an instant or sorcery card is revealed this way, transform Delver of Secrets.

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Delver of Secrets Discussion

Saljen on Mono-Blue Curious Tempo

1 week ago

With 20 Instant/Sorcery spells, you could run Delver of Secrets  Flip over Slither Blade. 1 CMC fliers with sacrifice triggers is also much better than 1/1 unblockables with no other affects.

Mausoleum Wanderer and Siren Stormtamer can protect your enchanted flyer while also being just as capable as your 1/1 unblockables. They would add a lot of value to the deck for sure.

You could run 3/4 of each as it would allow you to drop Dive Down since they do what Dive Down does for less mana and substitute as a 1/1 flier.

TheSimikBOat on BUG Midrange/Control

2 weeks ago

Nice deck thetonyage!!

As suggestions, you may cut the 2 Thought Erasure and 1 Vendilion Clique to add 1 Tarmogoyf and 2 Thoughtseize. Also, you can move the 2 Countersquall to the sideboard instead of the 2 Spell Pierce, and add other Liliana of the Veil and other Assassin's Trophy. In the sideboard, you may cut the 2 Architects of Will and 1 Unmoored Ego to add 3 Leyline of the Void; and cut 1 Abrupt Decay to add 1 Maelstrom Pulse.

In the mana base you're playing too many shocklands, and you may cut 2 Breeding Pool, 2 Watery Grave, and 2 Overgrown Tomb to add 2 Blooming Marsh, 3 Darkslick Shores and 1 Botanical Sanctum; because is important to have black mana on the Turn-1 to cast Inquisition of Kozilek and Thoughtseize, or blue mana on the Turn-1 to cast Delver of Secrets  Flip.

I hope these suggestions have helped you, and I like you idea to add Delver of Secrets  Flip to Sultai.

PoorManSam on PoorManSam

2 weeks ago

Pauper Anti-Delver

Pauper is a wonderful, beautiful format, with one blemish: Delver of Secrets  Flip. After doing some calculations based on the Pauper Meta provided by MTG Goldfish, Delver decks make up roughly 30% of the format. Furthermore, of the top 7 most played decks in pauper, 4 of them are Delver variations. To my knowledge, there's only one format in which that kind of domination is acceptable: Standard. When things in modern get to that point, bannings happen.

There's a reason Stoneforge Mystic remains banned, there's a reason Deathrite Shaman remains banned, and there's a reason Bloodbraid Elf and Jace, the Mind Sculptor have only recently been unbanned: because they were apart of decks that overwhelmed the meta. In fact, when decks like CawBlade became too abundant, modern was considered broken. Pauper is nearing that point, but since it isn't payed as much attention as more mainstream formats, problems like this have the potential to go unchecked. With or without bannings, Delver's reign needs to be brought to an end.

Pauper is a magical format because of its potential. It's an affordable eternal format that is widely unexplored, with hundreds of possibilities just waiting to be discovered. Because of this, I hate seeing it smothered by a single archetype. I have been workshopping a deck I like to call "Anti-Delver" which not only should be able to contend with Delver decks, but should be virtually untouchable when it comes to that archetype. Thus far I am considering a type of Jeskai or possibly Bant control deck, drafts of which will be posted in the future.

To conclude, I would like to call to action the many creative minds in the Pauper format in this community, such as Gattison, Panzerforge, and rocksteady to help build something that can defeat this Goliath. Any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated.

PoorManSam on PoorManSam

2 weeks ago

Pauper Anti-Delver

Pauper is a wonderful, beautiful format, with one blemish: Delver of Secrets  Flip. After doing some calculations based on the Pauper Meta provided by MTG Goldfish, Delver decks make up roughly 30% of the format. Furthermore, of the top 7 most played decks in pauper, 4 of them are Delver variations. To my knowledge, there's only one format in which that kind of domination is acceptable: Standard. When things in modern get to that point, bannings happen.

There's a reason Stoneforge Mystic remains banned, there's a reason Deathrite Shaman remains banned, and there's a reason Bloodbraid Elf and Jace, the Mind Sculptor have only recently been unbanned: because they were apart of decks that overwhelmed the meta. In fact, when decks like CawBlade became too abundant, modern was considered broken. Pauper is nearing that point, but since it isn't payed as much attention as more mainstream formats, problems like this have the potential to go unchecked. With or without bannings, Delver's reign needs to be brought to an end.

Pauper is a magical format because of its potential. It's an affordable eternal format that is widely unexplored, with hundreds of possibilities just waiting to be discovered. Because of this, I hate seeing it smothered by a single archetype. I have been workshopping a deck I like to call "Anti-Delver" which not only should be able to contend with Delver decks, but should be virtually untouchable when it comes to that archetype. Thus far I am considering a type of Jeskai or possibly Bant control deck, drafts of which will be posted in the future.

To conclude, I would like to call to action the many creative minds in the Pauper format in this community, such as Gattison, Panzerforge, and rocksteady to help build something that can defeat this Goliath. Any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated.

xaarvaxus on Nicol Bolas commander prototype

2 weeks ago

Delver of Secrets  Flip seems like an odd inclusion here, was this meant to be something else?

Any consideration for including Dragon's Hoard as part of the ramp package that can double as some card draw? It could sub in for the Ingot if need be.

Maybe Sneak Attack so you can cheat one of your expensive dragons in and then have it in the graveyard for Bolas to return to play with his -4. Sorry, not the cheapest of suggestions.

Glorybringer fits with the tribal theme as well as provides some more creature removal. Same for Flameblast Dragon [which can hit opponents and planeswalkers as well].

Instead of Lightning Bolt you may want to look at Chaos Warp. It can be a little random but it deals with any permanent type, at least in the short to mid-term unless the opposing deck has a ton of search.

You also have some other hubs you could flag to increase exposure for your deck: 'Dragons', 'Izzet' and 'Tribal' should be on the list anyway.

Darth_Savage on Burn. Sleep. Counter. Repeat.

3 weeks ago

Thermo-Alchemist might be a better option here, since it can always ping for 1, even if you don't have an instant. Also surprised not to see Bedlam Reveler, Skullcrack or Delver of Secrets  Flip and I'd question how often Ral Zarek is actually relevant...

Still this does look like a decent brew, I wish you luck.

ToolmasterOfBrainerd on Nova Pentacle???

1 month ago

First, welcome to the format. Next, Nova Pentacle is very far from legacy playable.

The first issue is that legacy is not a creature-based format. The top decks play creatures, sure, but they typically have 1-2 in play at any given time. Rarely more. If they are attacking with creatures, then that creature is probably Delver of Secrets  Flip and you will never resolve Nova Pentacle. And even if you did then it's turn 4 and you're mostly dead anyway. There are also a lot of creatures like Baleful Strix and True-Name Nemesis and Tarmogoyf, all of which are basically immune to Nova Pentacle. There are also a lot of Jace, the Mind Sculptors which will win them the game even if you have Pentacle.

Secondly, legacy is very fast. The games do tend to make it to turn 5 or 6 because the decks are slow to kill, but most decks can lock the board down by turn 2 or 3. Games only make it longer because cards like Force of Will keep the balance in check. My point is that by the time you can play Nova, it's already too late. Playable creature removal consists of Swords to Plowshares, Lightning Bolt, Fatal Push, Abrupt Decay, Terminus, Diabolic Edict.

I hate to be a downer, but legacy is a very very competitive format. There's not much room for brewing. There is some and the brews tend to be fascinating because of the really high bar set by the meta.

cdkime on Silence is for fools. Communication is for leaders

1 month ago

First off, welcome to Magic!

I would cut Fabricate. There's a reason tutors are not common in Modern--Modern is very fast-paced, and you cannot afford to be a turn behind trying to find a card. Instead, consider adding more cantrips (1-mana card draw spells). Four copies of Opt helps dig through your deck and find the cards you want.

I would say Remand is an upgrade to Sinister Sabotage. While it is not a hard counter, and they can cast the spell again, it also nets you an additional card and can be imprinted.

Rather than three copies of Syncopate, consider running two copies of Logic Knot. While Logic Knot costs more and does not exile, you likely will have your graveyard full of cantrips, counterspells, fogs, etc. Unlike Syncopate, which requires you to have a significant amount of open mana, Logic Knot just requires you to exile cards you were not going to use anyway.

Delver of Secrets  Flip is a solid win condition in a spell-heavy deck. You can drop it turn 1, then happily deal 3 evasive damage per turn while countering away. While Delver does get bounced by Thing in the Ice  Flip, the two actually work well in tandem--Delver provides solid early game pressure, getting your opponent close enough that Awoken Horror can swing for the kill the turn it is transformed.

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