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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
1 day ago
in a deck like this, you want complete consistency with the tempo. my suggestion is to go down to 12 creatures, and just awesome free spells like Gitaxian Probe, Mutagenic Growth, Manamorphose, pretty much anything phyrexian free that helps you pump up your dudes. in a deck like this, i would use Delver of Secrets Flip, Monastery Swiftspear, and Snapcaster Mage, or Young Pyromancer. with a deck that fast, you can also run about 17-19 lands. sometimes less, depends on how confident you are with the deck.
1 day ago
I think you would benefit from playing Delver of Secrets Flip in the deck. Or, in other words, play more like a Delver deck with Death's Shadow rather than a Zoocide deck with control elements. Trying to win on turn 2 consistently in a large tournament is going to be a problem. You're going up against a variety of different decks. If you're going all-in on a combo, you're gonna eventually lose to a deck like Jund Midrange or Grixis Control when you inevitably run into them at a large event.
One of the guys at my shop has done really well playing such a list. You can play a turn 1 Delver of Secrets Flip or Thoughtseize, then lock your opponent out of the game with Remands, Mana Leak, and Stubborn Denial. The best part is you have Death's Shadow to inevitably wreck your opponent's day.
Here is what (I think) his decklist looks like:
That's one of the reasons I would play Esper Death's Shadow over the regular all-in version of the deck. Right now, you're not taking full advantage of the colors you're in except for Snapcaster Mage, Path to Exile, and Lingering Souls.
My suggestions may be too much to test in a short time frame if you're planning on going to a large event soon. I agree with APPLE01DOJ that your sideboard needs work. It's the best way to prepare for a large event without changing much.
I'd suggest something like:
5 days ago
Deprive is so, so good in Delver. I'd want at least 3, maybe even 4. Peek and Sleight of Hand seem like your weakest 2 cards; I'd cut some of those to add Thought Scour (Instant speed and synergizes with Snapcaster Mage to sometimes "draw an extra card") and maybe more land. With only 17 land, finding enough to cast Cryptic Command seems very hard. On a normal draw, you only have about at 46% chance to draw into your 4th land by turn 5, which is already later than you want it to be. What are the shocks for? Fetches make sense with Delver of Secrets Flip, but I can't think of an advantage to using off-color shocks.
5 days ago
Hm, I don't know, man... but, the mix of creatures you're running seems really sloppy. I mean, what is the Isamaru, Hound of Konda good for? And the 4 copies of Cryptic Serpent and Delver of Secrets Flip being bounced back to your hand due to the effect of Awoken Horror Flip look a little out of place.
I love UW Control, and I play it myself as TrUWe Control. I know some cards are hella expensive, like Snapcaster Mage, Celestial Colonnade and Cryptic Command, but you have a lot of cheap options that are nearly auto-include in any azorius build:
- Serum Visions - our one and only cantrip in modern.
- Blessed Alliance - although this is not necessarily a 4-of, is aggro kryptonite and you need some.
- Path to Exile - THE Removal for modern. Just had its third or fourth reprint, so it's time to get yours.
- Detention Sphere - doesn't really seems like mainboard material, right? haha But, I've been using two and they're extremely useful.
- Aaaand lands. You run so few lands. You'd might want to use some more, since you can't afford losing land drops.
But then you might ask yourself: "How the fuck will I win if I just take out all of my creatures?". Yes, that's though. Awoken Horror Flip by itself is a solid wincon, but he gets Fatal Pushed very easily, so you can't relay solely on him to win. I'd recommend some planeswalker, like Gideon Jura (who is having a recent price spike) and Elspeth, Sun's Champion and even Narset Transcendent, but I don't know about your budget.
Anyhow, I hope my tips helped anything about your list.See ya!
6 days ago
As a UR fanatic, this deck needs some serious work.
I suggest keeping your curve lower. 5 drops are not fantastic in Modern, as you are usually dead by then.
These are just suggestions, so you don't have to follow them, but they give you more options, that can seriously improve your deck.
Hope that helps, even a little.
1 week ago
1 week ago
Definitely have, and all the other Grixis Shadow builds have evolved and ditched the Delver of Secrets Flip for it, but I like Death's Shadow being an extra threat rather than the core of the deck. Especially with cards like Condemn seeing more play. I'm heading to a Modern tournament in a weeks time and I'll see how it fairs.
1 week ago
-1 Abrupt Decay
-1 Disdainful Stroke, possibly -2.