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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
14 hours ago
What's the deal with the 1x Torrential Gearhulk? There aren't many targets for it.
I also don't think Reality Smasher is worth it if you don't ramp into it, maybe try to replace it with 2x Snapcaster Mage if you're not on a budget. It does help with casting your instants and sorceries for your Thing in the Ice Flip.
1 day ago
TheRealBaddie: Painful Truths is only 2 extra cards if you only use 2 colors to cast it. in esper, it could be 3 extra cards. but its not "just" 3 mana you're paying. it also makes you lose life. but with this being a Delver of Secrets Flip deck, a much better option for card draw would be Serum Visions so that he can flip the delver
1 day ago
2 days ago
The combo is a funny addition to this strategy. But... counterspells and creatures with prowess are an unfortunate nonbo. You'll have to decide which way to go - either deploy a threat and protect it with counterspells and paving a way through blockers with removal. Or play prowess-threats, and go for a more aggro-burn strategy, where your burn spells make your early attacks stronger. If you go with the prowess approach, Distortion Strike is a surprisingly good card - +2/+1 (when you count in the prowess trigger) and unblockable, twice, for 1 mana. Mutagenic Growth is pretty good too.
No matter which approach you take, you should probably lose Enigma Drake. You don't really want to spend all your mana turn 3 on playing a creature (you'd like to cast some spells, to make something out of your turn 1 or turn 2 creature). You could change it to a couple of Monastery Swiftspear for the prowess strategy, or a Delver of Secrets Flip and a Vapor Snag for the more tempo-control approach.
You could cut back land a bit, since you have a pile of cantrips to ensure that you draw what you want to, and don't need all that much land as casting costs are pretty low. Or you could change a couple of lands to Wandering Fumarole.
If you feel like reallyt throwing some money at it, Snapcaster Mage is insanely good.
4 days ago
I would recommend getting rid of Clout of the Dominus. It is only really worth the cost when attached to Stormchaser Mage, because it only gives a +1/+1 to your Goblin Guides and Monastery Swiftspears and the haste is redundant. I think that this deck could definitely consider Delver of Secrets Flip, Young Pyromancer, and/or Bedlam Reveler, as well as a higher spell count. I don't think you need 22 lands, 19 seems more appropriate. You might even be able to shave it to 18 because of how many cantrips you have in Opt and Serum Visions. I'd also consider Shivan Reef. I think while it could use a little refining, it looks like a very fun idea and could have a lot of potential.
6 days ago
Mill is competitive when done right, but in Modern it has to be fast. The crank / mantle combo is cute, but Duskmantle will get Fatal Pushed, Path to Exiled or Bolted and crank will get Abrade or some other artifact hate.
My best mill deck is a tempo build with high value low cost creatures, Hedron Crab, Delver of Secrets, Jace's Phantasm. You put pressure by attacking and milling at the same time. #nastiness. Here is the build Modern Delver Mill.
6 days ago
As for your question, between Opt and Serum Visions it really depends on what you run with them. For instance running Snapcaster Mage makes Opt more viable while running Delver of Secrets makes Serum Visions the better choice.
In my own opinion, both are worth running. You can run both as full play sets, a mixture of both, or one or the other. It really comes down to your preference.
1 week ago
I dont believe Lothen was suggesting that you run Zur, i think he was comparing your build to a classic blue-based tempo/control deck, with geist being the centerpiece instead of something like Zur the Enchanter or even Delver of Secrets. I think he was pointing to that deck specifically to illustrate its mana curve and land base. Anyway, suite deck. I love the mix of discard with counter magic, tho there are many who would disagree with me, i like having an assortment of answers to the field. Especially answers that can be snapped back. Bummer that you done have room for esper charm, but its a tight list so i understand.