Hey all!

For a while now I've been trying to build a decent Abzan deck that includes Delirium in some way or form, since the mechanic has really grown on me and Abzan is by far my favourite colour combination of all (at least at the moment). I tried to include only cards I own or cards I could happily trade for, which is why certain auto-includes like Tarmogoyf, Abrupt Decay, fetch lands, etc. are missing. The deck itself plays like a control // midrange deck with decent hand-hate, removal and creatures that bring value to the table.

Now, after a lot of thought and trading, this is the list I have come up with:

Creature spells:

Non-creature spells:


For now, I can only afford the cheap lands, which is why I am running a playset of each Caves of Koilos and Llanowar Wastes . Additionally, I included two Evolving Wilds to make Delirium a bit easier to achieve. Running Traverse the Ulvenwald and Evolving Wilds might enable us to cut two lands from the deck to open up space for anything else.


The sideboard is still under construction, but my thoughts are that I want the sideboard to either enable the deck to be more aggressive, including cards like Gnarlwood Dryad and Loxodon Smiter or jump into full control mode and add maybe Ob Nixilis Reignited, Sorin, Grim Nemesis , etc.

I really need help here so please feel free to leave any and all feedback, I highly appreciate it!


Most of the cards I listed here are creatures or Planeswalkers, which I want to pick up at some point and playtest. The three-mana slot is lacking a bit in terms of creatures and I don't know, if this needs change or should stay as it is, especially with all the removal we run and the inclusion of Lingering Souls. I mentioned above that I am thinking about replacing Abzan Charm. My main reasoning for this is that I think there aren't enough creatures in the deck and that the curve looks and feels a bit clunky. As for now, I want to include another two-drop, maybe Scavenging Ooze or another artifact.

If you have actually read all of this, I should first off thank you for doing so! You might have noticed that I am still unsure about some of the cards I included, mainly Tidehollow Sculler and Abzan Charm. Also, running 22 lands instead of 24 might be an option too, since we run Traverse the Ulvenwald and Evolving Wilds. All this would open up 8 flexible spots in the deck that I need help with and would love to hear your opinion on.

To end this long description, I just want you to know that I am playing on a budget and with a more casual ruleset. This is why substitutes - like for example Swords to Plowshares instead of Path to Exile - and many more are very welcome. Please bear that in mind if you leave any feedback.

Now, finally, I thank all of you for reading this and wish you a happy day and merry christmas in advance!

Have a nice day!

EDIT#1: I just opened a Nissa, Voice of Zendikar and was thinking that it might find a spot somewhere in the deck as a one-off. Maybe I'll take out one Abzan Charm for it. We will see how playtesting goes, but feel free to share your opinion with me regarding Nissa, Voice of Zendikar.

EDIT#2: Currently, I am thinking about replacing Tidehollow Sculler with Vault Skirge and Anguished Unmaking & Abzan Charm with Blossoming Defense to make it more aggressive and give my creatures some protection. Let me know what you think!

EDIT#3: Added Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip, Warden of the First Tree and Scuttling Doom Engine to the list of possible additions. Don't know what to do with them yet though.




mahanhen says... #1

A cheap artifact would be good here. Something like, Nihil Spellbomb or Mishra's Bauble. And of course Tarmogoyf would be an auto include, but I wouldn't make that purchase either.

November 26, 2016 12:02 p.m.

frogkill45 says... #2

Hangarback Walker is good value town and both artifact and creature great for getting delirium.

November 29, 2016 4:08 p.m.

TheIPons says... #3

@mahanhen - Thank you for the suggestions! I might take a look at Nihil Spellbomb in future playtesting, but Tarmogoyf and Mishra's Bauble are too expensive for me atm.

@frogkill45 - Thank you too for your suggestions! Hangarback Walker has been on my list for quite some time now, but I haven't been motivated to get them yet. It does have what we need for the deck, so I might just have to get them now, even though I am still hoping that the price for a full playset drops down to 5 Euros...

December 2, 2016 3:31 a.m.

Viceroy1 says... #4

nice deck. delirium is tough.

December 16, 2016 12:26 p.m.

frogkill45 says... #5

looking at Tidehollow Sculler maybe if you replaced him with Brain Maggot it could help achieve delirium easier. same effect you lose 1 power/toughness for another card type

December 16, 2016 12:47 p.m.

frogkill45 says... #6

well nevermind i forgot he was an artifact creature, well i guess he wouldnt be bad anyway incase you feel like dropping something else

December 16, 2016 12:54 p.m.

I know what you said about budget, but Windswept Heath would seriously help fix your mana, as well as fuel delirium.

December 21, 2016 12:42 p.m.

TheIPons says... #8

Rusty_Shackleford, thank you! I still have some balance left on MCM, so I might take a look at them and see if I can get one or two.

December 27, 2016 8:15 a.m.

lagotripha says... #9

This is going to sound kind stupid, but have you considered cards like Raven's Crime,Delirium Skeins,Nameless Inversion, Collective Brutality or Grisly Salvage to just drop stuff straight to the graveyard madness style? combined with something like Phyrexian Arena or Endless Whispers as enchantments it could provide some real punch.

January 20, 2017 6:26 p.m.

TheIPons says... #10

@lagotripha - Thank you for the suggestion! Some of them look really interesting, especially Raven's Crime and I will be looking into them. Thought about Nameless Inversion already, but I will have to playtest it.

January 22, 2017 7:04 a.m.

luisserpa says... #11

Grisly Salvage is very good in decks that run delirium. It's an easier way to trigger it, plus it's an instant, wich means you can keep your mana open to eliminate a threat, or if nothing comes up, you use the salvage. I use this card in my golgari deck and it's very good, although I run the goyfs and it really powers him up.

January 24, 2017 6:50 a.m.

TheIPons says... #12

@luisserpa - Thank you for the feedback! I do own Grisly Salvage, but I feel in this version of the deck it mills too much and doesn't enable enough. The only cards benefiting from Delirium are Grim Flayer and Traverse the Ulvenwald, which isn't enough I think. However, if I return to a more Delirium heavy deck at some point, I will either use Grisly Salvage or Grapple with the Past.

January 24, 2017 9:04 a.m.

RaZielow says... #13

Nameless Inversion should fit in nice in this deck.and abrupt decay or fatal push over abzan charm

February 9, 2017 9:10 a.m.

TheIPons says... #14

@RaZielow - I had my eye on Nameless Inversion for a while, but can't figure out which card I should take out for it. Abzan Charm is more of a placeholder atm, so I agree with replacing it for more decent removal. Also, thank you for your feedback!

February 10, 2017 2:06 a.m.

slimoGMS says... #15

You could use some Land like Ghost Quarter if you play again tron or scapeshift valakut. I play these Colors a lot and i find Gavony Township and/or Vault of the Archangel pretty amazing!

February 18, 2017 5:40 p.m.

slimoGMS says... #16

Since you're playing for delirium, may i suggest Topplegeist

February 18, 2017 5:41 p.m.

TheIPons says... #17

@slimoGMS - Thank you! These are all great suggestions and I will try to find space for them. I have played around with Topplegeist, but haven't decided how many I should run and when they are useful.

February 19, 2017 11:05 a.m.

slimoGMS says... #18

You should try for yourself in your meta. I think three is enough. I would go down to 23 Land. That would be 2 spot for an artifact

February 19, 2017 11:25 a.m.

slimoGMS says... #19

Nihil spellbomb is budget.

February 19, 2017 11:30 a.m.

BoneSawBeats says... #20

The deck is called "Flaying Souls" but doesn't play Soulflayer. I am disappointed 3/10

March 25, 2017 4:20 p.m.

car says... #21

so i know this is supposed to be budget but is there any way you could get your hands on a bitterblossom? it would kill them combined with sorin. it is a tribal enchantment so if its milled then it becomes 2 card types for flayer. you need tribal for delirium and also enchantments from somewhere.

March 26, 2017 2:16 p.m.

I would love to see some Gnarlwood Dryads here, that card is surprisingly good. Also Satyr Wayfinder works really well in these kind of decks.

March 30, 2017 9:02 a.m.

vaperowned says... #23

Abzan is also my favourite colour combination and I'm in awe that you're not running Anafenza, the Foremost. She is everything your deck wants. Since I can't afford Tarmogoyfs and Dark Confidants. Warden didn't do much for me, I believe he is too slow and easily removed. Try and consider Sylvan Caryatid. Land base should always be 23+. You don't want to run less eventhough you have traverse. Running Emrakul is tricky if you don't have creature recursion. Grapple with the Past. I personally belive the tricky part is that you're trying to put too much mechanics into one deck. Delirium is basically just G/B whereas control midrange is Abzan. I'll put my deck up so you can see how I run semi budget midrange Abzan deck. P.S. Card advantage is very important in abzan. Run Phyrexian Arena or don't exclude Abzan Charm. Many of the spells should be in your sideboard a la Hero's Downfall. +1 Vault of the Archangel, just trust me on this one.

June 16, 2017 6:46 a.m.

Butter_Sauce says... #24

This is click bait I was expecting Soulflayer

June 21, 2017 4:55 p.m.

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+1 Soulflayer maybe