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Grixis Delver has a naturally painful land base and apart from the Delve fatties it relies a lot on grinding out matches for the win. Death's Shadow naturally fits in with this as I feel it provides a very useful late game threat as well as opening up the avenue of being active with discard via Thoughtseize/Inquisition of Kozilek rather than just reactive via Mana Leak etc.

Based off this deck

A lot of my current card choices are based off pieces I have, i.e.
- Obviously run Scalding Tarn if you have them rather than Flooded Strand
- Creeping Tar Pit is a flex spot for lands and is normally a Darkslick Shores
- Tombstalker in the 4th delve spot is a test at the moment but I have not been disappointed with the causing casting issues as we aren't as low on big threats because of Death's Shadow


Leading up to this I decided to take out the 2 main board Lightning Bolts and put 1 Temur Battle Rage and 1 Terminate in.

Match 1: 2-1 against G Tron
Game 1, he got T3 Tron and just did Tron things. Game 2 I board in 3 Ceremonious Rejections, 1 Blood Moon, 1 Stubborn Denial and 1 Pithing Needle, I take the 3 Pushes, Mana Leak and 2 IoK out. Game 2 I manage a T1 Thoughtseize and take his Wurmcoil, land a T2 Tasigur and Temur Battle Rage for the win on T5, Ceremonius Rejectioned his other Wurmcoil and Stubborn Denialed his Ugin to control the board. Game 3 we draw a lot of lands, but he still doesn't have Tron. I have a small Death's Shadow chipping away. I Serum Vision and draw a Street Wraith, and put a Blood Moon on top. Discard the Wraith, attack with a slightly bigger Death's Shadow, play Blood Moon. Was game over for him.

Match 2: 0-2 against Sun and Moon
Both games had a T2 Chalice of the Void on 1. Managed to land a Gurmag that ate a Wrath of God, he killed me with his Gideon of the Trials. In game 2, on top of the Chalice he had a T3 Rest in Peace... I manage to KCommad the Chalice, then I should have played 2 7/7 Death's Shadows instead of 1 as I feared a wrath which was stupid anyway as I lose against a Wrath either way. He top decks a Banishing Light and kills me that turn with his Gideon attacking for 6.

Match 3: 2-0 against Dredge
Game 1 I had 2 5/5 Death's Shadows on T3, he had some Blood Ghasts, quick win. Game 2 he mulled to 5 and kept a 1 lander. Couldn't draw into another land, he tried to Faithless Loot on T4 and I Stubborn Denialed it, pretty much played magic by myself

Match 4: 2-0 against Grixis Death's Shadow
Game 1 we ended up in top deck mode from all our control and removal. He had a hard casted Street Wraith and an 8/8 Death's Shadow. I had a 7/7 Death's Shadow. He passes with both untapped, I had Temur Battle Rage in hand and top deck a fetch land. Make my Death's Shadow a 10/10 and swing for 20 with trample. Game 2 we terminate each others Delve creatures, I manage to get a Death's Shadow down first and Temur Battle Rage for the win.


Bluefire016 says... #1

Gotta love a good Delver deck. Well done! +1

March 20, 2017 1:21 p.m.

GS10 says... #2

Now I think I should repurpose my Grixis Delver into something like this! Looks awesome, and probably would be a contender for best deck in my local meta. Still a lot of Infect, which Grixis is usually perfect against, and this looks like it can outpace most strategies. Definitely one to keep a close eye on ;)

Well deserved +1

March 20, 2017 1:43 p.m.

Virulent11 says... #3

Nice, haven't been liking my grixis delver deck in the current meta and this would be a good adaptation

March 20, 2017 3:55 p.m.

Teddyjunior11 says... #4

Let me work on it real quick I feel there is a couple things missing

Be back in hopefully within 20 minutes of this post

March 31, 2017 12:03 a.m.

Teddyjunior11 says... #5

Death's Delver

Been playing this recently last two weeks at fnm and a couple small 7 round tournaments been having fun winning and playing deaths shadow as 4 more gurmag anglers essentially. Record 12-2 game wise two losses were to the mirror and GW Tron on the play. 7-0 otherwise. Played maybe 20 games record of 15-5 Round wise

March 31, 2017 12:25 a.m.

Teddyjunior11 says... #6

14-2 my bad can't math. Went 2-1 in the last two rounds

March 31, 2017 12:26 a.m.

That awk moment when you have 4x Flooded Strand over 4x Bloodstained Mire... Why?

April 26, 2017 6:27 a.m.

bradc1988 says... #8

Made from pieces I have lying around. The Strands have surprisingly never been a hindrance. Obviously I'd rather 4x Polluted Delta, 3x Bloodstained Mire, and 3x Scalding Tarn. Alas... $$

April 26, 2017 6:42 a.m.

Teddyjunior11 says... #9

isnt Darkslick Shores just better than drowned catacomb, because lets be honest if you see more than 4 lands you probably have already lost

April 26, 2017 12:13 p.m.

bradc1988 says... #10

Yes it is. But I own one and not the other.

April 26, 2017 7:18 p.m.

Necrisev says... #11

Have you considered adding Street Wraith?

May 17, 2017 5:03 a.m.

bradc1988 says... #12


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.

May 17, 2017 5:20 a.m.

Teddyjunior11 says... #13

Is the sideboard being changed. You got to not be so diverse even if you are a Delver deck

May 17, 2017 6:47 a.m.

bradc1988 says... #14

The sideboard is evolving, it's really meta dependent. I'm sure it will narrow as time progresses.

May 17, 2017 7:10 a.m.

Teddyjunior11 says... #15

For a modern tournament? I certainly hope so...

Bant Eldrazi and Eldrazi Tron are good right now. UW Control as well

May 17, 2017 7:41 a.m.

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+1 Temur Battle Rage main
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+1 Anger of the Gods side
+1 Ceremonious Rejection side