Hey guys! Welcome to Episode 6 of our Modern Nexus Video Series, where we pick a sweet list and run it through some matches on Magic Online. This week we have the old standby, Grixis Delver! Grixis Delver has been slowly falling off the radar in Modern, and while I’m not necessarily sad to see it go (I love Grixis Control which has a tough matchup against Delver) I figured it would be quite responsible of me to dig in and find out why. Besides, clocking some poor souls for 3 in the air starting on turn 2 sounds pretty fun anyways. Let’s get to it!
So, while our results were fairly middle of the road, I think there are still a lot we can learn from the series. First, I think our assumptions were generally correct, that Delver’s main issue comes out of an inherent inconsistency that is based primarily on how often we can get our Delver’s to flip. As we saw many times, when Delver of Secrets doesn’t flip (or when our opponent can kill it) we become this awkward deck filled with tempo-generating spells with no way to apply pressure. In addition, having to take a relevant amount of damage every game just to play our spells puts us at a huge disadvantage against fast decks like Naya Company, Burn and Affinity. At its core, Grixis Delver is a strong, powerful deck based on powerful interactions, and the deck is highly customizable and can be adapted to beat most metagames. Unfortunately, the deck just seems a little too inconsistent for me, which I think explains why we see this deck falling in popularity. Until WoTC gives us another Treasure Cruise in Modern, I think it’s safe to say that Delver will hover around Tier 1.5 while so many aggressive decks remain at the top of the hill. Let me know what you think in the comments and tell me what you’d like to see me play next week!
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Trevor started playing Magic in 2011. He plays primarily online and studies Architecture at UNCC. Recent paper Magic accomplishments include a 2015 Regional PTQ win qualifying for Pro Tour: Magic Origins and a Day Two performance at GP Charlotte. He also streams weekdays at twitch.tv/Architect_Gaming! Follow him at twitter.com/7he4rchitect and architectgaming.wordpress.com!