Just recently there was a Legacy Mythic Championship Qualifier, and I wasn’t going to miss it! I was looking for a sweet deck and stumbled upon Jarvis Yu‘s take on Temur Delver. I love the fact that it plays actual good cards that are playable of the top of the deck rather than hit-or-miss cards like four StifleStifle and four Nimble MongooseNimble Mongoose. I visualized winning both fast one-two punch games with Delver-WastelandWastelandDazeDaze, but also thought the deck could play longer games decently. I was locked in.

It’s no secret that I’ve been playing fast proactive decks (Mono Red Prison, Dredge and Sneak and Show) in Legacy for quite some time because I was looking for a change of pace, but in the end I always end up coming back to fair blue decks.

What I liked about the deck on paper was exactly how it performed in practice. I was able to win games by tempoing out the opponent with fast creatures, disruption and burn, but just as many games I would take advantage of its ability to function on a low number of lands and using BrainstormBrainstorm as Ancestral RecallAncestral Recall with excess lands to pull ahead in longer games. Wrenn and SixWrenn and Six singlehandedly won a few games where the opponent leaned on X/1’s or non basic lands. I did feel slightly behind vs. Storm, especially because this version doesn’t implement any answers to Empty the WarrensEmpty the Warrens – a tried and tested strategy vs. tempo decks. I ended up 6-2 which was good enough for top 16.

Temur Delver by ecobaronen

Creatures (13)
Delver of Secrets
Hexdrinker
Dreadhorde Arcanist
Tarmogoyf
True-Name Nemesis

Spells (28)
Wrenn and Six
Brainstorm
Lightning Bolt
Ponder
Preordian
Spell Pierce
Spell Snare
Vapor Snag
Daze
Force of Will
Lands (19)
Fiery Islet
Flooded Strand
Misty Rainforest
Polluted Delta
Scalding Tarn
Tropical Island
Volcanic Island
Wasteland

Sideboard (17)
Blue Elemental Blast
Grafdigger's Cage
Hydroblast
Pyroblast
Red Elemental Blast
Spell Pierce
Surgical Extraction
Vapor Snag
Ancient Gudge
Force of Negation
Force of Negation
Submerge

Notable Card Choices

The number one planeswalker in Legacy

Wrenn and Six from Modern Horizons

Wrenn and Six from Modern Horizons

Once you are playing both red and green, Wrenn becomes a natural inclusion thanks to its ability to recur WastelandWastelands, make sure you hit your land drops, its ability to ping down opposing critters, planeswalkers or lifetotals while also giving you higher card quantity in your hand to improve your BrainstormBrainstorm immensely.

The cheapest Progenitus you can play

Hexdrinker from Modern Horizons

Hexdrinker from Modern Horizons

The growing snake overperformed in the tournament where it singlehandedly allowed me to beat 14 Goblins from Empty the WarrensEmpty the Warrens against Storm and facilitated the last six points of damage facing an opposing True-Name NemesisTrue-Name Nemesis in the mirror. Against combo decks the cheap cost can be relevant, and in drawn-out games it’s a great mana sink. I will run one copy if I play this deck again.

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Vapor Snag from Modern Masters 2015

Vapor Snag from Modern Masters 2015

I had the choice between a third PreordainPreordain and the first Vapor SnagVapor Snag for card number 60 in my maindeck. I went with Vapor SnagVapor Snag because I wanted four total answers to a resolved Marit Lage in my 75 and couldn’t find a sideboard card to cut. The Snag made sure I won game one against a Blue-White tempo variant in combination with Dreadhorde ArcanistDreadhorde Arcanist, but other than that it was unimpressive at anything else than being pitched to Force of WillForce of Will or getting BrainstormBrainstorm-fetched away. Oh, the perks of being blue.

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Submerge from Nemesis

Submerge from Nemesis

I always look for cross uses when constructing a sideboard, and SubmergeSubmerge is most importantly great against Marit Lage, but also other big creatures like TarmogoyfTarmogoyf in the mirror match or Knight of the ReliquaryKnight of the Reliquary against Maverick or Four Color Midrange. Sometimes the Lands or Depths player can play around SubmergeSubmerge by not having a Forest on the battlefield, but thankfully it’s not often the case. Keep in mind that casting SubmergeSubmerge in response to a fetchland activation will get rid of the creature for good.

The Fire Extinguisher

Hydroblast from Eternal Masters

Hydroblast from Eternal Masters

I added an additional copy of “blue blast” compared to the stock list because I love its versatility these days. Its value against Mono Red Prison and Burn are fairly straight forward, but copy number two finds its way into my sideboard because it deals with Wrenn and SixWrenn and Six and Dreadhorde ArcanistDreadhorde Arcanist in the mirror. Countering Lightning BoltLightning Bolt or PyroblastPyroblast on top of it makes it a slot well spent right now. My best advice for the mirror is firing it off whenever you can because it might be a dead card in drawn out games that means the difference between winning and losing.

Some early graveyard hate

Grafdigger's Cage from Modern Masters 2017

Grafdigger’s Cage from Modern Masters 2017

The ambitious reader will notice that Grafdigger’s CageGrafdigger’s Cage shuts down my ability to cast cards from the graveyard via Dreadhorde ArcanistDreadhorde Arcanist. Since I’m only looking to bring in Cage against Reanimator and Dredge where it wins the game on the spot, I don’t mind my two copies of Arcanist being shut down in the process. If you really don’t like this, Surgical ExtractionSurgical Extraction number three is a fine replacement.

Wrap-Up

I could definitely see myself bringing back Temur Delver for my next Legacy tournament for a few reasons. I love to play with Force of WillForce of Will (and now even Force of NegationForce of Negation) to make sure I have outs against “nonsense” ensuring that I get to play a game where my decisions matter. On top of that the deck feels well rounded with powerful draws that lead to easy game wins and durability to make sure you are in fine shape in a longer game as well. Come to think about it, I don’t think it has a bad matchup among the most played decks which is always great. I also enjoy resolving cantrips, but I could write a whole article about that, so let’s leave it there for now.

Andreas Petersen

Andreas Petersen

Andreas is probably better known as "ecobaronen" on MTGO. After 2nd place of Team Trios #GPMadrid playing Modern he's heading to his second Pro Tour in Minneapolis this year. Andreas has an opinion about every constructed format except Standard.