Battle of Wits with Tom Delia

Posted in NEWS on August 31, 2013

By Steve Sadin

Only one of the competitors at the 2013 Magic Online Community Cup chose to play more than 2 ingredients during the Ironroot Chef challenge: Tom @mtgradio Delia. Tom chose to fill his deck with 4 copies of each of the 5 ingredients: Goblin Test Pilot, Angelic Accord, Feed the Pack, Conjured Currency, and Strionic Resonator.

Tom Delia

In addition to these 20 cards, Tom filled out his deck with 232 other cards to build a Battle of Wits deck.

"As soon as I learned that I could play more than two of the ingredients, I knew that I wanted to play all five. But in order to play all five of them, I was going to have to play five colors. Then I got to thinking, I could play Battle of Wins in my deck! Not only is this a lot of fun, Keya Saleh won the Texas State Championships a few years ago with Battle of Wits – so I had an expert to help me figure out my mana base."– Tom Delia

The result? A 252 card deck that has struck fear into the hearts of every member of the Wizards Team.

But is it flavorful?

The judges have yet to cast their verdict.

While they have acknowledged the fact that almost all of the pieces in the deck have synergies that work with at least one of the Ironroot Chef ingredients, there's some question as to whether or not Tom's deck has actually made proper use of those ingredients.

"I feel like you stapled 5 ingredients onto Battle of Wits, and that Battle of Wits is the theme of the deck."– The Wizard

The Wizard is a harsh judge.

Will Tom's deck be able to win? Will it be deemed flavorful enough by the judges?

Stay tuned to find out.


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