Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – The Evolution of Delver of Secrets

Posted in Event Coverage on February 16, 2014

By Olle Rade

After nine grueling rounds of swiss yesterday, the 1,587-player field is down to 186. Most of the fringe decks have been eliminated and the meta game has become a little more predictable. I took a look at what the players at the first 10 tables were playing to get a view of what decks did best yesterday and how field looks for the people very much in contention for the top 8.

The first thing that struck me was the rise in popularity of BUG Delver. Six months ago the most successful deck with Delver of Secrets was Red, Blue and Green with Tarmogoyf and Nimble Mongoose in addition to the Innistrad namesake. And the last Legacy Grand Prix in Washington in November saw the rise of the Blue, White and Red version with Stoneforge Mystic and True-Name Nemesis, which also ended up winning the event.

Owen Turtenwald

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Although the Blue, White and Red Delver deck was a popular choice yesterday, the top ten tables this morning saw no pilots of it. Three Delver players however, opted for Blue, Green and Black version, and one player was with the good ol' Red, Blue and Green.

The reason for the rise in popularity in Black and Green over White and Red is a response to the increased amount of True-Name Nemesis currently in the format. Cards like Liliana of the Veil and Golgari Charm out of the sideboard are good against it, and some players chose to play answers to True-Name Nemesis in additions to their own True-Name Nemesis. Having access to Abrupt Decay is also a good choice, both against other Delver decks, and against the Miracles deck with Counterbalance that have been doing well this weekend. Spaniard Ruben Delgado won a trial Friday night with this list.

Ruben Delgado

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Although still a bit early in the day to list the decks from the people playing today, I'm sure we will see quite a few Blue, Black and Green Delver decks in the top portion of the standings as the days draws closer to the top 8.

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