The Many Flavors of Delver of Secrets

Posted in Feature on May 2, 2014

By Adam Prosak

From Friday Night Magic to the Pro Tour, Adam Prosak loves all types of tournament Magic. Currently, Adam is working in R&D as a developer.

Since it's printing in Innistrad, Delver of Secrets has been a Legacy staple, fueling many different blue tempo decks. Force of Will, Daze, and Wasteland are Legacy staples that are commonly seen with everyone's favorite Insectile Aberration. RUG. RWU. UR. BUG. Many different color combinations have been successful in combination with Delver of Secrets, but Legacy aficionado Eric Rill has taken it up a notch. He built a four-color deck featuring Deathrite Shaman; Young Pyromancer; and a singleton copy of Edric, Spymaster of Trest. I can only imagine how incredible Young Pyromancer + Edric, Spymaster of Trest are in combination.

Young Pyromancer

One of my favorite interactions in this deck has to do with the Young Pyromancer and Cabal Therapy from the sideboard. If you cast Young Pyromancer, you can cast Cabal Therapy, generating a token from Young Pyromancer, which is perfect fodder for sacrificing to Cabal Therapy. Not only that, but playing the flashback is essentially free, since the Elemental token you sacrifice to pay the cost on the flashback of Cabal Therapy is replaced by the Young Pyromancer! Gitaxian Probe is also powerful with Cabal Therapy, allowing you to know what to name.

Eric Rill took his new take on Delver of Secrets to a 1st-place finish at SCG Milwaukee, and just to prove it was no fluke, Michael Ferrante finished 7th two weeks later, at SCG Detroit. There might be a new Delver of Secrets deck in the Legacy metagame!

Eric Rill's Four-Color Delver

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