True-Name Delver

Posted in Feature on November 13, 2013

By Luis Scott-Vargas

Luis Scott-Vargas plays, writes, and makes videos about Magic. He has played on the Pro Tour for almost a decade, and between that and producing content for ChannelFireball, often has his hands full (of cards).

Fair decks in Legacy have a new nemesis, one that is essentially a 3/1 Progenitus for only three mana. True-Name Nemesis made its debut with a very strong 2nd-place finish at the Eternal Weekend Legacy Championship in the capable hands of Osyp Lebedowicz.

True-Name Nemesis

Delver of Secrets decks are all over the place in Legacy, but it was interesting seeing Osyp put down the Tarmogoyfs and Swords to Plowshares in favor of a straight two-color deck. Blue-red has better mana, access to Blood Moon, and is still plenty powerful thanks to True-Name Nemesis and Young Pyromancer. Both those cards give UR Delver of Secrets the resilient threats it was missing, and both do something drastically different than the rest of the deck. Pyromancer makes a million tokens with all the cantrips, putting out a very real clock and giving you value against removal, while True-Name Nemesis puts out a solid 3 points a turn and straight-up ignores both removal and blockers.

The deck has a decent amount of burn, with Forked Bolt and Grim Lavamancer supplementing the four Lightning Bolts, although it still doesn't have the easiest time with Tarmogoyfs. The four Submerges in the sideboard help immensely there, essentially acting as zero-mana removal spells given how fast the games tend to be.

Daze, Spell Pierce, Stifle, Wasteland, and Force of Will make up the disruption package, all of which are fairly standard. These cards are just too efficient and powerful to leave out, and they help this deck compete with all the unfair decks very effectively. The strength of the Delver of Secrets decks is that they get access to all this tempo-based disruption, and this deck is no exception.

I also like the Jitte in the sideboard, because True-Name Nemesis isn't quite Progenitus and can wear Equipment like the best of them. As I mentioned before, Blood Moon is an awesome sideboard card, too, and I've always been a fan of Vendilion Clique. It will be interesting to see if Pyromancer and Nemesis give UR the punch it needs to compete with RUG and RWU Delver of Secrets, and this seems like a solid start.

Osyp Lebedowicz's UR Delver

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