June 05, 2015

Modern Temur Delver


Temur Delver has seen its fair share of Modern play, but we rarely see it in the Top 8 of premier events, let alone win. Today's deck is a first-place list piloted by Jordan Boisvert at the StarCityGames Premier IQ in Worcester. Jordan's deck is one of the most interesting takes on Delver that I've ever seen.

With the bannings of Treasure Cruise and Dig Through Time, I knew it was only a matter of time before the rest of the delve spells (other than Tasigur) caught on. I really wasn't surprised to see Hooting Mandrills make the cut in Jordan's list. It's practically a mini Tarmogoyf, and, with all of the fetch lands and cheap cantrips this deck plays, it's relatively easy to cast this in the early turns of the game while still being able to protect it with Mana Leak. It survives Lightning Bolt, which makes this guy extremely resilient, as Bolt is the removal spell of choice in most Modern decks.

Stubborn Denial is an excellent choice in this list, alongside four Hooting Mandrills and four Tarmogoyfs. Most of the time, Stubborn Denial will be a hard counter for only one mana. Disrupting Shoal is another reasonable counter. It has an alternate cost so you will feel safe to tap out for a threat because you will be able to protect it. Most of the time, you will be casting Shoal at X=1. Most removal spells in this format cost one mana and this deck plays enough cheap blue cantrips to pitch to it.

The card that I found the most intriguing in this list was Curiosity. I used to love playing this card in my Blue Skies deck from back in the day, and it's great that an old favorite is getting some love. It's great on a trampler or a flyer…and it's even reasonable on a Tarmogoyf. Your opponent will either have to chump block or be forced to give you a card, allowing you to get tons of value out of it.

Jordan Boisvert’s Temur Delver

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