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For all folks who may be over the proxy limit, please send me a message, as there are community members who are happy to lend cards if you have references / collateral.


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I want to revisit Delver as an alternative to the Arcanist decks that have arisen.

Dan Sollazzo T4'd the SCG event last month with a UW Delver deck, featuring Lavinia:

Given the emergence of Narset and Karn, I'd like to explore replacing Preordains with Tutors and lowering the curve to fight the planeswalkers from the ground.

URb Delver

4 Delver of Secrets
1 Dreadhorde Arcanist
1 Narset, Parter of Veils
1 Snapcaster Mage
4 Young Pyromancer
1 Daze
4 Force of Will
4 Mental Misstep
1 Pyroblast
1 Spell Pierce
1 Thoughtseize
4 Lightning Bolt
1 Shattering Spree
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Brainstorm
1 Demonic Consultation
1 Demonic Tutor
1 Dig Through Time
1 Gitaxian Probe
1 Gush
1 Ponder
1 Preordain
1 Time Walk
1 Treasure Cruise
1 Vampiric Tutor
1 Black Lotus
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
2 Flooded Strand
1 Misty Rainforest
2 Polluted Delta
1 Scalding Tarn
1 Island
1 Underground Sea
4 Volcanic Island
1 Strip Mine
3 Wasteland

3 Pithing Needle
3 Ravenous Trap
3 Yixlid Jailer
2 Pyroblast
1 Fatal Push
3 Shattering Spree

Notable exceptions:

Dack Fayden
-Removal of off-color moxen makes it more difficult to cast
-Gets Pyroblasted and Narseted
-Has always gotten Revoked
-Dredge should not be leaving/bringing in Hollow Ones to steal
Off-color Moxen
-Idea of deck is to get under, not overpower, planeswalkers
Merchant Scroll
-Not feasible without off-color moxen
-Replacing with tutors minimizes impact of Narset and finds specific threats/answers

Notable inclusions:

Demonic Consultation
-I've always been a big fan of this card in fair decks. Getting 3&4ofs at instant speed for 1 mana is strong.

This deck is soft to Oath. Other than that, I feel comfortable against the rest of the field.

I'd appreciate any thoughts and if anyone has been testing Delver as a pivot away from the Planeswalker mirrors.


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Thanks for the post Nick! I am very excited to have the opportunity to sponsor NYSE and look forward to introducing my colleagues Ben and Reza to the event. Ben is a financial advisor whose primary client base is e-sports millionaires, so we are hoping to create some Vintage millionaires as well! πŸ™‚

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Steals 2+ toughness creatures with Dack emblem

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Have any details been released regarding 2019 Eternal Championships?


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I've tried Serum Powder and Eternal Scourge in this type of build with 4 Eyes and believe it's worth further testing. Sol Ring and Mana Crypt are very good.

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I picked up Colorless Eldrazi when Walking Ballista was printed and Delver became unplayable. It was harder when Forgemaster was replaced with Ravager and Ballista was the nail in the coffin. I started with JacoDrazi and found I wanted more speed. Derek Gallacher T8'd Champs last year, adding Phyrexian Revokers. I added a Mana Crypt and then a Sol Ring and then a Black Lotus. Then Akash Naidu T8'd the Waterbury in April with a fully powered version, moving the Null Rods to the sideboard in exchange for Walking Ballistas. During this whole transformation, I 4-2'd four events with a T4 split in the middle, never seeming to push the deck to tier 1. With the increased presence of Paradoxical Outcome, I wanted Null Rod maindeck. Andy Markiton was helpful in making this build work. I decided on the following:

Threats - 21
4 Eldrazi Mimic
1 Endbringer
2 Endless One
2 Phyrexian Metamorph
4 Phyrexian Revoker
4 Reality Smasher
4 Thought-Knot Seer

Permission - 9
1 Chalice of the Void
4 Null Rod
4 Thorn of Amethyst

Mana - 30
1 Black Lotus
1 Mana Crypt
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Sol Ring
4 Ancient Tomb
4 Cavern of Souls
1 City of Traitors
4 Eldrazi Temple
1 Eye of Ugin
3 Mishra's Factory
1 Strip Mine
4 Wasteland

Sideboard - 15
1 Dismember
4 Grafdigger's Cage
2 Karakas
2 Mindbreak Trap
1 Pithing Needle
2 Spatial Contortion
2 Tormod's Crypt
1 Trinisphere

Roland Chang, Hank Zhong, David Ata and I drove in from NYC. This was a special event, being a luau series. Obviously, I was the only one from our car to wear a Hawaiian shirt.

Round 1: Zach Dobbin (Outcome Oath)
– I've known Zach for a couple of years and it's good to have him back in the game
Game 1 - I have a Chalice 1 FOW'd. Two Revokers tie up his mana
Game 2 - I get down a Thorn and am able to Mindbreak Trap his Oath, which he FOWs
Game 3 - I get a Thorn and then a Cavern'd Reality Smasher

Round 2: Nick DiJohn (Outcome Combo)
– Nick has been a prominent fixture of the Shops archetype, T8ing the majority of his events. It was quite a surprise seeing him cast Ancestral Recall after a couple years of seeing Spheres
Game 1 – I'm able to follow up a Thorn with a TKS and he stumbles on mana
Game 2 – Nick goes Lotus, Mentor, Mox, Top, Go, FOW your Dismember
Game 3 – I Revoker a Sol Ring, he follows up with a Mana Crypt, I Cavern Shapeshifter, Metamorph and lock down his Crypt and he's unable to come back

Round 3: Dan Sollazzo (BUG Delver)
--I do not believe Dan and I have competed before, I was excited to see BUG Delver in action
Game 1 – I open on Chalice 0 and Cavern out a quick Smasher while he cantrips
Game 2 – I Chalice 1, Waste his first land, have a Smasher Dismember'd and follow up with another

Round 4: Ryan Glackin (Shops)
–Ryan just came off a NYSE win with Workshops and is well versed in all archetypes, this won't be easy
Game 1 – I waste his first Shop, he has another. I get down a TKS while he has been chipping away with a Factory and a couple of guys. I add a Smasher and knock him down to lethal next turn. He can draw a Shapeshifter to stalemate or a Ravager for the win. Ravager it is
Game 2 – I keep a hand of: Wasteland, Lotus, TKS, Chalice, Null Rod and 2 non-mana. It worked
Game 3 – Neither of us apply much pressure while he drops Spheres. I decide to Metamorph a Mox so I can get down a Smasher the next turn. I have a Ruby and he has a Pearl. I choose to copy Ruby and he punishes me for the misplay by Revoking Ruby. I am able to comeback nonetheless and get down a Smasher for the win

Round 5: Chris Rowland

Round 6: Josh Potucek
Josh is a consistent ringer, pushing the metagame with unique brews. There is a possibility that a 4-1-1 won't make it so we ID. Roland leads the swiss standings in 1st place

Top 8: Will Magrann (Blitzkrieg Shops)
I end up 4th and have the play. Will persistently goes deep in large events wth Shops, most recently getting 3rd place at NYSE. He transitioned over to Blitzkrieg Shops, with Steel Overseers and Porcelain Legionnaires in the board.
Game 1 – I have an early TKS followed by a Null Rod and strip his Shop to lock it up
Game 2 – I Waste his Shop, Needle his Overseer, but am unable to contain his 2 Legionnaires
Game 3 – I mulligan to a hand that is all in on a Null Rod. I initially lock down his mana and Overseer, but he finds a Legionnaire that I just can't answer as my mana is constrained to get out a TKS/Smasher

Congratulations to Will who ended up taking the whole event down.

Roland, Hank and David and I went out for a nice steak dinner to celebrate my birthday afterwards. The food, service and company were excellent. I feel privileged to be a part of the NYC vintage community and a part of the overall North East scene. A big thanks to Keith for organizing the luau at Top Deck Games, Nick Coss for making everything work and all the competitors for an enjoyable event.

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Will see if we can get some NYC folks down. What is the prize support if there are less than 50 players?

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I'd be happy to pay $20 more for a good venue. More or less prize support is up to the community, I'm happy either way.

I think the $20 day of penalty is appropriate. $40 day of may push away people who didn't have a chance to register. A staggered raffle for a legit prize for the first 25, 50, 100 prereg sounds good to me. Maybe get that sponsored.

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Excellent read. This is a good book for a tournament player looking to advance their game to go from breaking even to consistently T8ing. The analysis is helpful not just for an Eldrazi player but for any strategy.