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With the banning of Sensei's Divining Top, Delver of Secrets decks are returning to the top tables of Legacy events. Many of these builds are three- or even four-colors, featuring combinations of Deathrite Shaman, Gurmag Angler, and Tarmogoyf. However, there's still something to be said for the streamlined versions that cut down on colors and maximize consistency and resiliency to cards like Wasteland and Blood Moon:


Back to Basics
There aren't typically many haymakers that truly swing Delver mirrors. Those are games about maximizing small edges and winning by inches. That all changes when you can play so many basics. Suddenly, you're much less afraid of cards like Wasteland and Stifle, and your opponent's Deathrite Shamans aren't nearly as good. Additionally, you gain the ability to play Back to Basics to just shut the door on opposing Delver decks.

One of the downsides to this style of deck is that you're typically giving up on large threats and are overwhelmingly reliant on Delver of Secrets and Young Pyromancer. ItIsUnfair may have found a way to sidestep that issue by including Nivmagus Elemental. This is a card that has a lot of incidental value in Legacy. You don't want to go all-in on it, with cards like Ground Rift. But you're more than happy to eat any spells that were going to be countered anyway, or even extra copies of Flusterstorm. These cards give you incidental ways to grow your Nivmagus Elemental into something that can brawl with the likes of Gurmag Angler and Tarmogoyf.

If you're tired of your Delver decks getting locked out by Wastelands or were looking for a way to fit Flusterstorms into your Delver deck to win counter wars, this seems like an interesting skeleton to do it in. You've given up on the raw power of playing extra colors, but at a glance it doesn't seem like you've necessarily lost that much.


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