Thursday, 22 November 2012
Delver of Secrets
Fire / Ice
There are very few threats in the deck as you need to pack a high count of instants and sorceries and so one of the biggest weaknesses of the deck is doing nothing in the early game. This means your three drop combo dorks are much more precious and have to do a lot more work. It also means you are more likely to draw your dorks later on when they are of least use. The other big drawback of this deck is that it is based around a card that is hard to find and play and vulnerable if you do. You simply don't have the gas to completely burn someone out unless you have Guttersnipe support or have managed to apply good pressure with your few dorks.
The best cards in the deck are Lava Dart and Gitaxian Probe as they are cheap and either cantrip or a second cast almost freely available. These are the kinds of cards you want to be following your Guttersnipe and Gelectrode. The rest of the deck is basically just weaker versions of Probe and Dart. I tried a version greedily using Gush and Fireblast but frequently didn't have two islands (even with a well tailored mana base) to return. The weakest cards in this deck is probably Goblin Electromancer who doesn't reduce that many spells in cost and tends not to deal much damage either. Snapcaster is also not at his best in this deck as the extra two mana to recast a spell is very restrictive and the 2/1 body left behind is hardly exciting. Think Twice is very weak without the Electromancer however as it is very expensive for a card that does less than Gitaxian Probe per cast. Ancestral Visions is one of the the best things you could hope for on turn one however later on in the game it is a bad do nothing draw. Having not played the deck enough it might transpire that Frantic Search is more the kind of draw you want after Probes and Preordains rather than the riskier Think Twice and Ancestral Visions. The Faithless Looting is of course outstanding in this deck and lets you get away with packing a few riskier cards while also providing lots of fuel for your combo engines.
Despite his impressive performance in this kind of deck I can't bring myself to give Guttersnipe an A cube slot as he is so so narrow. A pure storm combo deck could be built around him but I can't see how that is in any way an improvement for any of those deck styles. This deck is very nearly tier 1, probably a 1.5 and is well worth playing for its entertainment value if nothing else. For almost any metagame I can imagine you would be better off with either a storm deck, a counter-burn control deck or red deck wins which is what this deck is trying to be a compilation of. Perhaps someone will optimise the build and have a tier one deck but I am not that hopeful. Relying on one card in a deck wanting to use redundancy in order to win is a bit of a fools quest, at least fools have the most fun!