Tempo on a Budget with Standard Mono-Blue Delver


Standard Mono-Blue Delver




For today’s deck highlight, I chose this Standard Mono-Blue Delver deck from the latest MTG Arena deck list dumpI’m not actually sure what criteria Wizards uses to publish these decks, and I don’t believe this deck would be particularly strong in today’s Tier 1 metagame, but when I was looking through the latest lists for inspiration, it struck me as a relatively cheap deck to build.

There are only 12 rares and three mythics in the main, which is less than the number of rare/mythic wild cards you have to spend to make the mana base of most Standard decks at the moment. 

Delver of Secrets // Insectile AberrationAscendant SpiritSpell Pierce

The goal of this deck is to play a cheap threat like Delver of Secrets or Ascendant Spirit and then sit on counters and tricks and slow the opponent down while you slowly chip away at their life total. Even Spell Pierce actually seems quite good in this format that is full of cards like Wedding Announcement, Showdown of the Skalds and The Wandering Emperor.

If you wanted to run more counters, Make Disappear is a reasonable option. 

I wouldn’t expect to run this deck to mythic with no losses, but if you’re in the market for something budget friendly, it looks like a reasonable and fun option. 


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