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Deck of the Day – 4-Color Aetherworks Delirium

Leave it to Dan Ward to take a deck that’s already doing some of the coolest things in the format, and make it a little bit cooler.

Ward doesn’t like to take anything at face value. He’s always looking to innovate and reinvent strategies. It’s no surprise that he used the awesome power of Aetherworks Marvel, in addition to the deck’s ease in finding additional colors, to make another excellent deck.

Many of the usual suspects are here. Marvel will find you the massive threats the deck is famous for. Emrakul, the Promised End tends to be the best hit, but Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger is available, as is Ishkanah, Grafwidow.

Attune with Aether allows you to lower your land count so you’re finding more action, provides you with energy, fuels delirium, and helps fix your colors. Traverse can also put a sorcery in the graveyard and find the lands you need, but turn into a big threat in the late game. Traverse for Ishkanah is a common line to extend the game, but after sideboard you can get something like Sigarda, Heron’s Grace or Gisela, the Broken Blade if you have the white mana to cast them.

Woodweaver’s Puzzleknot and Harnessed Lightning buy time and provide a nice energy boost. Deadlock Trap can slow down your opponent or add some energy to the reserve.

Vessel of Nascency is the best way to dig deep into your deck and make sure delirium is easy to turn on. Being able to find a creature, land, or Marvel itself is huge, and being a permanent that gets sacrificed means you get incidental energy with a Marvel already in play.

The big innovation to this deck that can completely change the game is Descend upon the Sinful. This powerful mythic can wipe the board in the face of adversity and provide a 4/4 Angel for your troubles. This already sounds nice, but there is so much more.

Descend will exile all creatures. That means that Grapple won’t be returning their Emrakul. That also means that Selfless Spirit and Archangel Avacyn’s abilities don’t do anything to stop it. Spell Queller can’t touch it.

The really incredible part about a card like Descend in a deck with Marvel is the possibility to cast it at instant speed. Is there any opponent out there who won’t be activating their Gideon that’s indestructible to attack for 5? An instantspeed Descend will wipe that planeswalker, his entire army, and any Selfless Spirits or Avacyns with them as well. You may even get a 4/4 flying creature out of the deal.

With the ability to further sideboard into black with a basic Swamp and Pick the Brain to fight the mirror, this deck takes going deep to another level. With Attune, Traverse, Aether Hubs, and Servant of the Conduit, there’s no limit to the options available in Marvel!

4-Color Aetherworks Delirium

Daniel Ward, Top 64 at GP Denver

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