Thursday, November 12, 2015

What deck should I play?

Hi Everyone!

This week I have been playing various formats. Mostly Modern, Legacy, and Pauper. Pauper is one of those sort of out of the way formats that doesn't get played a lot in paper.

Pauper is a format where all the cards are common rarity. This makes for an interesting set of challenges.

There are all kinds of combo, control, and aggro decks in pauper. Many are very competitive and powerful decks.

Moments before I sat to write this article I was playing a game of Pauper and realized my opponent was playing "Delver". This was only significant because the deck exists in every format...literally. Travis Woo recently did a Standard "delver" deck using Honored Hierarch. I don't remember how it played out, but it's the idea of "delver" that's everywhere.

Delver strategy basically plays low mana cost (or delve creatures) and counterspells and cantrips to defeat the opponent.

Anyway, the purpose of this article is to point out that the deck is everywhere and to ask why? It must be good if it exists in every format including Vintage and Legacy. In fact, when treasure cruise was in the format it was the best deck (even over Pod when it was a Modern deck) in Modern AND Legacy. Insanity!

Yeah, Treasure Cruise was too good, but the power of the delver deck shouldn't be overlooked. It's powerful and exists in all formats.

It's just a hypothesis, but maybe Delver type decks are the best decks because they do exist everywhere. I'm no expert but it's odd that one deck archetype exists everywhere.

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