Episode 022 — Miracles-Slayer Delver

Welcome back to The Brainstorm Show, listeners! This week we take the ceaseless chatter about Miracles bans head on by showing you how you can take a common archetype and rethink it to be more competitive against the “best deck in the format.” We built a BUG tempo deck, and in this episode we walk through the card choices and some of the popular matchups. Take a look at the list below and the sideboard plan for the common decks in the current metagame. Enjoy!

4 Delver of Secrets
4 Deathrite Shaman
4 Nimble Mongoose
2 Vendilion Clique
4 Brainstorm
4 Ponder
4 Daze
4 Force of Will
4 Stifle
4 Abrupt Decay
2 Dismember
2 Spell Pierce
4 Wasteland
3 Underground Sea
3 Tropical Island
4 Polluted Delta
4 Verdant Catacombs

2 Disfigure
2 Go for the Throat
2 Painful Truths
2 Winter Orb
1 Pithing Needle
1 Flusterstorm
3 Surgical Extraction
2 Thoughtseize

Sideboarding Guide
-2 Dismember, -2 Wasteland, -2 Daze
+2 Winter Orb, +1 Pithing Needle, +1 Flusterstorm, +2 Painful Truths

Shardless BUG:
-4 Force of Will, -2 Spell Pierce
+2 Go for the Throat, +2 Painful Truths, +2 Disfigure

-4 Force of Will, -2 Spell Pierce
+2 Go for the Throat, +2 Painful Truths, +2 Disfigure

-4 Stifle
+2 Go for the Throat, +2 Thoughtseize

-4 Abrupt Decay, -2 Dismember
+3 Surgical Extraction, +2 Thoughtseize, +1 Flusterstorm

-4 Daze, -2 Dismember
+3 Surgical Extraction, +2 Winter Orb, +1 Pithing Needle

Death and Taxes:
-4 Stifle, -2 Pierce, -1 FoW
+2 Disfigure, +2 Go for the Throat, +2 Thoughtseize, +1 Pithing Needle

Sneak and Show:
-2 Abrupt Decay, -2 Dismember
+1 Flusterstorm, +2 Thoughtseize, +1 Pithing Needle

-4 Force of Will, -2 Spell Pierce
+2 Go for the Throat, +2 Disfigure, +1 Pithing Needle, +1 Flusterstorm

15 thoughts on “Episode 022 — Miracles-Slayer Delver”

  1. Wow, great episode! It’s interesting to think about how a delver deck could be built to beat Miracles. A deck I’ve had success online with vs Miracles is UWR Painter, and you guys should give it a try!

  2. Still has trouble beating Terminus, which is Miracles’ strongest card against any Delver deck. You sacrifice real pressure with Goyf in Mongoose.

    1. The Elves MU is brutal unfortunately. Board in all the removal and take out the Stifles. Needle is also probably better than a Daze. Don’t make the board worse against the field by jamming Golgari Charms in, though. They are good in that MU and D&T, but bad against the current meta.

      1. Stifle won me two matches against Elves: I stifled Behemoth’s trigger two times in a row and Delvers flew over the tiny green dudes.

    1. I agree completely. The MU is utterly horrendous. In the SCG Legacy classic I Top 8ed, my only loss in Swiss was to D&T and my loss in top 8 was to D&T.

  3. deck runs pretty smoothly, but i’m really missing the golgari charms that i usually play (typically i’m a hymn bug delver player)

  4. Hey guys,

    I love this list, and have been jamming it recently with a few changes. Im running 12 creatures (4 DRS, 4 Delver, 2 Goose, 2 TNN) and then my removal split is 3 Fatal Push, 2 Decay, 1 Dismember.
    The 2 Nimbles are being replaced by 1 spell snare and 1 counterspell.
    What do you guys think about this? I was wondering if you would change the deck or sideboard at all now with the printing of fatal push and the move towards a more fair meta.

    Thank you!

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