Deep Analysis – Flipmaster Flex

Deep-Analysis

Let’s talk more about Legacy.

One of the more powerful spells in Legacy is one from the recent past.

Flipmaster Flex

The Delver of Secrets help flip Legacy in to a format where the Insectile Aberration has been a defining part of the metagame since it was printed in Innistrad in 2011.

Delver is found in many different builds across this format which is a testament to the strength of the card.

Let’s look at the builds that have dropped the mic in Legacy.

Temar (or RUG) Delver

  Sideboard
4 Brainstorm
4 Daze
2 Dismember
4 Force of Will
2 Forked Bolt
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Ponder
2 Spell Pierce
4 Stifle
4 Delver of Secrets
4 Tarmogoyf
4 Nimble Mongoose

4 Flooded Strand
3 Tropical Island
3 Volcanic Island
4 Wasteland
4 Wooded Foothills
1 Ancient Grudge
1 Destructive Revelry
2 Grafdigger's Cage
1 Krosan Grip
2 Price of Progress
2 Pyroblast
2 Spell Pierce
2 Submerge
2 Surgical Extraction
mongoose

Temur (or RUG) Delver was the first incarnation of Flipmaster Flex in the Legacy format.  The deck has a mana denial strategy which uses Wasteland (to hit nonbasics) and Stifle (on opposing fetches) as well as Daze[/mtg_card, [mtg_card]Spell Pierce, and Force of Will to keep the opponent from assembling an early game plan.  Coupled with pressure from a flipped Delver of Secrets, a Threshold Inspired Nimble Mongoose, Tarmogoyf and a few Lightning Bolts, games can end in short order.  This version no longer holds the metagame percentage it once had but still holds 2.31% of the metagame

Note: Most eternal formats usually have metagame filled with much smaller percentages than a standard format.  Rarely will you find a deck owning more than 10-12% of the field.  Usually, if you do find a deck with a larger percentage, there is usually a problem.  For example, UR Delver held a MUCH larger percentage of the metagame during the time Treasure Cruise was legal.  The strength and the metagame percentage caused the Wizards to ban the card in January of 2015 along with Dig Through Time.

Sultai (or BUG) Delver

  Sideboard
4 Abrupt Decay
4 Brainstorm
4 Daze
1 Disfigure
4 Force of Will
4 Hymn to Tourach
1 Liliana of the Veil
4 Ponder
4 Tarmogoyf
1 Tombstalker
1 Vendilion Clique
4 Deathrite Shaman
4 Delver of Secrets

4 Misty Rainforest
1 Polluted Delta
2 Bayou
1 Tropical Island
4 Underground Sea
4 Verdant Catacombs
4 Wasteland
2 Bitterblossom
2 Golgari Charm
3 Invasive Surgery
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
1 Murderous Cut
1 Pithing Needle
2 Submerge
deathrite shaman

Sultai (or BUG) Delver escuses some of the mana denial for hand denial in the form of Hymn to Tourach and Liliana of the Veil as well as some uncounterable removal in the form of Abrupt Decay.  Flipmaster Flex has his buddy Deathrite Shaman (aka Ozzy Osburn) to help him burn out his opponent via using each players’ graveyards.  This version makes up around 4% of the Legacy field.

Did you know?

Delver of Secrets is the 3rd most played creature in the format behind Deathrite Shaman and Snapcaster Mage.  Creatures in the Legacy format don’t always have to be massive.  Typically, they are small but very impactful.  That is one reason why spells like Forked Bolt are so good in the format.  As a matter of fact, most spells in Legacy are put into play or on the stack with 3 or less mana.  You can get killed by a 1/1 or a 3/2 just as easily as you can by a 15/15 in this format.

Izzet (or UR) Delver

  Sideboard
4 Brainstorm
4 Daze
4 Force of Will
2 Forked Bolt
4 Gitaxian Probe
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Ponder
4 Price of Progress
2 Spell Pierce
4 Delver of Secrets
4 Monastery Swiftspear
4 Stormchaser Mage

2 Flooded Strand
2 Island
2 Mountain
4 Polluted Delta
3 Scalding Tarn
3 Volcanic Island
2 Blood Moon
2 Flusterstorm
1 Grim Lavamancer
1 Izzet Staticaster
1 Pyroblast
1 Rough
2 Smash to Smithereens
1 Submerge
2 Sulfuric Vortex
2 Surgical Extraction

swiftspearIzzet (or UR) Delver was more streamlined aggressive version of the deck.

This deck packs more burn (adds Price of Progress with Lightning Bolt) along with Prowess tag team champions Monastery Swiftspear and Stormchaser Mage.  Some even have additional burn in the form of Chain Lightning.  This version makes up 2.89% of the Legacy field.

Grixis (or URB) Delver

  Sideboard
4 Brainstorm
2 Cabal Therapy
4 Daze
4 Ponder
4 Force of Will
1 Forked Bolt
4 Gitaxian Probe
4 Lightning Bolt
1 Spell Pierce
4 Deathrite Shaman
4 Delver of Secrets
2 Gurmag Angler
1 True-Name Nemesis
3 Young Pyromancer

1 Flooded Strand
2 Misty Rainforest
4 Polluted Delta
1 Scalding Tarn
1 Tropical Island
2 Underground Sea
3 Volcanic Island
4 Wasteland
1 Ancient Grudge
1 Baleful Strix
1 Cabal Therapy
1 Disfigure
1 Dismember
1 Forked Bolt
1 Grim Lavamancer
2 Painful Truths
1 Pithing Needle
2 Pyroblast
2 Surgical Extraction
1 Vendilion Clique

Last of the Delver versions currently being played is Grixis (or URB) Delver which makes up around 5.20% of the format.

This version has the discard of Sultai Delver in Cabal Therapy with the burn of Lightning Bolt and Deathrite Shaman.  Young Pyromancer also adds to the virtual card advantage as you get to 1/1 Elemental each time you cast an instant or sorcery.

Why these decks work

Delver based decks allow for a fast clock backed up by countermagic and other disruptive tactics.  This allows the deck to pressure opponents while dealing with their powerful spells.

Now, these decks aren’t foolproof.  There are games where you can lose on turn 1 in Legacy.

I warned you this format isn’t for the feint of heart.  Certainly, these fit in more of the fair decks in the Legacy format

Next week, I’ll talk a bit more about the super fast decks in Legacy.

Until next time,
Nicol_Bolas@mtgdecktechs.com

 

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