I have been wondering why DelverFiend is not played more. It has an excellent Stormpost matchup. Maybe it has problems with Delver? Maybe it has problems with control? Maybe 8 creatures + 4 Delver of Secret is just not enough.
I think one of the fundamental problems of Delver Fiend is the low creature count. There are just no other good creatures.
You just have a hard time winning with DelverFiend as the opposing deck has more removal than you have creatures.
BUT WHAT IF YOU HAD 16 CREATURES?
I predict that if Temporal Fissure and Cloudpost is not banned DelverFiend will be a major contender. With 4 Lightning Bolts, DelverFiend even has the reach to finish the game (they also have Dispel) when Simic Stormpost sets up the Moment’s Peace wall.
Fun, fast games of Pauper ahead of us! And good times for Trinket, I hope.
Consider this deck:
[d title=”DelverFiend (Pauper)”]
2 Evolving Wilds
4 Nivix Cyclops
4 Kiln Fiend
4 Delver of Secrets
4 Wee Dragonauts
3 Assault Strobe
4 Gitaxian Probe
4 Lightning Bolt
2 Piracy Charm
3 Shadow Rift
3 Apostle’s Blessing
1 Electrostatic Bolt
2 Flame Slash
2 Flaring Pain
2 Electrickery [/d]
This would not be one of mine articles if I did not have a video or two at the bottom, would it?
Here is me playing DelverFiend vs Dimir Post:
And here is DelverFiend vs Stompy
I think DelverFiend has a golden future ahead of it. And I guess Surucucu is the happiest player in Pauper now. He has been putting in so much time with the deck.
By the way, people were abandoning Delver for this deck when Izzet Post ruled the meta right after the bannings. So this deck has game is currently underplayed. As I said, I am not really sure why.