Since its printing back in Innistrad, Delver of Secrets has become a Legacy staple. Powerful cantrips such as Brainstorm and Ponder transform Delver of Secrets into Insectile Aberration, a potent game-ending threat.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Temur Delver by Manuel_Danninger

'Temur Delver' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Manuel_Danninger

Event: MTGO Legacy Showcase Challenge - 07/12/2020

Rank: 1

Legacy

Market Price: $4164.58

Cards

Null Rod

Market Price: $59.39

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Activated abilities of artifacts can't be activated.

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Hooting Mandrills

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.09

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Delve (Each card you exile from your graveyard while casting this spell pays for {1}.)
Trample

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Rough // Tumble

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.13

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/72241_200w.jpg

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Abrade

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.25

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Choose one —
• Abrade deals 3 damage to target creature.
• Destroy target artifact.

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Klothys, God of Destiny

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $8.47

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Indestructible
As long as your devotion to red and green is less than seven, Klothys isn't a creature.
At the beginning of your precombat main phase, exile target card from a graveyard. If it was a land card, add {R} or {G}. Otherwise, you gain 2 life and Klothys deals 2 damage to each opponent.

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Oko, Thief of Crowns

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $18.36

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+2: Create a Food token. (It's an artifact with "{2}, {T}, Sacrifice this artifact: You gain 3 life.")
+1: Target artifact or creature loses all abilities and becomes a green Elk creature with base power and toughness 3/3.
−5: Exchange control of target artifact or creature you control and target creature an opponent controls with power 3 or less.

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Chain Lightning

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.02

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Chain Lightning deals 3 damage to any target. Then that player or that permanent's controller may pay {R}{R}. If the player does, they may copy this spell and may choose a new target for that copy.

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Red Elemental Blast

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $3.56

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Choose one —
• Counter target blue spell.
• Destroy target blue permanent.

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Scalding Tarn

Market Price: $58.05

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Scalding Tarn: Search your library for an Island or Mountain card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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Misty Rainforest

Market Price: $66.34

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Misty Rainforest: Search your library for a Forest or Island card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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Flooded Strand

Market Price: $17.64

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Flooded Strand: Search your library for a Plains or Island card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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Tarmogoyf

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $32.02

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Tarmogoyf's power is equal to the number of card types among cards in all graveyards and its toughness is equal to that number plus 1.

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Force of Negation

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $44.03

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If it's not your turn, you may exile a blue card from your hand rather than pay this spell's mana cost.
Counter target noncreature spell. If that spell is countered this way, exile it instead of putting it into its owner's graveyard.

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Sylvan Library

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $54.85

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At the beginning of your draw step, you may draw two additional cards. If you do, choose two cards in your hand drawn this turn. For each of those cards, pay 4 life or put the card on top of your library.

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Wasteland

Market Price: $23.23

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}, Sacrifice Wasteland: Destroy target nonbasic land.

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Winter Orb

Market Price: $11.72

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As long as Winter Orb is untapped, players can't untap more than one land during their untap steps.

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Polluted Delta

Market Price: $24.15

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Polluted Delta: Search your library for an Island or Swamp card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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Spell Pierce

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.25

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Counter target noncreature spell unless its controller pays {2}.

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Surgical Extraction

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $14.43

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({B/P} can be paid with either {B} or 2 life.)
Choose target card in a graveyard other than a basic land card. Search its owner's graveyard, hand, and library for any number of cards with the same name as that card and exile them. Then that player shuffles their library.

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Volcanic Island

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $503.56

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({T}: Add {U} or {R}.)

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Lightning Bolt

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.10

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Lightning Bolt deals 3 damage to any target.

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Delver of Secrets // Insectile Aberration

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.56

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At the beginning of your upkeep, look at the top card of your library. You may reveal that card. If an instant or sorcery card is revealed this way, transform Delver of Secrets.

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Tropical Island

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $444.86

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({T}: Add {G} or {U}.)

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Daze

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.77

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You may return an Island you control to its owner's hand rather than pay this spell's mana cost.
Counter target spell unless its controller pays {1}.

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Dreadhorde Arcanist

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.20

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Trample
Whenever Dreadhorde Arcanist attacks, you may cast target instant or sorcery card with converted mana cost less than or equal to Dreadhorde Arcanist's power from your graveyard without paying its mana cost. If that spell would be put into your graveyard this turn, exile it instead.

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Grafdigger's Cage

Market Price: $1.21

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Creature cards in graveyards and libraries can't enter the battlefield.
Players can't cast spells from graveyards or libraries.

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Ponder

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $2.79

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Look at the top three cards of your library, then put them back in any order. You may shuffle your library.
Draw a card.

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Submerge

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $3.99

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If an opponent controls a Forest and you control an Island, you may cast this spell without paying its mana cost.
Put target creature on top of its owner's library.

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Force of Will

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $77.10

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You may pay 1 life and exile a blue card from your hand rather than pay this spell's mana cost.
Counter target spell.

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Pyroblast

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.84

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Choose one —
• Counter target spell if it's blue.
• Destroy target permanent if it's blue.

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Brainstorm

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $4.00

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Draw three cards, then put two cards from your hand on top of your library in any order.

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Preordain

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.43

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Scry 2, then draw a card. (To scry 2, look at the top two cards of your library, then put any number of them on the bottom of your library and the rest on top in any order.)

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In Modern, Delver strategies are often slower as they don't have access to the same card quality compared to Legacy. Despite this, there are ways to play the much-loved tempo strategy as long as you understand you won't flipped Delver on turn two as frequently. However, you don't need to lean entirely on the namesake card as your primary win condition.

Since the release of Core 2021, there has been a resurgence in Delver archetypes, generally on the Grixis end of the color pie for maximum disruption. As a result, the strategy has witnessed success in various Magic Online Modern Leagues in the hands of noted grinder, Cherryxman.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Grixis Delver by Cherryxman

'Grixis Delver' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Cherryxman

Event:

Rank:

Modern

Market Price: $741.86

Cards

Brazen Borrower // Petty Theft

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $12.21

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Surgical Extraction

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $14.43

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({B/P} can be paid with either {B} or 2 life.)
Choose target card in a graveyard other than a basic land card. Search its owner's graveyard, hand, and library for any number of cards with the same name as that card and exile them. Then that player shuffles their library.

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Vantress Gargoyle

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.45

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Flying
Vantress Gargoyle can't attack unless defending player has seven or more cards in their graveyard.
Vantress Gargoyle can't block unless you have four or more cards in hand.
{T}: Each player mills a card.

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Into the Story

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.29

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This spell costs {3} less to cast if an opponent has seven or more cards in their graveyard.
Draw four cards.

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Snapcaster Mage

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $34.37

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Flash
When Snapcaster Mage enters the battlefield, target instant or sorcery card in your graveyard gains flashback until end of turn. The flashback cost is equal to its mana cost. (You may cast that card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Thieves' Guild Enforcer

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.88

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Flash
Whenever Thieves' Guild Enforcer or another Rogue enters the battlefield under your control, each opponent mills two cards.
As long as an opponent has eight or more cards in their graveyard, Thieves' Guild Enforcer gets +2/+1 and has deathtouch.

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Blood Crypt

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $13.20

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({T}: Add {B} or {R}.)
As Blood Crypt enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Collective Brutality

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.83

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Escalate—Discard a card. (Pay this cost for each mode chosen beyond the first.)
Choose one or more —
• Target opponent reveals their hand. You choose an instant or sorcery card from it. That player discards that card.
• Target creature gets -2/-2 until end of turn.
• Target opponent loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.

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Lightning Bolt

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.10

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Lightning Bolt deals 3 damage to any target.

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Force of Negation

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $44.03

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If it's not your turn, you may exile a blue card from your hand rather than pay this spell's mana cost.
Counter target noncreature spell. If that spell is countered this way, exile it instead of putting it into its owner's graveyard.

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Polluted Delta

Market Price: $24.15

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Polluted Delta: Search your library for an Island or Swamp card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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Spell Snare

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.65

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Counter target spell with converted mana cost 2.

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Thought Scour

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.51

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Target player mills two cards.
Draw a card.

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Bitterblossom

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $33.41

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At the beginning of your upkeep, you lose 1 life and create a 1/1 black Faerie Rogue creature token with flying.

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Drown in the Loch

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $2.90

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Choose one —
• Counter target spell with converted mana cost less than or equal to the number of cards in its controller's graveyard.
• Destroy target creature with converted mana cost less than or equal to the number of cards in its controller's graveyard.

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Steam Vents

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $7.46

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({T}: Add {U} or {R}.)
As Steam Vents enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Watery Grave

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $8.55

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({T}: Add {U} or {B}.)
As Watery Grave enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Kolaghan's Command

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $4.84

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Choose two —
• Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
• Target player discards a card.
• Destroy target artifact.
• Kolaghan's Command deals 2 damage to any target.

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Mystical Dispute

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.84

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This spell costs {2} less to cast if it targets a blue spell.
Counter target spell unless its controller pays {3}.

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Spell Pierce

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.25

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Counter target noncreature spell unless its controller pays {2}.

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Mana Leak

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.24

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Counter target spell unless its controller pays {3}.

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Mystic Sanctuary

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.64

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({T}: Add {U}.)
Mystic Sanctuary enters the battlefield tapped unless you control three or more other Islands.
When Mystic Sanctuary enters the battlefield untapped, you may put target instant or sorcery card from your graveyard on top of your library.

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Snow-Covered Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.10

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Scalding Tarn

Market Price: $58.05

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Scalding Tarn: Search your library for an Island or Mountain card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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Ceremonious Rejection

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.31

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Counter target colorless spell.

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Fatal Push

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.10

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Destroy target creature if it has converted mana cost 2 or less.
Revolt — Destroy that creature if it has converted mana cost 4 or less instead if a permanent you controlled left the battlefield this turn.

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Thoughtseize

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $11.56

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Target player reveals their hand. You choose a nonland card from it. That player discards that card. You lose 2 life.

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Delver of Secrets // Insectile Aberration

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.56

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At the beginning of your upkeep, look at the top card of your library. You may reveal that card. If an instant or sorcery card is revealed this way, transform Delver of Secrets.

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Serum Visions

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.83

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Draw a card. Scry 2.

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Inquisition of Kozilek

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.38

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Target player reveals their hand. You choose a nonland card from it with converted mana cost 3 or less. That player discards that card.

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Snow-Covered Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.58

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Traditionally, Grixis Delver is often incredibly expensive thanks to the demanding manabase, not to mention cards like Snapcaster Mage and Force of Negation, which are known staples in the format. To break this down into a budget shell, I'll be omitting the third color to increase consistency. As I mentioned a few weeks ago, creating a three-color strategy from the get-go can be challenging given the mana demands these builds require. I will be offering an Izzet Delver and Dimir Delver list that each provide a different axis of attack, depending on your play style. An upgrade path will be available for both of these strategies; eventually, you can expand into the third color if you want to over time. 

Budget Izzet Delver

Let's begin with Izzet Delver, which is the more established variant of the archetype. It utilizes countermagic and burn to create a tempo strategy, and closes out the game with efficient threats like Monastery Swiftspear and Young Pyromancer.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Izzet Delver (Budget) by Emmmzyne

'Izzet Delver (Budget)' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Emmmzyne

Event:

Rank:

Modern

Market Price: $102.84

Cards

Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.21

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/227281_200w.jpg

({T}: Add {U}.)

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Mystical Dispute

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.84

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/198683_200w.jpg

This spell costs {2} less to cast if it targets a blue spell.
Counter target spell unless its controller pays {3}.

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Wandering Fumarole

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $0.64

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Wandering Fumarole enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {U} or {R}.
{2}{U}{R}: Until end of turn, Wandering Fumarole becomes a 1/4 blue and red Elemental creature with "{0}: Switch this creature's power and toughness until end of turn." It's still a land.

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.21

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Ceremonious Rejection

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.31

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Counter target colorless spell.

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Mystic Sanctuary

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.64

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({T}: Add {U}.)
Mystic Sanctuary enters the battlefield tapped unless you control three or more other Islands.
When Mystic Sanctuary enters the battlefield untapped, you may put target instant or sorcery card from your graveyard on top of your library.

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Young Pyromancer

Color Identity:R

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Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, create a 1/1 red Elemental creature token.

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Lightning Bolt

Color Identity:R

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Lightning Bolt deals 3 damage to any target.

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Archmage's Charm

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $2.56

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Choose one —
• Counter target spell.
• Target player draws two cards.
• Gain control of target nonland permanent with converted mana cost 1 or less.

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Alpine Moon

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.29

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As Alpine Moon enters the battlefield, choose a nonbasic land card name.
Lands your opponents control with the chosen name lose all land types and abilities, and they gain "{T}: Add one mana of any color."

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Remand

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $3.55

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Counter target spell. If that spell is countered this way, put it into its owner's hand instead of into that player's graveyard.
Draw a card.

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Magmatic Sinkhole

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.06

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Delve (Each card you exile from your graveyard while casting this spell pays for {1}.)
Magmatic Sinkhole deals 5 damage to target creature or planeswalker.

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Sulfur Falls

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $3.15

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Sulfur Falls enters the battlefield tapped unless you control an Island or a Mountain.
{T}: Add {U} or {R}.

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Spell Snare

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.65

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Counter target spell with converted mana cost 2.

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Serum Visions

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.83

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Draw a card. Scry 2.

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Spirebluff Canal

Color Identity:R,U

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Spirebluff Canal enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands.
{T}: Add {U} or {R}.

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Mana Leak

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.24

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Counter target spell unless its controller pays {3}.

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Monastery Swiftspear

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.24

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Haste
Prowess (Whenever you cast a noncreature spell, this creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.)

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Of One Mind

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.06

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This spell costs {2} less to cast if you control a Human creature and a non-Human creature.
Draw two cards.

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Grafdigger's Cage

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Creature cards in graveyards and libraries can't enter the battlefield.
Players can't cast spells from graveyards or libraries.

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Delver of Secrets // Insectile Aberration

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.56

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At the beginning of your upkeep, look at the top card of your library. You may reveal that card. If an instant or sorcery card is revealed this way, transform Delver of Secrets.

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Shivan Reef

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $1.21

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add {U} or {R}. Shivan Reef deals 1 damage to you.

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Fiery Islet

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $7.74

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{T}, Pay 1 life: Add {U} or {R}.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Fiery Islet: Draw a card.

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Ashiok, Dream Render

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $1.51

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Spells and abilities your opponents control can't cause their controller to search their library.
−1: Target player mills four cards. Then exile each opponent's graveyard.

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Abrade

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.25

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Choose one —
• Abrade deals 3 damage to target creature.
• Destroy target artifact.

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Narset, Parter of Veils

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.81

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Each opponent can't draw more than one card each turn.
−2: Look at the top four cards of your library. You may reveal a noncreature, nonland card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.

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Forked Bolt

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.38

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Forked Bolt deals 2 damage divided as you choose among one or two targets.

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Opt

Color Identity:U

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Scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.)
Draw a card.

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Bonecrusher Giant // Stomp

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.80

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As mentioned above, it's challenging to flip Delver of Secrets due to the card quality in Modern. However, you can use Opt to set up your draws while progressing the game. Otherwise, it's all about casting your threats and backing them up with efficient countermagic. Delver's strength depends on your format knowledge, understanding of threat evaluation, and ability to decide which countermagic to use when. 

If you want to opt for more aggression, Sprite Dragon could easily slot in over Young Pyromancer. Sprite Dragon is the Tarmogoyf that Izzet strategies have been asking for, and Izzet Delver can accommodate the Faerie Dragon with ease. However, I'm a big fan of Of One Mind, which complements Young Pyromancer incredibly well. Delver strategies can struggle to draw into threats, and Of One Mind offers insurance in the late game. Even at its full cost, Of One Mind is an excellent spell that grants plenty of versatility. There could also be a world where Frantic Inventory features in future Delver lists alongside Sprite Dragon.

Fortunately, Delver strategies mostly feature commons and uncommons that are affordable to pick up from the get-go. As a result, most of the upgrades come from the manabase.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Izzet Delver (Semi-Optimal) by Emmmzyne

'Izzet Delver (Semi-Optimal)' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

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Event:

Rank:

Modern

Market Price: $196.66

Cards

Fiery Islet

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $7.74

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{T}, Pay 1 life: Add {U} or {R}.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Fiery Islet: Draw a card.

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Forked Bolt

Color Identity:R

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Forked Bolt deals 2 damage divided as you choose among one or two targets.

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Flooded Strand

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Flooded Strand: Search your library for a Plains or Island card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.21

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Remand

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $3.55

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Counter target spell. If that spell is countered this way, put it into its owner's hand instead of into that player's graveyard.
Draw a card.

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Mystic Sanctuary

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.64

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({T}: Add {U}.)
Mystic Sanctuary enters the battlefield tapped unless you control three or more other Islands.
When Mystic Sanctuary enters the battlefield untapped, you may put target instant or sorcery card from your graveyard on top of your library.

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Archmage's Charm

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $2.56

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Choose one —
• Counter target spell.
• Target player draws two cards.
• Gain control of target nonland permanent with converted mana cost 1 or less.

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Ashiok, Dream Render

Color Identity:B,U

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Spells and abilities your opponents control can't cause their controller to search their library.
−1: Target player mills four cards. Then exile each opponent's graveyard.

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Grafdigger's Cage

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Creature cards in graveyards and libraries can't enter the battlefield.
Players can't cast spells from graveyards or libraries.

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Mystical Dispute

Color Identity:U

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This spell costs {2} less to cast if it targets a blue spell.
Counter target spell unless its controller pays {3}.

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Serum Visions

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.83

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Draw a card. Scry 2.

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Of One Mind

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.06

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This spell costs {2} less to cast if you control a Human creature and a non-Human creature.
Draw two cards.

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Abrade

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.25

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Choose one —
• Abrade deals 3 damage to target creature.
• Destroy target artifact.

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Delver of Secrets // Insectile Aberration

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.56

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At the beginning of your upkeep, look at the top card of your library. You may reveal that card. If an instant or sorcery card is revealed this way, transform Delver of Secrets.

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Monastery Swiftspear

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.24

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Haste
Prowess (Whenever you cast a noncreature spell, this creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.)

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Narset, Parter of Veils

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.81

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Each opponent can't draw more than one card each turn.
−2: Look at the top four cards of your library. You may reveal a noncreature, nonland card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.

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Mana Leak

Color Identity:U

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Counter target spell unless its controller pays {3}.

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Opt

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.10

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Scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.)
Draw a card.

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Bonecrusher Giant // Stomp

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.80

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Lightning Bolt

Color Identity:R

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Lightning Bolt deals 3 damage to any target.

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Blood Moon

Color Identity:R

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Nonbasic lands are Mountains.

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Young Pyromancer

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.42

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Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, create a 1/1 red Elemental creature token.

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Spell Snare

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.65

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Counter target spell with converted mana cost 2.

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Steam Vents

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $7.46

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({T}: Add {U} or {R}.)
As Steam Vents enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Spirebluff Canal

Color Identity:R,U

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Spirebluff Canal enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands.
{T}: Add {U} or {R}.

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.21

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Ceremonious Rejection

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.31

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Counter target colorless spell.

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Magmatic Sinkhole

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.06

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Delve (Each card you exile from your graveyard while casting this spell pays for {1}.)
Magmatic Sinkhole deals 5 damage to target creature or planeswalker.

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Mainboard

Sideboard

I'm adding Flooded Strand in this build of Izzet Delver as it's far cheaper than Scalding Tarn. In most cases, you want to fetch for either Island, Mystic Sanctuary or Steam Vents, which Flooded Strand can grab. Having access to the single Mountain may come up in a small number of games, but it's not enough to invest in Scalding Tarn which is unreasonably expensive right now. Besides, drawing the Mountain in your opener is not ideal (hence the single copy), as Izzet Delver cares about blue sources early on more than red. Filtering your draws is necessary for Delver as you want to avoid flooding, and it allows you to spin the wheel on a potential Delver of Secrets flip. Polluted Delta is also an excellent substitute for Flooded Strand if you have them already, and you can get mileage from them in Dimir Delver if you fancy a change.

Blood Moon remains an excellent answer to greedy mana bases. With the banning of Arcum's Astrolabe yesterday, Blood Moon's positioning will become favorable over the coming months. Also, with the number of Islands in this Izzet Delver list, it won't disrupt your game plan drastically.

Once you are happy with the upgrades, I would begin looking at grabbing Force of Negation (replacing 2 Bonecrusher Giant, 1 Mana Leak and 1 Magmatic Sinkhole). Force of Negation is becoming the hallmark counterspell of the format, which means it comes at a steep price. However, it's fantastic in a tempo build such as Delver as it allows interaction with little cost.

Lastly, Snapcaster Mage fits the Delver theme by being a cheap and efficient threat. However, Snapcaster Mage is known to be one of the best creatures in Modern, which means it commands a high price. If you are patient, I'd recommend holding off on Snapcaster Mage until we see the full preview of Double Masters. The set is meant to be full of desirable reprints of staples from across Eternal formats and Commander, and I would not be surprised to see Snapcaster Mage featured among them. If reprinted, it will become more affordable than it is presently, so it may be worth waiting for the full preview to drop before acquiring these cards.

Budget Dimir Delver

If Izzet Delver is not your style, then Dimir Delver featuring a mill subtheme could be a reliable alternative. It has received a substantial boost thanks to Throne of Eldraine and Core 2021.

As Adam Yurchick covered last week, Thieves' Guild Enforcer is the real deal. Like Delver of Secrets, Thieves' Guild Enforcer requires specific criteria to meet its full potential; however, this is easy to achieve with a mill subtheme. Modern is known for stocking the graveyard with cheap spells and fetch lands, making Enforcer a potent threat in the format. The creature becomes better in multiples and complements Brazen Borrower, which is also a Rogue. Even as a late-game topdeck, Thieves' Guild Enforcer is a one-mana Ambush Viper with the potential to finish your opponent off. 

Vantress Gargoyle is a fantastic enabler and win condition rolled into one. Akin to TarmogoyfVantress Gargoyle can independently close out the game as long as you can meet the criteria by filling up the opponent's graveyard. Vantress Gargoyle can assist with this, and using spells such as Thought Scour aggressively can get you there with ease. Coupled with Thieves' Guild Enforcer and Drown in the Loch, you have a synergistic mill theme capable of grinding out the game the longer it progresses.

As you can see, Dimir Delver packs plenty of disruption and tempo. The aim is to cast your threats as early as possible and protect them with the swath of countermagic available.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Dimir Delver (Budget) by Emmmzyne

'Dimir Delver (Budget)' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Emmmzyne

Event:

Rank:

Modern

Market Price: $127.96

Cards

Thieves' Guild Enforcer

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.88

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Flash
Whenever Thieves' Guild Enforcer or another Rogue enters the battlefield under your control, each opponent mills two cards.
As long as an opponent has eight or more cards in their graveyard, Thieves' Guild Enforcer gets +2/+1 and has deathtouch.

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Narset, Parter of Veils

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.81

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Each opponent can't draw more than one card each turn.
−2: Look at the top four cards of your library. You may reveal a noncreature, nonland card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.

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Opt

Color Identity:U

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Scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.)
Draw a card.

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Fatal Push

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.10

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Destroy target creature if it has converted mana cost 2 or less.
Revolt — Destroy that creature if it has converted mana cost 4 or less instead if a permanent you controlled left the battlefield this turn.

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Drown in the Loch

Color Identity:B,U

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Choose one —
• Counter target spell with converted mana cost less than or equal to the number of cards in its controller's graveyard.
• Destroy target creature with converted mana cost less than or equal to the number of cards in its controller's graveyard.

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Brazen Borrower // Petty Theft

Color Identity:U

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Gurmag Angler

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.22

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Delve (Each card you exile from your graveyard while casting this spell pays for {1}.)

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Thought Scour

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.51

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Target player mills two cards.
Draw a card.

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Grafdigger's Cage

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Creature cards in graveyards and libraries can't enter the battlefield.
Players can't cast spells from graveyards or libraries.

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Collective Brutality

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.83

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Escalate—Discard a card. (Pay this cost for each mode chosen beyond the first.)
Choose one or more —
• Target opponent reveals their hand. You choose an instant or sorcery card from it. That player discards that card.
• Target creature gets -2/-2 until end of turn.
• Target opponent loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.

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Mystic Sanctuary

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.64

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({T}: Add {U}.)
Mystic Sanctuary enters the battlefield tapped unless you control three or more other Islands.
When Mystic Sanctuary enters the battlefield untapped, you may put target instant or sorcery card from your graveyard on top of your library.

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Choked Estuary

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $2.51

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As Choked Estuary enters the battlefield, you may reveal an Island or Swamp card from your hand. If you don't, Choked Estuary enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {U} or {B}.

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Delver of Secrets // Insectile Aberration

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.56

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At the beginning of your upkeep, look at the top card of your library. You may reveal that card. If an instant or sorcery card is revealed this way, transform Delver of Secrets.

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Countersquall

Color Identity:B,U

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Counter target noncreature spell. Its controller loses 2 life.

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Serum Visions

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.83

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Draw a card. Scry 2.

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Vantress Gargoyle

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.45

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Flying
Vantress Gargoyle can't attack unless defending player has seven or more cards in their graveyard.
Vantress Gargoyle can't block unless you have four or more cards in hand.
{T}: Each player mills a card.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.12

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Plague Engineer

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $3.18

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Deathtouch
As Plague Engineer enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.
Creatures of the chosen type your opponents control get -1/-1.

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Creeping Tar Pit

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $2.57

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Creeping Tar Pit enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {U} or {B}.
{1}{U}{B}: Creeping Tar Pit becomes a 3/2 blue and black Elemental creature until end of turn and can't be blocked this turn. It's still a land.

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Underground River

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $7.24

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add {U} or {B}. Underground River deals 1 damage to you.

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Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.21

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Mana Leak

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.24

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Counter target spell unless its controller pays {3}.

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Spell Pierce

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.25

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Counter target noncreature spell unless its controller pays {2}.

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Ashiok, Dream Render

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $1.51

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Spells and abilities your opponents control can't cause their controller to search their library.
−1: Target player mills four cards. Then exile each opponent's graveyard.

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Spell Snare

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.65

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Counter target spell with converted mana cost 2.

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Mystical Dispute

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.84

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This spell costs {2} less to cast if it targets a blue spell.
Counter target spell unless its controller pays {3}.

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Into the Story

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.29

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This spell costs {3} less to cast if an opponent has seven or more cards in their graveyard.
Draw four cards.

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Inquisition of Kozilek

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.38

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Target player reveals their hand. You choose a nonland card from it with converted mana cost 3 or less. That player discards that card.

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Drowned Catacomb

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $5.91

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Drowned Catacomb enters the battlefield tapped unless you control an Island or a Swamp.
{T}: Add {U} or {B}.

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Thought Scour is an excellent way to feed your graveyard or force the opponent to mill two (you still draw a card). Gurmag Angler is a considerable threat that will often cost no more than three mana given the number of spells you will be casting. Otherwise, Dimir Delver plays very similarly to Izzet Delver, but with a higher threat density. Like its Izzet counterpart, Dimir Delver consists of mostly commons and uncommons, with a few bulk rares making this shell incredibly affordable. As a result, you can invest more in the mana base to encourage consistency.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Dimir Delver (Semi-Optimal) by Emmmzyne

'Dimir Delver (Semi-Optimal)' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

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Modern

Market Price: $246.03

Cards

Plague Engineer

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $3.18

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Deathtouch
As Plague Engineer enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.
Creatures of the chosen type your opponents control get -1/-1.

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Spell Snare

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.65

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Counter target spell with converted mana cost 2.

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Delver of Secrets // Insectile Aberration

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.56

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At the beginning of your upkeep, look at the top card of your library. You may reveal that card. If an instant or sorcery card is revealed this way, transform Delver of Secrets.

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Serum Visions

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.83

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Draw a card. Scry 2.

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Into the Story

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.29

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This spell costs {3} less to cast if an opponent has seven or more cards in their graveyard.
Draw four cards.

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Darkslick Shores

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $8.78

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Darkslick Shores enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands.
{T}: Add {U} or {B}.

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Grafdigger's Cage

Market Price: $1.21

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Creature cards in graveyards and libraries can't enter the battlefield.
Players can't cast spells from graveyards or libraries.

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Spell Pierce

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.25

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Counter target noncreature spell unless its controller pays {2}.

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Inquisition of Kozilek

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.38

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Target player reveals their hand. You choose a nonland card from it with converted mana cost 3 or less. That player discards that card.

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Fatal Push

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.10

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Destroy target creature if it has converted mana cost 2 or less.
Revolt — Destroy that creature if it has converted mana cost 4 or less instead if a permanent you controlled left the battlefield this turn.

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Mystical Dispute

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.84

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This spell costs {2} less to cast if it targets a blue spell.
Counter target spell unless its controller pays {3}.

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Vantress Gargoyle

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.45

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Flying
Vantress Gargoyle can't attack unless defending player has seven or more cards in their graveyard.
Vantress Gargoyle can't block unless you have four or more cards in hand.
{T}: Each player mills a card.

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Thieves' Guild Enforcer

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.88

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Flash
Whenever Thieves' Guild Enforcer or another Rogue enters the battlefield under your control, each opponent mills two cards.
As long as an opponent has eight or more cards in their graveyard, Thieves' Guild Enforcer gets +2/+1 and has deathtouch.

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Narset, Parter of Veils

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.81

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Each opponent can't draw more than one card each turn.
−2: Look at the top four cards of your library. You may reveal a noncreature, nonland card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.

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Opt

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.10

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Scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.)
Draw a card.

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Mystic Sanctuary

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.64

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({T}: Add {U}.)
Mystic Sanctuary enters the battlefield tapped unless you control three or more other Islands.
When Mystic Sanctuary enters the battlefield untapped, you may put target instant or sorcery card from your graveyard on top of your library.

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Thoughtseize

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $11.56

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Target player reveals their hand. You choose a nonland card from it. That player discards that card. You lose 2 life.

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Brazen Borrower // Petty Theft

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $12.21

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Gurmag Angler

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.22

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Delve (Each card you exile from your graveyard while casting this spell pays for {1}.)

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Polluted Delta

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Polluted Delta: Search your library for an Island or Swamp card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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Drown in the Loch

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $2.90

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Choose one —
• Counter target spell with converted mana cost less than or equal to the number of cards in its controller's graveyard.
• Destroy target creature with converted mana cost less than or equal to the number of cards in its controller's graveyard.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.12

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Watery Grave

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $8.55

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({T}: Add {U} or {B}.)
As Watery Grave enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Creeping Tar Pit

Color Identity:B,U

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Creeping Tar Pit enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {U} or {B}.
{1}{U}{B}: Creeping Tar Pit becomes a 3/2 blue and black Elemental creature until end of turn and can't be blocked this turn. It's still a land.

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Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.21

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Ashiok, Dream Render

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $1.51

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Spells and abilities your opponents control can't cause their controller to search their library.
−1: Target player mills four cards. Then exile each opponent's graveyard.

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Thought Scour

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.51

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Target player mills two cards.
Draw a card.

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Collective Brutality

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.83

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Escalate—Discard a card. (Pay this cost for each mode chosen beyond the first.)
Choose one or more —
• Target opponent reveals their hand. You choose an instant or sorcery card from it. That player discards that card.
• Target creature gets -2/-2 until end of turn.
• Target opponent loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.

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Mana Leak

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.24

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Counter target spell unless its controller pays {3}.

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The upgrades are minor but can be pricey, given the color pairing. 

Mainboard

I've opted for Polluted Delta over Flooded Strand as fetching for Swamp is desired so you can deploy Thieves' Guild Enforcer as early as possible. However, you can get away with Flooded Strand if you already have Watery Grave and understand that you can't fetch Swamp off a Flooded Strand. After these upgrades, I would begin picking up a couple of Force of Negation (replacing a few Opts) and Snapcaster Mages (replacing Gurmag Angler). 

Regarding the sideboard, I'd consider running a couple of Bitterblossom, taking out Grafdigger's Cage. Sideboards can vary depending on the metagame, but Bitterblossom can be an excellent option if you want to gum up the board with evasive threats. Also, Bitterblossom creates Rogues that provide fantastic synergy with Thieves' Guild Enforcer by milling two cards on upkeep. It's admittedly pricey, but you should keep an eye out for a good deal as it's a powerful enchantment in a tempo build such as Dimir Delver.

If you are in the market for a flexible, disruptive beatdown deck, then Delver may be for you. Historically Delver strategies have seen modest success over the years until recently, when Delver has been sent to the fringes of the format. Despite this, Delver of Secrets is a remarkably powerful card, primarily when supported with cheap and efficient interaction. Who knows, we may see new cards on the horizon that can return Delver of Secrets to its former glory. If Core 2021 was anything to go by, it might be sooner than you think.