Card Knock Life #71 – Commander Week One Tiers

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Whoops!  Darrel forgot to enable audio…  At least you can see what is being thrown in as a visual accompaniment to the deck-building exercise in the cast.


(Modern) Grixis Delve Deck Spotlight

by Corey Murphy

In the words of the immortal Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson…

“Delver is yes and then no
Delver’s in then it’s out
Delver’s up then down
Delver’s wrong when it’s right
It’s blue and it’s…blue”

…well, something like that.

I am surely not alone when I say that I have a ‘hot and cold’ relationship with Delver of Secrets in Modern.  Without enablers like Brainstorm, modern players are forced to set up Delver flips with Serum Visions or (ick!) Snapcaster to flashback Serum Visions or… uh…”lucking out”.  While this can be maddening, the upside just might be worthwhile and Plan C, luck, may be the most common avenue.

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CKL Plays (Modern) – “Tasi Burn”

This week, we are rockin’ a Modern RDW list that trades Wild Nacatals and Lightning Helix for Tasigurs and Bump in the Nights.  Playing Bump in place of 2-mana boros-colored burn spells allows for more explosive turn two prowess triggers as well as late game mana-flood options.  Tasigur functions as a Wild Nactal upgrade that won’t die to a single Lightning Bolt and again, has potential for late game utility.

Our sideboard is a work in progress.  Other options include Kolaghan’s Command, Rakdos Charm, or more copies of Self-Inflicted Wound.  Without the lifegain from Kor Firewalker and Lightning Helix, the aggro mirrors are tricky.  Tasigur’s big butt helps but running Dragon Claw seems to be the best option at this point.


1 Arid Mesa
2 Blackcleave Cliffs
2 Blood Crypt
4 Bloodstained Mire
2 Copperline Gorge
3 Mountain
2 Stomping Ground
4 Wooded Foothills

4 Atarka’s Command
4 Bump in the Night
4 Lava Spike
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Rift Bolt
3 Searing Blaze
2 Shard Volley

4 Eidolon of the Great Revel
4 Goblin Guide
4 Monastery Swiftspear
3 Tasigur, the Golden Fang

SB: 3 Molten Rain
SB: 1 Searing Blaze
SB: 3 Dragon’s Claw
SB: 3 Destructive Revelry
SB: 2 Skullcrack
SB: 2 Torpor Orb
SB: 1 Self-Inflicted Wound

Round 1 vs. Jund


Round 2 vs. 8 Rack

Round 3 vs. Naya Burn