Disclaimer: Not actually happening in Atlanta, but close enough.

 

Hi all. Today I wanted to write about my preparation for the Atlanta Invitation this coming weekend. I always try to take these events seriously because, like I’ve said before, the prizes are awesome. I’m even more excited because this one is in Roxie Card’s home city. I’m really looking forward to hanging out with all the Roxie guys coming in to town. It’ll be the first time everyone is at the same event I think.

If you read my primer or recap of the Indianapolis Invitational you’ll know about the Moar Bears delver deck I played to a 6-2 finish in the standard portion. I came up with that deck after playing on Magic online trying to find a consistent way to win the mirror without losing too much of an edge against the rest of the field. The extra aggression of Phantasmal Bear was perfect for that.

About 3 weeks ago I decided to start playing magic online again to see if I could find a good way to attack standard other than the obvious answer of just playing Kuo’s Delver list from the magic world cup. I started with Kuo’s list and after 2 days of playing in daily events and 8 mans I realized the only matchup that I was close to a losing percentage against was the mirror. I was losing about half the time and I was racking my brain trying to figure out how to swing it my way.

It wasn’t until I had a turn 2 Invisible Stalker played against me in a 2 man that it clicked. After losing the match I quickly put a list together. I cut Mana Leak. I had been siding it out in almost every matchup and I decided that it wasn’t needed in the main. I also put the spectral flights in the main deck. Spectral Flight was a card I was siding in against almost every deck that wasn’t the mirror or a control deck. The ideal set up is a Spectral Flight on a Geist, but a 3/3 hexproof unblockable is pretty good clock too. I played the deck for a couple hours and ended up going 8-0 in 2 mans. I told my friend Phillip Lorren about the deck and he said he would give it a try. While I was on vacation he texted me saying he went 4-0 in 2 daily events with it. A couple days later I got news that both Phillip and John Farrow were in the top 8 of the Knoxville SCG classic with the list.
U/W Delver, John Farrow
U/W Delver, Phillip Lorren

I was stoked that they had both done so well with it. A week later there was a TCG Diamond 5k in Atlanta while I was visiting Clemson for birthday celebrations. With a tuned sideboard (not the pile I had thrown together) and 2 changes to the main deck, Phillip top 8’d again. The deck was obviously good but Phillip is also a very good player and I expect him to top 8 almost every event he is prepared for.

UW Delver, Phillip Lorren

I know that John, Phillip, and I will all be on it for the invitational. There may be a couple more Roxie guys on it after we all go out to dinner together on Thursday. We’ll see how many I convince.

This is the list that we have settled on after playing some local events this weekend.

 

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Pike Flight
 
4 Delver of Secrets
4 Snapcaster Mage
4 Geist of Saint Traft
3 Invisible Stalker
3 Runechanter’s Pike
2 Spectral Flight
4 Ponder
4 Thought Scour
4 Gitaxian Probe
4 Gut Shot
4 Vapor Snag
1 Mutagenic Growth
1 Feeling of Dread
4 Seachrome Coast
4 Glacial Fortress
2 Moorland Haunt
8 Island
 
Sideboard:
 
1 Jace, Memory Adept
2 Dissipate
3 Mana Leak
3 Phantasmal Image
3 Knight of Glory
3 Celestial Purge

The only thing I want is another Mutagenic Growth in the board. I have no idea where it fits in though. I just want another “counter” for the red sweepers from wolf run and naya. The Jace is necessary because the mono black post deck that has been doing well on modo is a pretty awful matchup and hopefully we’ll see our one-of because those games go so long.

 

For the legacy portion it won’t be a surprise to anyone who is familiar with me that I will be playing U/R delver. The majority of my writing has been about this deck.

If you haven’t read these and are interested in the sideboarding and the card choices just click my name at the top of the page and it will bring up my previous articles. I have made a few changes to the list. This is what I plan on playing Friday.

 

AKA “The Schneider Special”

 

U/R Delver
 
4 Delver of Secrets
4 Goblin Guide
4 Snapcaster Mage
3 Grim Lavamancer
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Chain Lightning
2 Price of Progress
4 Brainstorm
3 Ponder
3 Force of Will
3 Spell Pierce
2 Daze
4 Volcanic Island
2 Island
2 Mountain
4 Scalding Tarn
2 Arid Mesa
2 Misty Rainforest
1 Bloodstained Mire
1 Wooded Foothill
1 Polluted Delta
1 Flooded Strand
 
Sideboard:
 
1 Force of Will
2 Red Elemental Blast/Pyroblast
2 Sulfuric Vortex
2 Smelt
4 Lava Spike
4 Surgical Extraction

I have really liked the Lava Spikes in the sideboard instead of Submerge. I like playing proactive spells much more than I like playing defensive and against RUG that is exactly what Submerge is, purely defensive. RUG kills all of our creatures so Submerge almost never equals damage. In this current meta Price of Progress has gotten much worse. I think it is still good enough to earn 2 slots in the 75 but it isn’t worth the 4 of that I used to play when I first started playing the deck. Lava Spike helps to pick up some of the slack. Against the fair decks I board out the counters for the lava spikes and the other relevant sideboard cards. Now the only problem is how expensive the foil version of Lava Spike is, $20 is insane!

 

Hope you guys enjoyed this. If you have any questions or comments you can put them below or get me on Twitter. @On__the__grind (double underscore) Hopefully I’ll have be back next week to tell you how I made a bunch of money

Thanks for reading,
Andrew Schneider