Pairing Archaeomancer and Ghostly Flicker in a Dismal Backwater deck is nothing new. One of the first decks to attempt to leverage the combo in a meaningful way did so with Chittering Rats, attempting to lock an opponent out of the draw step. USPDudes did something slightly different with their take on Dimir Flicker from the weekly 5-0 league lists.
So a few things. First off, the single Darkness caught me off guard but it makes a ton of sense. If Moment’s Peace is good enough, Darkness isn’t that far behind. My guess is they got a lot of mileage out of the Fog by virtue of it being such an uncommon inclusion. I also love the pair of Recoil here. Recoil is a powerful card that has been overshadowed by Dinrova Horror, but being able to get it back with Archaeomancer (while not loading your deck with six drops) is sweet. Cast Down makes an appearance and it does a lot of work here, picking off key threats for a pittance.
If you’re looking to play a blue-black control deck and don’t feel like suiting up the Tron, this looks like a solid place to start. It could stand to benefit from a Thorn of the Black Rose