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Consuming Aberration's power and toughness are each equal to the number of cards in your opponents' graveyards.
Whenever you cast a spell, each opponent reveals cards from the top of his or her library until he or she reveals a land card, then puts those cards into his or her graveyard.
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Ditch Sage's Row Denizen for Duskmantle Guildmage . Tidebinder Mage is a great sideboard option against Gruul Monsters, but Wall of Frost is much better generally in a Phenax deck. You have nothing to trigger Mindreaver 's heroic so there's not much case for including him. Ditch him for Omenspeaker ; the scry is nice and the 3 toughness works well with Phenax. You don't need Thassa in a deck like this. Ditch her for Consuming Aberration .
Dude. Consuming Aberration is way too strong with those maze elementals.
I'm just curious as to why Consuming Aberration is in your sideboard instead of main deck since he does a lot of work in mill. Is there some strategy to this? Also, Mind Grind could work well in here.
Also nice combos
Hey Sollisnexus, I got the cards today, but I think you mistakenly sent the wrong trade. I got a Mind Grind , Consuming Aberration , and 2x Whispering Madness . Wasn't our trade was for a Stomping Ground ?
I'm gonna have to respectfully disagree with most of your suggestions... but mostly because I have already tried nearly all of them!
With the original version of this deck, I could never keep up with creature-heavy green decks. Having a Duskmantle Guildmage or two out there didn't do much to protect me from a slew of 5-6 creatures-- even if most of them were just weenies, with an Archweaver or something thrown into the mix. By the time my opponent had 3-5 cards left in his library, I'd be dead.
I know the rule of thumb is "if it doesn't add to the theme of your deck, remove it." But running a deck like this, regardless of what everyone says, I feel like you NEED to have some back-up strategies in place. And I desperately needed some protection against creatures.
At the time, I was rocking 2x Wall of Frost and 2x Hover Barrier s. But for only one extra mana, Desecration Demon was a black Hover Barrier with 6 power to boot. Defending against him can potentially become a distraction for the other player. Plus, I get either a 6/6 blocker with Flying, OR he forces the opponent to scrap a creature and pumps himself up with a +1/+1 counter. Works well for me! Also, I think you misread the decklist-- I only have 2x Desecration Demon, not 4x :) I do agree that 4 would definitely be overkill!
Mirko Vosk, Mind Drinker , Consuming Aberration , and Mind Grind are nice cards, but at high cost! As you can see, my mana curve is pretty high already. I view both Consuming Aberration and Mind Grind as finishing blows... not every-turn "staples" of the deck, so to speak. I would never want to have either one in my opening hand... and adding more of them would increase the likelihood of that happening.
But the main problem I have with Mirko Vosk, Mind Drinker is that while he looks great on the onset-- hey, he's got Flying, and a very nice mill!-- he isn't very versatile. His mill ability is very conditional, too. Compare him to Phenax, God of Deception , who costs the same amount of mana. Sure, Phenax doesn't have quite as good of mill, but he's got Indestructible and high defense, and his mill ability is completely controlled by yours truly.
All of that being said... I do love Pilfered Plans , and kind of wish I could squeeze it into the main! Going without them isn't ideal for card draw, but at least I've got 2 of 'em in the sideboard if I feel like I'm not drawing enough of the good stuff. Also, I never paid too much attention to Soul Ransom , but that is a pretty sweet card. Like Pilfered Plans, it'd be nice if I found a spot to squeeze it into my deck... maybe I could swap it for something from the sideboard, like Archaeomancer or Codex Shredder ? Hmm, I'll have to think on that one.
All of that's totally just my 2 cents, by the way. I don't mean to offend! You just mentioned a lot of the cards that I tried to implement, and failed... but even though they didn't quite fit together as a whole, they're still good cards.
I'd run Nighthowler over Consuming Aberration . Consuming Aberration is a 5-drop, which is the same spot as all-important Phenax, God of Deception , which should really be in this deck along with Underworld Connections . Phenax gets turned on by 1 Connections and 1 Nightveil Specter , so he's a pretty good contribution to the milling. Nighthowler doesn't grow quite as fast as Consuming Aberration, but bestowed it's a 4-drop that can help turn Phenax on, while being resilient to removal.
Vortex Elemental is worth consideration for 1-drop control. It's a great target for Nighthowler bestows too, because it rarely gets removed ahead of time.
Sideboard should have some artifact hate for control matchups that will board in Elixir of Immortality and Bow of Nylea . The Bow can put cards back in their library at instant speed, and you need 2 instant-speed sources of mill to beat it. Incidentally, Phenax is good at this. If the artifact hate is also enchantment hate, it can be used against Crackling Perimeter in a Maze's End deck.
I disagree with the Wall-and-Phenax plan. I had a deck full of Wall of Frost , Hover Barrier , Doorkeeper , etc. along with Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver and Phenax. Sometimes it worked but it was very vulnerable to Supreme Verdict and similar cards.
I find Duskmantle Guildmage to be too slow in this deck. It can deal 8 damage with a turn 5 Breaking , but ideally you're already farther along than that at that point, because you'd need a way to get the rest of the way.
I posted my Standard mill deck here: BNG Standard Mill mk2
Can I suggest + 4 Pilfered Plans - Basically a Divination with mill ability.+ 2 Mind Grind in mainboard - great with mana dump and Pilfered Plans should help you get that mana.+ 4 Grisly Spectacle instead of Hero's Downfall - just a thought, you don't have to.- 4 Desecration Demon - may be powerful, but does not serve purpose of deck+ 4 Mirko Vosk, Mind Drinker - It may be Legendary, but is always removed anyways and has great mill.+ 2 Consuming Aberration - Puts a lot of pressure on all opponents and serves win condition+ 1-4 Soul Ransom - This card is just OP.
|Power / Toughness||*/*|
|Avg. draft pick||4.96|
|Avg. cube pick||2.29|
|Commander / EDH||Legal|