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Death's Approach Discussion
1 week ago
Thanks Kaiser.In this deck I was trying to incorporate both the traditional mill type of just milling with spells and the mill combo with Duskmantle Guildmage and Mindcrank that mills out an entire deck once it gets going. Crypt Incursion is a card I admit I have overlooked that should go in the sideboard. I think I'll Take out the two Mindcrank and put in two Crypt Incursion. I'll also take out the Duskmantle Guildmages and the Deathcult Rogues and put in two more Nightveil Specter and put in four Wight of Precinct Six. Also, I think Victim of Night would be a proper replacement for Death's Approach, pretty much killing any modern power house cards that would pose a threat to the deck ( I'm looking at you Phyrexian Obliterator).Also one thing I must say; You seem to be the Isaac Asimov of Mill because you seemed to have just created the Three Laws of Mill.
1 week ago
Mill is usually fun, but difficult to use. From my experiences with it here is what I've noticed:
Mill is difficult to use due to the lack of field/hand control that is almost required when using blue and black. You usually have to replace all of that with mill cards. If you can't control with blue or black, you are going to have some problems then.
If every card in your deck does not pertain to milling the opponent in some way or another, you probably won't win with mill. (On a side note, you have a lot aggression in this deck witch is what it looks like you were trying to accomplish.)
Usually being able to work off the opponent's graveyard can help with these decks.
Just keep messing around with it until find a formula you like but like I said, mill is difficult to run.I would try to mainboard Surgical Extraction and probably remove Duskmantle Guildmage. It's abilities are a little too expensive for not enough output in my opinion. Maybe try to use more Nightveil Specters if possible. Also, I understand why you are using Death's Approach but keep in mind, it is not an instant so if someone plays a creature that you want gone the moment it hits the field, you cannot do anything about it. My last suggestion is maybe (this is a big maybe by the way) using Crypt Incursion. If fighting Zoo decks it's nice but agains others not so much, so maybe sideboard it if you find it useful.
Well those are my suggestions. I hope you have a get this deck going and good luck!
4 weeks ago
Nice job!!! Excellent budget, and good-value cards.. I would buy a copy of this if I were into mill :D .
I would try to run 4 of those Invisible Stalker's (ALWAYS WATCHING), just so the cipher on some of your spells will trigger. Or three will do the trick if cipher is not the biggest priority..
Run some sideboard cards that have counterspells and stuff.
I'm not really sure that I would run Death's Approach, mainly for the fact that it's not instant speed, but it's still a solid card. Token decks are a little bit of a weak point for this deck, so Bile Blight is a good option for sideboard.
All in all, really good job!
1 month ago
I like a little more removal in my decks cards like Fleshbag Marauder, Death's Approach, Tragic Slip, Darkblast, and Golgari Charm could be good. Rancor is a good card to push damage through. some cheap big creatures to scavenge are Tempting Wurm, Demonic Taskmaster, and Treacherous Pit-Dweller. I recently made Varolz deck also and would love for you to check it out for ideas. It smells like something died in here
1 month ago
Well, I agree with your assessment of Stinkweed Imp, it's not an efficient self mill strategy. It just provides some defense against Tarmogoyf and the like while you do it. My main concern is that with your current game plan you have 4 dead cards in your deck no matter what you choose to do. Since mill is already not competitive, it seems bad to hamper yourself further.
You could try the following transformational sideboard:
-Move 2x Laboratory Maniac to the sideboard (take out the other two).
-Add some Stinkweed Imp or other selfmill dependant stuff like Murderous Cut to sideboard.
-Fill the mainboard with removal like Death's Approach.
2 months ago
I think you'll seldom have mana open for Broken Ambitions because of your sorceries, I would swap it with black removal or some sort of counterspell that doesn't have X in it like Mana Leak or Remand. I think you should take out Thoughtseize or Inquisition (one of the two) because the idea of hand disruption in a mill deck is great, but at the same time dabbling too much in this other category can ruin the main plan. Also, I dont like relying on the two creatures for Memory Sluice as the normal amount of mill, 4, is rather underwhelming. I would put in Breaking and/or Glimpse the Unthinkable. Also, it seems you may run out of gas at some point in a game, so I would put in Jace, Memory Adept and/or Visions of Beyond. Secret sideboard tech, Crypt Incursion for decks with even just a decent amount of creatures. Death's Approach is also a really good card against decks with creatures.
About your lands...try 3 different playsets of duals first. I really really doubt you'll ever be mana screwed with that fixing.
But yeah, nice deck, and ty for the TF2 reference. :)
4 months ago
Tazwink Thank you! Death's Approach was the card I was looking for but forgot the name! (*FACEPALM)As for Aqueous Form and Mirko Vosk, Mind Drinker, the cards are perfect for this deck and replacing 2 Vampire Nighthawks with Mirko Vosk, Mind Drinker may increase the mana-curve but is definitely helpful.Aqueous Form may be replaced Negate. Thank you for your very helpful suggestion!