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1UB: Whenever a card is put into an opponent's graveyard from anywhere this turn, that player loses 1 life. 2UB: Target player puts the top two cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
I'd consider it actually more reliable than this build, as you simply can't go terribly wrong with burn.
It was considerable more expensive than this build though.
Likewise, Grixis is unfortunately not a worthwhile option with a budget manabase.
This one is supposed to be a build with a very low 15 budget on a little casual tournament. Even Bloodchief Ascension could be considered expensive in that regard :D
As for the Glimpse the Unthinkable vs Lightning Bolt , one gets rid of 1/6 of their deck, and the other get rid of less than 1/6 of their life. the bolt could get rid of 1 creature, but Glimpse could get rid of 5-6 depending on what deck you are up against.
Mill is never going to be a tier 1 deck as it is generally too slow, unless you are playing against a grindy midrange deck, it will be over before you get your defenses up.
Your options would be to go either;
Or control based with Mill Spells, and Board Wipes, and Counters.
Just my Thoughts.
I can see that Shriekgeist could be good. 2 card every turn. I need to try that card.
Traumatize is bad. It only Mills like 10 cards.
Duskmantle Guildmage needs a combo to work. I don't like to play combo.
But I still need to remove something for Thoughtseize. What counter to remove? (I actually like Deprive )
Is there other good black cards for a mill deck?
So for some more feedback. I'm not a fan of Hedron Crab . I think Shriekgeist would make a pretty good replacement. Mesmeric Orb isn't high on my list because I don't like that it mills you as well. If there were anything to remove for the Thoughtseize , that would be it. There are some good cipher mill spells in blue as well if you want to go that route with unblockable creatures. Mine had some issues though because a lot of times I would end up with the cipher spells and cipher them on due to removal. Again, if you are splashing black Duskmantle Guildmage can do ridiculous damage when pair with a Traumatize or Archive Trap .
Cool deck. Has a lot of high cmc cards though. You might want to add some mana rocks. I'd add Talisman of Dominance , Dimir Signet and maybe a Mana Vault or Worn Powerstone and an Expedition Map . I think you are better off using Chromatic Lantern instead of Darksteel Ingot.
Thespian's Stage is going to be awesome especially with a Cabal Coffers + Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth in play.
I recommend Exsanguinate . It can be an awesome card to have late in the game.
Hinder is also a good card since you're already using Tunnel Vision.
Your manabase could use some work. I know this sounds like a shameless plug but you might want to check out my Apocalypse Project . It was a Lazav deck once. Recently changed the commander to Oona. It is a lot different from your concept but i'm sure you'll find cards there that will fit into your deck.
|Power / Toughness||2/2|
|Avg. draft pick||8.30|
|Avg. cube pick||2.75|
|Commander / EDH||Legal|