Duskmantle Guildmage

Duskmantle Guildmage

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Creature — Human Wizard

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.

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Duskmantle Guildmage Discussion

RaSkipper on Force of Mill

1 week ago

Milling is one of my favorite win-conditions, and this deck is one of the most potent I've ever seen. Kudos! While I love the Duskmantle Guildmage/Mindcrank combo, I think of it more as an alternate win-condition for an otherwise non-mill deck as it can be put into any Dimir deck.

If your taste for EDH has soured due to expensive and flashy decks, check mine out. Two different mill EDH decks, both under $150, Talrand being the really hardcore deck.


ecmmyers on I Wanted One of Those! - Input Welcome!

2 weeks ago

Hey there, fun deck, Would you mind elaborating a bit more on the specific theme you're going for? Just cloning shenanigans, or stealing, or milling?

Most important part of any deck is mana. I would change Barren Moor for Tainted Isle, Change Rupture Spire for Drowned Catacomb, Maybe add in Thespian's Stage in place of Shimmering Grotto for more copying. I'm assuming this is failry budget, so maybe you don't want it, but Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth is great fixing.

For Creatures

Dralnu is a HUGE risk, if you suffer one Blasphemous Act or Arcbound, you may as well wipe your board. I recommend some more copying in the form of Body Double or Clever Impersonator. Body Double takes of all those cards you mill while trying to trigger Lazav, and the Clever Impersonator can clone Enchantments, Artifacts, and Creatures!

Necrotic Ooze is a dead creature or a blank body about 90% of the time, which is why I ended up cutting him. He only keeps activated abilities, and many times you have to pay outside your colors, if they even have an ability that is relevant. What if you had a Thassa, God of the Sea to help get some creatures in for some damage, or a Hedron Crab for more mill and potential disruption.

Instead of Xathrid Gorgon, What about Lazav's mistress Avatar of Woe. This lady loves milling and you get a CMC 8 creature for the low, low price of 2. Your opponents don't gain any blockers, and Lazav can become whatever dies. If not, Geth, Lord of the Vault can steal from the grave and mill a small amount, which could mean you get a lucky trigger on Lazav.

Vortex elemental's best, reusable ability is too expensive for one creature, and it reduces the impact of your draw by making you redraw the same stuff, and it doesn't save you because the opponent will just replay the same creatures, unless you have some reliable mill. For more mill, to make full use of Lazav and disrupt plans, try Dreamborn Muse, or maybe a Duskmantle Guildmage. (The Guildmage also has infinite combos with Mindcrank)

Havengul Lich is a risky card, though not quite so as the Ooze or Dralnu. What I mean is, you still have to pay full cost for creatures, color and all, which limit's his viability in a multiplayer game. I like cards like Undead Alchemist which turn mill into a functional board state (and has a fun interaction with Altar of the Brood). For a cheaper reanimate option, look into Animate Dead or Phyrexian Reclamation.

For non-creature spells

Phthisis? Holy crap this is one expensive kill spell. What about Go for the Throat, Rapid Hybridization or Reality Shift, when you wanna kill something, you don't wanna pay 7 mana at sorcery speed, or worse, wait 5 turns. Cheap, fast kills means they are dead before they hit you, and you can do more than just dedicate a turn to killing one dude.

If you want a budget tutor, go with Diabolic Tutor, and you have no CMC restriction.

Rather than Voidwalk, what about a classic blue stable for card draw Rhystic Study?

Soul Ransom is worse than Control Magic and the more non-budget Treachery

Endless Whispers will do you no favors, what about a Nemesis of Reason for mill or an Erebos, God of the Dead for more draw (plus he hates on life gain)?

You should really cut Imps Mischief and use a hard counter instead like Counterspell or Hinder.

Millstone is, like, terrible slow. Maybe look into a Chromatic Lantern for powerful mana fixing/ small ramp, Armillary Sphere for more ramp, or a Mesmeric Orb for the most powerful one-card mill engine in Magic: The Gathering?

Instead of Illusionist's Gambit, Sleep, then no one attacks this turn or next.

FOr more ideas, or to see the context of my ideas, look into my Dimir Theme deck, Welcome to the Undercity

TheGodofNight on Force of Mill

2 weeks ago

@ Vinman

A lot of mill decks use the same cards, as there are only a handful of good card to use, so no worries. One of my other favorite mill win-cons is the Duskmantle Guildmage and Mindcrank infinite mill combo. I've played both, but I really enjoy this build a little more.

Thanks for the feedback. I'm glad you like the description, I was trying to be comical with it. Most people give a solid explanation of their deck and it's inner workings. I was going for a laugh in the process as well. Thanks for the +1.

shedidthistome on Into the Void (Tiny Leader)

2 weeks ago


Also, I think you should be playing Mindcrank mainboard along with Duskmantle Guildmage which I don't see listed anywhere. It sets up an infinite mill combo and are just good on their own.

I really like the whole mill concept in Tiny Leaders and your design of the deck, I think I'm going to try it!

isaelis on 2015-02-15 update of SILENCE! I ...

2 weeks ago

Mindcrank would be excellent with theDuskmantle Guildmage. Infinite combo for the win.

TehChuckles on Damage is Irrelevant

3 weeks ago

Dude Mindcrank to pair with that Duskmantle Guildmage.

Orpheus124 on Ravnica Horror Story: Asylum

3 weeks ago

Necrotic Ooze could be worthwhile. Jace, Memory Adept used to be in this deck, but I've since transferred him to my Bruna, Light of Alabaster deck, where he fits in better, in my opinion. I used to run that infernal combo of Helm of Obedience + Leyline of the Void ; turns out, I run too many graveyard-based cards that I was simply getting screwed by Leyline of the Void too many times. Bloodchief Ascension and Duskmantle Guildmage wouldn't work, Wrexial, the Risen Deep would become nothing but a blocker, Consuming Aberration was useless, et cetera. Thanks for offering those though!

Power / Toughness 2/2
Color(s) Black Blue
Cost UB
Converted cost 2
Avg. draft pick 7.42
Avg. cube pick 2.71


Format Legality
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Modern Legal
Duel Commander Legal

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Set Rarity
Gatecrash Uncommon


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