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Noble Legal
Frontier Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Magic 2015 (M15) Rare
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Tap: Put a charge counter on Grindclock.

Tap: Target player puts the top X cards from his or her library into his or her graveyard, where X is the number of charge counters on Grindclock.

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Grindclock Discussion

canyonrp on BLOCKED very slow mill

1 week ago

Take out Curse of the Bloody Tome for Sphinx's Tutelage. Also, Grindclock is a fun card for slower mill decks.

Turtle338872 on Budget Lantern Control

2 weeks ago

I would suggest Pyxis of Pandemonium rather than Grindclock. You need the speed for the milling artifacts, not the strength of them.

Duress/Despise/Harsh Scrutiny are all cheap and better alternatives to Distress.

Go for the Throat is arguably better than murder and still ~ 1$ unless that's too expensive. Maybe Doom Blade/Smother?

Other suggestions I HIGHLY recommend include Glint-Nest Crane, Thought Scour, Artificer's Intuition, Fog Bank, Whir of Invention.

Depolo on Altar of Tutelage

1 month ago

I like the deck, and know of a few cards that might work with it. Traumatize, Grindclock and Clock of Omens and Unwinding Clock. Those last three together can be potent.

TheSurgeon on List Of Modern User Specialties

2 months ago

@flaminghome- Thanks for the good question!
Competitively speaking, I haven't found Grindclock to be modern usable.. yet. It definitely has its place in mill. I've never seen or considered a competitive deck running it. For the same price and speed, a Glimpse the Unthinkable, Breaking or Mind Sculpt would do much more all at once, without the threat of being removed.

This is heavily dependent on the cards you place with it though. Abilities that untap artifacts/permanents would enhance this card's function.

I'm currently messing around with a modern casual artifact-mill deck featuring Kurkesh, Onakke Ancient, Shriekhorn, Codex Shredder and some other cheap/free artifacts, but I haven't perfected the brew yet.

In short, yes. The card requires some finesse in use, but is playable in casual, and a possible deck in competitive if someone can find the key to unlock it's full potential. I'm sure there's an "infinite" Combo for untapping artifacts somewhere it can be coupled with.

These are just examples, it really depends on your meta and level of Modern play.

Have fun and play hard!

flaminghome on List Of Modern User Specialties

2 months ago

TheSurgeon, do you consider Grindclock to be a good mill card? I recently purchased a playset from a 50c bin at my local game store and thought that a Fraying Sanity + Grindclock combo could become gradually devastating, but I haven't really tested it yet

KnightSolaire on Painter's Sphinx

2 months ago

having more diverse permanents may help, such as Wight of Precinct Six, or Hedron Crab for creatures, for artifacts Sands of Delirium and Grindclock are good. Some other good spells I could suggest would be Psychic Strike for hard counter with mill in addition, and I personally use Psychic Spiral for a restock + mill

TheSurgeon on

2 months ago

You're a bit heavy in land. Could probably run 20 and put in a Shriekhorn or two to help untapping Grindclock, and they are just a but more mathematically better than tome scours, as you can wait to use them until you get Fraying Sanity in play.

+1 nice budget!!

kageno on Budget Lantern Control

4 months ago

landofMordor Lantern Control usually wins by forcing your opponent to concide the game, because they can't cast any useful spell. Sometimes if your oponnent is persistent enough you just mill their entire library that's why I have Grindclock if you play it on turn 2 or 3 and tap it each turn for a counter at turn 7 you're able to mill your opponnent for at least 5 each turn.

BaronBrademon Yeah, Trophy Mage is a a better card than Trinket Mage thank you!

TheDuggernaught I prefer Consulate Skygate, it has lower toughness but you don't need to pay mana for reach, it's my personal opinion.

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