Mana Leak


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NinjaFist on Milling Made Easy

4 hours ago

Since Startled Awake recently took a massive price spike due to standard, I would highly recommend replacing them with Archive Traps, as fetch land cracks are very commonplace in modern and there will be plenty of chances for you to get that free cast off of them.

Harsh Scrutiny really shouldn't be a 4 of, most of the time you want to get spells out of your opponent's hand rather than creatures. I would recommend switching them to Duresss if you wanna keep the budget, but if you can afford it, Inquisition of Kozilek really is the best discard right behind Thoughtseize.

Being a blue deck, I'd imagine you'd want some kind of counter support to stop your opponent from ruining your plan. Cheap and great options are Negate, Dispell, Remand(if you can afford it), Mana Leak, and Delay. In addition, running black lets you run kill spells that you could use to stop your opponent from running you over with creatures. Things like Victim of Night, Murderous Cut, and Tragic Slip are all rather cheap and hit a lot of threats you'll find in modern. You could probably swap out the Trep Blades and Altars for these, as while I too am a really big fan of both, they're just a little too slow for modern standards.

Finally, I would recommend possibly throwing in a couple of Nephalia Drownyards. They can give you mill when you run out of gas and can be something to pour mana into when you're holding onto counterspells at the end of your opponent's turn, they're cheap, and work rather well with Fraying. Last thing, the main reason people have trouble running mill in modern is because of pesky Emrakul, the Aeons Torn (and to a lesser extent Ulamog and Kozilek), as it undoes all the work you put into putting their library in the grave, so make sure you have an answer for it in your sideboard, probably in the form of something like Infinite Obliteration, Lost Legacy, Stain the Mind, or Slaughter Games if you can find red mana some how. I really think Fraying Sanity should probably be a 4 of, as the meta in modern, as far as I can tell, has a rather difficult time dealing with enchantments. Other than that, this looks like a great start, I hope this helped. Good luck to you!

maxon on Casual Control Deck Needs Looking ...

9 hours ago

Hello all. I was hoping some control players would check out a deck I built to see if it's any good for a control beginner. I usually play EDH and although I have lots of experience with control elements, I've never built or played a strictly control 60 card deck.

The deck has a full set of Counterspell, Remand, and Mana Leak. I've thrown in some Brainstorm and Vapor Snag . It's also got the cards for sneaking out The Unspeakable, as well as a few Delver of Secrets  Flip.

Feel free to suggest anything. Thanks a bunch!

Unspeakable Deck

pacamouse on JESKAI HULK

9 hours ago

This seeems more similar to a standard deck than a modern one, I would suggest adding more modern cards. I would cut Censor for Mana Leak, and cut Hieroglyphic Illumination for Supreme Verdict.

casmiel on Merely an Illusion

1 day ago

Oops overlooked your Visions, sorry. In that case I'd suggest maindeck Mana Leak, Gossamer just doesn't look Modern playable to me. And if it has to be a creature, I'd still take Labyrinth Guardian over it. Illusory Angel is playable, but only with Aether Vial backup which is crazy expensive as you know. It's difficult to satisfy the summoning condition in your list

The top Modern Merfolk lists that win tournaments all run between 2-3 Dismember even if they take 4, and that deck has been in revision and development for many years. I would just take the risk to be honest, there has to be something they are doing right with that.

xxxavo on U R Delving for Miracles

1 day ago

Accumulated Knowledge over Take Inventory was an excellent suggestion. I forgot I own that card.

Thunderous Wrath exceeded my expectations by a large margin, and won me games on its own vs control, I had to keep this at 4.

Lightning Strike I did add 2 copies over a Mana Leak and Thermo-Alchemist as the deck turned more towards burn-control, and just need a couple more direct damage spells.

I also took your suggestion, and added a couple Into the Roil over lands to deal with permanents on board, which came in handy.

Mnemonic Wall was excellent sideboard against control, thank you. It came in twice, and both times it got me Accumulated Knowledge back, which drew me 3 cards each at the time.

Sadly, I didn't have access to Hydroblast, Pyroblast, and Relic of Progenitus. I have to order those

neosapien on PsychoHorrorCardDrawCrazy

2 days ago

looking for suggestions for Rune Snag vs Mana Leak, Serum Visions vs Ancestral Vision and if I should use more Damnation, as well as anything else.

freakingShane on Azorius: The Law

2 days ago

I love UW control decks and I love Ravnica, therefor detain decks are super fun and interesting to me.

I'm not too into Modern, but I have done a little bit here and there. Unfortunately Counterspell is illegal in Modern, so I would recommend swapping it to either Remand or Render Silent if you want to stay on theme, but still have nice counter magic. You could also/instead choose to use Arcane Denial, Mana Leak, or Rune Snag (if you ran 4x Rune Snag).

I would recommend lowering the overall curve of this deck as well. Having some removal like Path to Exile, Condemn, and/or Swords to Plowshares can be very beneficial.

I would say to get rid of the Planeswalkers personally, for more blink and flicker. I think Venser, Shaper Savant should possibly go back in. You could accompany him with Ghostway or Flickerform to add enough redundancy to your game plan.

Long story short, I like the deck and these builds because they are really controlling and can be quite cheap. If you have any questions, you could look into my UW detain EDH deck for inspiration (majority of the cards are Modern legal):

Ravnica Judges of Budgets

Commander / EDH freakingShane


I am also happy to answer any questions if you have any!

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