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Mind Grind Discussion
1 day ago
While a mill deck in commander is hard to create, as most of the usable/good mill cards target, it is a lot of fun to play. Discard is a little easier, but not by much. Also, the best colour combination for this type of deck is U/B and Atraxa has two extra colours that don't really help as well as her ability not synergising very well with mill or discard. Anyway, you asked and I shall try to deliver.
First the milling essentials: Glimpse the Unthinkable is the best mill spell bar none and is required. Secondly Increasing Confusion is quite good for commander, as mana totals will get quite large. Thirdly, Mind Funeral is great, as is Mind Grind. Fourthly, Mind Sculpt and Tome Scour mill for 7 and 5 respectfully, which is not too great, so only run them if you feel like that small amount of mill is extremely useful. Fifth, Hedron Crab is a great one drop due to the mill 3 per land you drop. Also, speaking of one drops, Jace's Phantasm is a good creature that soon becomes great with mill and discard. Sixth, Nemesis of Reason is stupidly good as it mills 10 per attack! It doesn't even need to cause damage! Startled Awake Flip is a nice mill spell and recurs too. Another great creature, and my recommended commander, is Szadek, Lord of Secrets. His milling will get massive really fast. All you need to do is get him in unblocked. Use Rogue's Passage or Whispersilk Cloak. Some good beaters are Consuming Aberration and Sewer Nemesis. If you don't care about price, then Jace, the Mind Sculptor is awesome, but if budget is a thing Jace Beleren is a nice cheap replacement. Now onto the milling combos! Traumatize and Fraying Sanity completely destroy an opponent, as does Keening Stone and Fraying Sanity. Archive Trap and Ghost Quarter are great together, as is Maralen of the Mornsong and Archive Trap. Also, Ghost Quarter helps get rid of land for Mind Funeral and Mind Grind. Lastly, Jace's Erasure and any card draw is quite nice. Thats about it for mill, now onto discard!
First off you need Waste Not. It is beautiful. The Rack works when you have made them discard down to 2 or less, which is one of your goals. Quest for the Nihil Stone and Shrieking Affliction are like The Rack - dealing small damage when opponents don't have hands. Liliana's Caress and Megrim do small amounts of damage per discarded card, which is nice. Bottomless Pit helps keep opponents hands empty, as does Necrogen Mists. Oppression is awesome, as is Painful Quandary, and both together is god-tier. Underworld Dreams is nice little 'screw you' after they loose their hands. Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur murders everyone but you late game. Nath of the Gilt-Leaf is goddamn beautiful and breaks even more when you have Sadistic Hypnotist, Nezumi Bone-Reader and/or Mind Slash out. Another awesome combo is Mindcrank plus Bloodchief Ascension with three counters and any discard to an opponent means you kill them. With Dark Deal or similar you win. While these two things are great and all, you need some utility and a way to keep you alive when you suddenly become the target.
To stay alive, you need some pillowforts like Propaganda and Ghostly Prison. Cards like Frozen AEther and Kismet will help keep the opponent's board from becoming too overwhelming and Standstill will prevent spells for a small while. Psychic Spiral is another great spell that gets back all of your mill spells and it also mills an opponent for a little too. Talrand, Sky Summoner is fun with all the spells you are slinging, and he provides an alternate win condition. Another alternate win is through infection. Cards like Flesh-Eater Imp, Hand of the Praetors, Phyrexian Crusader, Phyrexian Juggernaut, Necropede, Putrefax, Plague Stinger and Corpse Cur all win you the game when they deal 10 damage to an opponent. Also, Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon is a good option but is quite expensive. Cards like Giant Growth make you win harder. Infect is where Atraxa shines due to the added poison counters to each opponent every time you finish your turn. Adding Contagion Engine might even make your opponents scoop.
Good God, that is a big slab of writing. Here is a deck list I made for you: Atraxa makes you loose your mind!. Tell me what you think!
2 weeks ago
itachi45 What do you suggest I replace for Mind Sculpt? Mind Grind seems worse than Mind Funeral because it requires 3 additional mana to get the same effect as Funeral... I will take a Surgical Extraction out of main for another Funeral though.
2 weeks ago
1 month ago
Looking to make combo hate you- any one of the many, many black 'search library and remove' cards.
Most majorly successful mill decks I've seen have been esper control looking to trigger a t1 archive trap off of a Path to Exile, if you want to move that direction, but most the rest of it is just surviving that many cards in graveyards. Tormod's Crypt in the side.
1 month ago
I'd take a look in the esper control toolbox. If you're prepared to lose a little speed, cards like Esper Charm can help you just keep the game on lockdown while Fraying Sanity takes someone out.
Bitter Ordeal might be good sideboard against combo.
Similarly, Surgical Extraction can be very effective.
I ran Mind Grind a lot prior to everyone increasing basic land counts- if you've already fetched a lot, it hits like a truck.
Reap Intellect can be similarly disruptive, if a little less flexible.
1 month ago
Okay, I just noticed how many mill cards you are running, and if your plan was to use Dictate of Karametra to Mind Grind for about a million, then obviously you should keep it, and maybe Wight of Precinct Six, but Death's Approach is still questionable at best. I would run Shriekmaw (1 more mana, but is also a creature, and doesn't depend on you having milled them), or Beast Within (Lacks the recursion, but you have few ways to deal with things at instant speed.
Cyclonic Rift is a commander All-star, and is definitely worth running, especially because you don't have very many (or any at all) sweepers.
1 month ago
Do you plan on using a lot of rogue creatures? If you do, Coat of Arms is nice. I think you should try more discard and mill mechanics (Keening Stone, Altar of the Brood Mind Grind and others), "wheel" effects are nice because they do both (I'll link my Nekusar deck at the end, there are a lot of wheels listed there.
For combos, Bloodchief Ascension + Mindcrank goes inffinity and is funny.
For last, thats my Nekusar list: Nekusar, the Friendship Destroyer
2 months ago
Very cool commander!
Maybe more of a discard/mill/wheel package with cards like Hedron Crab, Mindcrank, Bloodchief Ascension, Altar of the Brood, Sands of Delirium, Increasing Confusion, Mind Grind, Mind Funeral, Glimpse the Unthinkable, Fraying Sanity, Windfall, Time Spiral, Greel, Mind Raker, Words of Waste, Beacon of Unrest, and Torment of Hailfire ?