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Target player puts the top three cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard. Cipher (Then you may exile this spell card encoded on a creature you control. Whenever that creature deals combat damage to a player, its controller may play a copy of the encoded card without paying its mana cost.)
I agree with Yeroc68 you really should add some black in a mill deck. Hero's Downfall or Doom Blade /Ultimate Price . Don't forget you can use Paranoid Delusions and Mind Grind and Consuming Aberration for an alternate win con. Psychic Strike is also a good option for some counter magic
cool i like it. before innistrad block rotated out, i ran a cipher mill deck. Invisible Stalker was amazing. you could stick anything to it. Curiosity , Paranoid Delusions were my main stalker-stick cards. i won games on his cipher ability. I remember one game i had their libary painfully thin, and swung with the stalker, milled three, played Dream Twist , then played it for it's flashback, and it was exactly the last card. pass the turn. win. hahaha. i miss those days. i love mill as a win condition, but i hate trying to play control. it's just not my style. for now i play that mono-flyer deck i deckcycle all the time. it's fun and works well. i haven't been able to play it in it's current state though cause my LGS is in the middle of a move. how is your post rotation ciphering going
Paranoid Delusions has its place among unblockables and milling creatures like Crosstown Courier . I don't think it has a spot in your deck, though. Your removal would definitely be key against those Aggro decks, and Crypt Incursion could help stem the blood after some milling.
@Legionnaire I'm really sad that I never got to play with Jace's Phantasm . What a beautifully synergistic one-drop in a mill deck. I can agree with you that Omenspeaker is probably the weakest link in this deck at the moment, but right now I only have 7 creatures under 5 CMC (not really counting Duskmantle Guildmage as I really shouldn't be using him to block.) She's definitely saved my ass many times from 1/1 tokens and scary 2/2's like Ash Zealot and Voice of Resurgence . This deck is already very weak to aggro and I feel like removing her might make it more susceptible. I believe you're saying to trust in my removal spells instead, so maybe I'll try it out and see how I like it. Thanks!
@Nick_Ket_12I like Paranoid Delusions , but using Cipher is a little scary because it puts an even bigger target on the ciphered creature's head. If they can use their removal in response to you casting that, you basically get 2-for-1'd and lose card advantage.
Also Wight of Precinct Six , 4 of those is a good idea.
Maybe Balustrade Spy , though he's expensive.
You might want to consider comboing with Aqueous Form for some of those "deals combat damage to a player cards" like Mirko. Hidden Strings is incredibly good, as the ciphered spell "targets" things, so it can trigger heroic abilities, like that of Agent of the Fates .
Here's a list of "deals combat damage to a player" cards in blue and black:
Necropolis Regent Stealer of Secrets Crosstown Courier Undercity Plague Nightveil Specter Whispering Madness Call of the Nightwing Paranoid Delusions Mental Vapors Last Thoughts Lord of the Void Stolen Identity Hands of Binding Shadow Slice Voidwalk Midnight Recovery Hidden Strings Mirko Vosk, Mind Drinker Trait Doctoring Scroll Thief Liliana's Reaver Merfolk Spy Bident of Thassa Thassa's Emissary
Just looking at another mill deck have you considered using Paranoid Delusions ? I'm new to the game so just throwing it out there =)
I'm not a huge fan of Quicken , but I can understand it. Take out Psychic Spiral . What's holding your deck back is that you'll take way too much damage before you get to mill your opponent out. This is where creatures like Returned Phalanx and Omenspeaker really shine. I'm more in favor of the Omenspeaker since she scrys to set up draws, meaning she's less of a dead draw late game. I'm not a fan of Nightveil Specter , even if it has Paranoid Delusions cyphered on to it, in this deck. You'll get yourself 2-for-1ed with the combo. Instead, consider Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver . Does exactly the same thing while milling more. Also, rethink your control base a bit. Currently, you have 4 counterspells, 2 nice bounces, and no spot removal. Consider things like Hero's Downfall . I'd split my cards between control, mill, and creatures after carefully thinking what's the main focus of the deck. For example, I run a very top-heavy, Consuming Aberration -focused deck called Synthetic Mind Decay. As such, I invest heavily in control and cheap creatures to protect me while I run next to no mill.
Then there's your mill base. I'd run 4 Tome Scour , see if I have space for Breaking , and shave off the Traumatize . In a deck with a bit of mill, it'll rarely hit for more than 15 cards. Since you're not going to be attacking much, I'd drop the Paranoid Delusions for some kill spells. Finally, rethink your draw power. Divination stinks. Read the Bones or Pilfered Plans all the way here. Oh, and Underworld Connections is an option too.
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