Paranoid Delusions


Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Pauper Legal

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Gatecrash Common

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Paranoid Delusions


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.)

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Paranoid Delusions Discussion

ryboy230 on Cipher

1 month ago

The main win conditions for this deck are

1) Mill. Paranoid Delusions, consuming abberation, Whispering Madness and some other things.

2) Damage, mostly unblockable with Trepanation Blade and some good control to help with the bigger creatures.

ideas on improving this deck? Thanks!

Schar17 on Cipher

1 month ago

Seems solid, just try to focus on damage oron mill. Having both makes no sense. You could take out Mindcrank and put more Hands of Binding ; More Shadow Slice instead of Paranoid Delusions

LemonEarl on Mill - Striker (TURN 4 WIN)

4 months ago

I'm currently building a similar deck. I would recommend Fog Bank for defense, and maybe Paranoid Delusions as mill cipher since you are running unblockable creatures

carpecanum on Wrevenge of the Calimari (Budget)

5 months ago

Paranoid Delusions, Helm of the Ghastlord and Talent of the Telepath could all help out.

Mundungu is just fun.

Spreading Seas draws a card and changes a useful land into islandwalk/swampwalk hilarity

bosny on The Rotunder the Better

5 months ago


Behind the Scenes contains white :/ and given that most of your creatures have defender I'm not sure skulk would help that much.

Sword of Body and Mind is strong but again you need attacking bodies. I had tried a mill deck and was running Dimir Doppelganger, Invisible Stalker, Jace's Phantasm, Latch Seeker, Mirko Vosk, Mind Drinker and Nighthowler for the sword... Jace Beleren was in there too, not using any of these at the moment.

Millstone Sanguine Bond and Stinging Barrier seem a bit underpowered here, as well as others I am less certain about. Besides Doorkeeper, there is less appeal to cards saying "defender" than creatures with fat behinds like Pontiff of Blight.

Maybe it would be fun to get some more counterspells, Mind Sculpt and Paranoid Delusions under an Isochron Scepter instead?

gsalencar on How you gonna play with no deck? (please help)

5 months ago

blackice1399 your inputs have been awesome! First, thank you for recommending Grindclock, it is perfect for the deck. Second, I gave it some thought and I'll take out one Slip Through Space and increase one more Tome Scour, so it won't affect my mana curve.

Regarding the unblockable stuff, it is only meant to use with the cipher of Paranoid Delusions and Trepanation Blade. I think focusing on mill is the best here and the only think I have to for damage is Consuming Aberration, which is more to scare then necessarily cause damage.

I just didn't understand why Crosstown Courier can't be effective if combined with an unblockable spell and Trepanation Blade, I think it could be a heck of a mill, wouldn't you think?

Thank you again for your help!

Kamassa on This ain't ur ordinary mill deck!

6 months ago

Great idea comboing Essence Harvest with Consuming Aberration. Upvote! I'm going to have to get some for my deck. Much to my friends disgust I have been playing Mill Decks for years, and while my latest mill deck is very focussed on Sphinx's Tutelage there are some cards I couldn't go without;

Mind Sculpt and Wight of Precinct Six - could replace your Paranoid Delusions + Invisible Stalker if you find the trick is too unreliable / infrequent. Traumatize is tricky being another 5-drop but mills 10-20 with ease.

Sideboard options, Pilfered Plans + Psychic Strike are great cards and since this is a BU mill deck, have a look at Rise of the Dark Realms or Liliana Vess for the same ability, if you think the game will last that long.

PistonGolem on Modern Combo Mill

6 months ago

This is a pretty unique mill build. I never thought attacking would be a mill idea. But I think Glimpse the Unthinkable mills more cards than Paranoid Delusions in a fast-paced game. I would also suggest Mind Funeral because in my opinion, spells that straight-up mill work faster. I would sideboard Avatar of Woe because it depends on creature-heavy decks. But idea is good for casual.

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