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
1 day ago
I think Paranoid Delusions would be an awesome card for this
2 weeks ago
I love this deck! Ever since I started playing Magic (Which also was about a year ago, ironically) I have wanted to make a great mill deck. I didn't even think of the + combo! The Swans of Bryn Argoll are actually quite nice, I disregarded them in my deck when creating it because of the free draw, but not I realize how nice they synergize. Hedron Crab (My favorite card) is amazing as always.
Suggestions: I'm skeptical of Breaking / Entering. While half of it is nice you never get to use the other half. Glimpse the Unthinkable is strictly better, though it would double the cost of your deck. You could also use Memory Sluice since you never attack with the Hedron Crab having two of them on board allows for 1 mana and 8 mill. Which then allows you to use one extra mana that turn for a Tome Scour or Mind Sculpt.Paranoid Delusions would be a good card if you consistently hit face with any of your creatures, though that's not the point of the deck and probably wouldn't happen enough to make the replacement worth it.
Overall, I LOVE your deck! As I said I've been wanting to make one since I've started but always struggled a bit. This is just what I was looking for! Keep on milling!
2 weeks ago
i think the REAL question here is " is this REALLY a mill deck?" i say no. it has elements of mill. and i definitely see how it does the milling. it just isnt efficient.
now, having said that.. if youre gonna go with 'damage based mill'... which.. i mean what is that, right? youre asking creatures to do damage so you can draw several cards in order to mill them. but its WAY easier to take away 20 life than 60 cards. so your mill has to be more efficient in order to compete with other decks; that is to say damage dealing decks.
Mindcrank is the obvious way to go. but you may also cipher Whispering Madness or Paranoid Delusions onto one of your unblockables or an evasive creature like Invisible Stalker or Dimir Infiltrator. look into Sword of Body and Mind
now the reason i dont like this type of mill is because youre way more likely to just do damage and kill them with a ton of tiny pings, rather than mill. in which case the rest of your deck would be better off stuffed with Titanic Growth.. know what i mean?
i personally run my hyper draw mill machine inside a control shell. lots of counters and bounces, while my milling is done passively. passively increase your own draw with spells like Howling Mine, Font of Mythos, Mind Unbound, and Kami of the Crescent Moon.
if youd like to check out my hyper draw mill deck Learning Curve, please do. and leave some suggestions of your own.
1 month ago
You need to focus more on your Cipher. For that, we need more unblockable creatures, such as Gudul Lurker, Triton Shorestalker, or Dimir Infiltrator. I would take out the Dimir Charms or Haunter of Nightveil and put some of these guys in. If you are going to mill, mill hard. More Paranoid Delusions. Whispering Madness would also fit really nice in here if you wanted to go the discard/mill route.
Merfolk Spy would also be a nice sideboard choice in my opinion considering who you would use it against.
2 months ago
3 months ago
I really feel like you have wayyy too many lands here. All of your spells are super low CMC. Also, have you considered running Black instead of White? It'll give you access to some much better mill spells like Breaking, Glimpse the Unthinkable, Mind Funeral, and maybe even Paranoid Delusions since you're running some creatures. Another great card would be Thought Scour to give you a nice touch of draw.
4 months ago
Imp_Storm, I do have a copy of Ghost Quarter, and I've been debating grabbing an Archive Trap and a Mindcrank, but lets say that I add two traps, a ghost quarter or two and a couple of cranks, where am I going to make room for them? I already have to cut two cards. I was also debating adding some Hypnotic Specter for additional discard, at least to my sideboard. I was also thinking about adding a couple more Tome Scour since it's so mana efficient.
To make room I'm thinking I'll probably want to sub out the Mind Rots to my sideboard and use discard effects in favor of creatures like Benthic Infiltrator when going up against decks that run low on creatures while also pulling Paranoid Delusions, which would let me swap in six discard spells. What do you think?
4 months ago
I think the deck could benefit from a little more focus - Utilize Black Discard and Removal to eliminate fast and big threats, Blue/Dimir Mill to disrupt, and creatures that combine mill and swing.
Alternatively, Blue counterspell magic could replace Black discard and removal.
I'd suggest cutting:
Jorubai Murk Lurker - T4 is too late to give (1) creature lifelink for a turn. The CMC of the creature and ability are too high to warrant inclusion over other spells.
Duskmantle Guildmage - The abilities cost too much. There are better spells in the deck to cast for 4 CMC instead of activating the ability. This strikes me as problem also because there is no mana ramp, so mana is likely to be very tight.
Baleful Strix and Vampire Nighthawk seem out of place. I get that you're looking to pair combat damage with mill, but I don't these creatures only do half that - which means they're taking up space that other spells, more synergistic spells might use.
Wight of Precinct Six on it's own seems good. I'd suggest running more.
More Jace's Phantasm.
Sword of Body and Mind is the only artifact here that seems relevant.
Dial back Consuming Aberration from 3x to 2x.
How exactly are Grixis Panorama and Esper Panorama seem pretty awful. I think running the faster Evolving Wilds or Terramorphic Expanse would be better Fetch triggers for Hedron Crab. Which there should always be a full of set of, if possible.
"Mill" and "Dimir" should be added to the deck's hubs, and perhaps budget as well, if that's relevant to suggestions you get.