As long as your devotion to blue or black is less than 7, Phenax isn't a creature
Creatures you control have " (Tap) target player puts top X cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard, where X is that creature's toughness"
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I am a big fan of Phenax, God of Deception for this kind of deck. It turns any of your creatures into a mill engine/gives them something to do if you can't get attacks through. It also gives you an indestructible body if you have enough on the board.
What I'm saying is, milling doesn't change the game a whole lot until you've won through it. With only 2 Mind Sculpt , I have a hard time seeing you mill 50 cards. Even if you mill land cards, your opponent still roughly has the same chance to draw a card. He doesn't miss the milled land if he can still draw one. If you get lucky and mill a lot of lands, the chance is smaller but that scenario is offset by the one in which you mill no lands. I just think milling is a reach with your current setup, and you have 6 cards that do nothing for the board in the meantime. I mean creatures re-entering with Altar of the Brood is a fun interaction but it isn't going to win you games.
If you seriously want milling to be a win-con you'll need cards like Phenax, God of Deception and Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver but those require black. Destroy the Evidence would have fitted nicely in a deck like this, but it rotated out.
On a sidenote, you could put Peak Eruption in the sideboard. I don't know how many mountains you encounter but if you do it's great.
Some good changes, and also some puzzling ones. This variant has removed all win conditions except for Phenax, God of Deception and Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver . Albeit, you have tutorability for those cards but still.
Corpse Harvester , for sure. But also, I have a Zombie EDH deck, which I made into a mill deck. There's a bunch of ways to make this alternate combo, not the least of which is Phenax, God of Deception , and a huge, flashbacked, army of the damned. Other cards: Zombie Master , Plaguebearer , Null Champion , Havengul Lich , and, if you have a little cash on the side, the always entertaining All Hallow's Eve . Enjoy, and I will attempt to remember to post a link to my zombie tribal edh mill deck when I finally get it uploaded. Also, maybe Blood Artist ?? I don't know that you have it in, because this is a last minute addition to my comment, but with all the creatures you'll be making and all the board wipes and sacking..well, you know.
I like the idea of the deck. I have been working on a similar list and you have a few interactions that i didnt think of. Some suggestions though, Im not the biggest fan of, Despise , Gild , Black Cat or Undergrowth Scavenger . Also, i havent tested it out but is Mind Sculpt actually holding its own? My suggestions are: 2x Meandering Towershell -2 Undergrowth Scavenger 3x Courser of Kruphix (You are running alot of land and its 4 toughness is relevent.) -1 Read the Bones , -2 Mind Sculpt 2x more Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver and move the Liliana Vess to the sideboard2x Hero's Downfall -2 Despise and possible Master of the Feast as an alternitive win con, it has 5 toughness for 3 mana and is hard to stop.
Oh and add alot of counters to the sideboard for people who want to counter your Phenax, God of Deception or kill with Utter End This may leave your 3 drops place pretty full, (havent looked at the curve) but those are my thoughts. Hope you get a good competitive mill deck going, would be nice to see.
Um.. Phenax, God of Deception perhaps? Alot of your creatures are buffing one another and it wouldn't hurt to tap a few of them to mill for a little more, plus having a 4/7 Indestructible once your devotion triggers is pretty neat.
After much consideration, I've taken the well-placed advice from TheHroth and added 2 Dragon's Eye Savants at the expense of 1 Disowned Ancestor and 1 Wall of Frost . Also upped Dictate of Kruphix to a full set, as mentioned above as well as 1 more Phenax, God of Deception . Will look to trade for 3 Master of the Feast at FNM tomorrow.
I'll rework the sideboard soon. Thanks to all for the +1s and suggestions!
Gotta love that mill fun; +1! My suggestions would be as follows: Nemesis of Reason , Phenax, God of Deception , + (good budget combo), Glimpse the Unthinkable (if you have the money), Tome Scour , and maybe a Psychic Spiral in the sideboard in case someone tries to mill you. Check out my mill/zombie deck: And when the Dead walk...
|2.21 TIX||17.0 TIX|
|Power / Toughness||4/7|
|Avg. draft pick||2.65|
|Avg. cube pick||4.03|
|Commander / EDH||Legal|
|Born of the Gods||Mythic Rare|