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Counter target spell. Its controller puts the top two cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
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Psychic Strike Discussion
4 days ago
Mill is tough in any format, but in a format as fast as Pauper, it's going to be really tough unless you can combo out some really big mill or have some way to survive for a long time. This deck does neither at the moment.
Your land-destruction sub-theme isn't doing a lot for you. It's high CMC and not very effective as your opponent can just tap different lands to avoid the tax.
Counterspell is better than Psychic Strike. The 1 CMC less is 10x more useful than the 2x mill. Grip of Amnesia might be okay in the sideboard against graveyard specific decks, but it does absolutely nothing to any deck that doesn't rely on the graveyard. They will just exile the graveyard they don't use every single time. Pauper has lots of good counter spells. Daze, Counterspell, Deprive, etc. Arcane Denial has a lot of synergy with this deck too, it may be worth running 4x of alongside 4x Counterspell for your control suite.
To fix some of the decks shortcomings, while keeping the premise of U/B Mill Control, I'd start by adding 4x Jace's Erasure. This card passively mills, mills more when you use draw spells (netting you double advantage) and stacks to become very difficult to deal with. You'll want to run 3-4x Muddle the Mixture to search out Jace's Erasure to ensure it's always on the field. It's also a solid counterspell as well, so it fits your control narrative.
Then you want to add some cantrips to help you filter through your deck and mill your opponent at the same time. I'd start with 4x Thought Scour, 4x Brainstorm, 4x Ponder. Brainstorm has the benefit of drawing 3, forcing 3 triggers on Jace's Erasure, even though you ultimately only draw 1. Ponder works with Brainstorm to let you shuffle away cards that you don't need right now. Thought Scour draws and forces them to mill at least 3 if Erasure is in play. 3-4x Mulldrifter gives you an option for a blocker or attacker while also drawing you cards. 1-3x Whirlpool Rider is also a solid card, as it can let you draw multiple cards triggering Jace each time.
As for removal, you'll want to run a few different cards. Diabolic Edict and Geth's Verdict are both solid, though I'd lean toward Edict due to the easier casting cost. Another option is Ghastly Demise, but I wouldn't run more than 1-2 of these. It lets you chose the target for removal and gets better as you fill up your graveyard with cantrips.
As for lands, I'd recommend just running 4x Evolving Wilds, 4x Terramorphic Expanse and the rest just basic Islands and Swamps. The two fetch land will help fill your graveyard for Diabolic Edict and also provides 8 shuffles to use with Brainstorm to allow you to really control what cards are on top of your library.
If we were to take all of this and put it into a deck, it might look something like this:
Mill: 4x Jace's Erasure
Now you've got a deck that controls the board state through great counterspells and removal, while constantly taking double advantage of drawing with Jace's Erasure. All you have to do is counter, destroy, draw, win.
1 week ago
Just saying this as well, you're probably not going to want just forty basic lands even (20 swamps 20 islands) because you probably won't end up with the mana fixing you want, also make it less than forty lands other than what you already have due to the fact that you're not going to need forty six lands you goof.
So anyways I've told you you should put better lands in... now I should probably give you the options
Just good lands in your colors
A BIT PRICIER: Minamo, School at Water's Edge
Don't make it all nonbasics so you can make sure you've got fetch targets and such.
More good mill for ya, doesn't seem like ye've got enuff on ya mate.
Cheapin' for ya wallet mate:
A bit more harsh on ya bank account:
Again, you'll want the cards to remove things from opponents graveyards because you'll be putting a ton of stuff in there
That's it for today's suggesting, sorry about the shoddy text formatting job, I'm a bit new to this.
1 month ago
I like this deck! The Scarab God is a great general. Some suggestions:
Search for azcanta feels a bit out of place here. You can probably flip it pretty easily but you don't have that many targets to hit. Would this be better as something with raw draw power, like a Harvester of Souls or a Grim Haruspex?
In my Scarab God deck, I like small utility creatures that get a big upgrade if I "eternalize" them. Stuff like Bone Shredder, Cadaver Imp or even Shriekmaw. Also Blood Artist and Falkenrath Noble, which are good on their own and also combine with your Gravecrawler/Phyrexian Altar/any zombie loop to kill the table.
I like some incidental mill in my Scarab God deck. I see you have a few spells like that already. Have you thought about Psychic Strike over Counterspell or Grisly Spectacle over Vraska's Contempt? These would be downgrades in the abstract, but maybe not in the context of this deck.
2 months ago
2 months ago
Remand, Mana Leak or Spell Snare are better than Psychic Strike. You have enough mill power that you don't necessarily need a counterspell with more mill. Leak and Remand would work better with Mesmeric Orb, forcing them to really pay out the nose for that spell they want.
3 months ago
3 months ago
Psychic Strike is one more a-ok counter magic for mill deck.Also, I wonder why no hand disruption? A couple of Thoughtseize in the side board could be useful I believe, even with Surgical Extraction in the deck.
Anw, really nice deck, was thinking about working on sth similar. ;)
3 months ago
unless summary dismissal is a meta choice than you can try Countermand.
2nd suggestion is adding black - which allows Glimpse the Unthinkable, Mind Funeral, Pilfered Plans, Psychic Strike, and Induce Paranoia which adds more efficient milling spells and some control and card draw.
The key to winning mill is the same as burn - SPEED, but unlike burn you have to do it 3x faster since libraries are 60 cards instead of 20 life. I play a "mono blue" with the win cons of Archive Trap+Sanity Grinding, but my deck takes advantage of using the Shadowmore/Eventide Avatars Overbeing of Myth, Godhead of Awe, Dominus of Fealty and lots of UU/UUU spells (Counterspell, Cryptic Command, Wistful Selkie, Plumeveil. Usually when I hit on turn 3 it is for 20 - 26 cards and can finish up by turn 4 or 5.
Maybe drop the Sphinx of the Final Word, Doorkeeper + defender package, and most of your spells. I like the Manic Scribe + Archaeomancer + Displace as a causal combo in multiplayer, but its too slow for Modern.