Shelldock Isle

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Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Lorwyn (LRW) Rare

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Shelldock Isle

Land

Hideaway (This land enters the battlefield tapped. When it does, look at the top four cards of your library, remove one from the game face down, then put the rest on the bottom of your library.)

Tap: Add (Blue) to your mana pool.

(Blue), Tap: You may play the removed card without paying its mana cost if a library has twenty or fewer cards in it.

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Shelldock Isle Discussion

Force_of_Willb on Were the millers

1 week ago

I got a couple suggestions. If you want to stay mono blue then consider: 4x Thought Scour,4xs Hedron Crab, 4x Fraying Sanity, and 4x Shelldock Isle and Ipnu Rivulet and Sphinx's Tutelage are maybes.

unless summary dismissal is a meta choice than you can try Countermand.

As denijsx90 recommended before Archive Trap is worth the cost of the card, but cheaper options like Startled Awake  Flip can speed up the deck too.

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.

taylorg95 on Sir Mill Crab

2 weeks ago

Thank you TheSurgeon and GeminiSpartanX for the feedback. I removed 1 Ghost Quarter and 1 Marsh Flats to add some basic lands. 1 Island and 1 Swamp. Also Removed the 2 Wall of Denial to add 2 Ensnaring Bridge.

SideBoard

Most definitely removed the 2 Shelldock Isle and the 1 Emrakul, the Aeons Torn it was there for funsies. Removed 2 Erase 2 Cyclonic Rift.

Added 2 Damnation 2 Darkness 2 Fragmentize 3 Mesmeric Orb.

Please tell me what you think of the new changes :)

GeminiSpartanX on Sir Mill Crab

2 weeks ago

It looks pretty good! There are a few nit-picky things that I'd change though. I'd run the 4th Polluted Delta before the 1st Marsh Flats since blue and black are the most important colors to fetch for. If you have an un-cracked fetch and your opponent plays a Blood Moon, you'll want to be able to get the most important basic land you don't already have, and chances are it will be blue since the deck needs blue more than anything. Secondly, I'm not a fan of Wall of Denial. I'd run the 2 Ensnaring Bridges in the MD before the walls, since they do similar things but bridge does it better. Third, try using Fragmentize as your artifact/enchantment removal. Even though it's sorcery-speed, it hits everything you want to kill for only 1 mana, and is also a great card to bring in against affinity. I'd cut the 2 Erase and the 2 Cyclonic Rift for the set, since you rarely will get to 7 mana for cyclonic's overload cost. Forth, I think Shelldock Isle should be in your MD or not in the list at all, rather than taking up valuable SB slots. I think you could cut a Ghost Quarter for one easily. I've gone down to 2 Field of Ruins as my only colorless lands, and it's been pretty good. I only use 1 Shelldock though since I like to limit the number of tapped lands that I play, but I'm sure if you want the 2nd one you can find the space for it. Lastly, I've gone back and forth on whether to use snapcaster in mill. I've concluded that while snappy is great at controlling your opponent's board by being a 3cmc removal spell, being a 4 or 5 mana mill spell isn't that great. Fun fact- you can't snap back an Archive Trap and cast it for 0 mana if your opponent searched their library that turn, which makes it not as great as some people think. I'd run some number of Mesmeric Orb (since it gets around Leyline of Sanctity), or some copies of Breaking / Entering as additional 2 cmc mill spells. Ideally you'll want to cast 2 2cmc mill spells on turn 4 after a Fraying Sanity on turn 3 to close out the game. I actually run Breakings over Mind Funerals, since funeral is so hit-or-miss.

Anyway, hopefully some of that helped, or at least gave you a different point of view on mill. Let us know how you do with the deck!

TheSurgeon on Sir Mill Crab

2 weeks ago

Take out Wall of Denial. too expensive for this "turbo" mill. Use a guaranteed 1-cost turn buyer Darkness, Holy Day or Ethereal Haze. And Ghost Quarter is unnecessary with Field of Ruin in the deck. That's going to screw with your mana availability.

Why do u need emerakul in your sideboard? What does it do for you?

Shelldock Isle isn't necessary either.

TheSurgeon on Modern Mill

3 weeks ago

Effective, I can't and won't deny. I feel like your strategy relies too heavily on cards like Fraying Sanity and Mesmeric Orb. Only because it feels that, without Snapcaster Mage to help retrieve lost/cast spells, and Twincast (great with Isochron Scepter, btw) to maximize your hand plays since you'll be losing spells through Orb, your hurting yourself.

I would only stubbornly insist on Field of Ruin in place of Ghost Quarter, for a few reasons:
1. First off, it guarantees an Archive Trap freebie. (mmmm)
2. While it ramps everyone, it'll trigger your crab again, and doesn't leave you a land short like Quarter does.

I would perhaps drop Mind Funeral for Breaking. It'll give you a guaranteed 8 cards for one less mana, and one less permanent for the Orbs to nom from your library.

This is just advice of course. Nice to see a put together mill deck without too much jank. :-) Just feels that it takes away from you, more than it should, or has to.

2x Shelldock Isle is too many, IMO. It's slow, and if you get your opponent to less than 20 cards in Library, you just gotta clean up (what.. 1 spell? Oooooooo). I cant find a reason to justify 2 when ultimately it slows down the deck.

Coupla questions if u don't mind: Do you ever think you need counter; and What seems to be the chink in the armor for it?

Cereal_Killer on Red Emrakul's apostles

2 months ago

I tried the u/b version and I noticed that even with Taigam's Scheming and Telling Time, the deck needs red cards as Faithless Looting.

Beseech the Queen costs too much, but an Expedition Map or Tolaria West could help getting the Shelldock Isle so i'll make so space for them.

Lost Legacy is a good card, but has 3 problems:1) It's sorcery, not instant such as Extirpate or Surgical Extraction.2) Costs 3 mana (but this isnt a real drawback).3) Although it makes me exile what I don't need, it makes me draw cards. This means I can't use it on apostles cause i'll lose the match due to the fact i can't afford to draw 25 cards all in one turn. (consider 25 apostles + 3 lands (not fetching them, or you have to count them doubled) + 1 lost legacy + other 1/2 cards in hand + 1 card draw per upkeep in hand for a total of 33 cards, minimum, out of my library before drawing 25. It's a risk). Although it is very useful after you have removed all apostles with a Surgical Extraction or an Extirpate,the mana cost and the type (sorcery) make it a less desiderable card.

Cereal_Killer on Red Emrakul's apostles

2 months ago

I tried Cathartic Reunion and the fact that you have to discard other two cards make it less playable than Tormenting Voice (remember that after exiling all apostles probably your hand would have only 3 cards, if one of this 3 cards is Cathartic Reunion you need to discard all your hand. This is a good thing when you don't have a Shelldock Isle in hand and you want to draw it, but if you have already it Cathartic Reunion just becomes an useless card).

Telling Time, Taigam's Scheming and Contingency Plan are great cards (even if scheming and plan don't make you draw cards), but I need to make space for them (remember more apostles you have and more simply your library will reach less than 20 cards). So, in order to put them, should I remove all the red spells turning it into an u/b deck?

Index doesn't thrill me, because it just make you scry, without drawing (as Opt) or adding cards to your hand or graveyard (as Telling Time or Taigam's Scheming.

For the lands question nothing to say, you are right, I'll change them.Just the fact that, if the answer to the previuos question is "Yes"(remove Manamorphose, Tormenting Voice and Faithless Looting, add Telling Time, Taigam's Scheming and Contingency Plan in order to make it just u/b), I'd put some Polluted Delta instead of Scalding Tarn.

Blue_Flame on Creature Mill

2 months ago

I dig it. Hedron Crab would fit well in here. If you wanted to spice up your manabase a bit you could play 1 or 2 Faerie Conclave or a couple Shelldock Isle.

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