Startled Awake


Persistent Nightmare


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Heirloom Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Shadows over Innistrad (SOI) Mythic Rare

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Startled Awake


Target opponent puts the top thirteen cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.

: Put Startled Awake from your graveyard onto the battlefield transformed. Activate this ability only any time you could cast a sorcery.

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Startled Awake Discussion

chromiumthemutable on Competitive UB mill modern (2018)

1 week ago

Tome Scour, Jace Beleren, Mind Grind, Psychic Corrosion (Strictly better than Jace's Erasure, but you can add both), and Startled Awake  Flip are some good mill cards.

MurrSheep on 13 Reasons Why (Mill Can Do Modern)

1 month ago

What are your thoughts on Startled Awake  Flip? Also, feel free to review my mill deck.

mistarilledawn on Here, Let Me Cast That

1 month ago


I try to stuck away from broken or infinite combos like that; I just added Duskmantle Guildmage for the combo with Mindcrank, but, I'm trying to stay away from lots of surefire combos; I like the randomness and long gameplay of EDH, so combos that can end things really quickly don't appeal too muhh to me.

Startled Awake  Flip has been very effective, and pulling it in and out of the graveyard is oh-so-very satisfying. Gonti, Lord of Luxury is also super awesome, and on the same note, Thief of Sanity is just as sweet; I'd say I like thief even more, cuz he puts the rest of the cards in the graveyard, which is much easier to go grab those cards back out of than their library.

FLATSO99 on If Awoken Horror is put ...

1 month ago

Awoken Horror would revert back to Thing in the Ice  Flip in the graveyard so you would just get a Thing in the Ice  Flip. Just think about Startled Awake  Flip in the graveyard it is still Startled Awake  Flip so you can use its ability. Hope this helps:)

Cereal_Killer on Turbo Mill

3 months ago

Fetch and Shock lands (in your case Polluted Delta, Marsh Flats, Flooded Strand and Watery Grave) are always a good choice, so why don't you add them?

Then, remember you have Archive Trap, so you should find a way to make your opponent search his library, maybe Ghost Quarter or Field of Ruin?

25 lands are too much, you need to be very fast or your opponent will kill you first!

Better alternatives to Lost Legacy are Surgical Extraction and Extirpate, they cost less and since you mill his deck, it will be easy for you to use them

You need something that let's you draw, so why not Visions of Beyond or, also, a less powerfull Opt or Serum Visions?

Consuming Aberration is too slow and too easy to destroy in my opinion.

Do you want to spend some money on your deck? Add some Snapcaster Mage

In my opinion Startled Awake  Flip is too slow and Talent of the Telepath isn't a good card you want to draw if your opponent plays only creatures, I'd add more mill cards, such as Thought Scour or Mesmeric Orb

Personally I don't like Sleep. Your opponent plays tons of creatures? Use Crypt Incursion or Fatal Push

A good sideboard can help you, so I'd add Leyline of the Void or Relic of Progenitus, Pithing Needle or Sorcerous Spyglass, Set Adrift or anything that could remove Leyline of Sanctity from the battlefield. Other suggestions are Damnation, Hurkyl's Recall (against affinity) and Murderous Cut

Kaleb_H99 on Phenax, God of Milling

3 months ago

Superdupe25 Startled Awake  Flip was an original card that I had in this deck, however I found that it took too long to get the milling effect that I wanted because it had to cast, then returned to the battlefield transformed, then cast again. Also where it can't be blocked by creatures with a greater power, there are multiple cards that have power 1, and most decks usually have ways to get 1 or 2 tokens so I found it wasn't as effective. I'll have to give Fraying Sanity some thought though since I can enchant one player then target a separate player to evenly mill two players at once!

Superdupe25 on Phenax, God of Milling

3 months ago

Have you considered putting in Fraying Sanity or perhaps Startled Awake  Flip?

beeSquared on Wait, Mill What Now?

4 months ago

@cdkime thank you so much for your insight and suggestions! I agree with your points and have been feeling the same regarding some cards such as Patient Rebuilding and Startled Awake  Flip, as well as removing the Planeswalkers altogether.

Jace's Archivist was also admittedly slow and was added as a fun gimmick to see how much I could mill with the original Fraying Sanity + Psychic Corrosion combo.

Syncopate... Let's forget I even made that choice, no idea why I had that in a deck like this.

For my meta regarding the people I play on a the regular, Jace's Phantasm has indeed helped me out in utilizing them as a blocker while I prep in the early game, but it does take away one mana I could be using on a Hedron Crab, Visions of Beyond or a milling spell. For now they will serve as a placeholder until I find a more suitable replacement, as well as easy sideboard option for other cards like Sentinel Totem, Mind Funeral, or Surgical Extraction.

I agree with swapping out Opt for Visions of Beyond. No arguments here the card is amazing.

I'd love to hear your feedback on the changes I made accordingly to your advice and more or less if I also adjusted my lands to compensate for adding Glimpse the Unthinkable to the main and both Surgical Extraction and Mind Funeral to the sideboard.

@PhoenixNest I did test out Fleet Swallower in a very early build when I first started to play, but for the same reason you both stated before the cost is too high to resolve its effect consistently. Thank you though for all your suggestions! :)

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