Startled Awake

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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

Sorcery

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

Cereal_Killer on Turbo Mill

1 month 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

1 month 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

1 month ago

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

beeSquared on Wait, Mill What Now?

2 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! :)

cdkime on Wait, Mill What Now?

2 months ago

Before getting into suggestions, I have some general feedback. A lot of the cards you currently have are fantastic, but don't really belong in mill. Mill is a bit of a strange archetype--because it is Blue, lots of players think "control" when they play mill. In my experience, this is not a great way to think about it. Mill is far closer to mono-Red burn than it is to other blue decks--your goal is to "burn" the opponent as quickly as possible. The difficulty with mill is that your opponent has 60 health, as opposed to 20, meaning you have much further to go than with a traditional burn deck.

To that end, the following cards do not help you very much:

  • Any of your Planeswalkers: Jace, the Mind Sculptor is arguably the best planeswalker ever printed, but doesn't add much to your overall game plan. Further, the earliest he comes out is turn 4--that's the turn where you want to go for the kill, having played your Fraying Sanity on turn 3. Jace Beleren comes out when you want to play other cards, without adding to your victory. Jace, Memory Adept comes out too late to really make a difference--you're better off blitzing them with your remaining mill spells on turn 5.

  • Syncopate - you have better things to do with your open mana. Turn 1, this card is useless. Turn 2, you ideally want to hit with a mill spell or drop another Hedron Crab, making this card again useless. Turn 3 is Fraying Sanity. Turn 4 is burn. There's not really a good time to play this card.

  • Patient Rebuilding is a pretty fun, flavourful card, but also comes out too late to really make a difference.

  • Psychic Corrosion does too little to really make a big difference. Sphinx's Tutelage is a better card--which I would still not run.

  • Jace's Archivist is another card taking up your valuable three-drop slot, and doesn't really do much. By turn 4, when you can first activate the ability, your opponent is likely down to 2-4 cards, making the additional mill insignificant. Further, Archivist does nothing the turn you drop it--not ideal in such a fast-paced gameplan.

  • Jace's Phantasm can be helpful as a blocker, but in my experience, there's always something better to play. This might be worth keeping depending on the other decks in your meta.

Here are some cards to add (as well as a few few more cards to cut directly followed by their upgraded version):

  • Surgical Extraction is a must in any mill sideboard - Emrakul, the Aeons Torn is a common enough card that you need a way to deal with her being placed into the graveyard. Because it uses Phyrexian mana, there’s no need to run any lands that produce Black.

  • That said, it is worth considering running Black with mill. Glimpse the Unthinkable is a fantastic card, with Mind Funeral being a decent budget option.

  • Opt is a fantastic card, but you’re better off running Visions of Beyond in mill. While the loss of scry is a shame, you’ll often be able to cast Visions as Ancestral Recall.

  • Even if you stick to mono blue, you should add fetch lands (lands like Polluted Delta). These will enable your Hedron Crab to be triggered an extra time each turn.

  • Mind Sculpt is better than Startled Awake  Flip. While it mills less, it comes out faster and can be played alongside other cards.

  • I'm going to second PhoenixNest's Archive Trap and Ghost Quarter suggestion. This is just a wonderful combo, and enough players are running fetches that you can usually Archive Trap without Ghost Quarter (or, at the very least, slow down their mana as they'll be scared to fetch).

  • I'm going to disagree with Sassya on Grindclock. It is far too slow to make a difference.

Darkshadow327 on God's Plan... To Mill

2 months ago

Tormod's Crypt, Bojuka Bog and Leyline of the Void help if your opponent is running a graveyard strategy.

The Scarab God Liliana Vess, Geth, Lord of the Vault, and Wrexial, the Risen Deep can take advantage of milling opponents (also Diluvian Primordial and Sepulchral Primordial).

Hedron Crab, and Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger are good mill creatures. Startled Awake  Flip is a decent mill card if you can keep bringing it back. Siren of the Silent Song is good too, a discard and straight mill can hurt.

Jace's Erasure and Psychic Corrosion punish whenever you draw a card (they pair nicely w/ Patient Rebuilding. Then Memory Erosion just punishes your opponents whenever they try to do something.

Perplex is a decent Counterspell, or a mill card. Mind Sculpt is just amazing! Increasing Confusion is decent as well. Psychic Spiral brings back all those mill cards, while milling your opponents in the process! Patient Rebuilding is recurrent mill, while also moving you forward.

Hope I was of some help! (And that I didn't go too overboard).

DwaginFodder on Card creation challenge

2 months ago

Saturnity, TypicalTimmy, there is precedent for a transforming nonpermanent: Startled Awake  Flip. Now that I think of it, I need a copy for my Muldrotha list.

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