Startled Awake


Persistent Nightmare  Flip


Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Standard Legal
Frontier Legal

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Set Rarity
Shadows over Innistrad 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

Kurremkarmerruk on Frontier Mill Deck

14 hours ago

Wow, a bunch of comments! That's kind of cool to come back to.

The_Dastardly_Dr.Od, yeah, the build is based on budget stuff. Our house went through a minor natural disaster, so my cards are very disorganized. I have not had a chance to look at my cards to see what I do have available. The last thing I ran grixis was based on Halimar Tidecaller and Dragons! For this Frontier build, I'm going to stick to U/R. I like the other cards you mentioned though. I will need an answer for graveyard, you're right. I will also have to look at Bedlam Reveler because that would be fun to play in this deck.

Khloebunni, I never had all those special lands to begin with, so I probably won't be able to add them all. Once I get to a point where I can look through my cards, though, I will add whatever fetch lands and special lands I do have. As far as choosing Startled Awake  Flip or Mind Sculpt, yeah, I have to go with the 13 cards because it's a devastating hit!

SlimJim83, it has been some time since I really looked at the deck, but I remember that Turn 7 was when I usually devastated my opponent. That means it's too slow. I haven't looked much into Kaladesh or Aether Revolt. I was thinking I needed more counter spells or more burn. The combo of Fevered Visions and Sphinx's Tutelage is just too good, though. There have been plenty of games where I lost and my opponent only had 1 or 2 cards left in his library. I love the tension in the games. Maybe this makes it a bit casual and not a final round contender, but I really like how fun it is to play.

plusmental on Manic Mill

17 hours ago

I second Warped Landscape being in one colour means that tapping for colourless is a lot less of an issue.

I am looking at a standard mill deck too and I have to recommend Baral's Expertise as a 2-of due to this scenario.

Startled Awake  Flip creature on the battlefield. Thing in the Ice  Flip with 2 counters. You baral's expertise targetting your startled awake creature and 2 of their artifacts. You return startled awake to your hand and then cast it for free with the second half of expertise and feel like the dirtiest bastard in the game.

That's best case scenario. You can still return 3 of anything to their hand if you don't have a spell in hand. That to me is still worth 5 mana

EmpD on Let me just..... Nope

1 day ago

Startled Awake  Flip
for self mill ?

Antonius86 on High Fever - Blue/Red Mill - Standard

3 days ago

Too slow you say? I wonder how we can make it faster.

There are three copy effects available to you in Standard:

They all cost a bit of mana, especially considering that the spell you want to copy, Startled Awake  Flip is 2UU.

Standard is pretty fast right now with the best decks winning on turn 4. There are other combos for lower-tiered decks that win on turns 5-6.

In order for you to win with a mill strategy, you can combo to mill their entire deck in one shot, or you can grind them out over a few turns, all the while armed with removal/counterspell disruption in order to not let them get a foothold.

In theory, blue would allow you to do that. You could play a blue control game for some turns until you get the mana you need to copy a couple Startled Awake  Flips. By that point, however, you may want to find a faster win condition.

I'm sure the deck is fun to play. I would like to make it fun and even more efficient at what it does!

So, if we multiply the copy effects, and look for other mill effects. The other mill cards in standard:

Cards that exile from the top of the library:

They're all pretty slow... So I'm still wondering how it can be made faster.

Joegandalf69 on Mill Kill

1 week ago

Hey! I made a deck very similar to this, draw cards and mill with Sphinx's Tutelage. I really like Startled Awake  Flip and Arcanis the Omnipotent. I may try to add them to mine. Check out my deck and let me know what you think.

Psychosis Crawler is a superb card for these decks along with Chasm Skulker

HEX. on Mill Free or Die Hard

1 week ago

Duskmantle Guildmage Mindcrank are a good mill combo. Keep in mind that, unless you can actuallymill your opponent

Nemesis of Reason, Mind Sculpt, Nephalia Drownyard, Startled Awake  Flip, Tome Scour, Traumatize

Glimpse the Unthinkable is definitely good.

lucal13 on Lazav lord of Deception

2 weeks ago

I agree with Cordyceps0, I would remove either Nighthowler, Startled Awake  Flip, or Control Magic for Phenax, God of Deception.

Sciencebean on Evil Mean Milling Machine

3 weeks ago

I'd recommend Geistblast so that you can copy your Startled Awake  Flip, or maybe you could run Mirrorpool to copy it if you get to that point late in the game. Also I'd say run black, white or red for removal, you'll die to aggro way faster than you can mill them I believe.

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