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Trepanation Blade

Trepanation Blade

Artifact — Equipment

Whenever equipped creature attacks, defending player reveals cards from the top of his library until he or she reveals a land card. The creature gets +1/+0 until end of turn for each card revealed this way. That player puts the revealed cards into his or her graveyard.

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Trepanation Blade Discussion

jacaramanica on Your Thoughts... Give Them To Me (Dimir EDH)

1 day ago

In my experience, I find that the mill lands are not worth the slot or even the mana investment. Duskmantle, House of Shadow is just plain awful. Three mana to mill your opponent a single card is not worthwhile when you lack deck manipulation. You're better off running another basic. Also, Breaking would not be allowed in the deck due to having red in its color identity.

Some useful cards that I would recommend:

Mesmeric Orb - Mills everyone really fast and is excellent when played turn 2.

Memory Erosion - Three mana to make opponents mill two when ever they cast a spell. Even if it gets removed immediately, you've gotten more value out of it than Duskmantle.

Bloodchief Ascension - Milling opponents only counts when you remove their entire deck. If they lose life as well, it proves to be even worse for them. Also, goes infinite with Mindcrank

Sword of Body and Mind & Trepanation Blade - good ways to lower your opponents' deck counts very quickly.

You have a decent start, but you'll find several things will under-perform after some play testing. Check out my mill deck with Lazav at the helm. The Mastermind's Plans

EddCrawley on Milling the Modern Meta

2 days ago

I don't think the Nephalia Drownyard works well with Mesmeric Orb as you are going to Mill them for 3 but mill yourself for 4 next turn.

As for the Glimpse the Unthinkable vs Lightning Bolt , one gets rid of 1/6 of their deck, and the other get rid of less than 1/6 of their life. the bolt could get rid of 1 creature, but Glimpse could get rid of 5-6 depending on what deck you are up against.

Paired up with Isochron Scepter , or flash backed with Snapcaster Mage Glimpse is Awesome, second only to Archive Trap (After Ghost Quarter has made them search for a land.)

Two card Win-con Duskmantle Guildmage + Mindcrank + plus any damage / mill or spell cast by them= Instawin.

Nemesis of Reason is also quite good, after Consuming Aberration

Invisible Stalker + Trepanation Blade + Tainted Strike = 1 hit kill ( as long as you mill 8 off Blade.)

Mill is never going to be a tier 1 deck as it is generally too slow, unless you are playing against a grindy midrange deck, it will be over before you get your defenses up.

Your options would be to go either;

Creature based, Hedron Crab , with Terramorphic Expanse and Evolving Wilds as these are budget Fetch lands, along with Deprive to recur your Islands.

Or control based with Mill Spells, and Board Wipes, and Counters.

Just my Thoughts.

Rocknj06 on First Standard Deck since Odyssey

1 week ago

Cutting out all of the non-standard cards would be a good first step. Standard is currently all cards in Ravnica Block, M14, Theros Block, and M15, with Ravnica and M14 Rotating out in September as we get the new block. This knocks out:

Trepanation Blade , Grafdigger's Cage , Keening Stone , Chalice of the Void , Counterspell , Thoughtscour, Mind Funeral , Memory Sluice , Jace's Phantasm , Avatar of Woe , Hedron Crab and Drowned Catacomb .

That cuts out 37 cards bringing you down to 54 giving you about 6 cards to add, 4 of which should be lands, giving you 2 really to add.

iriveanu on First Standard Deck since Odyssey

1 week ago

Hello! Been a long time since last play.

i'm thinking of building a standard deck with cards i currently have :

Land: 4xDrowned Catacomb 2xRogue's Passage 4xWatery Grave 8xIsland 8xSwamp

Creature:4xJace's Phantasm 4xWight of Precinct Six 4xConsuming Aberration 2xAvatar of Woe 4xHedron Crab

Planeswalker: 2xJace, Memory Adept

Sorcery: 4xMind Sculpt 4xBreaking / Entering 4xMemory Sluice 4xTome Scour 4xMind Funeral

Instant: 4xCounterspell 4xPsychic Strike 4xDimir Charm 4xThought Scour

Artifact: 2xTrepanation Blade 2xGrafdigger's Cage 4xCodex Shredder 1xKeening Stone 2xChalice of the Void

Total 91 cards. I would like to build my deck with 60ish cards if possible, which cards should i add/throw? As you can see, the theme about this deck is about milling and using creatures to synergize with milling theme..

Any feedback or suggestions will be very well appreciated. Thanks!

Khanye on Grimgrin, Angus-Pepperer

1 week ago

Trepanation Blade works really well with Undead Alchemist .

I have a Grimgrin, Corpse-Born list that I will paste shortly if you want more ideas. It has served me extremely well

Viropher on [BUDGET] Dimir Millgro

2 weeks ago

I did not think it existed,a budget mill deck thats effective,uses Duskmantle Guildmage and not Mindcrank .The crankmantle is incredibly cheap,fun,and fast, but its also one of the most common combos out there.Not saying I dont have a deck that uses the combo, because it is so fast and effective.This deck here reminds me of when I was trying to build it.

You might also wish to look into Paranoid Delusions and a few cheap unblockables like Blighted Agent / Dimir Infiltrator / AEther Figment . When you cast the delusions,cipher it on the unblockable,attack for a free second cast.Every time the ciphered creature hits,it mills and casts a spell.Important factor with the Consuming Aberration 's triggered ability.

You know what else goes great with unblockables and milling? For a low low price? Trepanation Blade !

Also think about adding a Diabolic Tutor or Disciple of Deceit to search your library for the cards you need.

chaosmagician619 on "To Erase All Thoughts, Other Than My Own"

2 weeks ago

I'd drop Way of the Thief since you have no gates to work with. I'd suggest Aqueous Form which is low cost and adds in scry. If you slap in this Thalakos Seer you can use it either with Trepanation Blade blade or use it with your ninja to draw a card on its return. I used to have a ninja deck that used this pretty well. I'm assuming you're building this deck somewhat on budget, but if you decide to drop a little bit more I'd get 4 of these Visions of Beyond great with mil and drawing.

Kossie on Dimir's Library eater

2 weeks ago

The think you are discribing is called milling...

Here are some nice cards for milling:

Hedron Crab ,

Thought Scour ,

Traumatize ,

Sword of Body and Mind +Invisible Stalker ,

Trepanation Blade +Invisible Stalker ,

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Cost 3
Converted cost 3
Avg. draft pick 3.72
Avg. cube pick 3.45


Format Legality
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Modern Legal

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Set Rarity
Innistrad Uncommon