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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.
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.
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
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.
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;
Or control based with Mill Spells, and Board Wipes, and Counters.
Just my Thoughts.
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.
Hello! Been a long time since last play.
i'm thinking of building a standard deck with cards i currently have :
Planeswalker: 2xJace, Memory Adept
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!
I have a Grimgrin, Corpse-Born list that I will paste shortly if you want more ideas. It has served me extremely well
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 !
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.
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