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

Orpheus124 on Grand Mill of Mirko Vosk

1 day ago

If you're looking to make milling your major strategy, there are some great cards you're missing out on. With combat-based effects, you'd definitely like Trepanation Blade, Sword of Body and Mind, and on Mirko Vosk, Fireshrieker.

As a fail-safe, you might want to run Mindcrank. It can infinitely combo with Duskmantle Guildmage and Bloodchief Ascension, just in case you're in a tight spot. I'm also a fan of Dreamborn Muse and Mesmeric Orb.

An interesting interaction happens between Altar of the Brood and Undead Alchemist if that's the kind of thing you'd like to play.

FlashnR on Thassa's Tiny Troopers

2 days ago

Also have you considered Trepanation Blade??

ObsidianFang on Phenax, God of Mill

1 week ago

If Glimpse the Unthinkable or Mind Sculpt were instants I would consider them.

I don't attack enough to consider Trepanation Blade.

Mind Funeral and Hedron Crab are worth a try.

Evanator on Mini-Me

1 week ago

@Jlyons44 - Mind Sculpt for a while kept hopping in and out of the decklist until I finally decided that I simply don't have room for it. The only card that think I would drop to make room would be Tome Scour and 5-for-1 feels more helpful than 7-for-2.

@Valentine35 - Sadly Sword of Body and Mind is on the banlist. If it wasn't then I would be running both of those cards. I have a spare playset of Invisible Stalker just waiting to be used ever since they rotated out of standard, but I don't think Trepanation Blade alone is enough of a reason to drop something to make room for a stalker.

EddCrawley on Tiny Competitive Mill

1 week ago

Nice looking Mill,however I would replace Grindclock with Sands of Delirium, as I can see Grindclock taking too long to charge up to a respectable level. Whereas you can sink all of your unused mana into Sands at the end of your opponents turn.

And due to the low mana cost nature of the game, i would find a space for;

Glimpse the Unthinkable

Mind Peel

cutting;

Memory Sluice - worse than Tome Scour as you only have 2 creatures in the deck. Replace with Dream Twist

Paranoid Delusions - again, with only 2 guys to cipher onto, this is a poor mill card,

Unless you were going to swap in Invisible Stalker as one of the creatures. In which case also look at Trepanation Blade for him to swing about...

ecmmyers on Welcome to the Undercity

1 week ago

Alright, Well, since I've tried to include the best cards which fit my strategy, I guess that which cards you can "budgetify" and which ones you'd still like to have the best possible versions of will depend on what your strategy is. How would you prefer to win? Most Lazav decks either try to win via commander damage (Voltron) or by reanimating/ recurring cards in the graveyard (Mill for Value). Personally, I prefer the latter because you can strap bombs to any commander and send them in. It's not a very original win condition.

A good portion of the value in this deck comes from a fairly small number of cards. Very few cards are worth more than 2-3 dollars. These are cards that I've bought over the course of a year - I definitely had much more budget iterations in the past. For some cuts, I recommend the following:

Demonic Tutor ($15-20) > Diabolic Tutor (.50) More expensive for the same effect

Sword of Body and Mind ($10) > Trepanation Blade (.30) No tokens and less mill, but at least something measurable.

Rise of the Dark Realms ($5) > Life's Finale ($1)

Chromatic Lantern ($5) > Darksteel Ingot or Commander's Sphere (Both .30)

Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth] ($10) > Crypt Ghast ($1)

Mesmeric Orb ($5) > Riddlekeeper (1.39). This is the cut that makes me the saddest. In a game where it comes out, it will singlehandedly take out about 25-30 cards per deck before it gets answered. For two mana.

Gilded Lotus ($6) > Druidic Satchel or Mind Stone both (.15-30) These will be much slower than Lotus.

Memory Plunder ($3) > Spelltwine (.20) More expensive, but you can get two spells worth, so technically card advantage.

Jace, Memory Adept ($5) > Dire Undercurrents (.68) No mill, but you do get some draw and some hand disruption

Hedron Crab ($3) > Mindshrieker (.35) I love this little crab and I mainly run him as a pet, but he is good for some early mill as soon as Lazav drops, which I like. Mindshrieker is still kind of okay in a mill deck, and when I ran him i was able to close a game or two when he was suited up with swords and I got a lucky flip or two. I just don't like paying two and hitting a land, which seems to happen too often.

Also, just cut Academy Ruins for an Island and save $10.

With all of these swaps (and removing the foils), you could cut nearly $70 from the deck and still keep it more or less the same, just sacrificing some speed and efficiency. Hope this helps!

ecmmyers on Welcome to the Undercity

1 week ago

Alright, Well, since I've tried to include the best cards which fit my strategy, I guess that which cards you can "budgetify" and which ones you'd still like to have the best possible versions of will depend on what your strategy is. How would you prefer to win? Most Lazav decks either try to win via commander damage (Voltron) or by reanimating/ recurring cards in the graveyard (Mill for Value). Personally, I prefer the latter because you can strap bombs to any commander and send them in. It's not a very original win condition.

A good portion of the value in this deck comes from a fairly small number of cards. Very few cards are worth more than 2-3 dollars. These are cards that I've bought over the course of a year - I definitely had much more budget iterations in the past. For some cuts, I recommend the following:

Demonic Tutor ($15-20) > Diabolic Tutor (.50) More expensive for the same effect

Sword of Body and Mind ($10) > Trepanation Blade (.30) No tokens and less mill, but at least something measurable.

Rise of the Dark Realms ($5) > Life's Finale ($1)

Chromatic Lantern ($5) > Darksteel Ingot or Commander's Sphere (Both .30)

Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth ($10) > Crypt Ghast ($1)

Mesmeric Orb ($5) > Riddlekeeper (1.39). This is the cut that makes me the saddest. In a game where it comes out, it will winglehandedly take out about 25-30 cards per deck before it gets answered. For two mana.

Gilded Lotus ($6) > Druidic Satchel or Mind Stone both (.15-30) These will be much slower than Lotus.

Memory Plunder ($3) > Spelltwine (.20) More expensive, but you can get two spells worth, so technically card advantage.

Jace, Memory Adept ($5) > Dire Undercurrents (.68) No mill, but you do get some draw and some hand disruption

Hedron Crab ($3) > Mindshrieker (.35) I love this little crab and I mainly run him as a pet, but he is good for some early mill as soon as Lazav drops, which I like. Mindshrieker is still kind of okay in a mill deck, and when I ran him i was able to close a game or two when he was suited up with swords and I got a lucky flip or two. I just don't like paying two and hitting a land, which seems to happen too often.

With all of these swaps (and removing the foils), you could cut nearly $60 from the deck and still keep it more or less the same, just sacrificing some speed and efficiency. Hope this helps!

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