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v. 2.0

That's gotta hurt...

A tempo mill deck that works by running counter disruption. It gets around Leyline of Sanctity, and shows a lot of potential as it evolves.

The Main Wincon

Chronic Flooding and Mesmeric Orb (Hence, the Name)
When paired with Mana Leak, Stubborn Denial, Downpour and Remand, they force the opponent to choose between countering their badly needed spell or milling.

As stated, the deck is tempo, so take your time and set up your mill engine and only counter anything that immediately threatens your life total or Mesmeric Orbs.

Hedron Crab is one of my favorite 1 drops., Feed its landfall ability with Evolving Wilds, Oboro, Palace in the Clouds, and/or Ghost Quarter.

Ghost Quarter is versatile in this build, it allows for the destructionn of land that isn't enchanted with Chronic Flooding ; can be used as mana fix; but is usually used to for a possible setup for Archive Trap. Trap is the only mention of direct mill here.

Field of Ruin is a touch better than Quarter, because it forces a ramp search for all players.

3x Manic Scribe in here as I have a hard time getting Delirium early in the game but do their part with an ETB effect, continuous mill later, and decent toughness for chump blocking.

Jace's Phantasm- A 5/5 flyer is a great blocker, and a serious turn 2 threat and alternative wincon. Also makes a hard counter out of Stubborn Denial. BOSS in any mill deck.

Jace Beleren is in here to offer draw when mana is needed against aggressive boardstates. He can take abuse if the opponent is attacking him, as long as it isn't you, this could buy you a few turns.

Jace, Memory Adept is a permanent worth protecting- for obvious reasons.

Since the deck is tempo, draw was a problem in early testing, after some consideration, Thought Scour speeds up the process to make Visions of Beyond max-effective, right when it needs to be.

The maybeboard consists of cards that may be added in the next update (or two). Thank you all for the feedback and suggestions. It's hard to decide sometimes as the mono U card pool is riddled with workable mill and utility cards. A lot of suggestions have been offered and it's dizzying sometimes. So, please be patient and follow me if you like, for updates to this and other Mill decks.

The sideboard switches gears a bit by splashing W in the deck. Offering another layer of protection to a deck that has no lifegain mechanic. Only two Plains are added in place of Islands. Since this deck is mono U I can keep the deck budget without expensive shock, fetch or pain lands through Evolving Wilds and Ghost Quarter.

Hurkyl's Recall- Against fast moving Affinity decks that pump out thopters and game long problematic creatures like Etched Champion.

Surgical Extraction- Graveyard hate for nonbasic lands, GY Shuffling Eldrazi, and any other problematic card that you or your opponent puts there.

Oppressive Rays - A heavy taxing Prison card. Also targets activated abilities!

Path to Exile- Spot removal and additional tool to trigger Archive Trap.

Any help and suggestions for the sideboard is greatly appreciated, as I am not strong in sideboard strategy. Thanks ahead of time!

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Updates Add

After some very helpful advice and a TON of card suggestions, I've rolled out v 2.0 only two days after v 1 came out.

The deck is feeling more solid control-wise. The mill has been good but spotty, hopefully the addition of 2 Jace Planeswalkers will fill the draw and mill holes.

Please playtest and leave feedback!
Thanks again, all!

Comments View Archive

This deck looks super fun. Will test. Enough said.

April 3, 2017 10:20 p.m.

Psychic Spiral could be good with Mesmeric Orb, but I think, it's too late and too less consistent.

Another idea: Dreamborn Muse

April 3, 2017 11:59 p.m.

Cadoiz- Thanks for the feedback. I'm already milling myself with Mesmeric Orb there's no way I'm adding Dreamborn Muse when i have a draw mechanic and I'm waiting with cards in hand to counter.

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April 4, 2017 6:54 a.m.
April 4, 2017 8:28 a.m.

Necrisev- Retreat is too expensive. I would like to keep this <2. I like Grimoire Thief. In fact, I've been searching for this card for a friend's Merfolk deck but couldn't remember anything about it. :-P

I'll keep this under consideration, but have no immediate plans to push them in here just yet.

Thanks for the feedback!

April 4, 2017 8:40 a.m.

Snapcaster Mage to help flash back the things you mill yourself with Mesmeric Orb

April 4, 2017 6:20 p.m.

AzrielBarakiel- These would be handy, but where to put them?

I'm trying to keep this deck more budget. For a couple reasons:
1. I only own about 90% of the cards and it would require tearing apart my favorite Esper Salt Mill. I'm failing as it evolves. :-P
2. This deck isn't nearly competitive enough to drop $100 into.. Yet.

Thank you for the input, this is a suggestion that will not be taken lightly in the future.

April 4, 2017 6:31 p.m.

makes complete sense.

i would add a Jace, Memory Adept or two and play a couple more lands. I playtested it a couple of times and would putter out on lands. i didnt have enough to play my mill spells and play control spells in the same turn which defeats the purpose of playing control.

I would say to to play something that is a threat, planewalker, enchantment, whatever have you, and then defend it. similar to what hedron crab does. i just find the instants and sorceries a little lack luster.

April 4, 2017 7:03 p.m.

AzrielBarakiel- I like that idea. I have each of AoT, Beleren and Unraveler. I like Beleren and AoT.

Was thinking of taking out 2x Thought Scour since both Jace offer draw and mill. And take out one remand for another Island. Thoughts?

April 4, 2017 7:27 p.m.

Cool deck +1:) On another note, how the heck does you make an Upvote button? I've been trying to figure it out for a hella long time. Thanks!

April 4, 2017 8:28 p.m.

AtomicEmpire- Thanks for the compliment! It's an app on the Playstore called Magic Card Designer.

April 4, 2017 8:37 p.m.

I think that Thought Scour is one of the better cards for a control based deck since it's and instant that replaces itself. i would take out your sorcery speed mill cards. when it comes down to it, they mill more cards but don't gain your board state or prevent your opponents from gaining board state.

April 5, 2017 2:08 p.m.

AzrielBarakiel- Agreed. Playtesting this for the past hour or so, I'm getting the mill in, but I run out of control gas. V2 will probably roll out faster than I thought with a more passive mill mechanic and a more stable control shell.

Thought Scours will go back in, as well as the Jace, Architect of Thought and Jace Beleren.

I'll update tonight or tomorrow. Check back!

April 5, 2017 2:25 p.m.

Traumatize does target the opponent, sure. But... it does make things easier!

April 10, 2017 8:34 p.m.

itachi45- Traumatize is a terrible card. Period.

It costs 5, and only Mills half the opponent's deck, so it will NEVER be a game ending play. By the time I get to play it, I pay to mill ~15 cards and lose all control over the board for the turn.

Sorry, but there's no way I'm putting it any mill deck- ever.

April 10, 2017 8:52 p.m.

Both Walkers feel too slow to me-even though its sorcery speed Tome Scour is efficient enough to warrant a couple slots. I think that Gigadrowse will usually be better than chronic flooding as well. The deck is really coming together!

April 10, 2017 11:49 p.m.

Than Downpour, Not Chronic Flooding. Sorry!

April 11, 2017 10:11 a.m.

Upvote for your deck name LMAO

September 23, 2017 3:34 p.m.

Why you didnt put fetchlands instead of Evolving Wilds? I would use Jace, Vryn's Prodigy  Flip instead of Jace, Architect of Thought

October 5, 2017 4:06 p.m.

Hamso- the deck is more budget. And I meant memory adept, not AOT.

October 5, 2017 6 p.m.

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This deck is Modern legal.

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 1.90
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