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Nocturnus was added to buff the Seer and nighthawk to offset the life lost to the Seer's triggered ability. It also reveals the top card of your deck and if required I can dimir charm myself to change out the card if Life is low. otherwise i can use it to adjust their liabrary to maximise damage. But i have been considering cutting it for another spell. Any sugguestions for a replacement
I originally tried both the stalker and the guildmage but its a lot of cards and/or mana to invest. Mind sculpt and mags are 7cmc for 7 damage plus the Mage will be burned down in seconds. The stalker means if you don't hit a cipher spell you spent 2cmc on a 20 turn clock. Plus with mutilates it will be dead often. The aberration has better staying power. Thanks for the suggestions I'll try this out on game day and see how it goes
I played two mill decks a couple weeks ago. My impression of the two were vastly different. One was horrible, he had Mind Sculpt and Dream Twist and other mill your opponent cards without draw. He got me about half decked and lost all steam as he ran out of cards.
The second deck I played was very good. A couple things I noted was that he had card draw, had some cheap good creatures like vampire nighthawk. He had Crypt Ghast as I see you do, I think he ran 4 Mind Grind. And he also had Liliana of the Dark Realms as well as Jace, Memory Adept. He got Liliana fetching lands, kept the board state in his favor long enough to ultimate her, cast the Crypt Ghast, then cast Mind Grind for 38. Thank goodness that wasn't against me. I still lost to his deck but not in that way lol. I still need to get his full list as I want to see what he had for some of the more aggressive decks.
So I guess my point is to make sure you have card draw somehow, which I see you have some of, though I might suggest adding in Thought Scour as it is a mill plus draw, and you could also use the new Liliana to augment your Mind Grind and Increasing Confusion through her land fetching and ultimate.