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The Only Aggro Mill in Modern

Modern Infinite Combo Mill U/B (Dimir)




For an even BETTER version of the deck, check out The Perfection of Milling!

This deck has been a project ever since I started playing Magic about a year ago. You may be asking yourself "how can a mill deck be aggro?" That's a fair question, and my response would be that it isn't aggro in the traditional sense. It is very aggressively mill; I've gone through libraries in only 5 turns, and have won a fair amount of times on turn 4 with the Duskmantle Guildmage + Mindcrank combo. Now I know you may be skeptical, because 5 turns can be a long time in Modern, but this deck has torn through everything from Grixis Control to Mono-Green Elves, and, so I've been told, is one of the absolutely most annoying decks to play against. Without further ado, here is Modern Aggro Mill.

The Cards

When I first saw Thing in the Ice  Flip, it was as if the Magic gods had descended and given my deck the perfect card. A beefy two-drop defender that transforms into a 7/8 after casting 4 instant/sorcery spells? My mouth was watering, and I knew he had to be mine. Thing in the Ice  Flip has been a phenomenal addition to this deck, and could definitely be considered the star of the show. He's a great alternate win condition if our milling doesn't work out quite as well as we wanted it to, and he can help save us from some damage in the early stages.

Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver : I was skeptical of adding Ashiok at first, but all in all it's been a great addition, especially if we're up against an opponent that has some larger creatures, because we can just grab them from exile if our loyalty is high enough. Ashiok also helps divert attention away from us, allowing us to mill our opponent even more while protecting our poor little life total.

Hedron Crab : Absolutely, without a doubt the star of this deck. One mana for a ridiculous landfall ability is unreal. It's gotten to the point where I don't start a game if I don't have a Crab in hand. Having multiple's of this guy out is just stupid, and it turns top-decked lands into something that is conducive to our strategy

Breaking / Entering, Tome Scour, Mind Sculpt, Mind Funeral : These are the heartbeat of this deck and what make it work so quickly. Mind Funeral has proven to be deadly against aggro decks with low land counts, and oftentimes we find ourselves casting multiple copies of either Breaking / Entering, Mind Sculpt, or Tome Scour, which only helps to get our Thing in the Ice  Flip transformed even faster.

Duskmantle Guildmage + Mindcrank : Perhaps my favorite win condition in the deck, and something that can be triggered with surprising frequency, especially if we find ourselves with a land in hand, and a Hedron Crab on the board.

Swans of Bryn Argoll : Swans finds itself at the top end of our mana curve, but it's proven a very useful card. It can block their biggest creature without dying, it can deal with flyers, and it can swoop in for the damage we need to trigger out Duskmantle Guildmage + Mindcrank combo. True, it allows our opponent to draw cards, but oftentimes by the time Swans is our, they don't have much of a library to draw from.

Thanks for checking out the deck everyone! If you liked it, I appreciate comments and +1's!




sturmgeist says... #1

For the mere cost of more than doubling the price of your deck you could replace Mind Sculpt with Glimpse the Unthinkable ;)

June 11, 2016 2:56 p.m.

TheGr8H0b0 says... #2

I love this deck! Ever since I started playing Magic (Which also was about a year ago, ironically) I have wanted to make a great mill deck. I didn't even think of the Duskmantle Guildmage + Mindcrank combo! The Swans of Bryn Argoll are actually quite nice, I disregarded them in my deck when creating it because of the free draw, but not I realize how nice they synergize. Hedron Crab (My favorite card) is amazing as always.

Suggestions: I'm skeptical of Breaking / Entering. While half of it is nice you never get to use the other half. Glimpse the Unthinkable is strictly better, though it would double the cost of your deck. You could also use Memory Sluice since you never attack with the Hedron Crab having two of them on board allows for 1 mana and 8 mill. Which then allows you to use one extra mana that turn for a Tome Scour or Mind Sculpt.Paranoid Delusions would be a good card if you consistently hit face with any of your creatures, though that's not the point of the deck and probably wouldn't happen enough to make the replacement worth it.

Overall, I LOVE your deck! As I said I've been wanting to make one since I've started but always struggled a bit. This is just what I was looking for! Keep on milling!

June 11, 2016 3:01 p.m.

TheGr8H0b0 says... #3

Also, you could add Death's Approach to your sideboard to help you get rid of any annoying creatures without using too much mana.

June 11, 2016 3:03 p.m.

DrFishyNo says... #4

TheGr8H0b0 Thank you for your kind words! And yeah, I would love to play a playset of Glimpse the Unthinkable, but as you said it'd pretty much double the price of the deck, and this was initially a budget build, although it's sort of morphed past that. I'm praying that someone at my local FNM ends up having one I could potentially trade for, but that's just a pipe dream at this point. I'll also have to playtest with Memory Sluice, I hadn't heard of it before, but I think it'd be a good replacement for Breaking / Entering as long as I can consistently trigger the Conspire ability.

June 11, 2016 4:03 p.m.

RainForest says... #5


Def not the only aggro mill :) Nice deck tho :)

June 11, 2016 4:38 p.m.

There are 5 people who have a Glimpse the Unthinkable listed in their binder, and probably more who don't have it listed. Why not try and trade for it here? You'd be trading the same value either way, right? Or do you expect someone at your FNM who has one to get skimmed by you for it?

June 11, 2016 6:58 p.m.

Bloodveld says... #7

I love this deck! But why not Fog Bank instead of Swans of Bryn Argoll?

June 11, 2016 7:44 p.m.

Swans thins their deck and can also be used to beat face if needed.

June 11, 2016 7:45 p.m.

yozora_karasu says... #9

While it does cost more mana than Mind Sculpt, I love playing Startled Awake  Flip because I can bring back over and over again

June 11, 2016 7:47 p.m.

yozora_karasu says... #10

But this is my mill deck Death and Taxes: Blue / Black Mill, I think it's an aggressive mill deck.

June 11, 2016 7:55 p.m.

DrFishyNo says... #11

I like Swans of Bryn Argoll more because it helps to thin out their library in addition to being a decent defender and it can also help to trigger the Duskmantle Guildmage + Mindcrank combo.

I considered adding Startled Awake  Flip, but it's honestly too slow for this deck.

June 11, 2016 7:59 p.m.

zmickelson says... #12


Can you beat this one? It's not mine, but it is the best mill deck I've ever seen.

Nice deck by the way. Very affordable for the punch it packs.

June 12, 2016 3:55 a.m.

DrFishyNo says... #13

zmickelson That deck is pretty insane, if I had the money I'd love to have cards like Snapcaster Mage, Glimpse the Unthinkable and Oboro, Palace in the Clouds. If I hadn't been considering a budget when building this deck, I probably would've built something similar. But as a broke college student, dropping more than $100 on a deck can be a problem.

June 12, 2016 2:25 p.m.

zombieman123 says... #14

What do when leyline of sanctity?

June 14, 2016 2:37 p.m.

TheGr8H0b0 says... #15

Another great card for this deck would be Circu, Dimir Lobotomist. You'd only need to run 2-3, but when you get them out on the board and play cards like Memory Sluice (if you're running those), Breaking / Entering, and Mind Funeral you get 2 triggers for one spell. Then your opponent can't cast any card with the same name! Of course, Circu, Dimir Lobotomist is for those matches where you're mill cards aren't coming and you need some control. Maybe just toss them on the sideboard, but if I put them in the main I would take out 1x Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver and 1x Mind Sculpt or 1x Mindcrank

June 15, 2016 12:24 a.m.

Conflict says... #16

Traumatize too slow? I figured for its cost it would be good if you got it off.

June 17, 2016 11:30 p.m.

Silverdrake says... #17

Love it! Not sure what you'd take out for it, but ever since it came out Manic Scribe has been an all-star for mill decks everywhere. A lot of people are even saying that it's making mill a competetive-level modern deck, which is pretty neat.

Other than that, maybe consider Slaughter Pact or Dismember for sideboard? My lgs meta is full of infect so keeping a surprise instant-speed kill spell in board can be a game saver.

Not to self-promote (ok that's exactly what I'm doing) but if you're looking for ideas, take a peek at my version of the deck:


Modern Silverdrake


June 18, 2016 12:58 a.m.

DrFishyNo says... #18

By the time I get the mana to cast Traumatize, I've already gone through about half their library or more, so it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to have it. And I considered adding Manic Scribe, but I feel like the delirium would be a little too hard to pull off. For my purposes, Hedron Crab probably works the best.

June 18, 2016 4:32 p.m.

Semajss says... #19

Archive Trap? with fetch lands galore in modern, might not be too shabby to look into. Possible hardcast if the game goes long.

June 19, 2016 9:50 a.m.

Torrence says... #20

With Nahiri, the Harbinger seeing a TON of play in modern lately, I would be worried that you have close to a 0% of winning against decks that run Emrakul, the Aeons Torn.

That being said, I do love the budget-ish mill!

June 20, 2016 1:28 p.m.

Bloodveld says... #21

Torrence, wouldn't ANY deck with even a single copy of Emrakul, the Aeons Torn be impossible for a mill deck to beat? Just milling it resets the deck and graveyard.

June 20, 2016 2:37 p.m.

Torrence says... #22

Bloodveld Yes, exactly what I was saying lol "0% chance of winning". I only mention it because it sounds like this wants to be a competitive modern deck and Emrakul, the Aeons Torn is seeing a lot more play in modern recently because of the popular Nahiri, the Harbinger interaction.

But who knows, maybe no one in the meta-game is running a deck with Emrakul, but I just wanted to point out a possibility of a no-win scenario for this deck, because I really like what's going on with it.

June 20, 2016 6:19 p.m.

Bloodveld says... #23

Ah I see, I thought you were insinuating that Emrakul would need to be summoned. Frankly, I don't know how to beat her and similar creatures with mill.

June 20, 2016 6:50 p.m.

DrFishyNo says... #24

June 20, 2016 6:57 p.m.

Bloodveld says... #25

Ooo good call, thanks.

June 20, 2016 7 p.m.

yozora_karasu says... #26

Bloodveld, Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver mills by exile, and even if you can't exile Emrakul, the Aeons Torn, you can exile the graveyard, making it so the entire deck isn't reset.

June 20, 2016 10:32 p.m.

Semajss says... #27

Can't Relic of Progenitus exile emrakul while he is going to the graveyard on the stack? It is colorless...

June 22, 2016 9:21 a.m.

TheRedKnight says... #28

Hi! I upgraded my own mill deck (which wasn't working very well at all...) by taking a few leaves out of your book! I hope you don't mind. You and your Deck are linked on mine: Esper Kill Mill. Check it out if you like! You have my +1!

July 6, 2016 5:46 p.m.

Gammadin says... #29

Took this to a local event, came in second. Really liked the feel of it. Only change to the list was replacing the Mindsculpt with Glimpse of the Unseen Beat Coco Elves, Slivers, and a weird white life gain deck before losing to burn in the finals. Thing in the Ice did work in all match ups, despite my misgivings that it'd never get to flip it, quickly becoming my new favorite card.

However, I'm not feeling the Duskmantle/Mindcrank combo as much as I thought I would. Could have been bad draws but by the time I had all the parts I had the games locked up with flipped Awakened Horrors. Also never saw my swans might pull them for +2 Startled Awake.

Going to replace the combo pieces with:

+1 Thing in the Ice, +3 Jace's Phantasm, +2 Surgical Extraction

August 9, 2016 9:04 p.m.

toxicchandra says... #30


August 10, 2016 3:32 p.m.

tettsui77 says... #31

yo this seems rad!

Surgical Extraction and/or Leyline of the Void may be increasingly necessary in the board tho. Dredge and Abzan Mid-range are expanding in the meta it would seem.

August 11, 2016 9:53 a.m.

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