Mill (3)


You know that feeling when you're in a game and you just cant draw the right cards? Ever been running low on mana but you know there probably isn't any more in your deck? We've all had those experiences, and we all know they suck. This deck capitalizes on the pain and suffering that is caused when we run out of cards and works to make things even worse for your opponents.

Most of the deck is fairly simple to understand. Play cheap cards first, my favorite first play is a Hedron Crab followed by either a Tome Scour or Thought Scour and from there on just work your way up to the big stuff.

I'll break down each card and its role in the deck.

The lands are pretty simple, just a basic UB set up.

Hedron Crab is a major staple in this deck. If it isn't available turn one it should at least be by turn 2 or 3, and it just provides a steady mill right from the start. Also acts as a blocker if you're really in trouble.

Jace's Phantasm is our primary blocker, as pretty quickly you'll have a 5/5 flying for only 1 mana. Also is good for tapping with phenax.

Tome Scour is just a straight mill card. Nothing special, but it is good for early game or if you have extra mana at the end of a turn.

Thought Scour is helpful for card draw if you don't have any of the cards you need to get started early on. Also pretty simple.

Mind Sculpt is just a more powerful Tome Scour and it serves the same purpose. Quick and easy mill for when you've got extra mana to spend.

Crypt Incursion is great for late game when you are low on health. For a low low cost you can gain massive amounts of health, as well as doing good work to counter Eldrazi Titans.

Memory Erosion is similar to Chronic Flooding in that it is mill based on your opponent's actions. Usually players will be casting at least one spell a turn, but hopefully a whole lot more than that. This card forces them to very carefully consider the value of their cards and will either turn them away from playing things or get you very consistent mill.

Mind Funeral is the most powerful basic mill card in the deck, and can win games very fast. The best part about it is that it acts as a land denial card as well, because it effectively removes 4 of them from your opponent's arsenal.

Tree of Perdition is a good blocker, as well as a fantastic target for Phenax. Sometimes the life drop is nice as well if you're going for a damage win using your bigger creatures.

Undead Alchemist is a blast when you have lots of zombies at once. Nuff said.

Now we get into the big stuff, which is where it gets fun...

Phenax, God of Deception is an incredibly powerful mill card, and by turn 5 you should have enough creatures to make good use of him. Each turn you get to tap your creatures for mill and usually the game doesn't last very long after you play him.

Consuming Aberration is also very powerful, as by the time you play him he will be a very big creature. You can also use small spells like Tome Scour to activate his mill ability, which also ends games pretty fast. This card is most effective in tandem with Phenax, as you can tap him for incredibly high (almost always game ending) mill every turn.

Necromantic Summons is good for getting either Consuming Aberration or Phenax back in case of counters or removal. Usually I don't need the card but it can be helpful in a pinch.

Jace, Memory Adept gets free mill 10 every turn, or you can effectively activate a Thought Scour every turn. His final ability is very effective, and can also be used to finish the game.

This deck was based on the first deck I ever made, and I've always wanted to improve it using I'm trying to keep it budget, so sadly the more expensive mill cards will not be included. Glimpse the Unthinkable would be great instead of Mind Sculpt but sadly I can't do four $20+ cards.

There have already been a bunch of comments and suggestions, some of which I've used in the deck. Thanks a lot for those, and if anyone has any more suggestions just let me know in the comments. As always if you like the deck please leave an upvote, and thanks for taking a look!



Bulldawg1310 says... #1

I would add glimpse and one of the jace planeswalker's, probably memory adept, other than that, youve got a perfect damn mill deck! +1 from me.

February 4, 2017 4:30 p.m.

raf4520 says... #2

I would add jace memory adept x1 , traumatize x2 and Sphinx's tutelage x2my other deck was discard depending of drawing cards and this is better .

February 22, 2017 2:38 p.m.

I wouldn't add two traumatize. Just one. Its a pretty high mana cost for a mill deck

February 28, 2017 12:40 p.m.

AhegaoSenpai says... #4

I LOVE this deck, I'm a fan of control decks so this is beautiful

February 28, 2017 4:59 p.m.

UnkindledOne says... #5

Sorry for the late responses to your comments. I have made a lot of changes, in large part thanks to your comments. Thanks a lot for the suggestions, I really appreciate them. I love to see others that like mill as much as I do (and yes I know we're all horrible people, but that is not important).

As far as some of the more expensive recommendations, stuff like glimpse is a little too much for me to afford right now so I can't add that yet.

March 3, 2017 7:02 p.m.

Holtzman says... #6

I would at least sideboard Tormod's Crypt or Relic of Progenitus so you are not completely shut down by Eldrazi titans or recursion decks

March 3, 2017 7:08 p.m.

raf4520 says... #7

holtzman if you exile the opponents graveyard counsuming abberration is not so effective and it would die

March 3, 2017 10:33 p.m.

fallingn0where says... #8

Have you considered making this deck full of walls? Like Wall of Frost or Wall of Air? I run a deck similar to yours, except all of my creatures are walls. It really plays well with Phenax.

March 4, 2017 3:13 p.m.

UnkindledOne says... #9

I have thought a lot about defending from attacks with walls, but it makes more sense for me to use Jace's Phantasm than either Wall of Frost or Wall of Air, because Jace's Phantasm is only one mana while the other two cards are 3. If you have any suggestions on other very low cost cards that also have a high toughness like that lmk. Thanks for the suggestion!

March 4, 2017 6:32 p.m.

I also run Jace's Phantasm for that purpose. Drift of Phantasms might be a nice option. It is a 3 drop, but it also essentially tutors a Mind Funeral which is what I primarily use it for. I understand why you are using the guildmage, but mill should be the primary focus. I would swap them for the Drift of Phantasms.

While it does not have a high toughness, Fog Bank is another one of my go to cards for my mill deck.

A 4 drop option could also be Tree of Perdition. I don't personally run it, but a 13 guaranteed mill with Phenax is pretty awesome.

March 5, 2017 1:03 a.m.

UnkindledOne says... #11

I'm running Duskmantle Guildmage so it can combo with Mindcrank.

I like Tree of Perdition, I think I will run 2 of those. That 13 mill with phenax is really nice.

Fog Bank was in here for a while, but I ended up removing it for some actual mill cards.


March 7, 2017 4:53 p.m.

HAMMARE says... #12

March 15, 2017 3:58 p.m.

HAMMARE says... #13

Also maybe Surgical Extraction for general goodstuff.

March 15, 2017 4:02 p.m.

UnkindledOne says... #14

Surgical Extraction is a little too expensive, but I agree it would be good. As for Archive Trap I think it is a good card but I'd rather be using that spot in my deck for something that is more reliable. It might have its place in the sideboard though, so thanks.

March 15, 2017 4:06 p.m.

DeadBoyInDrag says... #15

If you're going to use Archive Trap you need Ghost Quarter

March 21, 2017 12:54 a.m.

ghoul_Legion says... #16

Crypt Incursion all, ALL mill decks need this card.

Like you said Glimpse the Unthinkable is amazing, but yea it comes at a cost.

Extirpate to make sure your opponent doesn't get to play some of the spells you mill.

Nice take on ub mill :)

March 21, 2017 9:07 a.m.

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