Esper Salt Mill

Modern TheSurgeon

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Sept. 2, 2017

After some playtesting, Fraying Sanity is not a fit for this minimal-land, tempo deck. Though beneficial, the circumstances of playing this card in turbo mill come best at turn 5-6, when you're able to kick it out after a Glimpse or Funeral. However, come turn 5, you're probably going to need to keep some mana open to buy the game-winning turn(s).

The tempo is strong in the deck. So I switched the Sanitys out for Tome Scour for first turn/cheap mill antics.

Modded the sideboard a touch. Took out Ghostly Prison . Let's be clear, I didn't want to do this; but between the Ethereal Haze s and Ensnaring Bridge s I think there's enough foggy effects to still get the job done on go-wide decks.

Thanks for the upvotes, advice, and kind words!

SayoKel says... #1

This Deck is fantastic. Hits me right in the nostalgia.

August 11, 2017 5:31 p.m.

TheSurgeon says... #2

Thank you SayoKel! It's been in the works for me to make a modern competitive mill deck for about 15 years. It's nice to see wizards printing some decent cards for it. I think there's a need for mill in a competitive setting. Any idiot can do direct damage with burn, and trample with muscle; it takes answers and forethought to win with mill.

Play hard!

August 11, 2017 5:36 p.m.

SayoKel says... #3

How consistent is it? I'm new to competitive play.

August 11, 2017 8:12 p.m.

TheSurgeon says... #4

I run light on land compared to most decks (My formula is: CMCx7=L, but L cannot be <18). Droughting is only a problem about 5-7% of the time. Since the deck's avg cmc is so low, I can win a game with 2 mana.

Mill consistency is great, and with the control improvements I've added (haven't playtested the current list yet) it feels to have improved it's overall solidarity. Thanks for asking.

I wish I could provide more info on how it playtests against the meta decks of Modern, but unfortunately, I live in a hick town, bereft of LGS's and players of competitive caliber.

August 11, 2017 8:49 p.m. Edited.

SayoKel says... #5

Thanks for the info. I'm definitely going to run this once I get the money for it.

August 11, 2017 8:57 p.m.

TheSurgeon says... #6

Rejoice, friend, I just took out 2x Snapcaster Mage. LOL

August 11, 2017 9:03 p.m.

AtAoekt says... #7

This is incredible. Most attempts at mill I've seen stray so far away from the heart of the strategy that I lose interest, but this execution is both true to form and practical.

August 18, 2017 3:04 p.m.

TheSurgeon says... #8

AtAoekt- I am humbled by your kind words! Really! High praise doesn't seem to come to mill often (playas hatin' on mill), so that means a lot. This has been in the works for me for about 12 years, it's like watching a child grow. LOL

Thanks again!
Play hard!

August 18, 2017 3:25 p.m.