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I first became acquainted with Magic: The Gathering during Alpha set. After that initial foray where I was introduced by a neighbor to the game, I didn’t play again until the Tempest block. Then I took a long, 20 year hiatus until 2019 when another neighbor reinvigorated my desire to play by urging me to buy some Dominaria and Core 19 packs for a friendly draft. Since then I’ve found myself addicted to deck building.

I prefer traditional formats like Vintage/Legacy/Modern/Standard/Pauper as opposed to this zany, newfangled “Commander” format all the kids are raving about.

I lean toward the Black/Blue end of the color spectrum; preferred hubs are Reanimator and any type of build that uses uncommon or otherwise off the wall strategies or win-cons.

God I miss the old artwork and flavor text from the older expansions; some of the new stuff is half decent but it doesn’t hold a candle to the gorgeous art of cards like those found in the Arabian Nights expansion or Mirage block. And then there’s the classical literary quotes on cards like Repentant Blacksmith, Juzam Djinn, Hammerheim, Karakas, Pendelhaven, Revelation...the list goes on! I weep softly when I realize just how lackluster today’s MtG sets are in this respect, by comparison. But, I digress.

Feel free to leave any comments or questions you may have on any of my decks; all upvotes are much appreciated as well.

Ryan689 says... #1

Here is my final draft of my nightmare mill deck, Nightmare (Final Draft)

September 21, 2020 12:13 p.m.

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Very good point. Ensnaring Bridge is a card I’ll definitely have to consider adding. Thanks for pointing that one out. Maybe I’ll replace some crabs with that, actually.

September 23, 2020 1:10 p.m.

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@ThisIsMyAccount makes sense. Do you think it’s an idea worth considering to remove 4 crabs in favor of 2 Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver and 2 Manic Scribe? I’d rather not fiddle with my lands, and I also just realized that any turn I play a fetch land the crab would mill twice for 6 cards anyway.

September 23, 2020 12:58 p.m. Edited.

Hey DeinoStinkus, +1 for including the GoW inspired artwork there. Good job, boy

September 23, 2020 9:05 a.m.

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This deck’s theme alone is strong enough to earn that +1

September 22, 2020 9:39 p.m.

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September 22, 2020 6:56 p.m.

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Ah, good call Theros2014. I always forget about shapeshifters and changelings.

September 22, 2020 6:47 p.m.

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You’re about 40 cards over an effective pauper deck.

September 22, 2020 5:04 p.m.

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I think you’re absolutely right about including removal. I’ll add a lot of your suggestions to the maybeboard for now until I can play test them. Good news is I have most of them.

I also think what you said about the land situation is probably the right way to see it. I’ll figure something out with the manabase. I definitely appreciate all the careful thought. I’d like to boost the effectiveness of my decks for whenever I get the chance to play again. It would be nice to win one for once.

September 22, 2020 9:11 a.m.

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This is one of the more unique token themed decks I’ve come across. Nice job!

September 21, 2020 10:15 p.m.

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@zAzen7977 Surgical Extraction is a great idea, that’ll make it in the sideboard no questions. I’m worried about Darkslick Shores though. You make a valid point for it’s inclusion, but I just fear that if I don’t draw it within the first two turns then it becomes a slow ETB:Tapped land. If I just add one or two copies, then the odds of it being drawn when it’s still useful diminish, but if I add 4 then chances are I’ll have a dead draw later on. I can’t make up my mind if the benefit outweighs the risk.

Edit: do you think a check land (Drowned Catacomb) would outshine Darkslick Shores, or is that a bad idea?

September 21, 2020 5:42 p.m. Edited.

This is a really strong build, but one question-why don’t you like Ashiok, Dream Render? I don’t understand that portion of your description and I’m worried I may have made a poor choice in my own Mill deck.

September 21, 2020 3:25 p.m.

This looks really solid. I particularly like the way you faux-tutor using the transmute mechanic on a number of cards. Seems like it will be very useful.

September 21, 2020 12:43 p.m.

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I’m not an experienced magic player, and I only recently constructed my first mill deck, but it occurs to me that it might be a better idea to include 4 copies of Glimpse the Unthinkable and drop Traumatize down to 2. In a dream scenario where you play Traumatize as early as possible and 4 turns in a row, you’ll first mill about 25 or so cards. Next turn’s Traumatize will only mill around 12 cards, then each subsequent casting will mill 6 then 3 cards. In other words Traumatize becomes orders-of-magnitude less effective each time it is cast. Once or twice per game is sufficient; it’s more cost effective to cast Glimpse the Unthinkable multiple times, or other mill spells like Breaking or the new Maddening Cacophony.

September 21, 2020 10:53 a.m.

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Ha, clever

September 20, 2020 10:28 a.m.

@Icbrgr maybe the Boulder 80 will suffice after all then. I’ll see when it gets here. I wish I had machine shop type skills; I’d love to custom design and fabricate the image I have in my mind. Instead of a chunky, gaudy, cheap and tacky looking fisher-price styled deck box, I’d arrive at FNM and set a sleek, stainless steel elegant case of cards on the table mere millimeters larger than a 60 card deck + sideboard. Curse these hands; they don’t create...they only destroy!

September 19, 2020 11:04 p.m.

@Profet93 thanks for the idea. It’s a step toward what I’m looking for, but I was looking for something metal ideally. Or at least some high density, impact resistant polymer. I do appreciate the comment though, thanks.

September 19, 2020 6:04 p.m.

@EleshNornsFs that’s true, and a valid suggestion. It’s just that I’m trying to find as minimalist and sleek a deck box as possible so I’d rather not custom-rig one that’s already too bulky for my tastes. I appreciate the input though.

September 19, 2020 1:22 p.m.

@JRaynor thanks for the heads up. No I hadn’t come across this particular model. It’s cheap enough that I’ll give it a try; if it turns out it isn’t quite what I’m looking for I could always give it away to some kid at my LGS. I appreciate the time you took to reply to my post, thank you.

September 19, 2020 10:13 a.m.

I would like to find a deck box that suits a very particular set of criteria, and have not had any luck thus far. So I’m turning to the fine community on this site in hopes someone could point me in the right direction.

I’m looking for a deck box that fits exactly 75 single sleeved cards; no more no less. (Not sure it makes a difference but I sleeve my cards with Dragon Shield sleeves). I’d like the fit to be snug enough that they don’t have much wiggle room, but obviously not so snug that the cards are crammed in and can barely fit. It needs to be as sleek, streamlined and minimalist as possible in form, and acrylic or metal in construction.

The only deck boxes I’ve come across thus far are either large, bulky, gaudy monstrosities or else flimsy, cheap and low quality cardboard deck boxes that are too small (i.e. they barely fit 60 non-sleeved cards). Both these styles are unacceptable for my needs. For reference, any deck box made with vinyl or that is ‘stitched’ is unacceptable.

Dragon Shield Nest, Ultra Pro Satin Tower, Ultimate Guard Xenoskin, Ultra Pro Alcove Flipbox or any similarly constructed deck boxes are all completely unsuitable.

The closest thing I’ve found to what I’m looking for would be the Ultimate Guard Boulder line of deckboxes, but I can’t seem to find one that holds exactly 75 cards (main deck and sideboard). As is they’re too big and bulky.

Hypothetically speaking, if I could describe the perfect deck box for my needs it would be this: an acrylic or stainless steel version of the cardboard deck boxes the Welcome Decks come in, but fitting 75 single sleeved cards. That’s as sleek and minimalist as it gets while offering solid protection.

I’ve done quite a bit of scouting online and haven’t come across anything suitable yet, so I fear what I’m looking for doesn’t exist. But in the off chance it does, I would be most appreciative if someone could direct me to a website. Thank you for your time.

September 19, 2020 9:26 a.m.

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Looks good overall. Question, why Dakmor Salvage?

September 19, 2020 8:52 a.m.


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Finished Decks 19
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