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I love mill. I like to try and diversify and streamline the effectiveness of the meta, beyond the usual UB mill.

Many are of my own design; some are inspired by others'. In either case, if you love mill, you're in the right place.

Questions and comments are welcome; and (as always) +1's preciated.


bigshocka says... #1

The question about splashing green was meant to be a "why not" question. For clarity.

August 21, 2017 3:53 p.m.

bigshocka says... #2

Your zombie deck is actually the deck I reference when talking mono black aggro tempo zombie tribal. Just gave it a +1. What's the logic on splashing green for coco and abrupt decay? Trust your judgement, just curious.

Because I can't top yours in an aggro aspect, I went wide with a token combo while still being true tribal.

Check out Gifts of the Undead and let me know what you think.

August 21, 2017 2:01 a.m.

chefjeff says... #3

Thank you very much for your suggestions!

August 18, 2017 3:08 p.m.

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Said on Test Mill...


You have waaaaaay too many 5 cost cards.

Consuming Aberration and Mirko Vosk, Mind Drinker, are too expensive.

Check out my decks if you want to learn some mill. Feel free to leave questions and the like, I'd be happy to help a fledgling mill player!

August 23, 2017 6:34 a.m.

Altar of the Brood is a nice wincon here.

August 22, 2017 6:58 p.m.

Said on Open Skull Lobotomy...


Yeah, I forgot to do that last night. Thank you.

August 22, 2017 10:58 a.m.

Said on Gray Devotion...


Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx for a little ramp in black?

August 20, 2017 2:16 p.m.

Said on Mill and Drill ......


Holding mana for a counterspell or consume spirit are two I can think of immediately

August 20, 2017 12:52 p.m.

Said on The dead always ......


No, it's helpful, but not entirely necessary. If you really want a chance to see it, but don't require it 2 max, as it is Legendary, and a dead draw late game.

August 20, 2017 11:59 a.m.

Said on The dead always ......


You're running 25 land. You're curve is low enough, you can afford to take your land down by 2-3 and still be golden. Regardless, Shrine would allow you to also beef up Dark Salvation's X costs. There's honestly no reason not to put it in here. Just 2 would be fine.

August 20, 2017 11:47 a.m.

Said on The dead always ......


I feel like Fleshbag Marauder would do better if this deck ran Geralf's Messenger, Gravecrawler and/or Tattered Mummy.

August 20, 2017 11:34 a.m.

Always wanted to build a deck around this mechanic! Nice flavor! +1

August 20, 2017 11:32 a.m.

Said on UB Ensoul...


Have you considered some 0 cost equipment artifacts?
Spidersilk Net is one I run in my similar deck (not listed) as it adds toughness to your creatures, since they are so weak to begin with. And can be ensouled after a boardwipe since they'll remain.

Since you'll have no problem getting out artifacts, have you considered Stoic Rebuttal? It'll be a harder counter over Mana Leak?

August 20, 2017 11:09 a.m.

aekrusty- Thanks for your upvote and kind words! I get that it's a homebrew, but I've found that homebrews can do really well in a stale meta because they bring surprises and flavor when most have gotten comfortable with the usual suspects. Much like Heartless Summoning combo decks, they once had a place in Modern, and got there by someone bringing a homebrew to the table.

Cheers, friend.

August 20, 2017 10:58 a.m.

I'm going to have to agree with xyr0s. Grave crawler would do more for you all around. It's cheaper to return, triggers Colossus, and with the removal you're running, it actually seems a bit better than a blocker.

Speaking of removal, why not run Tragic Slip over Grasp of Darkness? You're going to be losing zombies almost every turn, use it to your advantage.

August 20, 2017 10:07 a.m.

How about Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx? You have a lot of devotion on the low end, his will help you get Liliana's Mastery out faster.

August 20, 2017 10 a.m.

Said on Mill and Drill ......


Sorry! Not sure how I missed those in there!

Have you considered perhaps Curiosity in conjunction/instead of Aqueous Form, for draw in case transmute isn't feasible?

August 20, 2017 9:08 a.m.

Said on Mill and Drill ......


Dimir Infiltrator would cover evasion, add transmute, and acts as a decent chump blocker.

I have one that's more competitively geared, but this is a nice clean budget version! +1

August 19, 2017 7:16 p.m.

Said on Sphinx in the ......


I would go boardwide Fog effect with Darkness over Fatal Push. This will cover go-wide decks whether single-target removal is enough or not, and buy you the time you require. It's also cheaper to cast with Snappy.

Also, Oboro, Palace in the Clouds for your Crabs.

Nice variant. +1

August 18, 2017 8:08 p.m.

Said on black blue mill...


I'm going to let you know from experience, you need to buy some turns. Mill needs time to work as it isn't quite as efficient as burn. With mill, single target removal simply won't cut it, especially with go-wide decks. I would put in some global effects that buy you some time. Darkness is my favorite and only costs 1. Crypt Incursion is another that gains you life most decks have a hard time coming back from.

Personally, I've splashed white in mine to open up a world of SB defensive cards, and dedicate one color purely to defense. I use Path to Exile in conjunction with Archive Trap, but it still needed more. Then I added Ethereal Haze as a fog effect, and the deck is an armored mill machine.

Remand is also a time buyer that replaces itself. Definitely one of my favorite utility cards to use with mill.

August 18, 2017 6:09 p.m.


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