Shelldock Isle

Shelldock Isle

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Hideaway (This land enters the battlefield tapped. When it does, look at the top four cards of your library, exile one face down, then put the rest on the bottom of your library.)

: Gain .

, : You may play the exiled card without paying its mana cost if a library has twenty or fewer cards in it.

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Format Legality
Modern Legal
Noble Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Unformat Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Casual Legal
Vintage Legal
Highlander Legal

Shelldock Isle Discussion

tabbs33 on The Dark Mill

2 months ago

Is this deck intended to be casual or competitive? Budget or no? I'd recommend changing the hubs for your deck to help everyone give more targeted feedback and to expose the deck to a broader audience.

That being said, here are cards I'd recommend based off of Mill decks I've seen on MTGO/online (not taking into account card cost): Shelldock Isle as it basically nets you an extra card/free spell

Oboro, Palace in the Clouds to trigger Hedron Crab over and over

Visions of Beyond because it's basically Ancestral Recall for Mill

Search for Azcanta  Flip to continue to dig up Mill spells

Surgical Extraction/Extirpate/Ashiok, Dream Render/Nihil Spellbomb to hit key pieces your opponent needs (e.g. Uro, Kroxa, etc.)

Field of Ruin to hit your opponent's important lands

Crypt Incursion as a way to help you survive

Snapcaster Mage to flashback your Glimpses, Visions, etc.

Drown in the Loch, Fatal Push to serve as cheap, flexible answers to your opponent's threats

Inquisition of Kozilek,Thoughtseize to get your opponent's threats before they become threats

Breaking / Entering as a maybeboard card if you really need more efficient mill

Here are some other thoughts I had:

-You have a fair number of expensive cards in your deck, but you only have 20 lands. I have a feeling that your expensive cards will be stuck in your hand as you struggle to draw enough lands to play them (which will only be exacerbated by the fact that you have 64 cards in your deck). Even still, you'll probably want 21-23 lands in your deck. With that the average game of Modern lasts about 5 turns - can you successfully mill your opponent out in that time? If not, you'll want to trim/remove the cards that don't have a significant impact by that time. For example, I would consider replacing the following:

Curse of the Bloody Tome: comes out on turn 3 and you'll probably get 1-2 triggers out of it.

Patient Rebuilding: very variable and you may not even get any triggers out of it.

Keening Stone: you probably won't be able to cast this card.

Traumatize: most of the time this will probably only be marginally better than another Glimpse or perhaps even worse! I'd recommend doing some playtesting with your deck to see on average how many cards you mill from your opponent by turn 5. Also consider that opponents will be thinning their decks with fetchlands, Arcum's Astrolabe, and Mishra's Bauble.

Consuming Aberration/Nemesis of Reason: again, won't have an impact until turn 6, which may be too late.

Increasing Confusion: this card is very deceptive in that it actually isn't that mana efficient. If you flash it back on turn 5, then it's the exact same thing as Glimpse!

Mind Grind: same thing except for Mind Funeral - at 6 mana, this card does the same thing that Mind Funeral does for 3! -If you can afford it, definitely run 4x Glimpse, 4x Archive Trap, and 4x Mesmeric Orb. Those are your most powerful cards that you'll want every game.

-You'll also want dual lands, like Darkslick Shores, Drowned Catacomb, Watery Grave, etc. This will really help prevent you from getting mana screwed by drawing too many of one basic. Also, fetchlands are Hedron Crab's best friend!

Mill is always a fringe deck in the Modern metagame as most decks will just out-value and outrace you, which is a shame because I always find Mill so fun to play! I hope all this helps you out and I hope I didn't come off as mean/rude. I'm genuinely trying to help you out with your deck so you can win more and have more fun with it!

Kaja3 on Competitive Modern Mill

6 months ago

I can see Shelldock Isle being particularly deadly if it has an Archive Trap stored as a powerful finish to an opponent, especially if you have a Breaking or better in your hand. If you can force your opponent to search their library, then other mill cards should damage them beyond recovery. As for stuff like Emrakul, the Aeons Torn, as long as you can reliably exile them while they're in the library, they're harmless, as very few cards can recover cards that were exiled by other things. Any Emrakuls in an opponent's hand are much easier to deal with, as more cards exist that can deal with those.

Gilbobaggins on Winning with Hedron Alignment

6 months ago

I think this has potential except you need to watch out for Surgical Extraction or Extirpate .

I would focus on getting the first one in exile maybe Shelldock Isle *if the ruling allows. If not Bojuka Bog can help get it into exile Then work on battlefield. Then look into Final Parting . That could help out.

ManaEhMano on ▷ BUDGET MonoBlue Devotion MILL! ◁ 【GRN!!】

6 months ago

BoneclockHarmony I am going to build this for an upcoming tournament and I believe these changes could help. I am going -1 Island and -1 Shelldock Isle for +2 Mystic Sanctuary so I can bring back a Cryptic Command or Archive Trap to take control if needed. I am also going to try +1 Archmage's Charm in place of -1 Visions of Beyond as a way to get a bit of additional versatility if card draw isn't necessary. I think this can also help in specific matches against Death's Shadow , Champion of the Parish , Monastery Swiftspear , Aether Vial , or Chalice of the Void . For the sideboard I am also thinking of swapping Negate for Essence Scatter depending on how the meta changes.

GeminiSpartanX on Mill to the Max

7 months ago

It's starting to look better. The mana base is where you could use the most improvement with what you have here. Competitive decks rarely use lands that come into play tapped, unless there is a significant upside to them. The only one I'd consider using is Shelldock Isle . I know people also complain about the price of modern decks due to the cost of fetchlands, but when you have hedron crab in your deck you really benefit from having them. I'd start with 4 Polluted Delta s and 3 of any other ones that find blue. They turn crabs into real milling threats. 2-3 Watery Graves follow the fetches since they will fix your colors and you can choose which downside you want (coming into play tapped or paying 2 life, whichever is better for you at the time). Darkslick Shores is the last one I'll mention. It's nice to have 2-3 of those if you have them in early turns. Field of Ruin is worth running as a 3-of since it forces a search to trigger your Archive Trap s while also removing troublesome lands your opponent may have.

With that out of the way, you do need some cards to help you stay alive against other decks. Black removal, Ensnaring Bridge if you don't plan on attacking, etc. will give you game against opponents that are faster than you. Drown in the Loch is a great and flexible card to try in this deck. I'd cut the dream twists to start making space for some of those if you're still talking about making the most competitive deck possible.

To answer your question about Mesmeric Orb : yes, it does mill you, but the rest of your deck will mill your opponent out before you need to worry about it, so it shouldn't matter. It's the same reason why competitive burn decks often use Eidolon of the Great Revel even though it damages them as well. Over the course of a few turns, you invested 2 mana to potentially mill 10+ cards, which is a great benchmark by comparison. Hopefully that helps answer your question.

Don't worry about trying to make all of these changes at once and buying a ton of cards. I'd use this as a guide towards what a competitive version might look like, but you can get there however you want if that's your goal. Have fun!

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