Will "Mill" ever see printing?
Posted on May 25, 2019, 6:22 a.m. by TypicalTimmy
It's clear that Wizards and Mark Rosewater love this concept. It's been printed steadily from Revised Edition with Millstone all the way up to Modern Horizons with Altar of Dementia . That is literally 25 years of being in use.
Let's call it what it is; Mill is an evergreen ability.
Take for example Glimpse the Unthinkable . A new printing might read:
Glimpse the Unthinkable
Target player Mills 10.
It might look a bit odd in writing, but I would wager that is because we are 25 years into seeing it only as one way. Imagine if suddenly all points of the evergreen ability Reach were replaced with it's oracle text:
Until end of turn, creatures you control gain +0/+5 and have "This creature may block creatures as though they had flying."
It looks weird and cumbersome because we are use to the mental shortcut that is the word "Reach".
Well the opposite is true for Mill.
As for it being "Mills", that is because it is an action / command being preformed in future tense. It's a statement about an undeniable fact as much as it is an instruction. Similar to how we may say something such as "Daisy plays with her new squeaky toy."
Yes. The dog DOES play with it and yes, she will CONTINUE to play with it. So it's not "play" as much as it is "plays".
Anyway, yeah. What is the opinion of Tappedout?
Should Mill finally be an evergreen ability?
Well "puts the top X cards of their library into their graveyard" is cumbersome wording, I can see that like with "can block as though it had flying" WOTC could want to condense it.
However,I think that because "Mill" comes from the nickname of an existing card that they'd probably go with something else for the keyword. I'd like to be wrong though because I'm a sucker for callbacks to older cards and this would be sweet!
May 25, 2019 6:51 a.m.
I think it works, and I would love to see it in the future (as a UB Mill player in Modern). I was hoping for some new mill cards in Modern Horizons but ig we'll see
May 28, 2019 8:31 a.m.
I can see it having a keyword, but likely not "mill" - the original card, Millstone might be the origin of the term, but the imagery clashes with the mechanic. I'd argue "Dementia X" or "Amnesia X" as the keyword would be more likely to be accepted.
That said, totally on board with it, and I've been saying so for a while. Wizards has a bad habbit of making new keywords for sets that don't need to exist.
Etwine, Escalate, Replicate, Overload, and Buyback are all fundamentally Kicker or Multikicker effects, except with a different keyword. Heck, if you errataed them as such, it would only alter some 5 cards or so that cared about the specific key word.
Flashback, Jump start, Recover, and Retrace are 4 flavors of the same mechanic, although one could argue Cypher fit here too.
Heck, "undergrowth" has cares about how many creatures you have in your graveyard, but doesn't have a consistant effect based on the resulting number.
Sunburst, Convergance, and Domain are 3 different mechanics that all care about how many colors you have.
Infect wouldn't have been a problem if they had kept it as Wither and Poisonous:X, but by combining the two they made pump spells = more poison.
On a similar vein, what about:
Grow: X as "put X +1/+1 counter(s) on (specificed) creature".
Example: Sengir Vampire would have "when a creature damaged by this card dies, Grow 1"
Decay: X as "put X -1/-1 counter(s) on (specificed) creature".
Example: Aboroth would read "Cumulative upkeep: Decay 1"
(not sure what to call this one): X as "enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters".
was thinking "emergance", but that's too close to "emerge" (which realistically, is just "creature offering" at sorcery speed)
granted, it wouldn't save that much space on most cards due to reminder text, but for rares it make for a load of condensed text.