U/B Mill by cadystrophic on MtGO

Creatures (8)
4 Hedron Crab
4 Manic Scribe

Non-Creature Spells (29)
4 Glimpse the Unthinkable
3 Mind Funeral
4 Archive Trap
3 Crypt Incursion
4 Fatal Push
4 Visions of Beyond
3 Ensnaring Bridge
4 Mesmeric Orb

Lands (23)
4 Flooded Strand
3 Ghost Quarter
4 Island
4 Polluted Delta
3 Shelldock Isle
2 Sunken Hollow
2 Swamp
1 Watery Grave

Sideboard (15)
1 Dragon’s Claw
2 Hurkyl’s Recall
4 Leyline of the Void
2 Pithing Needle
4 Profane Memento
2 Set Adrift

Summary

Mill decks in Modern have always struggled to compete on power level. Because the axis they operate on doesn’t interact with the opponent at all, the opponent is free to do their more powerful thing. However, as more mill cards get printed over the years, the deck gets stronger, and we’re featuring a version today that aims to take advantage of the newly evolved Modern metagame.

Of course, the most important part of a mill deck is the mill cards, and this deck has plenty, which can be split between reusable sources and one time uses. Hedron Crab, Manic Scribe, and Mesmeric Orb are the reusable mill sources in this deck, and each has their strengths and weaknesses. Hedron Crab is very reliable, but demands that you continue to hit land drops to keep the mill going. It’s also very weak to the format’s common removal spells, so it doesn’t last for long. Manic Scribe can also singlehandedly mill much of the opponent’s deck, but requires you to fulfill a condition first. This deck has 5 different types in it, so it’s not a bad idea to mill yourself if you need to hit Delirium. Mesmeric Orb is the most reliable mill source of these three, but it’s a very slow burn frequently.

 

The one time mill spells mill more in one go, and are where this deck’s explosiveness comes from. Glimpse the Unthinkable, Mind Funeral, and Archive Trap make up this suite. Glimpse the Unthinkable is the most reliable one of the bunch, hitting 10 cards for only 2 mana. Mind Funeral is much more unreliable, as it can be a 3 mana mill 4 or a 3 mana mill 20 depending on the random order of the opponent’s deck. Archive Trap requires that a condition is fulfilled first, but Modern’s fetchland dominance means that the condition is easily fulfilled in the game’s early turns most of the time.

This deck also has several support cards to stem the bleeding of the opponent’s attacks. Crypt Incursion and Visions of Beyond both want you to have milled the opponent, with Incursion being excellent at keeping you in the game against aggressive decks, and Visions giving you 3 cards for a measly 1 mana. Beyond these cards, this deck also plays Fatal Push and Ensnaring Bridge as necessary evils. Fatal Push is a safe bet to be on in almost every matchup, while Ensnaring Bridge helps protect you in the long run against the format’s creatures. Frequently this deck will have cards stranded in its hand, however, so Bridge isn’t at its best here.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

No changes.

Sideboard

-1 Dragon’s Claw

-1 Pithing Needle

-1 Profane Memento

+3 Leyline of Sanctity

This is day 183 of Spellsnare.com’s 2017 Deck of the Day column, where each day we’ll feature a different Standard, Modern, or Legacy deck that caught our eye. You can read day 182 here, where we featured a Standard Delirium deck that looks to go over the top of the format.

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