Deck Of The Day #8 - An Out Of The Mill Choice

Deck Of The Day #8 - An Out Of The Mill Choice

An alternative way of winning! It is quite usual to see dedicated mill decks - milling has always been a fan favourite. What is not so usual, however, is seeing them deep in the tournament. This may be changing; check this version from MTGO user teslashock1, which prompted him a 5-0 in a Modern League...

It is quite usual to see dedicated mill decks - milling has always been a fan favourite. What is not so usual, however, is seeing them deep in the tournament. This may be changing; check this version from MTGO user teslashock1, which prompted him a 5-0 in a Modern League.

4 Hedron Crab
4 Jace's Phantasm
4 Manic Scribe
4 Glimpse the Unthinkable
3 Mind Funeral
4 Archive Trap
4 Visions of Beyond
3 Crypt Incursion
4 Mesmeric Orb
3 Ensnaring Bridge
4 Polluted Delta
3 Flooded Strand
3 Ghost Quarter
3 Island
3 Shelldock Isle
2 Darkslick Shores
2 Swamp
2 Watery Grave
1 Marsh Flats
Sideboard
3 Inquisition of Kozilek
3 Set Adrift
3 Extirpate
3 Surgical Extraction
3 Profane Memento

If I were to choose the differences that made this version successful, I would focus on two cards: Ensnaring Bridge (ok, this is not really a surprise, since it has already played a role in the Lantern Control archetype) and Manic Scribe. They may act as Hedron Crab 5-8 in this deck, and this can even block those pesky Goblin Guides and Eidolon of the Great Revels.

Other than this there are no surprises - those are the cards we can expect: Glimpse the Unthinkable, Mind Funeral and Archive Trap do a lot of the heavy lifting, and Crypt Incursion give us a much needed life buffer. I would substitute those Jace's Phantasm, which are a nonbo with the Ensnaring Bridge, for some Snapcaster Mages.

If Modern becomes a midrange grindfest with the addition of Ancestral Vision, this is a very good solution to next-level it, since it is not really interested in old-fashioned concepts like card advantage and board presence. The pairing versus Burn and Zoo decks seem to be worse, but this is what sideboards were made for. 

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