I’d like to write about the understated, undervalued, but highly pleasurable third path to victory in MTG. From Millstone
right on down to Lich Lord of Unx
, milling an opponent has always held a special place in my heart. I think the clincher for me was way back in Ravinca block. The look on the face of the first person I hit with Glimpse the Unthinkable
will remain one of my most treasured memories.
So why is milling the road less traveled? I believe it’s because the strategy requires the right cards, the right mindset and an immense amount of patience in the perfect balance. After all, anyone can launch a Fireball
, drop an Akroma, Angel of Wrath
or swarm with Elves, but how many players in the game truly possess the guile, canniness and artistry needed to pull off a mill victory? They are few and far between, much to the detriment of the game.
Let me share with you the decklist I used in that long ago time. I only ran it once, at the only constructed event I ever entered, but it went 2-1 and surprised the heck out of the entire field of about fifteen players. Creatures
2 Circu, Dimir Lobotomist
4 Dimir Cutpurse
4 Dimir Doppelganger
4 Kaho, Minamo Historian
4 Szadek, Lord of SecretsSpells
4 Dampen Thought
4 Glimpse the Unthinkable
4 Mana Leak
4 Dimir Aqueduct
6 Island (1)
6 Swamp (1)
4 Watery Grave
If I had continued to play this deck, tweaked it and made it Grand-Prix worthy, I’m sure I would’ve done well for a newbie. In the FNM tourney I played in, I beat R/W Angel (4 Firemane Angel
, 4 Lightning Helix
etc) and an original U/W control (4 Kiega the Tidestar and Meloku the Clouded Mirror
etc). My one loss, 1-2 for the match, was against a well made Golgari deck. Naturally, this was the worst matchup for me, as I wound up feeding his dredge mechanic with my mill effects. The point is, my offbeat deck, well outside the Metagame, using an underrated mill strategy was a threat not many people were prepared to deal with.