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To Mill or not to Mill, that is the Question . . .

by Sven Kingson

    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 followed byTwincast 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 or Banefire, 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.
2      Circu, Dimir Lobotomist
4      Dimir Cutpurse
4      Dimir Doppelganger
4      Kaho, Minamo Historian
4      Szadek, Lord of Secrets

4      Dampen Thought
4      Glimpse the Unthinkable
4      Mana Leak
4      Quicken
2      Traumatize
4      Twincast

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.

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