Budget Magic Deck: U/W Mill

The card that started it all is Minister of Inquiries. The Minister produces a fast clock especially when played in multiples. It is also relatively easy to keep fueled, and is a cheap way to get your plan started. The combination that really got me excited about this deck was Crush of Tentacles plus mill creatures. Bouncing all the permanents and then getting more mills with the Minister is just too sweet.

minister-of-inquiries

The other main way to repeatedly mill cards is Manic Scribe. Delirium is a little hard to get in this deck, but not that much. Although Manic Scribe sometimes demands one or two self mills to get delirious so that he can start going crazy milling your opponent. The Evolving Wilds are purely included as a means to fuel delirium, and your artifact creatures are plentiful enough that you should be able to draw them and trade or chump with them or hit them off a self mill.

manic-scribeevolving-wilds

Jace, Unraveler of Secrets is pretty much the perfect hit here for a couple reasons. He helps control the game with bounce and to pull you ahead with a bunch of scrys, but he also has some sweet synergy. He’s a planeswalker for delirium, but my favorite interaction is with Startled Awake. If you have 9 mana and a Startled Awake in your graveyard, you can transform it and bounce it immediately with Jace, recast it, and hopefully mill out your opponent on the spot!

jace-unraveler-of-secretsstartled-awake

Crush of Tentacles is a strong and good positioned card. Minister of Inquiries is a nice cheap way to enable surge, but Authority of the Consuls can also fill that role from time to time. In addition, Authority helps provide a life bonus over the game, keeps creatures entering tapped for incoming Vehicles, and allows wins via damage from time to time since your 8/8 will go unopposed by a bunch of tapped creatures.

crush-of-tentaclesauthority-of-the-consul

In addition, Crush allows you to get extra rebuys on your milling creatures and also lets you play with Aether Meltdown and Oath of Jace. Meltdown is a card I naturally wanted in the deck to have a little more resilience to Smuggler’s Copter. Oath combines nicely for added value after a Crush, but also helps fuel delirium for your Manic Scribes.

aether-meltdownoath-of-jace

Here’s the full list:

Creature (11):

4 Minister of Inquiries
4 Manic Scribe
3 Pilgrim’s Eye

Spells (24):

3 Startled Awake/Persistent Nightmare
4 Crush of Tentacles
2 Skywhaler’s Shot
2 Authority of the Consuls
2 Oath of Jace
1 Jace, Unraveler of Secrets
4 Glimmer of Genius
1 Dovin Baan
3 Aether Meltdown
2 Epiphany at the Drownyard

Lands (25):

1 Prairie Stream
4 Port Town
4 Evolving Wilds
8 Island
4 Plains
4 Aether Hub

Sideboard (15):

3 Void Shatter
2 Ceremonious Rejection
3 Negate
2 Summary Dismissal
3 Consulate Skygate
2 Dispel

All in all I think the deck is a nice breath of fresh air though since it has been a while since I’ve milled people out in Standard. If you enjoy slow grindy games where your opponent has a look of horror on their face knowing they’ll mill out in a few turns, then this deck is for you!

Thanks Everybody for reading,

Andreas

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