Are you tired of having to attack with pesky creatures to kill your opponent? Are you bored of playing Magic the way everyone else does? Do you enjoy doing the things that make everyone else upset? Mill is the plan for you.

Mill is very similar to burn in that you are attacking a resource directly, except instead of life, it's cards in deck. This strategy is inherently good against slower, grindier, or controlling decks.

Standard Mono-Blue Mill

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Mono-Blue Mill by David Pargh

'Mono-Blue Mill' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: David Pargh

Event:

Rank:

Standard

Market Price: $119.26

Cards

Didn't Say Please

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.11

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/199508_200w.jpg

Counter target spell. Its controller mills three cards.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/199508/magic-throne-of-eldraine-didnt-say-please

Vantress Gargoyle

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.12

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/199034_200w.jpg

Flying
Vantress Gargoyle can't attack unless defending player has seven or more cards in their graveyard.
Vantress Gargoyle can't block unless you have four or more cards in hand.
{T}: Each player mills a card.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/199034/magic-throne-of-eldraine-vantress-gargoyle

Shark Typhoon

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $11.47

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/212133_200w.jpg

Whenever you cast a noncreature spell, create an X/X blue Shark creature token with flying, where X is that spell's mana value.
Cycling {X}{1}{U} ({X}{1}{U}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)
When you cycle Shark Typhoon, create an X/X blue Shark creature token with flying.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/212133/magic-ikoria-lair-of-behemoths-shark-typhoon

Ruin Crab

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.95

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/221841_200w.jpg

Landfall — Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, each opponent mills three cards. (To mill a card, a player puts the top card of their library into their graveyard.)

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/221841/magic-zendikar-rising-ruin-crab

Mystical Dispute

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.83

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/198683_200w.jpg

This spell costs {2} less to cast if it targets a blue spell.
Counter target spell unless its controller pays {3}.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/198683/magic-throne-of-eldraine-mystical-dispute

Thassa's Intervention

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.20

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/206962_200w.jpg

Choose one —
• Look at the top X cards of your library. Put up to two of them into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.
• Counter target spell unless its controller pays twice {X}.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/206962/magic-theros-beyond-death-thassas-intervention

Teferi, Master of Time

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $8.32

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/215349_200w.jpg

You may activate loyalty abilities of Teferi, Master of Time on any player's turn any time you could cast an instant.
+1: Draw a card, then discard a card.
−3: Target creature you don't control phases out. (Treat it and anything attached to it as though they don't exist until its controller's next turn.)
−10: Take two extra turns after this one.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/215349/magic-core-set-2021-teferi-master-of-time

Teferi's Tutelage

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.41

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/215365_200w.jpg

When Teferi's Tutelage enters the battlefield, draw a card, then discard a card.
Whenever you draw a card, target opponent mills two cards. (They put the top two cards of their library into their graveyard.)

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/215365/magic-core-set-2021-teferis-tutelage

Run Away Together

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.02

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/226637_200w.jpg

Choose two target creatures controlled by different players. Return those creatures to their owners' hands.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/226637/magic-commander-legends-run-away-together

Negate

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.10

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/222130_200w.jpg

Counter target noncreature spell.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/222130/magic-zendikar-rising-negate

Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.06

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/242998_200w.jpg

({T}: Add {U}.)

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/242998/magic-adventures-in-the-forgotten-realms-island-267

Fabled Passage

Market Price: $4.64

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/215556_200w.jpg

{T}, Sacrifice Fabled Passage: Search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle. Then if you control four or more lands, untap that land.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/215556/magic-core-set-2021-fabled-passage

Soul-Guide Lantern

Market Price: $2.28

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/206867_200w.jpg

When Soul-Guide Lantern enters the battlefield, exile target card from a graveyard.
{T}, Sacrifice Soul-Guide Lantern: Exile each opponent's graveyard.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Soul-Guide Lantern: Draw a card.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/206867/magic-theros-beyond-death-soulguide-lantern

Relic Golem

Market Price: $0.07

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/222176_200w.jpg

Relic Golem can't attack or block unless an opponent has eight or more cards in their graveyard.
{2}, {T}: Target player mills two cards. (They put the top two cards of their library into their graveyard.)

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/222176/magic-zendikar-rising-relic-golem

Jwari Disruption

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.25

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/222101_200w.jpg

Counter target spell unless its controller pays {1}.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/zendikar-rising/jwari-disruption

Castle Vantress

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.38

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/199284_200w.jpg

Castle Vantress enters the battlefield tapped unless you control an Island.
{T}: Add {U}.
{2}{U}{U}, {T}: Scry 2.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/199284/magic-throne-of-eldraine-castle-vantress

Essence Scatter

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.04

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/212042_200w.jpg

Counter target creature spell.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/212042/magic-ikoria-lair-of-behemoths-essence-scatter

Mystic Sanctuary

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.92

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/199417_200w.jpg

({T}: Add {U}.)
Mystic Sanctuary enters the battlefield tapped unless you control three or more other Islands.
When Mystic Sanctuary enters the battlefield untapped, you may put target instant or sorcery card from your graveyard on top of your library.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/199417/magic-throne-of-eldraine-mystic-sanctuary

Merfolk Secretkeeper // Venture Deeper

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.10

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/199509_200w.jpg

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/throne-of-eldraine/merfolk-secretkeeper

Into the Story

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.29

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/198971_200w.jpg

This spell costs {3} less to cast if an opponent has seven or more cards in their graveyard.
Draw four cards.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/198971/magic-throne-of-eldraine-into-the-story

Maddening Cacophony

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.73

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/222115_200w.jpg

Kicker {3}{U}
Each opponent mills eight cards. If this spell was kicked, instead each opponent mills half their library, rounded up.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/222115/magic-zendikar-rising-maddening-cacophony

Ruin Crab and Teferi's Tutelage are the most likely ways for you to win on the mill front. Maddening Cacophony is more of a supplemental mill card that turns on both Relic Golem and Into the Story. We actually have a reasonable alternate win condition of just attacking with Relic Golem, Vantress Gargoyle, and Shark Typhoon tokens.

Teferi, Master of Time is good at buying you, well, time. Its +1 can help you find lands for Ruin Crab or card draw for Tutelage. Its -3 usually buys you at least an extra turn or two to mill them more with your marquee cards. Adding a little of interaction goes a long way, and I believe that some countermagic in Essence Scatter and Negate plus a Thassa's Intervention is a good mix to help you slow your opponents down a little.

Aggressive decks are the real problem, so the plan is to board in four Merfolk Secretkeeper and four Run Away Together to slow them down as well as keep the mill plan going. Mystical Dispute is a good way to push through your Teferi's Tutelage or Into the Story against control decks. One weakness of milling people is that some decks utilize the graveyard. If you run into Cycling or a deck with escape cards, Soul-Guide Lantern can go a long way.

Standard Mill is actually not a bad plan if you expect Sultai decks. If you expect a bunch of mono-colored aggro decks, maybe pick another deck. Whether you are winning or losing, find joy in the fact that your opponent is probably super frustrated and lean into the grief you are giving them.

Modern Dimir Mill

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Dimir Mill by DInglis

'Dimir Mill' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: DInglis

Event: MTGO Modern Preliminary

Rank: 4-0

Modern

Market Price: $1010.93

Cards

Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.06

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/72296_200w.jpg

({T}: Add {B}.)

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/72296/magic-commander-2013-swamp-345

Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.06

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/242998_200w.jpg

({T}: Add {U}.)

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/242998/magic-adventures-in-the-forgotten-realms-island-267

Glimpse the Unthinkable

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $9.51

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/145474_200w.jpg

Target player mills ten cards.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/145474/magic-iconic-masters-glimpse-the-unthinkable

Polluted Delta

Market Price: $43.00

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/92829_200w.jpg

{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Polluted Delta: Search your library for an Island or Swamp card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/92829/magic-khans-of-tarkir-polluted-delta

Darkslick Shores

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $19.83

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/36401_200w.jpg

Darkslick Shores enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands.
{T}: Add {U} or {B}.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/36401/magic-scars-of-mirrodin-darkslick-shores

Aether Gust

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.32

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/192535_200w.jpg

Choose target spell or permanent that's red or green. Its owner puts it on the top or bottom of their library.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/192535/magic-core-set-2020-aether-gust

Watery Grave

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $10.60

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/175205_200w.jpg

({T}: Add {U} or {B}.)
As Watery Grave enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/175205/magic-guilds-of-ravnica-watery-grave

Surgical Extraction

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $25.52

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/98646_200w.jpg

({B/P} can be paid with either {B} or 2 life.)
Choose target card in a graveyard other than a basic land card. Search its owner's graveyard, hand, and library for any number of cards with the same name as that card and exile them. Then that player shuffles.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/98646/magic-modern-masters-2015-surgical-extraction

Drown in the Loch

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $2.12

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/199207_200w.jpg

Choose one —
• Counter target spell with mana value less than or equal to the number of cards in its controller's graveyard.
• Destroy target creature with mana value less than or equal to the number of cards in its controller's graveyard.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/199207/magic-throne-of-eldraine-drown-in-the-loch

Damnation

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $26.66

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/233863_200w.jpg

Destroy all creatures. They can't be regenerated.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/233863/magic-time-spiral-remastered-damnation

Archive Trap

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $25.22

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/33250_200w.jpg

If an opponent searched their library this turn, you may pay {0} rather than pay this spell's mana cost.
Target opponent mills thirteen cards.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/33250/magic-zendikar-archive-trap

Doom Blade

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.20

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/145420_200w.jpg

Destroy target nonblack creature.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/145420/magic-iconic-masters-doom-blade

Mesmeric Orb

Market Price: $9.52

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/219004_200w.jpg

Whenever a permanent becomes untapped, that permanent's controller mills a card.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/219004/magic-double-masters-mesmeric-orb

Mystical Dispute

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.83

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/198683_200w.jpg

This spell costs {2} less to cast if it targets a blue spell.
Counter target spell unless its controller pays {3}.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/198683/magic-throne-of-eldraine-mystical-dispute

Visions of Beyond

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $8.16

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/180780_200w.jpg

Draw a card. If a graveyard has twenty or more cards in it, draw three cards instead.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/180780/magic-ultimate-masters-visions-of-beyond

Soul-Guide Lantern

Market Price: $2.28

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/206867_200w.jpg

When Soul-Guide Lantern enters the battlefield, exile target card from a graveyard.
{T}, Sacrifice Soul-Guide Lantern: Exile each opponent's graveyard.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Soul-Guide Lantern: Draw a card.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/206867/magic-theros-beyond-death-soulguide-lantern

Lurrus of the Dream-Den

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $7.96

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/212282_200w.jpg

Companion — Each permanent card in your starting deck has mana value 2 or less. (If this card is your chosen companion, you may put it into your hand from outside the game for {3} any time you could cast a sorcery.)
Lifelink
During each of your turns, you may cast one permanent spell with mana value 2 or less from your graveyard.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/212282/magic-ikoria-lair-of-behemoths-lurrus-of-the-dreamden

Ruin Crab

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.95

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/221841_200w.jpg

Landfall — Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, each opponent mills three cards. (To mill a card, a player puts the top card of their library into their graveyard.)

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/221841/magic-zendikar-rising-ruin-crab

Go for the Throat

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.74

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/139952_200w.jpg

Destroy target nonartifact creature.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/139952/magic-commander-2017-go-for-the-throat

Set Adrift

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.09

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/93280_200w.jpg

Delve (Each card you exile from your graveyard while casting this spell pays for {1}.)
Put target nonland permanent on top of its owner's library.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/93280/magic-khans-of-tarkir-set-adrift

Prismatic Vista

Market Price: $28.85

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/190748_200w.jpg

{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Prismatic Vista: Search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/190748/magic-modern-horizons-prismatic-vista

Hedron Crab

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $6.41

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/33322_200w.jpg

Landfall — Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, target player mills three cards.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/33322/magic-zendikar-hedron-crab

Fatal Push

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.14

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/218830_200w.jpg

Destroy target creature if it has mana value 2 or less.
Revolt — Destroy that creature if it has mana value 4 or less instead if a permanent you controlled left the battlefield this turn.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/218830/magic-double-masters-fatal-push

Crypt Incursion

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.33

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/67970_200w.jpg

Exile all creature cards from target player's graveyard. You gain 3 life for each card exiled this way.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/67970/magic-dragons-maze-crypt-incursion

Snapcaster Mage

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $62.28

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/179455_200w.jpg

Flash
When Snapcaster Mage enters the battlefield, target instant or sorcery card in your graveyard gains flashback until end of turn. The flashback cost is equal to its mana cost. (You may cast that card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/179455/magic-ultimate-masters-snapcaster-mage

Oboro, Palace in the Clouds

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $80.43

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/12500_200w.jpg

{T}: Add {U}.
{1}: Return Oboro, Palace in the Clouds to its owner's hand.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/12500/magic-saviors-of-kamigawa-oboro-palace-in-the-clouds

Field of Ruin

Market Price: $0.40

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/206646_200w.jpg

{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Field of Ruin: Destroy target nonbasic land an opponent controls. Each player searches their library for a basic land card, puts it onto the battlefield, then shuffles.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/206646/magic-theros-beyond-death-field-of-ruin

@UnhingedBasic has been killing with this list on MTGO. In Modern, you get to play much more powerful everything. Eight Crabs backed up with incredible interaction and better card draw make this deck a legitimate threat. If your opponents are packing dedicated hate for specifically you, you are a huge favorite against a lot of decks.

Ruin Crab and Hedron Crab pull a lot of weight when you have four Polluted Delta, three Prismatic Vista, and four Field of Ruin. You will be triggering them twice a turn more often than not.

Most manabases in Modern are full of fetch lands so casting Archive Trap for 0 mana is trivial. Glimpse the Unthinkable mills 10 cards which is too many to pass up on. Against a deck without a fast clock, Mesmeric Orb can mill even more than Glimpse. Drown in the Loch is essentially a Terminate/Counterspell split card in this deck as early as turn two. Fatal Push is the premier black removal spell in Modern. Crypt Incursion can single-0handedly win the game against an aggressive strategy by gaining way too much life.

Visions of Beyond is an Ancestral Recall, and the main reason to play this deck at all is that you get to run four of it. Surgical Extraction is a great way to protect yourself from whatever graveyard shenanigans your opponent may be up to, but also helps you pull a key piece from your opponent's deck if you have milled a copy of it already. Snapcaster Mage is a real jack of all trades here. You have so many powerful spells that rebuying any of them can be gamebreaking. Oboro, Palace in the Clouds is a cute way to play a land every turn in the mid to late game.

In the sideboard, Damnation is the best wrath we can play against creature-heavy decks like Humans. Crypt Incursion is just game over against some decks, leading to two extra in the SB. Soul-Guide Lantern is your best plan for beating Eldrazi out of the board, but it's also your best plan against other graveyard shenanigans while the fail case is still fine with Lurrus of the Dream-Den. Then we add a light dash of removal with Go for the Throat and Doom Blade, with Aether Gust and Mystical Dispute for hosing specific colors. Set Adrift is a great catch-all in case you run into a weird hate piece.

Pioneer Dimir Mill

Mill in Pioneer is a bit more difficult to make work. There aren't a ton of mill cards that bridge the gap between Standard and Modern. What you do get is a strong control shell that can choose Mill as its win condition.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Dimir Mill by David Pargh

'Dimir Mill' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: David Pargh

Event:

Rank:

Pioneer

Market Price: $284.97

Cards

Drown in the Loch

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $2.12

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/199207_200w.jpg

Choose one —
• Counter target spell with mana value less than or equal to the number of cards in its controller's graveyard.
• Destroy target creature with mana value less than or equal to the number of cards in its controller's graveyard.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/199207/magic-throne-of-eldraine-drown-in-the-loch

Liliana, the Last Hope

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $20.15

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/120266_200w.jpg

+1: Up to one target creature gets -2/-1 until your next turn.
−2: Mill two cards, then you may return a creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
−7: You get an emblem with "At the beginning of your end step, create X 2/2 black Zombie creature tokens, where X is two plus the number of Zombies you control."

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/120266/magic-eldritch-moon-liliana-the-last-hope

Ruin Crab

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.95

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/221841_200w.jpg

Landfall — Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, each opponent mills three cards. (To mill a card, a player puts the top card of their library into their graveyard.)

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/221841/magic-zendikar-rising-ruin-crab

Treasure Cruise

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.23

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/236203_200w.jpg

Delve (Each card you exile from your graveyard while casting this spell pays for {1}.)
Draw three cards.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/236203/magic-commander-2021-treasure-cruise

Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.06

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/242998_200w.jpg

({T}: Add {U}.)

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/242998/magic-adventures-in-the-forgotten-realms-island-267

Negate

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.10

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/222130_200w.jpg

Counter target noncreature spell.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/222130/magic-zendikar-rising-negate

Into the Story

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.29

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/198971_200w.jpg

This spell costs {3} less to cast if an opponent has seven or more cards in their graveyard.
Draw four cards.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/198971/magic-throne-of-eldraine-into-the-story

Clearwater Pathway

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $5.15

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/221830_200w.jpg

{T}: Add {U}.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/zendikar-rising/clearwater-pathway

Bloodchief's Thirst

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.41

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/221776_200w.jpg

Kicker {2}{B} (You may pay an additional {2}{B} as you cast this spell.)
Destroy target creature or planeswalker with mana value 2 or less. If this spell was kicked, instead destroy target creature or planeswalker.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/221776/magic-zendikar-rising-bloodchiefs-thirst

Soul-Guide Lantern

Market Price: $2.28

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/206867_200w.jpg

When Soul-Guide Lantern enters the battlefield, exile target card from a graveyard.
{T}, Sacrifice Soul-Guide Lantern: Exile each opponent's graveyard.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Soul-Guide Lantern: Draw a card.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/206867/magic-theros-beyond-death-soulguide-lantern

Extinction Event

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.73

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/212261_200w.jpg

Choose odd or even. Exile each creature with mana value of the chosen quality. (Zero is even.)

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/212261/magic-ikoria-lair-of-behemoths-extinction-event

Narset, Parter of Veils

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.04

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/188705_200w.jpg

Each opponent can't draw more than one card each turn.
−2: Look at the top four cards of your library. You may reveal a noncreature, nonland card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/188705/magic-war-of-the-spark-narset-parter-of-veils

Jace, Vryn's Prodigy

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $13.73

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/100191_200w.jpg

{T}: Draw a card, then discard a card. If there are five or more cards in your graveyard, exile Jace, Vryn's Prodigy, then return him to the battlefield transformed under his owner's control.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/100191/magic-magic-origins-jace-vryns-prodigy

Thoughtseize

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $12.68

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/218934_200w.jpg

Target player reveals their hand. You choose a nonland card from it. That player discards that card. You lose 2 life.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/218934/magic-double-masters-thoughtseize

Teferi's Tutelage

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.41

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/215365_200w.jpg

When Teferi's Tutelage enters the battlefield, draw a card, then discard a card.
Whenever you draw a card, target opponent mills two cards. (They put the top two cards of their library into their graveyard.)

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/215365/magic-core-set-2021-teferis-tutelage

Heartless Act

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.54

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/212369_200w.jpg

Choose one —
• Destroy target creature with no counters on it.
• Remove up to three counters from target creature.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/212369/magic-ikoria-lair-of-behemoths-heartless-act

Fatal Push

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.14

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/218830_200w.jpg

Destroy target creature if it has mana value 2 or less.
Revolt — Destroy that creature if it has mana value 4 or less instead if a permanent you controlled left the battlefield this turn.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/218830/magic-double-masters-fatal-push

Fetid Pools

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $4.16

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/129682_200w.jpg

({T}: Add {U} or {B}.)
Fetid Pools enters the battlefield tapped.
Cycling {2} ({2}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/129682/magic-amonkhet-fetid-pools

Maddening Cacophony

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.73

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/222115_200w.jpg

Kicker {3}{U}
Each opponent mills eight cards. If this spell was kicked, instead each opponent mills half their library, rounded up.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/222115/magic-zendikar-rising-maddening-cacophony

Aether Gust

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.32

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/192535_200w.jpg

Choose target spell or permanent that's red or green. Its owner puts it on the top or bottom of their library.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/192535/magic-core-set-2020-aether-gust

Drowned Catacomb

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $6.65

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/142036_200w.jpg

Drowned Catacomb enters the battlefield tapped unless you control an Island or a Swamp.
{T}: Add {U} or {B}.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/142036/magic-ixalan-drowned-catacomb

Field of Ruin

Market Price: $0.40

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/206646_200w.jpg

{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Field of Ruin: Destroy target nonbasic land an opponent controls. Each player searches their library for a basic land card, puts it onto the battlefield, then shuffles.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/206646/magic-theros-beyond-death-field-of-ruin

Teferi, Master of Time

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $8.32

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/215349_200w.jpg

You may activate loyalty abilities of Teferi, Master of Time on any player's turn any time you could cast an instant.
+1: Draw a card, then discard a card.
−3: Target creature you don't control phases out. (Treat it and anything attached to it as though they don't exist until its controller's next turn.)
−10: Take two extra turns after this one.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/215349/magic-core-set-2021-teferi-master-of-time

Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.06

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/72296_200w.jpg

({T}: Add {B}.)

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/72296/magic-commander-2013-swamp-345

Geier Reach Sanitarium

Market Price: $0.64

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/196744_200w.jpg

{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}: Each player draws a card, then discards a card.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/196744/magic-commander-2019-geier-reach-sanitarium

Watery Grave

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $10.60

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/175205_200w.jpg

({T}: Add {U} or {B}.)
As Watery Grave enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/175205/magic-guilds-of-ravnica-watery-grave

Fabled Passage

Market Price: $4.64

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/215556_200w.jpg

{T}, Sacrifice Fabled Passage: Search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle. Then if you control four or more lands, untap that land.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/215556/magic-core-set-2021-fabled-passage

Mystical Dispute

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.83

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/198683_200w.jpg

This spell costs {2} less to cast if it targets a blue spell.
Counter target spell unless its controller pays {3}.

Buy This Card! https://www.tcgplayer.com/product/198683/magic-throne-of-eldraine-mystical-dispute

The plan here is to land a Ruin Crab or Teferi's Tutelage, then drag the game out as long as possible. Outside of those spells and Maddening Cacophony, there isn't any more mill. Tutelage is actually a pretty solid plan in Pioneer. Not a lot of enchantments are floating around so it's very possible that your opponent won't be able to answer it once it is in play, and then you can just defend your life total for the rest of the game.

By playing a few mill cards as our win condition, we get to play the most powerful interactive spell in Pioneer, Drown in the Loch. It's the one card that gives this version of Mill any real reason to exist. The power of upgrading all of your two-drop counters and removal to Drown in the Loch can't be overstated. After that, we get a couple copies of Into the Story to help with our Teferi's Tutelage plan by acting as a Maddening Cacophony that draws four cards if you have the enchantment in play.

Treasure Cruise is an underplayed card in Pioneer, and sooner or later people will come around on it. It plays multiple roles here, including keeping our Jace from flipping if we want it to stay a looter, or drawing more action to keep our life total padded. We have an excess of looting so filling our graveyard is rather trivial. Every card in the deck falls under the categories of land, removal, countermagic, card draw/filtering, or mIll. Some cards, like Jace, Vryn's Prodigy and Drown in the Loch, can fill multiple roles.

The sideboard is mostly interaction to help shift your deck toward removal or countermagic when the situation calls for it. Removal comes in against aggressive decks like Spirits, Burn, and Prowess. Tutelage is not a great plan against those decks and needs to come out. Soul-Guide Lantern is in case they have escape or some way to utilize their graveyard, like Dreadhorde Arcanist. Mystical Dispute and Aether Gust are pretty self explanatory. Thoughtseize is for slower control decks like Niv to Light and Dimir Control.

* * *

I had a lot of fun milling people out this week. I hope you find as much joy in attacking people for deck damage as I did. Just remember, losing to mill is one of the most frustrating ways to lose, so either lean into the grief, or feel bad for your opponents—that's up to you. Find me on Twitter to talk about any of the decks if you'd like. Until next time…

Go Get 'Em