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Gathering Deck Garage
Normally, I don't respond to people who give me their
decklists as attached files instead of typing them in the
body of their E-mail. This is for two reasons. First, it
complicates matters if I have to copy/paste the decklist out
of a word processing program and into an E-mail window.
Second, opening files E-mailed to me by people I don't know
personally is a good way to get viruses, and since this deck
garage requires me to allow anybody I've never met to E-mail
me, I'm probably at higher risk of virus infection than I
want to admit.
Okay, I know you've already written an article pertaining to mill, and I know this is probably the umpteenth million message you've read about mill, but I'm getting desperate. Got my ass kicked playing mono-blue mill at my first ever 2010 Standard Magic Tourney (are you surprised?). Anyway, it's back to the drawing board for me, because I couldn't seem to build an effective blue/white ally deck either (because aggro kept killing me when my opponent used a kicked Vines of Vastwood and Primal Bellows AFTER I agreed to take the damage his 1/1 was sending my way [is that legal?]!!!!). The way I see it, even if you win a few matches, you'll just be fighting the $450 decks in the final rounds (and losing on turn 4). Remember the Madness mechanic? I had a Madness deck back when Time Spiral was Type 2. That deck was peace back in the day. There was barely a card in the deck above uncommon rarity. THAT'S how you build a deck man; any moron can build a deck full of rares with Daddy's money (cough Jund cough). Unfortunately, it seems that I'm gonna have to shell out the dough for Day of Judgment and stuff if I want this type of deck to have a chance. Fact is, I've wasted so much money on this deck idea I don't have any way of getting such things. Say it ain't so Bmoor!!
I have the first White/Blue standard deck attached as "Type 2 white blue". This deck was alright, and I'd win a bit, but when I did, I cut it close, and the big issue there was mana. Either I can't shuffle properly, or the symbol occurrence is off balance, or... I understand the maxim, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it", but I must admit I took this deck list straight from Jacob Van Luen's MTG Daily article "Building on a Budget: Honing Your Deckbuilding Skills." Although it's slightly altered, I finally caved to the idea of adding a splash of white to my mono-blue mill, because I saw the potential Path to Exile+Archive Trap had. Eventually I made the deck, as you can see from the list attached, and I was so excited to use it. I followed your advice on the "Tourney Worthy Mill a Myth?" article, and I tried to make the deck my own. As you can see, I dropped Hedron Crabs entirely, because of aggro pumping creatures to 9/9 with trample on turn five (damn Overrun). I put in Wall of Denial (but once again, I kept being pressured to block from a 9/9 with trample and no way to gain life or prevent the damage.) Overall, I tried to focus on keeping my ally deck as it was in terms of creatures used, and use mill as the win condition. See, Halimar Excavator is the only one doing any decent, consistent milling, and by the time I've drawn a card like the Archive Trap, I can't use it effectively because he uses Overrun to force me into a block, killing all of my creatures. On top of that, my opponent knows better than to search his library for any reason because he knows I have it, and why should he need to--he just kicked a Wolfbriar elemental and has flooded the field with tokens! Next turn I'll draw something useless like a Jwari Shapeshifter (my allies are dead!), and he'll hit me for a deadly amount of damage when I'm wide open.
See, I've thought of ways around stuff like this, like using Meddling Mage to shut down an opponent's boosting instants, and that standard legal white Fog that has Cycle (whatever it's called.) But I don't have the room between sideboard and deck to add cards that slow down the momentum of my opponent's agressiveness, and even if I did put in plenty of white Fog and Meddling Mages and Walls of Denial, I don't have enough room for Archive Trap or Halimar Excavator or any of the "game winning" mill cards I need, and by then I might as well have made a new deck with a different strategy! Because once I go up against something non-aggro, I'm being brought to my knees from the guy who built a budget blue deck and uses Dispel to shut down Path and Archive Trap!
Have I made some good points? Do you see my dilemma here? I'm thinking the Mill deck's hopeless, do you agree? Is it wrong to simply walk in with a slightly modified deck l found on the internet, or is it simply suicide? Please help!!!
And thanks in advance!
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