I missed my article for last week, I thought I'd make up
for it by posting 2 deck fixed this week. Both
these decks sent to me were versions of popular standard
builds that could use a boost from one of the most
overlooked artifacts from Odyssey... Millikin. Milli"king"
actually serves 2 functions to improve BOTH these decks
in that it works as mana acceleration AND feeds
The first deck is an attempt to build a sligh deck...
lets look at Casey's build.
Greetings, sir. I know you probably
won't be reading this, but I'd really appreciate it if
you would help me out with this Sligh deck I've created.
I've won most of the games I've played with it,
but I feel like there's something missing. So, here's
the list, and thanks for taking a look.
4x Shock (standard ouch)
4x Skullscorch (4 damage or Hymn. Not bad)
4x Volcanic Hammer
4x Grim Lavamancer (not that I'll be able to get 4 of
4x Urza's Rage
4x Fiery Temper (since I don't have any discard in here,
I might take them out for something else)
2x Ghitu Fire
1x Blaze (you know, in case of Haunting Echoes)
1x Spitting Earth
4x Skizzik (I don't really have to explain this, do I?)
1x Kamahl, Pit Fighter (It's a token white male! Haha.
But seriously, he's saved my ass on turn 6
3x Barbarian Ring
Again, thanks for taking a look.
In my pathetic, sometimes demented world of magic
Sligh is all about early drops for early pressure and
then using burn to finish the opponent off. Casey
has built more of a "burn" deck that I think
could use some creatures as a more efficient way to deal
more damage over the course of the game. Here's
the mono-red deck I've been testing on Apprentice lately
with some success...
4 Grim Lavamancer
4 Mogg Sentry
2 Raging Goblin
4 Reckless Charge
4 Urza's Rage
4 Barbarian Ring
1 Keldon Necropolis
How does Millikin fit into this picture? Well for
a mono-red deck there's 2 cards that are great fits for
an aggresive deck... those being Skizzik and Flametongue
Kavu. The unfortunate side to these creatures is
that they cost 4 to cast which is too expensive for the
traditional sligh build that wants to apply early beats.
This is where Millikin will immediately shine as
it will allow you to play both these wrecking balls on
But that's not all, Millikin also has great synergy with
2 other cards that by themselves do not see eye to
eye... Grim Lavamancer and Barbarian Ring. Lavamancer
wants to remove cards from the grave to deal damage
while Barbarian Ring needs ATLEAST 7 cards in the grave
to deal damage! Millikin supplies the cards in
grave to be able to use both of these excellent cards.
My second deck-fix that involves Millikin is a B/R
deck heavy on removal and disruption via discard.
First the deck as it was sent to me...
This is my red/black deck. My concept is simple,
eliminate early threats
by direct damage and removal spells then wait until my
fatties come out. But
somehow my deck doesn't work against fast decks like
goblin or white weenie.
Can you suggest anything to make my deck better?
Here's my deck:
4 Urborg Volcano
3 Tainted Peak
3 Flametongue Kavu
3 Blazing Specter
2 Phyrexian Scuta
2 Sengir Vampire
2 Thundescape Familiar
2 Nightscape Familiar
4 Mesmeric Fiend
4 Blazing Salvo
2 Chainer's Edict
More of a control deck than the mono-red deck above...
Millikin serves once again as a great accelerant for
high end spells like Blazing Spectre and Void. Actually
my version runs Shower of Coals over Void because once
again Millikin will help achieve Threshold as well as
accelerate the casting of Shower!
4 Chainer's Edict
4 Mesmeric Fiend
3 Pyre Zombie
4 Urza's Rage
4 Blazing Spectre
2 Shower of Coals
4 r/b pain lands
4 r/b tap lands
3 Barbarian Ring
Ideally you'd like to see early Duress/Mesmeric Fiend to
force thru a Blazing Spectre for an early win. If
they are able to deal with the Spectre with a top deck
or you just don't draw him early all your removal in the
deck will buy you all the time you need. Millikin
will also help with Flashback on Chainer's Edict and the
recursion of Pyre Zombie in the mid game. This is
an excellent deck that functions well in any point of a
game versus most any opponent you will face... Kicked
Urza's Rage is yet another late game option this deck
Hope this helps... have fun! (Go Saluki's!!)