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Hello again everyone.  I really do hate Wizards' idea
of rotating the formats.  It just destroys my choices
when Extended goes out of season.  Oh, well.  Instead,
I've got yet another deck fix for this time.  This
week is a U/W Millstone deck.  All though the deck is
meant for Type 1, Sloppyjo said that there aren't that
many people in his area that have the real power
cards.  He said that most people in his area play some
sort of R/G beatdown, black decks (both beatdown and
discard), and the most important deck he wants to beat
is a Cradle Elf contraption that can kill with a
vicious, yet strange, Storm Seeker/Prosperity combo if
the beatdown option fails.  Here is the deck list:

2 Parallax Wave
4 Wrath of God
2 Story Circle
4 Swords to Plowshares
2 Dismantling Blow
2 Enlightened Tutor
3 Brainstorm
4 Accumulated Knowledge
2 Traumatize
4 Counterspell
1 Misdirection
1 Teferi's Moat
1 Absorb
4 Millstone
1 Zuran Orb
10 Plains
9 Islands
1 Tundra
3 Adarkar Wastes

4 Hydroblast
2 Phyrexian Furnace
2 Rootwater Thief
3 Dodecapod
4 Submerge

The first thing about the deck that jumps out to me is
the fact that it has two Enlightened Tutors in it.
Since these are restricted (only one per deck) in Type
1, we'll drop the extra and put another Story Circle
in its place.  The next thing that I don't like is the
set of Accumulated Knowledges.  We can take those out
to add in four Force of Will.  These cards are great
and I recommend that all blue decks have them.  Next
to come out are the Teferi's Moat and the lone Absorb.
 I don't feel these do enough for the deck since it
already has a lot of creature control and will have
enough counter-magic in the end.  So, let's put in two
Misdirections in their places.  These will help stop
Hatred and that Cradle Elf deck.  Another thing I
don't like are the Parallax Waves since the Wrath's
will take care of just about everything.  What's left
over will get dealt with by the Swords.  So, for those
spots, we can put in another Traumatize and add in a
Stroke of Genius.  This card is just too good to pass
up.  Next, if you can't afford the Moxes or the Black
Lotus, your deck probably isn't fast enough to support
Dismantling Blow.  I would rather have either Seal of
Cleansing or Disenchant in that spot.  The last thing
to change is the mana base.  We can take out two
Plains and two Islands to put in three more Tundras
and one more Adarkar Wastes.  This will help smooth
out the mana a lot.  Here's the deck now:

4 Wrath of God
3 Story Circle
4 Swords to Plowshares
2 Seal of Cleansing/Disenchant
1 Enlightened Tutor
3 Brainstorm
3 Traumatize
4 Counterspell
4 Force of Will
3 Misdirection
4 Millstone
1 Stroke of Genius
1 Zuran Orb
8 Plains
7 Islands
4 Adarkar Wastes
4 Tundra

I guess that the only thing left to change is the
sideboard.  I think that the Hydroblasts would be
better served as Chills.  Chill is far superior to
Hydroblast in my book since it pretty much gives you
two Time Walks and only gets better with more in play.
 Since the advent of Threshold, I have been putting
Furnaces into many of my sideboards and I think that
they are just fine here.  I think that the Rootwater
Thieves could be turned into Extract since the
Extracts won't get hit by Wrath of God (duh!).  Also,
they will snag those ever-annoying Gaea's Blessings
that seem to be so popular for some reason.  The
Dodecapods are obviously a metagame choice and I think
that they will work just perfectly.  I think that the
Submerges could be replaced by Dream Tides since they
get rid of the green critters permanently and can slow
down everything else.  These will be perfect against
the Cradle Elf deck that Sloppyjo seems to be having
so much trouble against. 

Just some afterthoughts, if you can get a hold of Mana
Drains for this deck, they would probably be able to
go right in place of the Counterspells since they will
fuel your Millstones or your Stroke.

Well, that's all for this week.  Anyone with deck
questions or criticism give me a holler. 

Until next time, keep 'em legal




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