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CardShark Content - William Quesada (3/27/2006)

It has been a bit over a year and a half, but I have finally come back from MTG retirement. After looking over all the new cards and ruling, I have finally made some new decks. This week, I will talk about a Type II (Standard) Milling Deck. It may have been done a ton of times, but I want a shot at it also. Here is my version:

Blue Cards (20):
2x Kami of the Crescent Moon
Kami of the Crescent Moon
Kami of the Crescent MoonSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
At the beginning of each player's draw step, that player draws an additional card.

2x Traumatize
Traumatize
TraumatizeSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
110
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Target player puts the top half of his or her library, rounded down, into his or her graveyard.

2x Induce Paranoia
Induce Paranoia
Induce ParanoiaSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
56
Artist:
Jim Murray
Text:
Counter target spell. If B was spent to play Induce Paranoia, that spell’s controller puts the top X cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard, where X is the spell’s converted mana cost.

3x Muddle the Mixture
Muddle the Mixture
Muddle the MixtureSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
60
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
Counter target instant or sorcery spell. Transmute 1UU (1UU, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)

3x Hinder
Hinder
HinderSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
65
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
Counter target spell. If it's countered this way, put that card on the top or bottom of its owner's library instead of that player's graveyard.

4x Mana Leak
Mana Leak
Mana LeakSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional 3.

4x Twincast
Twincast
TwincastSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Blue
Rarity:
R


Black Cards (4):
4x Cruel Edict
Cruel Edict
Cruel EdictSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jeffrey R. Busch
Text:
Your opponent chooses one of his or her creatures. Destroy that creature.


Gold Cards (9):
1x Szadek, Lord of Secrets
Szadek, Lord of Secrets
Szadek, Lord of SecretsSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
7
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire
Rarity:
R
Number:
234
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying If Szadek, Lord of Secrets would deal combat damage to a player, instead put that many +1/+1 counters on Szadek and that player puts that many cards from the top of his or her library into his or her graveyard.

2x Circu, Dimir Lobotomist
Circu, Dimir Lobotomist
Circu, Dimir LobotomistSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
196
Artist:
Cyril Van Der Haegen
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever you play a blue spell, remove the top card of target library from the game. Whenever you play a black spell, remove the top card of target library from the game. Your opponents can’t play nonland cards with the same name as a card removed from the game with Circu.

2x Psychic Drain
Psychic Drain
Psychic DrainSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
220
Artist:
Nick Percival
Text:
Target player puts the top X cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard and you gain X life.

4x Glimpse the Unthinkable
Glimpse the Unthinkable
Glimpse the UnthinkableSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
208
Artist:
Brandon Kitkouski
Text:
Target player puts the top ten cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.


Artifacts (5):
2 x Howling Mine
Howling Mine
Howling MineSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Each player must draw one extra card during the draw phase of each of his or her turns.

3 x Millstone
Millstone
MillstoneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
2, T: Take the top two cards from target player's library and put them in target player's graveyard.


Lands (22):
1x Minamo
Minamo
MinamoSet: Planechase
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Plane
Sub Type:
Kamigawa
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Artist:
Charles Urbach
Text:
Whenever a player casts a spell, that player may draw a card. Whenever you roll {C}, each player may return a blue card from his or her graveyard to his or her hand.
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1x Oboro, Palace in the Clouds
Oboro, Palace in the Clouds
Oboro, Palace in the CloudsSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
R
Text:
T Add U to your mana pool. 1: Return Oboro, Palace in the Clouds to its owner's hand.

1x Shizo, Death's Storehouse
Shizo, Death's Storehouse
Shizo, Death's StorehouseSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
283
Artist:
John Matson
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool. B, T: Target legendary creature gains fear until end of turn.

2x Duskmantle, House of Shadow
Duskmantle, House of Shadow
Duskmantle, House of ShadowSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
277
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. UB, T: Target player puts the top card of his or her library into his or her graveyard.

2x Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.

4x Underground River
Underground River
Underground RiverSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Add U or B to your mana pool. Underground River deals 1 damage to you.

4x Watery Grave
Watery Grave
Watery GraveSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Island Swamp
Rarity:
R
Number:
286
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
(T: Add U or B to your mana pool.) As Watery Grave comes into play, you may pay 2 life. If you don’t, Watery Grave comes into play tapped instead.

7x Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.


Deck Analysis:
Kami of the Crescent Moon
Kami of the Crescent Moon
Kami of the Crescent MoonSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
At the beginning of each player's draw step, that player draws an additional card.
and Howling Mine
Howling Mine
Howling MineSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Each player must draw one extra card during the draw phase of each of his or her turns.
: Both good card drawers. If your opponent is heavy creature kill, then Howling Mine
Howling Mine
Howling MineSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Each player must draw one extra card during the draw phase of each of his or her turns.
backs it up. If your opponent is heavy artifact kill, then Kami backs it up. Since it is a Legend, two should be good to run since four would be a dead weight in your hand.

Traumatize
Traumatize
TraumatizeSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
110
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Target player puts the top half of his or her library, rounded down, into his or her graveyard.
: My old school favorite. Since it cost five mana, I only put two in the deck. Milling half a deck is pretty good when you have nothing else in mind.

Induce Paranoia
Induce Paranoia
Induce ParanoiaSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
56
Artist:
Jim Murray
Text:
Counter target spell. If B was spent to play Induce Paranoia, that spell’s controller puts the top X cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard, where X is the spell’s converted mana cost.
: Useful in this deck to counter high mana spells and/or creatures with a bit of milling on the side. Just like Traumatize
Traumatize
TraumatizeSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
110
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Target player puts the top half of his or her library, rounded down, into his or her graveyard.
, this card is to mana costly so I only use two of them.

Muddle the Mixture
Muddle the Mixture
Muddle the MixtureSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
60
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
Counter target instant or sorcery spell. Transmute 1UU (1UU, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)
: Awesome counterspell. Every good deck will have an instant or sorcery that should be countered. Save your other counters for creatures, enchantments, etc and use this for them. Two mana…almost feels like the real Counterspell
Counterspell
CounterspellSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counters target spell as it is being cast.
. Even acts like a tutor to get one of the decks win conditions or a Kami/Mine for card drawing.

Hinder
Hinder
HinderSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
65
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
Counter target spell. If it's countered this way, put that card on the top or bottom of its owner's library instead of that player's graveyard.
: Counter a spell and put them on the bottom of the deck…not much else to say about this card.

Mana Leak
Mana Leak
Mana LeakSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional 3.
: Best counterspell early game…never replace this card from any counter based deck

Twincast
Twincast
TwincastSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Blue
Rarity:
R
: Copy Glimpse or use it as a counterspell.
- Opponent plays Spell A.
- You Mana Leak
Mana Leak
Mana LeakSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional 3.
Spell A
- Opponent counters your Mana Leak
Mana Leak
Mana LeakSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional 3.

- You cast Twincast
Twincast
TwincastSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Blue
Rarity:
R
on your Mana Leak
Mana Leak
Mana LeakSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional 3.
to counter their counter or Twincast
Twincast
TwincastSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Blue
Rarity:
R
their own counter.

Cruel Edict
Cruel Edict
Cruel EdictSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jeffrey R. Busch
Text:
Your opponent chooses one of his or her creatures. Destroy that creature.
: Early creature removal is always good, it can even be Twincast
Twincast
TwincastSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Blue
Rarity:
R
ed

Szadek, Lord of Secrets
Szadek, Lord of Secrets
Szadek, Lord of SecretsSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
7
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire
Rarity:
R
Number:
234
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying If Szadek, Lord of Secrets would deal combat damage to a player, instead put that many +1/+1 counters on Szadek and that player puts that many cards from the top of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
: The newer Scalpelexis
Scalpelexis
ScalpelexisSet: Judgment
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
50
Artist:
Mark Tedin

Power:
1
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying. Whenever Scaplelexis deals combat damage to a player, that player removes the top four cards of his or her library from the game. If two or more of those cards have the same name, repeat the process.
. I would say better but I really don’t like hard casting high mana creatures. A 5/5 creature that acts like a powered Millstone
Millstone
MillstoneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
2, T: Take the top two cards from target player's library and put them in target player's graveyard.
is awesome. Then it doubles its milling every time you get in a successful mill the turn before. Since his mana cost is so high, one should be more than enough. The deck can work without him but a heavy set creature is always a plus to have.

Circu, Dimir Lobotomist
Circu, Dimir Lobotomist
Circu, Dimir LobotomistSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
196
Artist:
Cyril Van Der Haegen
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever you play a blue spell, remove the top card of target library from the game. Whenever you play a black spell, remove the top card of target library from the game. Your opponents can’t play nonland cards with the same name as a card removed from the game with Circu.
: A really slow milling creature with a decent defense. The shine of this card is his second ability:

“Your opponents can't play nonland cards with the same name as a card removed from the game with Circu.”

This is awesome. Most standard decks run 3-4 of each card they want to use. Even if you need to use your counter spells to protect him, go for it. Since he is a legend, two are enough for the deck.

Psychic Drain
Psychic Drain
Psychic DrainSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
220
Artist:
Nick Percival
Text:
Target player puts the top X cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard and you gain X life.
: If you have absolutely nothing else to do with the cards in your hand or if you really need some life to survive the game use this. This card is an endgame finisher for those long games.

Glimpse the Unthinkable
Glimpse the Unthinkable
Glimpse the UnthinkableSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
208
Artist:
Brandon Kitkouski
Text:
Target player puts the top ten cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
: Ten removed cards for only two mana??? Insanity at its best. Use Twincast
Twincast
TwincastSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Blue
Rarity:
R
for more and more insanity. This really hurts any opponent. If they use cards to shuffle their graveyard into their library, just counter it.

Millstone
Millstone
MillstoneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
2, T: Take the top two cards from target player's library and put them in target player's graveyard.
: Pure classic for a classic player like me. Two mana to play and then two mana for two milled cards is decent and since you can only use Glimpse four times, this card would be a small help.

Minamo
Minamo
MinamoSet: Planechase
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Plane
Sub Type:
Kamigawa
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Artist:
Charles Urbach
Text:
Whenever a player casts a spell, that player may draw a card. Whenever you roll {C}, each player may return a blue card from his or her graveyard to his or her hand.
LCBTY2hvb2wgYXQgV2F0ZXIncyBFZGdl: If you attack with any of your creatures, use this to untap and be able to block again.

Oboro, Palace in the Clouds
Oboro, Palace in the Clouds
Oboro, Palace in the CloudsSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
R
Text:
T Add U to your mana pool. 1: Return Oboro, Palace in the Clouds to its owner's hand.
: Anti-land destruction land or if someone wants to take control of this land.

Shizo, Death's Storehouse
Shizo, Death's Storehouse
Shizo, Death's StorehouseSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
283
Artist:
John Matson
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool. B, T: Target legendary creature gains fear until end of turn.
: Use this with Szadek, Lord of Secrets
Szadek, Lord of Secrets
Szadek, Lord of SecretsSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
7
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire
Rarity:
R
Number:
234
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying If Szadek, Lord of Secrets would deal combat damage to a player, instead put that many +1/+1 counters on Szadek and that player puts that many cards from the top of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
for some real havoc.

Duskmantle, House of Shadow
Duskmantle, House of Shadow
Duskmantle, House of ShadowSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
277
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. UB, T: Target player puts the top card of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
: Mini mill land if your other spells doesn’t help

Underground River
Underground River
Underground RiverSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Add U or B to your mana pool. Underground River deals 1 damage to you.
: Dual pain lands are always good, so what if you take one damage a turn. It shouldn’t matter if it helps you win faster.

Watery Grave
Watery Grave
Watery GraveSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Island Swamp
Rarity:
R
Number:
286
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
(T: Add U or B to your mana pool.) As Watery Grave comes into play, you may pay 2 life. If you don’t, Watery Grave comes into play tapped instead.
: Oh no…I have to pay two whole life points to untap this land when it comes out….so what, it is still and awesome land and if you take it out first turn, you won’t need to pay its two life.

Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
and Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
: Origins of MTG lands started basic and so do most decks.


So there you go, my first out of hopefully many decks I get to write about. This deck is more casual right now. If better control cards come out, I will try to make it a tournament quality deck. Since it is only a casual deck, I have not made a sideboard for it. This deck still needs a lot of work to be put in but slowly I will work at making this deck faster and easier to win with. For all those old school players in here, I will be putting up about 10,000 cards to sell! Go check ‘em out.


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