BD: Burn and... Mill?

by NorthernWarlord on 01 September 2022

Main Deck (60 cards)

Sideboard (15 cards)

Sorceries (8)

Instants (7)

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Deck Description

Is this mere insanity, or could it just work?

This is a Budget Deck (BD for short). It is meant primarily for casual play, and its estimated mid value is aimed to land between 10 and 20 US dollars at most. Take this detail into consideration when browsing the deck!

I mostly use MTG Vault for my own private projects nowadays, but feel free to comment or request a deck of your choice. I've loved the Vault so far, and I like that they are still improving on it, as well as I am improving on my English language skills.

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How to Play

How do you combine two whole different strategies together?
Let's find out.

There are several cards that let you utilize damage alongside with milling. The main cards in this deck are Trepanation Blade, Roiling Terrain and Cerebral Vortex. Each one of these works well with another card within this deck:
- Trepanation Blade + Towering-Wave Mystic
- Roiling Terrain + Casual milling + Copy effects (Teach by Example / Double Vision)
- Cerebral Vortex + Magus of the Wheel

Keeping these synergies in mind, you should focus on dealing damage early on with your critters whenever possible, then focusing on the mill / damage synergies whenever you have the chance to do so. Remember that you are always at risk at falling a bit too short on one, and it is unlikely that you'll be able to effectively pull off both during the game (both lethal damage to the face and milling, I mean). This is true especially in games where there are multiple opponents!

Use the sideboard to customize the deck a bit, if your opponents are focusing on some aspects more than others.

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+ Can shift its strategy during the game, when necessary.
+ Has a whole two different win cons!
+ With the proper setup, can deal insane amounts of damage in a single turn.
+ They'll never see it coming.

- Low on removal! Watch out for dangerous creatures!
- Doesn't work well in multiplayer.
- What the hell is this deck even.

Deck Tags

  • Izzet
  • Mill
  • Burn
  • WTF
  • Casual
  • Budget
  • Cheap

Deck at a Glance

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Card Legality

  • Not Legal in Standard
  • Not Legal in Modern
  • Legal in Vintage
  • Legal in Legacy

Deck discussion for BD: Burn and... Mill?

I've been working with halfdecks long enough to know that two random themes will have their success based on points of synergy.
Teach by example is such a point. It's a card that can work either ways.

It's simply a matter of having enough overlaps.

This is why infect has used spellskite and arbor dryad. They create an overlap between the creature strategy and the pump strategy. They lack infect, but they still act as points of synergy.

Posted 01 September 2022 at 10:41


Makes sense, kinda.

Posted 02 September 2022 at 05:41


Yeah it does :)
Theres still a ton of details that I'm looking into, like exactly how many overlaps is needed to have something really powerfull. It's not something I will get to for a long time though.

Posted 02 September 2022 at 05:50