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Much Abrew: Mono-Blue Mill (Modern)

Hello, everyone! Welcome to another episode of Much Abrew About Nothing. Last week, during our Instant Deck Techs, it was a sideboard-less Mono-Blue Mill deck for Modern that came out on top, so this week we are heading to Modern to see if we can empty some libraries! Sometimes, Much Abrew is a balancing act. While the idea is to test out the deck from the Instant Deck Tech video, in some cases, changes are necessary. For example, the original build of Mono-Blue Mill was not only missing a sideboard but also running only 20 lands along wiSeth multiple six drops. As a result, I added a sideboard and went up to 23 lands by cutting a couple of the more expensive cards. On the other hand, I didn't want to stray too far from the original build, so we didn't add Archive Trap, Hedron Crab, or any fetch lands, even though they likely would have improved the deck. 

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Mono-Blue Mill Instant Deck Tech

Mono-Blue Mill vs. Naya Burn (Match 1)

Mono-Blue Mill vs. GW Tron (Match 2)

Mono-Blue Mill vs. Mardu Nahiri (Match 3)

Mono-Blue Mill vs. Mono-Blue Tron (Match 4)

Mono-Blue Mill vs. Merfolk (Match 5)

Mono-Blue Mill (Wrap Up)


  • That was rough. We learned in the comments of the Instant Deck Tech that the original build managed to Top 8 an SCG IQ, but it turns out that the IQ only had eight players and the deck actually went 0-4. Unfortunately, we didn't fare any better, going 0-5 and only managing to win two games across our five matches. 
  • As for the problems with the deck, I'm not even sure where to start. Most obviously, we don't really have any removal, instead relying on Kraken Hatchling and Fog Bank, which are like removal spells that die to our opponent's removal spells and turn on their Searing Blazes. 
  • Of course, we scoop to Emrakul, the Aeons Torn shuffling back in, at least in game one, since we don't have any way to exile things from the graveyard (although I did add some options to the sideboard like Surgical Extraction and Relic of Progenitus). 
  • Probably the best comparison for mill is burn. Well, our mill deck is like a burn deck that's only playing Shocks, which is a tough order in Modern.
  • As far as making the deck competitive, I'm not sure it's possible while remaining mono-blue. Most of the best mill cards (like Glimpse the Unthinkable and Mind Funeral) are UB, and white adds some interesting options like Lingering Souls and Path to Exile
  • The bottom line is that our deck isn't the most competitive of mill decks, and mill decks aren't that competitive anyway, which means our deck just isn't very good. In fact, I think this might be one of the worst decks I've ever played, and that's saying something, considering I play Against the Odds every week and just played Kobolds in Vintage. If you decide you want to try mill in Modern, instead of Mono-Blue Mill, go with something like this:


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