Mill



Advantages
  • Powerful engine once set up

  • Unique, brutal win condition


Disadvantages
  • Easily disrupted if Avallac’h is lost

  • Heavily draw-dependent

  • Poor in metas with inefficient deck thinning


Archetype Explanation

With the advent of the new meta, Mill remains a viable rogue archetype. While decks traditionally win through sheer power, Mill has an alternative way of winning; by gaining card advantage through your opponent having no deck. This effect is achieved through plenty of symmetrical draw effects and turning your opponent’s own deck thinning against them.

The deck relies on maximizing the draw power that Avallac’h provides by demoting him, returning him to the hand and replaying him multiple times with cards such as Emhyr, Cahir and Decoy. Alba Spearmen represents strong point generation while Albrich and Sweers represent additional instances of thinning the opponent’s deck. Once the opponent’s deck is fully milled combos like Assire into Magne Divisions allow you to gain card advantage and defeat your opponent.

The strength of this deck comes from Avallac’h surviving and milling the opponent out. This sets up all of our tools to gain card advantage and is vital for this deck to win. The power of this deck is strongly influenced by the current meta, in high removal low thinning metas this deck will naturally struggle. If Avallac’h is able to resolve multiple times however, the chances of victory is incredibly high. The deck is extremely reliant on several key cards, primarily Avallac’h, Albrich, and Assire var Anahid. Without these pieces, the deck can stumble easily, and in these situations it is worse than most other decks. In a meta consisting of heavy removal options mill players must use both Avallac’h and Renew at opportune times. The longevity of Avallac’h is the key to success, while his premature demise leads to certain defeat.


Sample Decklists:

Mill

This build uses the standard mill engine along with Sarah to help improve consistency in searching out Avallac’h. Rot Tossers are used as value units that can be played late game and after the opponent has passed. Renew is played to reuse Avallac’h and Hailstorm serves as solid point value in long rounds.

Morvran Mill

Traditional mill deck have declined in popularity recently due to the rise of Dagon, Spies, and King Bran, all of which can either avoid being milled or 2-0 a mill deck. However, thanks to the addition of Nilfgaardian Standard Bearer, as well as Tibor Eggebracht and Fringilla Vigo, mill has been able to reshape into a deck that takes advantage of your opponent’s dead cards and wins rounds by buffing Tibor or an Alba Spearman and copying over the points with Fringilla. Morvran mill focuses on a combination of Alba Spearman and Nilfgaardian Standard Bearer to generate a huge amount of points through Magne Division while also potentially gaining card advantage if your opponent isn’t careful. Rather than milling just through replaying Avallac’h, this archetype utilizes proactive golds like Tibor and Regis to mill without losing tempo, as well as Renew to reuse the gold card that fits the situation best. The inclusion of Morvran allows for a strong turn 1 opener, while also thinning the deck to increase consistency and revealing targets for Sweers. The potential for Morvran to reveal cards such as Scorch also provides a huge amount of useful information.

In addition to mill, the deck also provides a lot of disruptive tools to prevent your opponent from snowballing a round, such as Auckes to lock carryover or powerful abilities, Vicovaro Medic to disrupt your opponent’s graveyard, and Nauzicaa Standard Bearer to disrupt weather while providing a boost to your Fringilla target. Operator also has a lot of flexibility in the deck, being able to potentially gain an extra card by copying Magne Division, boost your round power by copying Nilfgaardian Standard Bearer, or boost your ability to combat weather by copying Nauzicaa Standard bearer.


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