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Mill is an informal term used in Magic describing cards moving out of a player's library to somewhere even less useful (meaning: anywhere other than the hand). The term alludes to the card, Millstone, which was the first to feature the mechanic "Milling", a strategy some decks use which takes advantage of the decking rule. [1] [2] [3]

Rules[edit | edit source]

From the Comprehensive Rules (Battle for Zendikar (September 26, 2015))

104.3c If a player is required to draw more cards than are left in his or her library, he or she draws the remaining cards, and then loses the game the next time a player would receive priority. (This is a state-based action. See rule 704.)

Description[edit | edit source]

Presumably, emptying your opponent's library is one way to ensure a game loss, though you have to wait for your opponent to actually draw a card, a fine point to the rule.

Cards that cause a player to mill have most often been found in blue or black (especially from the Dimir guild of the Ravnica blocks), though most of the earliest milling cards were artifacts. Flavorwise, milling is portrayed as occurring due to memory loss, insanity or drowning.

There are two basic types of mill deck: the control deck that looks to take over the game through killing your creatures and countering your spells, then using mill cards as a way to win the game, and a combo deck that plays primarily mill type cards and looks to mill the opponent out as soon as possible. [4]

List of mill instants and sorceries[edit | edit source]

Instants[edit | edit source]

  • Archive TrapMana3.gifManau.gifManau.gif target opponent (thirteen) - Trap
  • Brain FreezeMana1.gifManau.gif target player (three) - Storm
  • Broken AmbitionsManax.gifManau.gif counter target spell unless its controller pays Manax.gif. Clash with an opponent. If you win, that spell's controller (four)
  • CountermandMana2.gifManau.gifManau.gif counter target spell. Its controller (four)
  • Dampen ThoughtMana1.gifManau.gif target player (four) - Splice onto Arcane Mana1.gifManau.gif
  • Dimir CharmManau.gifManab.gif look at the top three cards of target player's library, then put one back and mill the rest - tri-modal spell
  • Dream TwistManau.gif target player (three) - Flashback Mana1.gifManau.gif
  • Grisly SpectacleMana2.gifManab.gifManab.gif destroy target nonartifact creature. Its controller mills a number of cards equal to that creature's power.
  • Induce ParanoiaMana2.gifManau.gifManau.gif counter target spell. If Manab.gif was spent to cast Induce Paranoia, that spell's controller (X), where X is the spell's converted mana cost.
  • Lammastide WeaveMana1.gifManag.gif name a card, then target player (one). If that card is the named card, you gain life equal to its converted mana cost.
  • Psychic SpiralMana4.gifManau.gif shuffle all cards from your graveyard into your library, then target player (that many cards)
  • Psychic StrikeMana1.gifManau.gifManab.gif counter target spell. Its controller (two)
  • Ray of ErasureManau.gif target player (one) - Slowtrip
  • Thought ScourManau.gif target player (two) - Cantrip
  • Vision CharmManau.gif target player (four) - tri-modal spell

Sorceries[edit | edit source]

Creatures which cause mill[edit | edit source]

  • Ambassador LaquatusMana1.gifManau.gifManau.gif - Mana3.gif: target player (three)
  • Belltower SphinxMana4.gifManau.gif - Whenever a source deals damage to Belltower Sphinx, that source's controller puts that many cards from the top of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
  • Cathartic AdeptManau.gif - Tap.gif: target player (one)
  • Chancellor of the SpiresMana4.gifManau.gifManau.gifManau.gif you may reveal this card from your opening hand. If you do, at the beginning of the first upkeep, each opponent (seven)
  • Crosstown CourierMana1.gifManau.gif - whenever Crosstown Courier deals combat damage to a player, that player (that many cards)
  • DoorkeeperMana1.gifManau.gif - Mana2.gifManau.gif, Tap.gif: target player (X), where X is the number of creatures with defender you control.
  • Dreamborn MuseMana2.gifManau.gifManau.gif at the beginning of each player's upkeep, that player (X), where X is the number of cards in his or her hand.
  • Drowner InitiateManau.gif whenever a player casts a blue spell, you may pay Mana1.gif. If you do, target player (two)
  • Drowner of SecretsMana2.gifManau.gif tap an untapped Merfolk you control: target player (one)
  • Duskmantle GuildmageManau.gifManab.gif - Mana2.gifManau.gifManab.gif: target player (two)
  • Enigma EidolonMana3.gifManau.gif - Manau.gif, sacrifice Enigma Eidolon: target player (three)
  • Geralf's MindcrusherMana4.gifManau.gifManau.gif when Geralf's Mindcrusher enters the battlefield, target player (five) - Undying
  • Geth, Lord of the VaultMana4.gifManab.gifManab.gif - Manax.gifManab.gif: put target artifact or creature card with converted mana cost X from an opponent's graveyard onto the battlefield under your control tapped. Then that player (X).
  • Halimar ExcavatorMana1.gifManau.gif whenever Halimar Excavator or another Ally enters the battlefield under your control, target player (X), where X is the number of Allies you control.
  • Hedron CrabManau.gif Landfall - Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, target player (three)
  • Ink DissolverMana1.gifManau.gif Kinship - at the beginning of your upkeep, you may look at the top card of your library. If it shares a creature type with Ink Dissolver, you may reveal it. If you do, each opponent (three).
  • Lich Lord of UnxMana1.gifManau.gifManab.gif - Manau.gifManau.gifManab.gifManab.gif: target player loses X life and (X), where X is the number of Zombies you control.
  • Merfolk MesmeristMana1.gifManau.gif - Manau.gif, Tap.gif: target player (two)
  • Merrow WitsniperManau.gif when Merrow Witsniper enters the battlefield, target player (one)
  • Mindeye DrakeMana4.gifManau.gif when Mindeye Drake dies, target player (five)
  • MindshriekerMana1.gifManau.gif - Mana2.gif: target player (one); Mindshrieker gets +X/+X until end of turn, where X is that card's converted mana cost.
  • Nemesis of ReasonMana3.gifManau.gifManab.gif whenever Nemesis of Reason attacks, defending player (ten)
  • Raven Guild MasterMana1.gifManau.gifManau.gif Whenever Raven Guild Master deals combat damage to a player, that player exiles the top ten cards of his or her library.
  • Reef PiratesMana1.gifManau.gifManau.gif whenever Reef Pirates deals damage to an opponent, that player (one)
  • RiddlekeeperMana2.gifManau.gif whenever a creature attacks you or a planeswalker you control, that creature's controller (two)
  • Rotcrown GhoulMana4.gifManau.gif when Rotcrown Ghoul dies, target player (five)
  • Sage's Row DenizenMana2.gifManau.gif whenever another blue creature enters the battlefield under your control, target player (two)
  • Screeching SilcawMana1.gifManau.gif Metalcraft - Whenever Screeching Silcaw deals combat damage to a player, if you control three or more artifacts, that player (four)
  • Screeching SliverManau.gif all Slivers have "Tap.gif: target player (one)"
  • Selhoff OccultistMana2.gifManau.gif whenever Selhoff Occultist or another creature dies, target player (one)
  • Sewer NemesisMana3.gifManab.gif as Sewer Nemesis enters the battlefield, choose a player. Whenever the chosen player casts a spell, that player (one)
  • ShriekgeistMana1.gifManau.gif whenever Shriekgeist deals combat damage to a player, that player (two)
  • Soratami MindsweeperMana3.gifManau.gif - Mana2.gif, return a land you control to its owner's hand: target player (two)
  • Stern MentorMana3.gifManau.gif - Soulbond - paired with another creature, each of those creatures has "Tap.gif: target player (two)"
  • Vedalken EntrancerMana3.gifManau.gif - Manau.gif, Tap.gif: target player (two)

Planeswalkers which cause mill[edit | edit source]

  • Jace BelerenMana1.gifManau.gifManau.gif -10: target player (twenty)
  • Jace, Memory AdeptMana3.gifManau.gifManau.gif +1: Draw a card. Target player (one); 0: target player (ten)
  • Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver:

+2: Exile the top three cards of target opponent's library.

−X: Put a creature card with converted mana cost X exiled with Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver onto the battlefield under your control. That creature is a Nightmare in addition to its other types.

−10: Exile all cards from all opponents' hands and graveyards.

Enchantments[edit | edit source]

  • Chronic FloodingMana1.gifManau.gif enchant land - whenever enchanted land becomes tapped, its controller (three)
  • Curse of the Bloody TomeMana2.gifManau.gif enchant player - at the beginning of enchanted player's upkeep, that player (two)
  • Evanescent IntellectManau.gif enchant creature - Mana1.gifManau.gif,Tap.gif: Target player (three)
  • Infernal GenesisMana4.gifManab.gifManab.gif at the beginning of each player's upkeep, that player (one). Then that player puts X 1/1 black Minion creature tokens onto the battlefield, where X is that card's converted mana cost.
  • Memory ErosionMana1.gifManau.gifManau.gif whenever an opponent casts a spell, that player (two)
  • Jace's ErasureMana1.gifManau.gif whenever you draw a card, you may have target player (one)

Artifacts which cause mill[edit | edit source]

  • Altar of DementiaMana2.gif - Sacrifice a creature: target player (creature's power)
  • Altar of the Brood — Whenever another permanent enters the battlefield under your control, each opponent (one)
  • Codex ShredderMana1.gif - Tap.gif: target player (one)
  • Decimator WebMana4.gif - Mana4.gif, Tap.gif: target opponent loses 2 life, gets a poison counter, then (six)
  • Ghoulcaller's BellMana1.gif - Tap.gif: each player (one)
  • GrindclockMana2.gif - Tap.gif: put a charge counter on Grindclock. Tap.gif: Target player (X), where X is the number of charge counters on Grindclock.
  • GrindstoneMana1.gif - Mana3.gif,Tap.gif: Target player (two). If both cards share a color, repeat this process.
  • Grinding StationMana2.gif - Tap.gif, sacrifice an artifact: target player (three)
  • Hair-Strung KotoMana6.gif tap an untapped creature you control: target player (one)
  • Keening StoneMana6.gif - Mana5.gif, Tap.gif: target player (X), where X is the number of cards in that player's graveyard.
  • Mesmeric OrbMana2.gif whenever a permanent becomes untapped, that permanent's controller (one)
  • MillstoneMana2.gif - Mana2.gif, Tap.gif: target player (two)
  • Sands of DeliriumMana3.gif - Manax.gif, Tap.gif: target player (X)
  • ShriekhornMana1.gif Shriekhorn enters the battlefield with three charge counters on it. Tap.gif, remove a charge counter from Shriekhorn: target player (two)
  • Sword of Body and MindMana3.gif Equipment - whenever equipped creature deals combat damage to a player, you put a 2/2 green Wolf creature token onto the battlefield and that player (ten)
  • Tower of MurmursMana4.gif - Mana8.gif, Tap.gif: target player (eight)
  • WhetstoneMana3.gif - Mana3.gif: each player (two)
  • WhetwheelMana4.gif - Manax.gifManax.gif, Tap.gif: target player (X) - Morph Mana3.gif
  • Worry BeadsMana3.gif at the beginning of each player's upkeep, that player (one)

Lands which cause mill[edit | edit source]

Grind[edit | edit source]

Grind is a variation of milling, which put cards from an opponent's library into his or her graveyard until n land cards was put there.[5][6]

List of grind spells[edit | edit source]


Notes[edit | edit source]

In the above list; (number) means puts the top (number) card(s) of his or her library into his or her graveyard.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mark Rosewater. (January 11, 2010.) "Milling, About", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Tom LaPille. (January 15, 2010.) "Milled Potpourri", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Michael Yichao. (August 19, 2015.) "Mill Through the Ages",, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Ryan Archer, August 2013 "The Best Mill Deck In Magic History" ,
  5. Mark Gottlieb. (December 31, 2012.) "Gatecrash Diaries", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Mark Rosewater. (January 7, 2013.) "Gatecrashing the Party, Part 2", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.