MTG Brewer: Standard Dredge aka Self Mill

Standard Dredge aka Self Mill is easily favorite Standard deck. It is really susceptible to hate cards but it is very explosive and a ton of fun to play. As a little bonus, this is that time of year where a lot of traders are dumping their Scars of Mirrodin and Magic 2012 cards. Deck builders are looking for decks that would survive rotation so they won’t waste their resources building a deck that won’t be legal in about a month and this deck uses mostly Innistrad and Magic 2013 cards and everything else can easily be replaced.

Mana Dorks:
4 Birds of Paradise
4 Deranged Assistant
1 Avacyn’s Pilgrim

Mill cards:
4 Mulch
4 Tracker’s Instincts
4 Armored Scaab

Win Conditions:
4 Splinterfright
4 Kessig Cagebreaker
3 Ghoultree
3 Postmortem Lunge

Utility Cards:
3 Gnaw to Bone
2 Spider Spawning
1 Sever the Bloodline

Lands:

10 Forests
4 Islands
3 Woodland Cemetery
1 Drowned Catacombs
1 Shimmering Grotto

Sideboard:
3 Witchbane Orb
3 Sylvok Replica
2 Hex Parasite
1 Gnaw to Bone
1 Spider Spawning
2 Sever the Bloodline
1 Unburial Rites
1 Think Twice
1 Laboratory Maniac

The deck is pretty simple. Stall, stall, stall, mill and then combo out with massive Splinterfrights, Kessig Cagebreakers or Ghoultrees. Gnaw to Bone is insane in this deck and Postmortem Lunge on a Kessig Cagebreaker is usually game over.

There is no getting around it. My mana base is horrible. It plays only 19 lands and I had initially not enough basic lands so too many lands come in play tapped. I’ll try this configuration and see if it is better without all the Hinterland Harbors. Mulch, Birds of Paradise and the fact the deck mulligans fairly well really helps though.

The sideboard is a little weird because I really had to metagame with this deck to have a shot since there are so many silver bullets against it. I was brainstorming cards that are worst case scenario to play against and the two I came up with are Tormod’s Crypt and Nihil Spellbomb. It is not perfect but the only card I came up against it was Witchbane Orb. It is also good against Bonfire of the Damned and other random cards. There is also an annoying Turbo Fog deck which Standard Dredge is probably dead to so I am going to try a sideboard of 1 Unburial Rites, 1 Think Twice and 1 Laboratory Manic. I have no idea if that is going to work. The rest of the sideboard is pretty self explanatory.

I think this is a perfect deck for a FNM!

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