Building the Golgari Self-Mill


The recent trend in Standard in terms of deck tech comes from the archetype that was previously popularized by Pro player Conley Woods. The old build has the likeness to that of Junk Reanimator that was an outbreak in Standard last year. This current version though utilizes cards from Journey into Nyx that somewhat accomplish its deck strategy. The deck I am referring to is Black Green or Golgari Dredge/Self Mill. Here is one of the current lists:

Lulz’s Golgari Self-Mill

Main Deck
7 Forest
4 Overgrown Tomb
6 Swamp
4 Temple of Malady

2 Courser of Kruphix
4 Elvish Mystic
2 Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord
4 Lotleth Troll
4 Nighthowler
4 Nyx Weaver
2 Pharika, God of Affliction
4 Satyr Wayfinder
4 Shadowborn Demon
1 Sylvan Caryatid

1 Commune with the Gods
4 Grisly Salvage
1 Ultimate Price
2 Whip of Erebos

2 Courser of Kruphix
4 Herald of Torment
2 Lifebane Zombie
3 Scavenging Ooze
2 Skylasher
1 Ultimate Price
1 Whip of Erebos

Source: http://www.wizards.com/magic/magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/deck/1508

With similar to the Dredge mechanic, your early turns goes with casting mana creatures and filling up the graveyard with Satyr Wayfinder and Grisly Salvage. It is either you dig into a Nighthowler to bestow into an attacker or ramp into Shadowborn Demon to kill off threats and have a 5/6 flyer for an early clock. Nyx Weaver helps into reclaiming an essential card that was milled to the graveyard and is also an excellent early defense.

Beating down with Nighthowler is Plan A, whereas Plan B is to use Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord’s second ability for a direct life loss kill of an opponent. He can also get Pharika online most of the time with his four Black Green devotion points.

Other version has Strength of the Fallen setup for a large pump even with a 1/1 Elf, and combo with Pharika’s Snake enchantment generation ability.

As for our local version, the card pool currently has only two Shadowborn Demons to work with. That said, I am pondering the option of including Nemesis of Mortals in the list and maybe add the Strength of the Fallen combo.

We shall see if the deck will be completed by tomorrow and on what deck setup should I follow. See you on Part 2.

Reference Golgari Self-Mill decks: http://mtgtop8.com/archetype?a=292&meta=52&f=ST

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