Daily D&D Deck Tech: The Laughter Mill


Every workday ahead of the set's paper release, Insight takes a quick look at a deck featuring cards from Adventures in the Forgotten Realms. Dimir Mill has been getting useful additions all the time lately, first from Modern Horizons 2 and now again, taking it from outsider to real contender!

tasha's hideous laughter

A little more than a year ago, I wrote about the then new Ruin Crab and its possible influence on Modern Mill. Almost feels like it was yesterday …

But a lot has happened in the meantime! With eight Crabs in the deck, Lurrus proved a powerful pick-up. Modern Horizons 2 gave blue players Counterspell. More importantly, the set added another piece to the milling arsenal in Fractured Sanity.

fractured sanity tasha's hideous laughter

This brings us to the present day and to Tasha's Hideous Laughter. Modern has always been a format filled to the brim with fast decks full of cheap spells. These are usually the ones Mill struggles against the most, but that's about to change because of this card alone. Milling an opponent until they hit combined mana value 20 is crazy in a meta where Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer runs rampant. Some of these Monkey decks run more spells that cost zero than spells that cost three mana.

And did I say "mill"? Scratch that, this one actually exiles cards! One big issue with milling is that it actually helps opponents who run graveyard synergies. With Laughter, however, they will hardly see their cards ever again, preventing early Murktide Regent drops or Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger escapes, above all.

Finally, don't forget that Laughter is highly synergistic with Surgical Extraction (or Extirpate). In many matchups you'll simply exile all copies of your opponent's biggest threats, for example Stormwing Entity or Primeval Titan, which just so happen to coincide with their deck's biggest mana costs too!

Tasha's Hideous Laughter is the real deal. All Mill decks that made Top 32 at Challenges over the weekend of July 10–11 included a full four copies—to some decent success.

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TimeLord(21.07.2021 15:58)

Indeed the golden age of milling, good article.

I play modern mill for a while now, i play mono blue, blue/black or even blue/black/white.

But now mono blue is very powerfull. Can`t wait for the first tournement this year, if one starts.

And yes i like the deck, looks really good and fast.