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Commander Review: Dragon’s Maze – Mind Funeral, Mirko Vosk, Mind Drinker

April 17, 2013 by  
Filed under Commander/General Ideas, Review, Strategy

Mind Funeral

The Mind is Fragile Thing

Today we shall review Mirko Vosk, Mind Drinker, the Maze Runner from House Dimir, the champion from the guild of milling. Milling is a slow and hard way to win in MtG as you attack the library instead of the player. That translates to 60 cards to defeat an opponent rather than 20 life in normal variant. But in EDH, that is 99 cards and sometimes more if you are in multi-player games. Although factor in the fact that over the course of the game, players will draw cards and lower the number of cards in the library, it is still a long way to kill in EDH. As mentioned in our article about Milling, EDH mill decks win by a combo usually milling the whole library at once, thus an instant win. Normal methods of milling are more like disruption than a win con. So while every other card is milling one or more cards per mill, Mirko pushes the stakes up to mill heaven by Mind Funeral-ing everyone whenever he hits someone.


Mind FuneralMirko Vosk, Mind Drinker

Mirko Vosk, Mind Drinker

Drink the Mind. Because Blood is too Mainstream.

Mirko feels a lot like the old guild leader of House Dimir, Szadek, Lord of Secrets. Both will not hesitate to eat any Creatures throw in their way, but both prefer to eat the players mentally. This actually means that both of them mill players when they are dealing combat damage to players. Szadek does not deals combat damage but instead doubles his power every time he gets through to the player and then mill them for that much power. Mirko on the other hand up the stakes to another level. He still deals combat damage to a player but also Mind Funeral that player at the same time. That could sometimes lead to devastating effects on an unlucky player as that Mind Funeral effect may take away a huge portion of his or her important spells before hitting four Lands, making him or her lot of spells lesser. Pretty bad shape to be in if one is not playing a graveyard theme.


Commander Potential

Szadek, Lord of Secrets

Mind is better than Blood…. Anytime…..

Using Mirko as Commander may not necessary means you are going the Mill style way, since milling is a hard and long way to win in EDH. If your milling do not immediately takes someone out, then Mirko and you will be the public enemy of the table. You could use him strictly for his milling ability as support or just use him as Commander just for his color identity. Either way, as random as it is with the Mind Funeral effect, it is still a very huge chuck of cards gone if the player is oh so unlucky. This is especially so if your opponent is playing a Ramp deck as most of his or her Lands will be on the battlefield. Thus Mirko is a very decent commander using his color identity for control and disrupt during the early stages, then bringing him in to further disrupt with the Mind Funeral. A good political bargain to keep yourself in the game is that you could proclaim that you WILL mill the public enemy and request for an alliance with the others. Mirko is also cost lesser than Szadek, so you can cast him out earlier to start milling. Praises aside, Mirko still has some down side to his milling ability. For both does the same almost the same thing but Szadek mills more consistently than Mirko. If a player is lucky enough, you may end up just milling him or her for just four Land cards.


In summary, if you are using the Vampire for his color identity, it really doesn’t matters which Commander you are using. But if you are bent on using milling to win or disrupt, Mirko will be a good choice of Commander even when his milling effect is rather inconsistently, as his casting cost is much lower and easier to cast and recast from Commander Zone than Szadek. Using milling as a form of disruption, a partial milling EDH deck is also possible. Cards like Bloodchief Ascension, Mindcrank and Duskmantle Guildmage could be used too, adding life loss to library death as win cons to your deck. Because of the huge amount of cards both Vampires are capable of milling, they are bound to be killed numerous times. Szadek will soon be hard to cast back from the Commander Zone faster than Mirko. Thus Mirko is a better choice in this regards.

Bloodchief Ascension

Zero Life or Library Death……. Whichever comes first…..


Night is still Long….

With that, we will end off today article with Mirko. There more upcoming next Dragon’s Maze Commander Review article for more review of the rest of the Guild Champions, so do stay tune. Till then, do not let the Mind Drinker drink your mind in the night…..


This is yours truly, Edward “Reaper King” Leong, signing off.


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