Appetite for Brains


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Duel Decks: Blessed vs Cursed (DDQ) Uncommon
Avacyn Restored (AVR) Uncommon

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Appetite for Brains


Target opponent reveals his or her hand. You choose a card from it with converted mana cost 4 or greater and exile that card.

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Appetite for Brains Discussion

DerektheRed on And Everything Dies, The End!

1 month ago

A few thoughts:

First and probably most important, you have a high-CMC deck and almost no ramp. You're going to start slow and recover slowly from wraths. Look at the signets, Gilded Lotus, Growing Rites of Itlimoc  Flip, Somberwald Sage (you can always sac dorks if you don't need em)... You'd benefit from Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx even sac'ing creatures a lot. Late game, stuff like Boundless Realms, Zendikar Resurgent or Everflowing Chalice are huge for recovery.

Cards like Elvish Piper are great to cheat stuff out directly, Aether Vial (pricey) or Quicksilver Amulet.

Second, making everything indestructible is tough in your colors, but if you can protect Kresh, wraths are actually a benefit. I'd definitely put in Darksteel Plate.

Third, in a deck like this I'd probably sideboard a few cards just to deal with flying like Gravity Well and Whirlwind.

Last, you've got the right idea making players sacrifice and using -1/-1 counters (though you don't really have enough -1/-1 to do it reliably) -- but you have almost no exile. That's how you get around indestructibility. Appetite for Brains, Bane of Bala Ged, Burn from Within.... I'm not even to 'C' yet - lots of options!

S1ayerMonkey on Gravecrawler doesn't need Rooftop Storm

3 months ago

To build on what BigOldFox was saying, Appetite for Brains and Duress work well as low-cost hand hate

Funkydiscogod on Card creation challenge

5 months ago



Target player reveals his or her hand. You choose a card from it. That player exiles that card. Until your next turn, that player may play that card.

This is for Red control-type decks, I figure it'd work something like an Incite for spells, or Appetite for Brains. Effectively, the opponent would have one turn to play the chosen card, or else it stays exiled.

Next, let's see a 1-mana green spell that would become a modern staple.

landofMordor on GIDEON! GIDEON!

11 months ago

One last thought -- I wouldn't go any lower on your targeted discard. The information it provides, in addition to crippling an opponent's opening plays, could prove invaluable. If the grave bothers you, then try something like Castigate, Transgress the Mind, or Appetite for Brains instead (although I'm aware that doubling the CMC of your targeted discard is no good, either).

aekrusty on Black Ramp

1 year ago

Dark Ritual is not modern legal. Good budget removals in black: Doom Blade, Tragic Slip, and Murder. Since you are in mono black some budget discards would go well: Duress, Appetite for Brains and Mind Rot. Could you check and upvote my BW Tokens? Thanks

Heretic_Dragoon on BW Tokens

1 year ago

aekrusty You got the deck idea down I like it. My main concern is only 8 SB cards, why not just got the full 15? Why have less options when you can have more? It couldn't hurt to have more Tidehollow Sculler in my opinion. I love that card. I especially believe Appetite for Brains is a seriously underplayed card. Especially when Eldrazi tron and combo decks like Ad Naseum and Scapeshift variants being a thing. I understand this being a budget deck, but it couldn't hurt to invest in better discard like Inquisition of Kozilek. Also Celestial Crusader, and Honor of the Pure are some good additions. With Elspeth, Sun's Champion being a strong and affordable late game card. Since this is trying to go budget, I won't bother with naming path, but have you thought of Condemn and Blessed Alliance in your SB? They are such good threats with Death Shadow decks. Also, my brother plays these in Junk, and they seem like they could work here as more removal/filter Cast Out. Early game filter, and a catch all removal later on.

GarthMaul on

1 year ago


Thanks for the comment.
I put Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx in the deck just for the devotion aspect in late game. I honestly hadn't thought about nixing it and Crypt of Agadeem, but looking at it in that perspective, I could definitely switch them for some more basics.

The main reason I had Sorin, Solemn Visitor was for the Lifelink. Plus if I already had +2/+1 on everything from Undead Warchief I could potentially gain a bunch of life. Not to mention I could make some flyers from him also.

I could cut Appetite for Brains, my reason for it was to be able to see the opponents hand. But with Inquisition of Kozilek I could cut it and replace with some creatures. Maybe a Death Baron or Lord of the Undead?

I love the Diregraf Colossus, I can't believe I didn't think about putting him in this.

Thanks again for the suggestions.

xyr0s on

1 year ago

This look s a little bit like you had some favourite cards and a theme for your deck... and those two did not completely overlap. Specifically: What is Sorin, Solemn Visitor doing for your zombies, that wouldn't be done better by other cards? And what are you doing with 1 Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx? Not that it is a bad card (it's pretty good), but it is one of those you either want every match, or that you don't want at all.

Crypt of Agadeem is something I'm a bit doubtful about. Not in general, but with only 17 creatures in your deck, you'll have problems getting to a point where it's worth using.

Appetite for Brains seems like it would be better exchanged for a removal spell. Y'see, sorcery speed discard cannot stop a good topdeck (so you have to know when to play Appetite for Brains and have a window of opportunity for it too) - but a removal spell doesn't care. Or maybe, even better, exchange it for more zombies. Something like Fleshbag Marauder, perhaps, or Diregraf Colossus.

Overall you need more zombies (or other creatures). You can go with a more devotion-like style - then you should get Gray Merchant of Asphodel, full set of Nykthos, and Geralf's Messenger.

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