Brain Freeze

Legality

Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Casual Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Vintage Masters (VMA) Uncommon
Scourge (SCG) Uncommon

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Brain Freeze

Instant

Target player puts the top three cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.

Storm (When you cast this spell, copy it for each spell cast before it this turn. You may choose new targets for the copies.)

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Brain Freeze Discussion

GS10 on It's My Birthday I Deserve To Be Greedy, Huh

1 month ago

Something like Chaos Warp seems necessary both for your opponents and yourself. What happens if you name Insect with Kindred Discovery? Don't you mill yourself to death instantly? Neither The Locust God or Kindred Discovery is a may ability so they will loop with one another until you draw your whole deck. You can win with a Lab Maniac in that scenario, but if someone manages to remove it, you must have a instant speed way to remove one of your pieces to end the loop, so it would probably be safer to run Chaos Warp in addition to Commit, and it would also grant you some ways to deal with pesky enchantments your opponents might run.

As for actual improvements in power level, I'd say Purphoros, God of the Forge and Impact Tremors are very relevant for any The Locust God deck because they add some nice versatility. In case someone is playing a prison deck they are your biggest win cons.

One additional win con you might think to add is either Coastal Piracy or Bident of Thassa. With Breath of Fury it will grant you essentially infinte combat phases, granted you're not drawing your whole deck before you kill the whole table.

And finally, if you're running Isochron Scepter it might be worth looking into Dramatic Reversal for infinite mana that you can either dump into The Locust God's ability (if you have the necessary colored mana rocks) or infinite storm count for something like Aetherflux Reservoir, Brain Freeze or Grapeshot. This is definitely the least streamlined of the suggestions I've made, but if you're looking for alternate win conditions, this one is both one of the better and cheapest ones available.

Pieguy396 on Dramatic Scepter and Storm

2 months ago

I'd say that's actually the main way a lot of combo-control EDH decks win; get infinite storm count and win with Grapeshot, Tendrils of Agony, or Brain Freeze, depending on colors.

Mandalorian on Azami MoM

3 months ago

Riptide Laboratory

Docent of Perfection  Flip is a great alt win con is the combos don't work. It makes it so that your creatures can actually beat down well.

Not interested in any of the wizard tribal stuff? Patron Wizard, Supreme Inquisitor, etc...

Tolaria West

Forbid

Foil

Daze

Sphinx's Tutelage with infinite draw is basically a Brain Freeze to all opponents

Palinchron for infinite mana/storm with Paradox Engine or mana doubler like Gauntlet of Power or Extraplanar Lens

Capsize

Nethereon on Kess: Herald of Bolas

4 months ago

There have been a lot of really good points made already, but I'm still struggling to see what the end goal is for this deck. I think one of the first things to consider is, Kess is a spellslinger. You need a much higher land count to accommodate this strategy.

In commander, a 38 land deck is approximately the same as a 24 land, 60 card deck. With the inclusion of your lands, about 50% of your deck should be dedicated to producing mana or finding it (mana rocks + ramp spells + lands = 50 cards). The rest of your deck looks like you took two trains (Draconic Domination and Arcane Wizardry), and created a train wreck. Pick a strategy and cut out EVERYTHING that isn't part of that strategy. Are you a Kess deck or are you a pseudo Ur - Dragon deck?

As for recommendations, I highly recommend Search for Azcanta  Flip, Thaumatic Compass  Flip (ramp + Maze of Ith), and either Rhystic Study or Mystic Remora. One thing to note, you CAN use the suspend costs on cards with Kess, so recasting Wheel of Fate is entirely possible. Since they won't resolve the same turn, the exile clause of Kess' ability won't affect them.

Some general advice, you don't really have enough for the "artifact matters" cards like Unlicensed. With that being said, get rid of them. Find more hard ramp, cards like Traveler's Amulet, over mana rocks. Rocks die to removal, while not many people play land destruction, at least not if they want to keep playing, in the pod. I don't see any sort of graveyard hate, unless I'm overlooking it, which shouldn't be hard to implement (Rakdos Charm is in your colors). Finally, implement some better win cons that play to Kess' strengths. Throwing in some fork effects, threatens, storm effects, i.e. Mind's Desire, and a Banefire to send a message. Heck, my Kess deck runs Paradox Engine, Mystic Speculation, and Brain Freeze, not to mention the Capsize lock. (If you pay buyback, the spell returns to your hand and doesn't get exiled, with Kess! :) )

I hope some of this helps you to find a strategy that works for you, and, more importantly, is fun to play. Good luck and best regards.

Polupus on Pool Party at Padeem’s!

4 months ago

Brain Freeze is a good idea.

The major issue I have with Future Sight is I cant reliably protect it with Padeem, which is important to me if I am spending that much mana on it I need to be sure Im going to win the turn it comes down.

I like Mindslaver because its a puzzle. How do I make the worst possible move for my opponent?

Megalomania on Pool Party at Padeem’s!

4 months ago

Since youre using Paradox Engine, I would definitely try to find ways to use and abuse Isochron Scepter. Maybe use Brain Freeze as your win con?

Future Sight can be so OP especially with Paradox Engine and a lot of rocks in play, but I get why you have second thoughts about using it. The Engine can substitute for the Helm in the Future Sight combo though. Also throwing out Mind Over Matter and Gilded Lotus (if its not yet there) for your consideration.

Lastly, not a big fan of the Mindslaver combo. IMO, its too clunky and unreliable considering the direction the deck seems to be taking.

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