Enchantment Creature — Insect
When Brain Maggot enters the battlefield, target opponent reveals his or her hand and you choose a nonland card from it. Exile that card until Brain Maggot leaves the battlefield.
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|Journey into Nyx (JOU)||Uncommon|
|Promo Set (000)||Uncommon|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Brain Maggot Discussion
3 weeks ago
This would be an example of one of the best midrange decks in Modern right now, Jund: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/archetype/modern-jund-46470#paper
A midrange deck wants to have the strongest cards at each point on the mana curve, and wins by having cards that are just better than your opponents. In the case of Jund, your mono red opponent's Monastery Swiftspear gets embarrassed by Tarmagoyf, and Wrenn and Six is a whole lot better than something like Snapcaster Mage from azorious control.
Now, as for changes, I will tell you what I would do, but you can take only some of the suggestions and make the deck your own.
First, remove anything that costs 5 or more mana except possibly Gray Merchant of Asphodel, along with all of your ramp or land search cards like Armillary Sphere and Cabal Stronghold. You want to put on pressure early and destroy your opponent's creatures, and you can't do that if you are spending mana trying to ramp or have big creatures stuck in your hand.
Second, remove all of the artifacts you have left, with the possible exception of Panharmonicon. Panharmonicon is really fun and I would up it to 3 copies if you really want to go all out on the ETB abilities, but just know that it won't be the most competitive. The rest of your artifacts are really only good when you're already winning, and the majority of the time they would be better as another creature or a piece of disruption.
Third, remove some of your weaker creatures. Fourth Bridge Prowler is decent if your local scene has a lot of decks like spirits and bant snowblade where decks have a lot of creatures with one toughness, but it's a lot weaker if your opponent's are playing big creatures or no creatures at all. Burglar Rat and Yarok's Fenlurker are often weaker than Brain Maggot or Kitesail Freebooter since opponent's can choose the weakest card in their hand to give up with your current line up, but with a switch you get to choose what to get rid of (Yes, they get their card back if your creature dies, but they generally have to use a removal spell on a 1/2 creature and don't get to play their card as early as possible, so you end up ahead). If you decide to play a lot of those, Wasteland Strangler can be a cheaper Skinrender and prevent your opponent from getting those cards back when your disruption dies. Quag Vampires is never an impressive card, and Cauldron Haze is really awkward to play because you really want to be using all of your mana each turn to deploy threats, and you very rarely will have 2 mana open, haze in hand, and not want it to be removal or disruption.
Fourth, add more disruption and removal. Cards like Inquisition of Kozilek and Victim of the night will help supplement your creatures ETBs by either being cheaper or at instant speed. Disruption is essential against control and combo decks so that you can get rid of sweepers like Supreme Verdict, win conditions like Teferi, Hero of Dominaria, or their combo spell like ad nauseum. Removal is required to deal with creatures from aggro and midrange, along with big beaters like Primeval Titan in big mana decks (Tron, Amulet Titan, etc.)
Finally, play multiples of the stronger cards, go up to at least 23 lands, and fill out the rest of the deck with meta game cards. Wrench Mind and Despoiler of Souls can be solid against control, Gifted Aetherborn and Nyxathid are good against aggro, and things like Sign in Blood and Pack Rat give the edge in midrange matches. Pick whichever ones best address your local meta/ you like the best, and then you'll use your sideboard to cover other matches.
You'll also want a sideboard if you're actually playing at a local tournament, but start with the main deck first to figure out what you actually need to sideboard for.
A couple of additional resources: For figuring out how many lands: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/articles/brewer-s-minute-how-many-lands. For a more in depth explanation of Mid range decks: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/how-build/how-build-midrange-2017-02-07
Finally, if you're looking for ideas, just google " modern mono-black midrange budget" and you'll find a decent number of options.
I hope this helps.
3 weeks ago
Kitesail Freebooter is an option if you need a flyer. Despise or Duress are hyper budget options Lay Bare the Heart is slightly less effective then castigate but also less mana intensive. Harsh Scrutiny offers a acry effect. Brain Maggot is effective another tidehallow sculler
1 month ago
Really think about Anguished Unmaking, Conclave Tribunal, Despark (it can get rid of Jace on the draw step and frankly I can't think of anything else but hand attack that will save you from the inverting menace... also it takes care of Nissa), Glass Casket (or Silkwrap), Seal Away, Brain Maggot, Infinite Obliteration, good ol' RIP, and Sin Collector.
All of these are decent cards that exile things.
1 month ago
If you're looking for budget options, you could replace Thoughtseize with Duress, Specter's Shriek, Despise, Harsh Scrutiny, Agonizing Remorse, or Divest. Even Brain Maggot or Kitesail Freebooter would work. Those also work as replacements for Thought Erasure. Dig Through Time can be replaced with Treasure Cruise or Drawn from Dreams. Fatal Push could be swapped for Murderous Cut, Doom Blade, Cast Down, Ultimate Price.
For the lands, you can always run cards like Dismal Backwater, Dimir Guildgate, or Submerged Boneyard to replace some of the pricier dual lands and Evolving Wilds or Warped Landscape to take care of Fabled Passage.
2 months ago
Alrighty so I definitely like the idea of utilizing an exile-matters Esper deck, and I have always loved Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver, and definitely think she should be a staple. Especially if you continue on the mill-plan. But I would actually advise against that. I would, personally, play a deck that runs cards like Spell Queller and Brain Maggot combined with “processor” eldrazi like Wasteland Strangler so that the card you exile will never come back! I like Etrata, but the rest of the creatures in the deck seem particularly weak. They do really cool things, but in competitive mtg you really want your 4-5-6 drops to do something when they enter the field (like Siege Rhino), to be really annoying to remove, (like Niv-Mizzet, Parun) or be potentially game winning if not answered immediately (like Elspeth, Sun's Champion)
Hope I helped and I would definitely answer any questions you have! I just think mill is an extremely weak archetype, and think a more control-oriented strategy would work out very well.
on Deck changes
2 months ago
If I remember correctly, the "revisions" perk for decks of an upgraded user only checks edits after you've done the upgrade.
yeaGO, I would like to report a bug with the revisions, and I'm not entirely sure what is going on with the bug. However, I'd like you to explore these two revisions:
In both cases, almost all the revisions have 5 ofs of things, weird counts and cards that should be there, and missing cards.
Almost every revision in the path to perfection deck (from 49 and lower) should show 4x Mox Opal. But they don't for some reason. Even further, revision 48 shows 3x Alpine Moon in the sideboard, which doesn't make sense as I've only ever put it in the deck within the past couple of weeks.
In the "overprotective mom" deck, Revision 9 (the most latest one) is missing changes, Brain Maggot doesn't show in the revisions despite being something I've included quite frequently, and there's 5x's of other cards as well.
3 months ago
Looks like fun, especially for the budget! Maybe consider some Brain Maggot s to protect yourself from enchantment removal/counterspells?
4 months ago
@Whirlwind_2100 — So I realized after asking you about Sorin that he wasn't even in the deck! (Sorin, Lord of Innistrad is currently in the deck, but Solemn Visitor was in the Maybeboard.) That said, I agree with your assessment of him and removed him from the Maybeboard. I also took out Vampire Nighthawk and several other cards, and upgraded some existing cards with better options.
@multimedia — Thank you for the long and thought-out comment! The funny thing is that a couple of your suggestions are things I had already realized, but hadn't had the time to deal with yet. For instance, I already planned for Heartless Summoning to go — like you said, it's a "non-bo" with my token generators. Same with Obzedat, Ghost Council — it amounts to very slow life drain. And I knew I needed more ramp and improved board wipes.
I do have a few follow-up questions for you, since you said that you are willing to offer more advice:
You're suggesting taking out almost all of the equipment for buffing Teysa, because "equipping to Teysa is unrealistic". Could you explain what you mean? If it's simply a matter of surviving enough turns to generate enough mana to both cast and equip her, then that isn't an issue. It's not a high power meta, with games generally lasting well beyond Turn 10. In a previous comment, I posted a couple of the other decks that Teysa has to regularly face, and they are hardly fully-optimized themselves. Or were you thinking something else besides mana cost?
If I remove the equipment buffs for Teysa, then what would you say are the deck's current finisher(s) / win-con(s)? Although I agree with you that this deck shouldn't be a fully Voltron deck, it's so easy to get commander damage through with her that, thus far, Teysa herself has been my main finisher, so I like to say that the deck has a Voltron sub-theme. If she's not the finisher, then what is?
Currently, it's usually just my wife and I playing, as we haven't found a playgroup in our new town yet. Since it's 1v1, is it more advisable to keep the hand disruption like Despise in the deck? Or would you still recommend removing it for some of the other spells you suggested? (I do agree on cutting Brain Maggot , though, as it's always been too easy for the opponent to get their card back.)
Finally, RE: Hushbringer , you cite my lack of creatures with ETB/LTB effects as the reason to run it. (Indeed, only Sun Titan has a meaningful ETB effect.) However, I was considering building this deck closer to Judgmental Eyes (Teysa) [[Primer]], which features a lot more creatures, sac outlets, and things that want creatures to die, hence being more of an Aristocrats build. Do you think that's a good direction? Or is a creature-less / -lite version of the deck better?