Brain Maggot


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Hero Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Heirloom Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Journey into Nyx (JOU) Uncommon
Promo Set (000) Uncommon

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Brain Maggot

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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Brain Maggot Discussion

ZorrosRage on Fangor Asphodel Devotion

20 hours ago

Brain Maggot or Kitesail Freebootersome creature hand disruption

Maybe Underworld Connections for draw. Maybe Whip of Erebos for recursion

If it were non budget I would also suggest some of the 3 drop lillia but those are never going to be close to budget

Snap157 on Modern Assassins (Cruel Control)

2 weeks ago

Grubbernaut has a point. Walk the Plank is sorcery speed removal and could be easily replaced with Victim of Night. With Merfolk being a viable tier 2 deck in modern, having instant speed removal to go against them is perfect.

Vraska's Contempt is powerful for sure, however you'll be spending to get rid of something that (in modern) is probably less than 3 cmc. I would add Hero's Downfall if planeswalkers are an issue in your meta. Additionally, Assassin's Trophy is just too flavorful here not to mention.

Having 4 Polluted Delta (as opposed to the expensive Verdant Catacombs can help search for Overgrown Tomb, of which I would include a minimum of 2. I say delta instead of Windswept Heath because in the event you search for both of your Overgrown Tombs, you can still grab parts of your manabase whereas windswept wouldn't have legal targets for fetching after you have both shocklands on the field.

In terms of hand disruption, Brain Maggot and Duress are fine, but can be replaced with Thoughtseize and Inquisition of Kozilek. I usually go for 7 cards dedicated to hand disruption, and you could probably settle for 4 Duress and 3 Thoughtseize.

Hope this helps, I really like this deck. Cheers!

zephyr_chang on GB Rock (budget)

2 weeks ago

17 creatures is probably far too low a number if you want to pull off God-Pharaoh's Gift at all. Even SaffronOlive's deck ran 29 creatures or so. 17 creatures means you'll need to mill on average a third of your deck to hit 6 creatures in the yard, and if you're unlucky, about half your deck. I think those are not reliable numbers.

Of course, I see that you are only running 2 Gates and 1 Gift so activating Gift's ability may be a bonus rather than the focus for the deck. However, the fact that you are running many subpar creatures just to fill the yard (such as Stitcher's Supplier and Stinkweed Imp etc.) suggest that you are actually trying quite hard to get Gift on-line...

As far as creature suggestions go - I would get creatures with enter-the-battlefield effects that can replace your removal/discard spells. This means things like Kitesail Freebooter or Brain Maggot or Ravenous Rats (pseudo-discard), Shriekmaw or Fleshbag Marauder (pseudo-removal), or the new Plaguecrafter (could be either discard or removal).

jgc10 on Orzhov Eldrazi Midrange

1 month ago

Kitesail Freebooter and Brain Maggot could add to your T2 plays.

clayperce on Let's Discuss: Pharika, God of ...

1 month ago

If I recall correctly, she didn't see a ton of play, but was a common one-of in all the Sultai decks playing Sidisi, Brood Tyrant.

Brain Maggot was a thing at the time too, and she was really good with that card. Disrupt an opponent's hand, then chump-block, then we're set up to Flash in a chump-blocker with Deathtouch whenever we need? Yeah, I'll take some of that! In the same way, she made late-game mana dorks better too.

Sargeras on How The Devil Plays MTG: The Mono-Black Primer

3 months ago


Grid was mistakenly put there.

I don't think Divest is good at all for modern, as we have access to Inquisition of Kozilek, Thoughtseize, and Duress, all of which are far better mainboard or sideboard.

I think Kitesail Freebooter is a fine 2-drop, and very similar to Brain Maggot, I'd say if you are going to play it in mono-black, I'd play two copies of it at most.

OriginLeon on ✨✨Doran's Evolving Woods ✨✨

3 months ago

Thank you for your comment wolfhead.

The reason I do not run Kitesail Freebooter instead is because of Zur the Enchanter. He can fetch my copy of Brain Maggot since it's also an enchantment.

Also about Tower Defense, i ran that in my old version that did not run Zur the Enchanter, this one has a little more enchantment/toolbox focus. The traditional Doran, the Siege Tower deck depends on Tower Defense no doubt about that!

MrSilk on Vraska Assassins

6 months ago

I would take out 2x duress OR a Duress and a Brain Maggot

I've seen suggestions for Whispersilk Cloak here too which is good if you don't mind the mana cost.

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