Brain Maggot


Format Legality
Noble Legal
Hero Legal
Heirloom Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern 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
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

frogkill45 on Modern Delirium

5 days ago

Brain Maggot might be useful since its an enchantment creature, and its etb makes sure they have to waste a removal on it to get a card back.

filthyc4sual on Budget Black Beatdown

2 weeks ago

Sadly Hymn to Tourach is not modern legal. I do like the Wrench Mind idea though, but I think Brain Maggot might be a bit too slow.

Lowenstein on Budget Black Beatdown

2 weeks ago

Hi, i like the budget intro idea. I could see Brain Maggot being useful here. Also, Wrench Mind and/or Hymn to Tourach would be of worth considering

solarPULSAR on MB Discard Control

3 weeks ago

IMO Brain Maggot is really bad. You're better off playing more Inquisition of Kozileks or Duress even. I would play Ravenous Rats over Brain Maggot even.

JoshFox on MB Discard Control

3 weeks ago

DrBalanced you are right about Brain Maggot. I have never played monoblack so it wasn't on my radar. That being said, if you can splash white, 2 is greater then 1.

Pieguy396 on Improving my black devotion

3 weeks ago

It would involve taking the deck in a slightly different direction, but you could move to mono-B Panharmonicon if you'd like. You keep Gary and Gatekeeper of Malakir, but add things like Brain Maggot for disruption.

Either way, Fatal Push is much stronger removal than either Ultimate Price or Doom Blade (and Go for the Throat is, too, TBH).

I do agree with LeaPlath on both counts as well; a decklist would be super helpful, and Lightning Greaves generally doesn't work for protection in Modern.

DrBalanced on MB Discard Control

3 weeks ago

Thanks solarPULSARI will soon make some changes, I had no idea 8-rack was already a deck xD

JoshFox Wouldn't Brain Maggot be straight up better in monoblack? I wasn't sure to include that but maybe I will

Hobbez9186 on Torment of all Hands

3 weeks ago

The only problem is that the current Standard rotates in a week and there are a lot of changes that will need to happen. Otherwise, obviously this is sweet.

Dreamstealer is awesome. It does pull early removal which is fine, if it doesn't the discard is relevant and it can be used to chump a fatty. Once it dies, Eternalizing it as a 4/4 Menace for 6 has actually won me games. It pairs very nicely with the Scarab Curse because if your opponent tries to hold onto cards to discard and avoid the Curse damage they can't. That one has definitely closed out games. I run a full set and it's a great card. I don't typically run it out on turn 3 though because you want to use your mana for direct disruption through the early turns, but once your opponent is down to 1 or 2 cards it's amazing. Slow and painful. I am going to be moving it to the sideboard because I am losing his friend Distended Mindbender which was my favorite turn 3 into turn 4 play. I think it will pair well with the new Raiders' Wake and it is part of my new Sideboard strategy.

Kitesail Freebooter is part of that alternate strategy too when Ixalan comes. I had a black deck back in Theros that didn't focus on discard specifically, but I absolutely ran a full set of Brain Maggot because it's a great effect that gives you useful information. I like that it's on a body because it basically rips off a card and then burns a second card that they have to use to kill it to get it back, or it can be used to stop damage from a big attack. Incredibly useful.

If you plan on replacing Ob Nix with some other form of card draw, I'd recommend Sword-Point Diplomacy which pairs very well with Yahenni's Expertise since you can 2-for-1 and the payoff is awesome. The only other real draw mechanics right now are very underwhelming compared to Diplomacy. Painful Lesson guarantees 2 cards for 2 life and 3 mana, but it's not very exciting. Arguel's Blood Fast is repeatable, but unless you also run something like Noxious Gearhulk it probably will get you killed. There are a few Tutors, but they are all way too high cost. Razaketh is interesting and I've thought about building around him but you'd have to have more creatures.

The only other consideration is Duress over Lay Bare the Heart. Lay Bare is sweet, but it can't hit planeswalkers anymore. It can hit creatures (that aren't Legendary), but Harsh Scrutiny does that for less mana and lets you scry. I think having one cost hand disruption is better overall because you can peel apart a good hand by doing it more than once a turn starting on turn 2. I think either a full set of Duress and Scrutiny or an even mix of all 3 cards would be better. Either way, everyone plays creatures (except us lol) so I think Scrutiny pretty much has to be a full 4. The information is just too valuable. Doomfall is great too, it's just so flexible and again works well with Expertise. Imagine wiping out a whole army of smaller creatures and your opponent being left with one big creature or a few valuable creatures. Just Doomfall afterwards with the free cast and make them Exile a creature after their chumpers get blown away. I like that when you use it to attack the hand you are far less restricted as well.

Anyway, that's just my two cents. I read the comments where you were considering some of these cards and I wanted to further explain their usefulness. My discard deck is very successful and very fun. For me. My friends don't share that feeling lol. I've run into a few Blue decks that seems to have even more answers than I do sometimes, but that's about the only struggle I've had at all. If you play multiplayer games at all too remember that Torment of Hailfire hits all opponents. You said in your description that it can "really ruin one opponent", but it can really ruin everyone, lol.

Good luck to you, it's good to see another fan of classic black discard. Long live The Rack ;)

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