Brain Weevil

Brain Weevil

Creature — Insect

Intimidate (This creature can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or creatures that share a color with it.)

Sacrifice Brain Weevil: Target player discards two cards. Activate this ability only any time you could cast a sorcery.

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Set Rarity
Duel Decks: Izzet vs. Golgari (DDJ) Common
Innistrad (ISD) Common

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Format Legality
Block Constructed Legal
Vintage Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Noble Legal
Casual Legal
Leviathan Legal
Modern Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Highlander Legal
Pauper Legal
Magic Duels Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Unformat Legal

Brain Weevil Discussion

Neotrup on Brain Weevil ability rules?

1 year ago

Activating Brain Weevil's ability will sacrifice it so it won't be around to sacrifice to Westvale Abbey  Flip. If you sacrifice it to Westvale Abbey  Flip it won't be around to sacrifice to it's own ability.

You never trigger Brain Weevil. It has an activated ability which requires paying a cost (denoted by the use of a colon). A triggered ability starts with At, When, or Whenever. If it were a triggered ability, such as the one Black Cat has, it would indeed trigger when it died being sacrificed for another ability.

RenarenTheWizard on Brain Weevil ability rules?

1 year ago

So I'm making a demon/sacrifice deck and I ran into something about Brain Weevil and Westvale Abbey  Flip. A lot of the cards that I see usually have you pay/tap the creature to sacrifice it. This one just says "Sacrifice Brain Weevil", making me think that Westvale Abbey could trigger Brain Weevil's ability. Am I wrong or right?

Force_of_Willb on Shirei, Deaths Command

3 years ago


For Card Draw: Gate to the Afterlife, Carnage Altar, Scarecrone, and/or Altar's Reap better than Sign in Blood

For Land Ramp: Wild-Field Scarecrow, Pilgrim's Eye

Graveyard Hate: Heap Doll, Martyr of Bones

additional Life Drain Effects: Death Cultist, Gnawing Zombie, Krovikan Horror

Discard package: Augur of Skulls, Brain Weevil, Nezumi Bone-Reader

Hell's Caretaker over Apprentice Necromancer

Token Generators: Triskelavus, Pentavus, Thopter Squadron

1 v 1 game suggestion for unfun Hope of Ghirapur

Suggestions to remove: Necropede, corrosive mentor, plague myr, plagued rusalla, tree of perdition, sign in blood, death denied, Jar of Eyeballs,

PickleNutz on

3 years ago

Hey, I have a few suggestions/ comments.

Why do you use 24 lands in a deck that has such a low CMC? You're chancing some uneventful draws with so many lands. 19 should be about perfect, it gives you room for more spell play.

Ratchet Bomb is also kind of useless If your deck is running properly, one boardwipe in the main board like Damnation would be fine. Grafdigger's Cage would be a good option for the sideboard.

Necrogen Mists is also a double-edged sword, but since you aren't running Liliana of the Veil it's hard to find a substitution. Since your deck is reliant on you playing spells though. Liliana, Defiant Necromancer  Flip might be a better option on a budget.

Thoughtseize over Inquisition of Kozilek might have a better effect for you too.

Some other interesting cards

Gnat Miser

Ensnaring Bridge

Cry of Contrition

Brain Weevil

Brain Maggot

Augur of Skulls

PickleNutz on

3 years ago

This deck has synergy issues, but I have a few suggestions since you haven't built it yet.

Blue cards

Black cards

White cards

Those are some pretty solid staples to those colors for modern, some are a bit more costly than the others.

As far as creatures




Some multi-color cards

These cards will do significantly well for you in the control department, and almost all of them are pretty affordable besides Snapcaster Mage and Thoughtseize.

It may also benefit you to take out a few lands and use a few more creatures. This deck archetype on a budget has a hard time working well.

You can also try this Planeswalker out, it's a pretty useful one.

It's 3 cost to play and can be a draw card outlet for you, it's not going to replace a Liliana of the Veil though.

SmokeyBear15 on Shirei's Daycare

3 years ago

Hey there! Thanks for looking at my deck (Let 'em Die [Primer: Shirei, Shizo's Caretaker])! Here's some general suggestions for you:

First off, creatures don't come back with Shirei when equiped with Skullclamp, since it boosts their power. And no Ashnod's Altar or Viscera Seer? Those two sac outlets are amazing here.

Pawn of Ulamog and Sifter of Skulls are amazing token producers. The eldrazi tokens they make can be used for mana ramping, and can sacrifice themselves for death triggers. Neat! I'm testing out the Fabricate abilities of Weaponcraft Enthusiast and Marionette Master as well.

Smothering Abomination, Harvester of Souls, and Grim Haruspex are great for generating card draw for every creature that dies. Vampiric Rites is a 1-drop enchantment (kinda hard to remove) that gives you card draw. Maybe take out the one-time use spells like Read the Bones for these.

I personally like Deathgreeter over Bottle Gnomes, and it has pretty consistently done a higher amount of life gain. Zulaport Cutthroat is a must-have, IMO. It's often my quickest wincon. Gray Merchant of Asphodel and Falkenrath Noble are good for this too, if you have ways to reduce their power to recur them.

You do have a fair number of things with >1 power, or that boost their power. I might recommend Plagued Rusalka, Fume Spitter, and/or Necropede as ways to reduce the power of your bigger creatures, or as a form of removal against your opponents. Maybe instead of Drakestown Forgotten.

You have a lot of discard effects (which is good!), but several of them are sorcery speed (Sadistic Hypnotist, Brain Weevil, Augur of Skulls) or need to be paid for (Drainpipe Vermin). Or that don't recur at all Sadistic Augermage. I might recommend more stuff like Noxious Toad, Mesmeric Fiend, or Disciple of Phenax. That can be used on each opponents turn.

Scarblade Elite doesn't work unless you have another Assassin in graveyard, and only up to 4 times max, and doesn't even recur itself under Shirei. And I like Dutiful Attendant over things like Death Denied or Gravepurge. Maybe look into Living Death as well?

Hope that's not too much info! Welcome to the Perpetual Weenie Murder Club!

SmokeyBear15 on Let 'em Die 1v1

4 years ago

Recently made a few more changes:

Took out: Perilous Myr, Kalastria Healer, and Reprocess.

Put in: Augur of Skulls, Thrull Surgeon, and Grim Haruspex.

Reprocess is great in a deck like this, but it's a one time effect, whereas Grim Haruspex can be used on multiple turns. It doesn't come back with my commander, but I can potentially get it back with one of my other graveyard fetchers. It costs 1 less to cast, but it also doesn't actually allow me to sacrifice anything by itself. I think it's a fair trade off, because a single-use sorcery isn't a reliable sac outlet.

Augur of Skulls makes them discard not one but two cards. It sacs itself for free, even if only on my turn. It's cheaper for the same effect on Brain Weevil, and who knows, its regenerate might be useful at some point. In 1v1, not being able to sac itself during their turn isn't as limiting as in multiplayer, especially if i have another sac outlet out.

Thrull Surgeon is an interesting new comer. He lets me see my opponents whole hand, and lets me choose what they discard. That's super powerful. It costs 1B to activate, which is limiting, but it's worth it, I think. Again, this is something I can only do at sorcery speed, but 1) there aren't many more 1/X discard creatures that I haven't used, and 2) it's powerful black control on my turn that is still a sac-able body on their turn.

I'm not really sad to see Kalastria Healer go. My artists are way more efficient at that task. But Perilous Myr will be missed, since it can hit smaller annoying creatures or do direct damage to opponents. I might want to find a way to work him back in. He was always a tad nicer than Infectious Host, which already didn't make the cut.

I also want to work in Ring of Xathrid if possible, and the only thing I can think of removing is Scavenger Drake, but he's been good to me.