Cerebral Vortex


Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Guildpact (GPT) Rare

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Cerebral Vortex


Target player draws two cards, then Cerebral Vortex deals damage to that player equal to the number of cards he or she has drawn this turn.

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Cerebral Vortex Discussion

Buufreak on Nekusaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrr

1 month ago

Cerebral Vortex might be a good addition.

goblinguiderevealpls on Nekusar, The Mind Razer

3 months ago

Hey @screamer51.

I love nekusar and everything about him, I started building him as soon as he was spoiled, and now have an insanely tuned and budgetless competitive multiplayer edh deck

Anyways, what would I recommend for budget casual constructed?

As you can see by my deck, i learned that nekusar loves Wheel of Fortune and is more of a spellslinger draw theme than zombie tribal.

That being said, if you want to build around the lich king, creatures should be your last priority,

If i were to make a casual nekusar constructed that is effective, i would run things like Reforge the Soul, Liliana's Caress, Time Reversal

In a 20 life format, nekusar only needs 3 "draw 7" or mass loot spells to kill an opponent, and thankfully a majority of these are cheap.

Reforge the Soul

Day's Undoing

Waste Not


Fevered Visions

Wheel of Fate

Burning Inquiry


Whispering Madness

Molten Psyche

Dark Deal

Cerebral Vortex

Winds of Change

Second to wheels and forced draw, nekusar is kind of high cmc for a creature, so things like Nightscape Familiar can help you cast more spells faster, speaking of more spells, grixis has access to a beautiful array of rituals that you can chain into nekusar much earlier than turn 5 and also allow you to cast more wheels after refreshing your hand

The budget rituals include

High Tide

Bubbling Muck

Dark Ritual

Seething Song

Desperate Ritual

Pyretic Ritual

Cabal Ritual

Cards like Geth's Grimoire and Jace's Archivist can easily win you the game if left unchecked, and there are other forms of draw damage in Phyrexian Tyranny Fevered Visions Underworld Dreams Spiteful Visions

As far as cheap counterspells, Arcane Denial is BONKERS cuz it can deal draw damage with its draw, Sign in Blood is a cheap card draw that you can use to draw OR kill opponents by stacking it with nekusar.

Cards that save you from wheels decking you out


Library of Leng

Laboratory Maniac

Other than "wheel" and countermagic, you can also mill opponents with Mindcrank or Sphinx's Tutelage, reanimate wheeled creatures with stuff like Stitch Together, or run discard like Despise or Duress, and Cephalid Coliseum is INSANE as a cheap 1-of in edh, id be scared to see what 3 or 4 could do.

Lastly, a spell decks worst weakmess is CREATURES

now im going to assume you're not going to be slinging Damnation around, but theres tons of budget alternatives in the likely case that opponents will have more creatures than you

Deadly Tempest

Decree of Pain

Extinguish All Hope

And if you're still itching to run creatures even though i would not advise many, here are a few options thar nekusar has liked in the past

Nightscape Familiar

Kederekt Parasite

Sire Of Insanity

Goblin Electromancer

Jace's Archivist

Magus of the Wheel

Magus of the Jar

Fate Unraveler

Master of the Feast

Noggle Ransacker

Whirlpool Warrior

Laboratory Maniac

Hope this helps

jwe94 on Drowning in Drawing

3 months ago

@ShadyPear and TrentenEnder pretty much what tNag552 said yes Dark Deal isn't always optimal but that's alright. Intuition is a good tutor but it really flourishes when you have 3 redundant copies of a wincon (and Grafted Exoskeleton costs too much for me). Exhaustion and Cerebral Vortex fail in the sense they're targeted spells. The maguses work alright but they're definitely budget options because of slowness. Finally I kinda like the idea of Gitaxian Probe (but maybe Telepathy instead).

@goblinguiderevealpls Lion's Eye Diamond is the next card I save up for already but thanks, Chains of Mephistopheles is to rich for my blood, and Toxic Deluge is already in the deck.

tNag552 on Drowning in Drawing

3 months ago

I also play a very similar deck to this, I hope my opinion helps you, otherwise, wait for the original author to reply hehe

@ShadyPear I like Dark Deal, helps with the only black requirement when I'm going combo with Waste Not. My deck is easier to go off with only black thanks to Dark Ritual effects and Bubbling Muck.

@TrentenEnder I usually play in at least 4 player table, blocking one out with Exhaustion won't do the trick, I rather have some other control cards available when I decide to start the drawing. Intuition is more expensive than other options, Vampiric Tutor, Demonic Tutor, Mystical Tutor. Could do the trick with Yawgmoth's Will but not sure I have space for that. Cerebral Vortex I like the card, but I don't like going target player. The advantage of this deck is you kill everybody else on the table. I think it's massive damage after a wheel or two is already taken by Molten Psyche. Finally, I'd not change those spells for their respective magus'. Creatures require activation, a whole turn needs to go before they hit and the good thing about wheels is destroying the hands as soon as they are casted. Following this logic I removed Wheel of Fate and Jace's Archivist. Archivist's effect is good and repeatable, but 90% of the time I would not untap with him.

TrentenEnder on Drowning in Drawing

3 months ago

what is your opinion on Exhaustion for protection against people with answers it also makes them draw more cards on their turn taking more damage from nekusar, Intuition as a "cheap" tutor, Cerebral Vortex as a finisher and from my experience with this card my most favorite one, and Gitaxian Probe as a way to look and see if it's clear to play nekusar, what they can do to stop what your doing, it can see if you can have more time to set up more if they don't have anything to punish you, or just overall information. Also what's your opinion on trading out Memory Jar, and Wheel of Fortune, for Magus of the Jar, and Magus of the Wheel

Chill_Casual on Mindgames

3 months ago

Hey man, I would recommned replacing Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind with Archfiend of Ifnir for two reasons. 1.)Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind has a disgusting mana-cost of 2UURR which can be bad without the right lands/artifacts and is expensive in itself, whereas Archfiend of Ifnir is 3BB. that's cheaper and easier to cast. 2.) Archfiend of Ifnir has superior card value to Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind, and here's why. Archfiend has a base power/toughness of 5/4 whereas Niv-mizzet has 4/4. Niv-mizzet may be able to do his classic infinity combo when paired with Curiosity, Helm of the Ghastlord, or Ophidian Eye, but without those he doesn't bring much to the table over Archfiend in terms of being a fatty flyer. If you wheel while Niv-Mizzet is out you get like seven damage spread out as you choose. This pale's in comparison to A Black Sun's Zenith FOR OPPONENTS ONLY. Like, Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind is spoopy, but NUKING THE BOARD EVERY WHEEL IS HARDCORE CONTROL. also, Archfiend has cycling if you ever got that desperate. If you put in Archfiend over niv-mizzet, you may also be able to sub in cards in place of those combo pieces. Cerebral Vortex blasts opponents in the face when draw engines are out. Snap + literally any wheel = free chaos warp that opponents get nothing from. Baral's Expertise = Free wheel tied into 3 artifacts and/or creatures removed, and that can hit really hard if you pick the right artifacts/creatures. Grafted Exoskeleton speaks for itself, as well as Phyresis. *Palpatine Voice* "Use my knowledge, I beg you".

CatDaniels on Fevered Visions from the Cerebral Vortex

3 months ago

To be perfectly honest I completely forgot Runeflare Trap existed. I literally just was a Cerebral Vortex in my binder and then bam. This abomination happened. I plan on play testing this at some point within the next couple of days, so currently I have no idea if this even works. I'll definitely use the trap in the main board and figure out a sideboard based on the local meta when I get around to playing it for reals.

Funkydiscogod on Fevered Visions from the Cerebral Vortex

3 months ago

It looks vaguely like the old owling mine decks.

The question I have is that if you're getting nice damage out of Cerebral Vortex, why not just Runeflare Trap instead? The damage would only be more if you had the puzzlebox in play, right?

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