Cerebral Vortex

Cerebral Vortex

Instant

Target player draws two cards, then Cerebral Vortex deals damage to that player equal to the number of cards they've drawn this turn.

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Set Rarity
Guilds of Ravnica: Guild Kit (GK1) Rare
Guildpact (GPT) Rare

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Legality

Format Legality
Noble Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pre-release Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Modern Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Highlander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Leviathan Legal
Standard Legal
Brawl Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Unformat Legal
Vintage Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Casual Legal
Arena Legal
Legacy Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Cerebral Vortex Discussion

ClockworkSwordfish on Nekusar, The Mindrazer

1 month ago

Are you sure about Whispering Madness? You're so low on creatures (which makes Nekusar more of a target, by the way) that I feel you could often not have a target to encode it on. You could run something else that doubles down like Cerebral Vortex, Fevered Visions, Stormfist Crusader or Runeflare Trap.

And since you're so creature-light, what do you think of Breathstealer's Crypt? Too rude?

sac_ld on Hoot Hoot

2 months ago

Might I suggest Cerebral Vortex

ocannon on Eureka, A Combo!

2 months ago

No prob! I've never actually seen Distant Memories before, I might have to pick up a couple! Seems like it would be really fun and political. And that makes sense about being hesitant to cut the cards that trigger your commander. I'd think about cutting Galvanoth, I always try to play him but 5 mana for a creature that the odds are wont get a good trigger your next upkeep isnt worth it imo. ALso Izzet Chronarch, or Archaeomancer if you want to keep the izzet colours. Chemister's Trick, Charisma, Grip of Amnesia (for a better counterspell such as Counterflux), Cerebral Vortex, Nivix Guildmage, Arcane Melee, Thoughtflare. Also not sure how you take advantage of Aetherflux Reservoir? Maybe a cut.

Some cards that you might want to consider swapping your izzet creatures for are: Double Negative, Essence Backlash, Expansion / Explosion, Ionize, Magefire Wings, Suffocating Blast. Have fun brewing! I've definitely been doing alot of it over the last couple weeks haha

NV_1980 on Nicol Bolas Torture Special

1 year ago

Hi,

By adding Mindcrank to the deck, you can go infinite in combination with Bloodchief Ascension . I know Crank is more of a mill-option, but by itself it can already be a major nuisance to many opponents' strategies; especially when they're dependent on top-decking stuff.

Another strategy to keep in mind, is punishing opponents for drawing cards. If you force to discard, naturally opponents will need to draw more cards to still be effective. Also, you can force them to draw more cards and discard them before they're able to do anything with them. Some options for punishing draw could be cards like Underworld Dreams , Nekusar, the Mindrazer (who also forces more draw), Fate Unraveler , Cerebral Vortex , Fevered Visions and Molten Psyche .

Hope this helped. Good luck with your brew!

Kind regards,

Mrs and Mr NV_1980

Nevinyrral_Mayor_of_Urborg on Smug Bastard (Niv-Mizzet, Parun)

1 year ago

Asder Yep agreed, I miss read Cerebral Vortex. Thought it worked like a reverse Fateful Showdown. Thanks for point that out! Replaced it with Tandem Lookout. Kinda iffy on Omniscience though. Might rethink it later.

SandwichMan007 Nah, not for this deck. Great card though.

Poly_raptor Both are great but I was looking for the same thing at instant speed. So thats why Pull from Tomorrow, Blue Sun's Zenith, and Stroke of Genius are in here.

Katscratch Yes, thats a great addition. Any suggestion on cuts?

the__odysseus Also a great addition, but I would like a suggestion for a cut as well.

Jimmy_Chinchila It does need a bit more ramp, ill work on that. What should I cut for Hypersonic Dragon? Not really interested in the planeswalkers though.

SenseiRamen Super great idea, just not sure how often it will go off. One card a turn for 5 is a bit iffy.

Thanks everyone!

Asder on Smug Bastard (Niv-Mizzet, Parun)

1 year ago

why is Cerebral Vortex in there? surely Divination Glimmer of Genius Hieroglyphic Illumination and Think Twice are all better options. maybe its a meta thing and there's a Jhoira, Weatherlight Captain in the playgroup or something but outside of that I'm not sure why it is there.

Sizorninja77 on Mind Razor

1 year ago

Rapid Hybridization is a cheaper Pongify and I have onenill give to you. Cerebral Vortex is good, not sure how Elixir of Immortality synergizes unless I’m missing some sort of graveyard shenanigans. Rooftop Storm let’s you play nekusar for free besides commander tax, but I’m not sure how well it fits in the deck. Check out Magus of the Wheel, Dragon Mage andWhirlpool Warrior. Btw I noticed the guy from mox was running Dragon Mage. Library of Leng. That’s all I got for now but I’ll let you know if I find anything else when I take a better look later

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