Cerebral Vortex

Legality

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

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

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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.

Cerebral Vortex Discussion

NV_1980 on Nicol Bolas Discard/Draw Hate

3 months 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

Funkydiscogod on Lunacy

3 months ago

Nekusar, the Mindrazer is not modern legal. Fortunately, there are other critters that do what he does: Kederekt Parasite and Fate Unraveler . If you add both of these, you can make drawing cards very painful for the opponent.

I think the flexibility of Collective Defiance would make it better than Molten Psyche , but that's just my opinion.

And I think Quest for Pure Flame would work well with this kind of strategy, since it could come down early, and activate as the enchantments ping the opponent, and be used to kill the opponent when you make them draw a bunch of cards, with Cerebral Vortex or Runeflare Trap or whatever.

Nevinyrral_Mayor_of_Urborg on Smug Bastard (Niv-Mizzet, Parun)

11 months 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)

11 months 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

Dwest_4 on There Will Be Blood

1 year ago

Cerebral Vortex could be deadly if you play with Twincast Reverberate Increasing Vengeance and/or Fork

chadsansing on Revenge of the Nibblers EDH

1 year ago

Thanks, luther! I love the suggestions for Cerebral Vortex and Faces of the Past especially and will try to test with them.

I use Altar of the Brood (with Impact Tremors and Purphoros, God of the Forge as my Psychosis Crawler now, though it was in earlier drafts of the deck.

I'll take a good look at all of these - thanks again!

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