Cranial Extraction


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Custom Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Champions of Kamigawa (CHK) Rare

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Cranial Extraction

Sorcery — Arcane

Name a nonland card. Search target player's graveyard, hand, and library for all cards with that name and remove them from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library.

Cranial Extraction Discussion

Yesterday on Why does it still count ...

1 week ago

(For clarity, I meant that Cranial Extraction and Grasping Current only say 'search' because they involve looking through a library, not just any hidden zone. I know that Thoughtseize doesn't say 'search'.)

Yesterday on Why does it still count ...

1 week ago

Searching isn't unique to hidden zones. Even if 'search' is the term used in cards like Cranial Extraction and Grasping Current only for the sake of simplicity because those cards also involve looking through a hidden zone, the result is that you're searching in places other than a library. With cards similar to those, you can search through a revealed zone, and more relevantly you can search through a hidden zone that isn't a library.

The top for cards of your library are a hidden zone just like the rest of your library. That still doesn't mean that searching your library is the same thing as searching the top four cards of your library, which is what other cards like Ob Nixilis, Unshackled believe it is.

Yesterday on Why does it still count ...

1 week ago

The 'when' was a holdover that I forgot to change. It's the rest of the example that matters. So,

  • "If a player searches their library, they can only find cards from the top four cards of that library."

The confusion is because Aven Mindcensor uses standard replacement effect wording that state you replace the regular search with searching a different selection of cards. It outright says that you're replacing searching your library with a different action.

Some replacement effects do replace an action with something else that includes that action ( Alhammarret's Archive , Mox Diamond ), but it's clear on those cards because they say exactly that on the card.

You are still searching, yes, but searching isn't unique to libraries, which is why this is so unclear to me. We've been able to search hands and graveyards with spells like Cranial Extraction which have existed since before Aven Mindcensor was first printed.

wallisface on Mono Black Eradication

2 months ago

Some thoughts:

I think you’re probably better running Sadistic Sacrament over Cranial Extraction . It’s less mana and lets you be much more specific with how you neuter their deck. Also, if the game drags on, you can ‘ult’ it and just win by them milling.

Looking at your creatures, i’m really not sure what you’re trying to achieve here. They’re all such high CMCs that they’re never going to see play. I feel like you honestly need to ditch all these and start afresh with a mana curve and gameplan in mind - you don’t really want more than 3-4 cards at cmc 4 or above, the vast majority should all be 3cmc or less (making sure you can still reliably cast stuff on at least turn 2)... as is your never going to get to put these cards into play before your opponents already won.

Infiniteomniscience on Amy way to get Bitter ...

6 months ago

Question in title. I am making a exile deck
(ex. Cranial Extraction , Jester's Cap , etc)

Sargeras on Card Funeral

10 months ago

Gotta spread the mono-black love, so +1 from me. Here are my suggestions for this budget build.

  1. The maindeck seems pretty solid, although you might want to swap out Alms of the Vein with something like Victim of Night so you have a bit more creature removal against decks like Jund.

  2. In the sideboard, if you are going to play a 4-mana card that steals something from the game, just play Memoricide or Cranial Extraction that way you don't have to worry about artifacts with Dispossess.

  3. Your sideboard seems a bit off, might I ask why we are playing Needlebite Trap? If your worried about lifegain matchups (if thats prominent in your meta), you could play Tainted Remedy. I also think a sweeper or two might be good if decks like affinity are in your meta.

  4. To the Slaughter should be Hero's Downfall in my mind, or at least an upgrade option, if you wanna kill things like Karn Liberated that come up in the top-deck game, make it so that it's good against cards like Bloodbraid Elf as well.

Like the build though, and nice touch with Liliana's Caress, let me know how this deck does!

ArchonBlue on Delver of Aetherlings

1 year ago

Supreme Verdict is not expensive. It just isn't. It would cost you less than ten bucks to replace your two Wrath of God with two verdicts. Just pack a lunch one day.

The scry ability for Dissolve isn't really worth the 3 mana cost imo. A good budget alternative I would consider is Render Silent. You've also got a lot of second rate cantrips like Jace's Ingenuity and Sleight of Hand which should be replaced by Serum Visions and Sphinx's Revelation, both of which are reasonable. I'd run four serum and one revelation.

Also, having AEtherling as your only wincon makes you really susceptible to removal like Cranial Extraction. I'd diversify your wincons a bit. There's some planeswalkers in your colors that are pretty reasonable, like Gideon Jura or Elspeth, Sun's Champion or even for super budget Sphinx of the Final Word is pretty decent.

xyr0s on

1 year ago

How about Geralf's Messenger? I know, it is what every other black devotion deck plays, but it's resilient to removal and brings some nice devotion. Restless Apparition could also do as a 3-drop, for pretty much the same reason.

Cranial Extraction is not really what you want, I think... the mana cost is too heavy for it to be effective in most games.

Not sure that Desecration Demon is a 4-of in this deck. Is it something you always want to draw, also in multiples?

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