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Emerge 5 (You may cast this spell by sacrificing a creature and paying the emerge cost reduced by that creature's converted mana cost.)
When you cast Distended Mindbender, target opponent reveals his or her hand. You choose from it a nonland card with converted mana cost 3 or less and a card with converted mana cost 4 or greater. That player discards those cards.
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Distended Mindbender Discussion
1 month ago
Modern is out of my league. But if you like Eldrazi, adding some colorless land and the black desert could make a good deck from this one, adding Matter Reshaper, Thought-Knot Seer, Reality Smasher, Distended Mindbender. Some of those, anyway. And if you have these creatures, then Yahenni's Expertise becomes a good card.
1 month ago
Thanks for taking a look. I went ahead and updated with the lands I have currently, so the deck is complete now, minus Sideboard.
Having discard outlets early are crucial in setting up Tasigur and cheating Hollow One out for 1 or even 0 mana, which will allow me to sneak out Elder Deep-Fiend or Distended Mindbender for cheap. The Gods are for late game in applying pressure in various ways. This is kind of my route of thinking that I'm looking to have critiqued.
1 month ago
Local shop was out of Thought-Knot Seers... but... I did pick up a pair of Distended Mindbenders for a dollar. Why not. Always wanted to try them, actually seem like a good fit. I can play the Dreamstealer on three, attack on four, then second main Emerge the Mindbender for 4 mana and eat the rest of their hand. Then I have a 5/5 and the Dreamstealer is in the yard and ready to Eternalize when I need him. They didn't have the Ifnir Deadlands either, so I think I'll just order them all at once. I'm going to wait and see how the Mindbender plays out, though, it's kind of badass... I think I like it better in the sideboard than Noxious Gearhulk.
1 month ago
Consider a reanimator strategy using the black cycling creatures, other large creatures and Ever After to reanimate them?
1 month ago
Messing around with a deck similar to this. The reanimation package is very strong in standard right now. Incoming God-Pharaoh's Gift decks....
Perpetual Timepiece is a sweet way to get your stuff back from the graveyard.
I like Grapple with the Past but have you considered running Contingency Plan? Reorder and pitching any amount of cards seems nice. I also see people playing Strategic Planning, personally not sure how I feel about it.
Also, I have a few copies of Elder Deep-Fiend thrown in. Flash on opponents turn, sac The Scarab God then get him back into your had seems sweet. Not sure if Distended Mindbender has a home in this deck.
3 months ago
You could always add in Varolz, the Scar-Striped, Death's Shadow, Glissa, the Traitor, and Lotleth Troll. They provide excellent value for lower costs. So they would not necessarily be a dead drop later in the game. Emerge Eldrazi creatures might be an option as well, Distended Mindbender, Mockery of Nature, and Abundant Maw are a few that I like. They can essentially be cast for really cheap by removing a creature of less value from the battlefield.
4 months ago
It seems like Avacyn's Judgment and Abandon Reason are meant to be cast for Madness? If so, Bloodrage Brawler is awfully inconsistent here, as there's no way to be sure you'll have a hand with both Bloodrage Brawler, Avacyn's Judgment in a game, and it's even less likely you'll have the mana to cast both of them in the same turn. I'd recommend either replacing the Bloodrage Brawlers with the suggestions below, scrapping Abandon Reason, or both.
Bloodrage Brawler is an incredibly aggressive card, I'll admit. However, there are some creatures that are quite a bit more synergistic with your deck. Nantuko Husk, Carrion Feeder, and Blood Bairn help your creatures die without Distended Mindbender. Perilous Myr and Goblin Arsonist are relatives of Mudbutton Torchrunner.
It seems like Distended Mindbender and Avacyn's Judgment are your sac outlets right now. Your opponent isn't going to block your Mudbutton Torchrunners if they're going to take 3 damage for it - they're just going to let the 1 go through. So, you need ways to power them yourself. Again, Nantuko Husk, Carrion Feeder, and Blood Bairn will all do that job for you, and Artillerize and Fling are cheap, sometimes even better, substitutes or alternatives.
For a budget deck, your mana base is to be expected, but it can be better. Rakdos Guildgate is a dual land, sure, but entering the battlefield tapped without anything else means it's outclassed by others. Akoum Refuge and Bloodfell Caves are gainlands in Rakdos colors. Rakdos Carnarium is a tapland that bounces one of your own lands, which can be bad or good, but helps you stay on curve the turn after, unlike the Guildgate. Temple of Malice is a scryland, which might not be so useful, but it's still better than the Guildgate by virtue of its scry. Dragonskull Summit is probably your best bet for a dual under $5/each, though, because it's not necessarily a tapland as long as you have a Swamp or Mountain.
Soul-Scar Mage and Abandon Reason are really weird cards in this deck. You have no burn spells (which might be something to consider) if you don't hit creatures with your Torchrunner or Showstopper, so I would consider either burn spells or better combat tricks. Red has much better combat tricks than Abandon Reason, like Brute Strength, a red Giant Growth.
Sorry for the wall of text; I hope it helped.
4 months ago
Herald of Leshrac is heavy on mana but is some super-secret tech that dunks on midrange and control decks. Grave Titan is also above the curve you were asking for, but it's worth mentioning because of how powerful it is.
The other thing to think about are the larger infect creatures, which are Phyrexian Crusader, Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon, Phyrexian Juggernaut, and Phyrexian Vatmother. You lose the ability to win via normal damage and life loss, but you gain creatures that are really efficient for their mana cost.
Distended Mindbender and Abundant Maw are also reasonable when combined with things like Solemn Simulacrum. Speaking of Eldrazi, don't forget the plethora of colorless creatures that you can jam into your mono-black deck. That includes stuff like Wurmcoil Engine, Duplicant, Grid Monitor, Silent Arbiter, Scuttling Doom Engine, and Steel Hellkite.