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Creature — Eldrazi Insect
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
3 months ago
Hey there! While I do love your deck idea, you unfortunately can't play cards like Distended Mindbender in a Bant-colored EDH deck, as color identity includes colors in the text box, so Distended Mindbender has a Black color identity.
4 months ago
I'd take out Distended Mindbender for Grave Pact, seeing as 7 mana should go a little further than discarding two cards from someone's hand. Also, speaking of lands, Bottomless Vault is far too slow a land in a deck that's headed by a 7 CMC Commander.
4 months ago
The only problem is that the current Standard rotates in a week and there are a lot of changes that will need to happen. Otherwise, obviously this is sweet.
Dreamstealer is awesome. It does pull early removal which is fine, if it doesn't the discard is relevant and it can be used to chump a fatty. Once it dies, Eternalizing it as a 4/4 Menace for 6 has actually won me games. It pairs very nicely with the Scarab Curse because if your opponent tries to hold onto cards to discard and avoid the Curse damage they can't. That one has definitely closed out games. I run a full set and it's a great card. I don't typically run it out on turn 3 though because you want to use your mana for direct disruption through the early turns, but once your opponent is down to 1 or 2 cards it's amazing. Slow and painful. I am going to be moving it to the sideboard because I am losing his friend Distended Mindbender which was my favorite turn 3 into turn 4 play. I think it will pair well with the new Raiders' Wake and it is part of my new Sideboard strategy.
Kitesail Freebooter is part of that alternate strategy too when Ixalan comes. I had a black deck back in Theros that didn't focus on discard specifically, but I absolutely ran a full set of Brain Maggot because it's a great effect that gives you useful information. I like that it's on a body because it basically rips off a card and then burns a second card that they have to use to kill it to get it back, or it can be used to stop damage from a big attack. Incredibly useful.
If you plan on replacing Ob Nix with some other form of card draw, I'd recommend Sword-Point Diplomacy which pairs very well with Yahenni's Expertise since you can 2-for-1 and the payoff is awesome. The only other real draw mechanics right now are very underwhelming compared to Diplomacy. Painful Lesson guarantees 2 cards for 2 life and 3 mana, but it's not very exciting. Arguel's Blood Fast is repeatable, but unless you also run something like Noxious Gearhulk it probably will get you killed. There are a few Tutors, but they are all way too high cost. Razaketh is interesting and I've thought about building around him but you'd have to have more creatures.
The only other consideration is Duress over Lay Bare the Heart. Lay Bare is sweet, but it can't hit planeswalkers anymore. It can hit creatures (that aren't Legendary), but Harsh Scrutiny does that for less mana and lets you scry. I think having one cost hand disruption is better overall because you can peel apart a good hand by doing it more than once a turn starting on turn 2. I think either a full set of Duress and Scrutiny or an even mix of all 3 cards would be better. Either way, everyone plays creatures (except us lol) so I think Scrutiny pretty much has to be a full 4. The information is just too valuable. Doomfall is great too, it's just so flexible and again works well with Expertise. Imagine wiping out a whole army of smaller creatures and your opponent being left with one big creature or a few valuable creatures. Just Doomfall afterwards with the free cast and make them Exile a creature after their chumpers get blown away. I like that when you use it to attack the hand you are far less restricted as well.
Anyway, that's just my two cents. I read the comments where you were considering some of these cards and I wanted to further explain their usefulness. My discard deck is very successful and very fun. For me. My friends don't share that feeling lol. I've run into a few Blue decks that seems to have even more answers than I do sometimes, but that's about the only struggle I've had at all. If you play multiplayer games at all too remember that Torment of Hailfire hits all opponents. You said in your description that it can "really ruin one opponent", but it can really ruin everyone, lol.
Good luck to you, it's good to see another fan of classic black discard. Long live The Rack ;)
6 months 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.
6 months 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.
6 months 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.
6 months ago
Consider a reanimator strategy using the black cycling creatures, other large creatures and Ever After to reanimate them?
6 months 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.