Laboratory Maniac


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

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Set Rarity
Ultimate Masters (UMA) Uncommon
Innistrad (ISD) Rare

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Laboratory Maniac

Creature — Human Wizard

If you would draw a card while your library has no cards in it, you win the game instead.

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Laboratory Maniac Discussion

IAmTheWraith on Tatyova v1

6 hours ago

This list really needs a Laboratory Maniac for a few reasons

  1. It can be a secondary wincon because there are times you can go off almost by accident

  2. It is the last piece needed to win with Simic Growth Chamber , Retreat to Coralhelm , and Llanowar Scout / Skyshroud Ranger

just a thought, looks like a blast to play, as are most Tatyova, Benthic Druid lists :)

BMHKain on Several things; & some questions ...

3 days ago

@SynergyBuild: Sorry. My nostalgia for an amazing game of yore got the best of me. Please disregard.

Anyways, I wanted to add a new level of restriction for whatever means necessary when having your Doomsday Package exiled. My above post stated three primary ways to lost this; so recursion like Unearth , & Reanimate are all out. I already have the Primer up there, as well as making my own for Superfriends; though I dunno how to hardcode this as well as the one above. As I stated earlier:

: Frantic Search , Gush , Pact of Negation (?), Laboratory Maniac , & Gitaxian Probe . Package Cracker: Basically any Cantrip.

: Dark Ritual , Night's Whisper , Laboratory Maniac , & Gitaxian Probe . Package Cracker: ???

Then again, for laughs, I wanted to also include a only Doomsday Package, but that's for another time.

But as I'm also making a Primer, I'd like to ask someone how to do it in a way the one above does this... I, mean, I'm thinking of a 1-5 Star Rating system as well...

Blizarro on Sweet Dreams - Oona edh

3 days ago

Maybe add some bigger card draw spells like Pull from Tomorrow or Blue Sun's Zenith and an alt wincon like Laboratory Maniac ?

BMHKain on Several things; & some questions ...

4 days ago



The big enemy is approaching at full throttle. According to the data, it is identified as "1000-Ri no kuroi mibōjin/1000人の黒い未亡人/The 1000 Black Widows".

(Man... I freaking loved IKARUGA. Great memories; even with a great score, awesome gameplay mechanics, I think this is what Neptune was referring to about Old School Games having the greatest nostalgi- WAIT! Nostalgia is s---! I'm trying to develop a Colorless Planeswalker OC in terms of having only as the Mana color, while being human! What would this require? I got to make a second verion of that form post again... Crap.)


Apparently I forgot to mention one minor detail about Graveyards; they can become Exile Zones entirely; how? How's this: Rest in Peace , Planar Void & (ESPECIALLY) Leyline of the Void . So, grave use is out when it comes to recurring anything. As a Result; Unearth , & Reanimate are both out...

Here are the two patterns so far:

: Frantic Search , Gush , Pact of Negation (?), Laboratory Maniac , & Gitaxian Probe . Package Cracker: Basically any Cantrip.

: Dark Ritual , Night's Whisper , Laboratory Maniac , & Gitaxian Probe . Package Cracker: ???

I understand you are currently in a bind about this; so I hope this helps:

The EDH Doomsday Primer

Unknown* AlwaysSleepy

SCORE: 130 | 68 COMMENTS | 63169 VIEWS | IN 104 FOLDERS

BTW, I'm working on a primer myself, though I dunno how to make it THIS good... :/ What kind of Hardcoding to do...

BMHKain on Several things; & some questions ...

5 days ago

@SynergyBuild: Which means I'm back to Square^3 W/ Dark Ritual , Pact of Negation , & Laboratory Maniac . Whatever this 4 Black Line is, I'm keeping Negation as at least it can be casted w/o mana anyway. Damn... I'm stuck alright... What last two I wonder... Predict seems like it's off the table, so forget the 2+1 Bonus...

BMHKain on Several things; & some questions ...

5 days ago


I'm still working on a Doomsday Package. Predict seems good (According to a Primer for this, it counts as 1+2, for a Three Point Avg alone. I'm using Laboratory Maniac , Pact of Negation (Unless Foil is good for you as well.), I don't want to use Lion's Eye Diamond , or Yawgmoth's Will , but I do need a mana source... So, we have three cards to use: Predict , Laboratory Maniac , & Pact of Negation / Foil / Force of Will . Any two ideas that would work here?

Here's some hate though: I'm trying to make a combo w/ Shimmer , but I'm wondering which of the Following is better: Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth , or Blanket of Night . The Former is a land, but I dunno if phasing Urborg is good or not. Blanket of Night isn't a land; & is odd casted as well. Thoughts?

For the Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir + Knowledge Pool combo, can you think of any alts for the latter? I can think of Omen Machine , but are there any others? Just wondering...

Since I'll be running Leyline of the Void & Tormod's Crypt again, should I replace Ashen Rider w/ Angel of Despair again?

Is this combo too much?: Leonin Arbiter + Maralen of the Mornsong + Necropotence + Children of Korlis ? How do you think it works; & is it effective? Should I just keep the latter 2 instead if not?

Also, I'm working on a Superfriends Primer if anyone cares; it's WIP though...

Oloro_Magic on [Primer] - Ad Nauseam Combo [[Procellam Legit]]

6 days ago


Thank you for the kind words, it's much appreciated. Off the top of my head, the best tip I can give you for learning to play the deck is to not get frustrated. Ad Nauseam is a deck that rewards patience and the ability to move seamlessly from game to game without getting rattled. The most common mistake I see players picking up the deck make is giving up after losing game one and counting themselves out; or yelling when their Spoils of the Vault exiles Lightning Storm and Laboratory Maniac . Like most combo decks the list is made to be consistent but every once and awhile it just doesn't work. You really need to learn to accept this fact and focus on the games ahead.

Another tip I can give you, which I allude to in the primer, is to begin evaluating decks not on what they are, but rather on how they can interact with us. Honestly at this point when I face jund I don't actually write down jund when recording my matchup at a tournament, I usually just write "Discard/life." Evaluating decks in this way makes sideboarding easier, and gives you a better idea of when it is possible to go off. Traditionally, a deck will attack us in 3 ways, via discard, via pressuring our life total, or via counterspells (there are others but these are the most common). The worst matchups are the ones that can attack us on multiple angles, hence why Grixis Death's Shadow, which attacks us on all 3, is a bad matchup, whereas burn, life total, is a good matchup. The deck takes more meta knowledge than most would assume as you really have to know how your opponent is going to interact and beat you.

The final tip I can think of off the top of my head is to be conscious of your sideboard, this is a deck that is very easy to overboard with. Remember we are a combo deck, so our 60 is engineered to be as consistent at possible at getting that combo, introducing new cards compromises that consistency somewhat in order to remove angles of attack that will beat us before we have a chance to win. I still need to find the time to type up my sideboard guide on here for your use but keep that in mind. Sometimes a card like Echoing Truth may look fine in a matchup such as tron, but in reality, is this really better than any other card in our deck? Especially considering we are cutting our worst card in Phyrexian Unlife for the 2 Thoughtseize ? The answer is no, and getting yourself to the point of evaluating what is coming out is key for playing Ad Nauseam.

Of course if you have any more questions or more specific questions about anything from sequencing to Pentad Prism math, I am more than happy to answer, just leave a comment on this page.

As for your budget concerns, can I ask what budget you are working with? My list due to the foils doesn't really accurately depict the price of the deck, with no foils I believe it is about $450-$500 making it one of the cheapest competitive modern decks. If that is still too high I would say the first thing I would do is cut Gemstone Mine for a Dreadship Reef and a basic, you lose some consistency but if you are looking to get in on a budget that would be a start, though in the long term you should invest in those. Leyline of Sanctity is a must in my opinion but if you are dying to play the deck it is one of the most expensive cards, and you can choose a variety of options from my list above, again though I must stress that I would not recommend any of this unless there really is no choice, both "cuts" are really must-haves for the deck. Everything else really is necessary unfortunately or you risk just not having the mana to support what you are doing. I also think Peer Through Depths is cheaper than Spoils of the Vault so you could run that version of the deck. Otherwise, talk to your local meta and ask about maybe proxying a few cards while you learn, tell your opponents they can have the match win if they are strict but get in the game time.

Finally, sorry for the novel, my attitude towards new standard sets like War of the Spark is always to approach it optimistically but, as history holds, we don't get many new toys from these sets, so I'm excited by the potential, but I'm not holding my breath for anything particularly special. Modern Horizons on the other hand is both very exciting, and incredibly scary. To start with the positive side, it's impossible to speculate on what new-designed cards could be in the set so I'll stay away from those, but in terms of reprints, I would love to see Flusterstorm reprinted, I think it would be a consideration for the sideboard as it is in legacy ANT, I also think it would be cool to see cards like Pulverize (a fun toy that could be cool to build with) or especially Xantid Swarm , though both seem unlikely. Flusterstorm I think has a chance so that is what I am holding out hope for, though buying judge foils will suck a little bit. In short, there is a ton of potential for reprints or even new cards that could add to the deck which makes me very excited moving forward. The other edge of the sword with this is that, like most modern decks, there is the risk that the set makes the deck virtually unplayable, that it gets pushed out. I see the chances of this happening being low but the possibility is scary and definitely something to be aware of, if nothing else I am assuming I will have some new hate cards that I have to learn to deal with.

If you made it this far, thank you, I hope that answers your questions, and if you have any more questions let me know as I'm more than happy to answer.

Gadianten on The Ningine

6 days ago

Add Blood Moon because other players should have twice the chance to suffer. Don't give up on mill just change how you do it, If you cant get Mind Over Matter or even if you do try grabbing Power Artifact and Basalt Monolith , power up slap one of their creatures for where is something like 1,000,000,000 and BAM draw them out or if you have Laboratory Maniac just hit one of your own creatures and win. Anyways, still looks like a fun deck.

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Laboratory Maniac occurrence in decks from the last year


All decks: 0,04%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0,08%

Blue: 0,45%

U/R (Izzet): 0,74%

W/U/B (Esper): 0,33%

U/B/R (Grixis): 0,62%