Laboratory Maniac


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
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

FancyLadies on The Locust Army: A Day of Wrath

1 day ago

hey carpecanum, I don't play Kindred Discovery unless Laboratory Maniac is on the board or I have Disallow, Pongify or Rapid Hybridization in hand.

Throne of the God-Pharaoh would be good against Edgar Markov decks where they have ridiculous life each time.

Thanks for your input!

MisterCasey on Kess, Rider on the (almost creature-less) storm

3 days ago

So, after several trials and iterations, some testing casually and semi-competitively, I have sacrificed some power for consistency. The deck has three main lines to win, and all have a decent chance of happening. The butter zone, for a realistic chance of the deck "going off" seems to happen around turns 6-8.

Wincon 1: Paradox Engine plus 2+ mana rocks and a draw engine such as Temple Bell, which can get set up by turn 4 with a nut draw, can storm off by drawing into spells that keep everything untapped to draw to cast more to untap more etc...This generates a huge storm count, while drawing into one of the storm cards or into Aetherflux Reservoir for the win. It also produces a lot of mana if there are 3 or more rocks out, and is hard to stop if Paradox Engine resolves.

Wincon 2: Doomsday into a protected Laboratory Maniac pile. So far, I have managed to pull this one off on turn 4, with an opening hand containing Dark Ritual and Ideas Unbound that drew into Doomsday. Not my favorite way to end a game, but effective is nothing else is working.

Wincon 3: High Tide storm combo. Very similar to 1 above but without the rock/engine interaction. Produce a ton of mana, play a bunch of spells, and storm off with Tendrils of Agony, Grapeshot, Empty the Warrens or Aetherflux Reservoir.This is more difficult to achieve early on in the game with a 100 card singleton format, but it was the original idea of the deck, and still one of the guiding forces on this build.

The deck has placed at several small tournaments, and either durdles around doing nothing or sweeps the table in a casual setting, so everything else that is not part of the three above-mentioned wincons is designed to stall until pieces come into place for the win.

NV_1980 on Locust God: The God of Draw

5 days ago


Nice Locust deck; very accessible because it can obtained with a small budget! The following additions will keep the deck on budget (mostly), but will probably make it a lot more powerful:

  • Laboratory Maniac; just in case you run out of stuff to draw.
  • Whirlpool Rider; slightly less powerful version of Whirlpool Warrior, but still great.
  • Mindwrack Liege; not the cheapest option, but will make your Locusts very strong.
  • High Tide; great for summoning the Locust God early.
  • Keep Watch; very funny once you have a few Locusts to attack with; can also be used during opponents' turns.
  • Rites of Initiation; like Coat of Arms, can act as a finisher if you have enough Locusts.
  • Goblin Bombardment; in case you have enough Locusts and some particular creature is bothering you. Can also prove very effective damage if an opponent has somehow prevented you from using your Locusts as attackers.
  • Breath of Fury; this can be an insanely funny finisher if you have enough Locusts.
  • Burn at the Stake; lots of fun if you have the Locusts.
  • Enter the Infinite; requires a lot of mana, but if it's not countered this will basically end the game in your favor by creating a gazillion Locusts.
  • Library of Leng; just in case you feel like discarding into your graveyard sucks, also acts as a second Thought Vessel.
  • Throne of the God-Pharaoh; this is pretty powerful if you have just attacked with a bunch of Locusts.

As for cuts to make room for the above, I would suggest cutting Aetherworks Marvel, Decoction Module and Fabrication Module; in order for any of these to be of real value, you need all of them on the field (or at the very least two out of three). I would also cut Hamletback Goliath; you don't need such a big stomper (without trample I might add) order to win.

Hope any of this makes sense. Have fun playing! And should you have time to give feedback on one of my decks, I would appreciate it!

JuQ on Pam's Deck

5 days ago

My bad, I just realized you don't need Akroma's Memorial because once you have unlimited mana and card draw, you can just make them draw to death with Blue Sun's Zenith.
Anyway you can have the memorial just in case they have Laboratory Maniac or they somehow get hexproof. On the other hand, you can run Laboratory Maniac yourself, I know that's not what the deck is supposed to be about, but that is where the path of tutors and infinite mana leads to.

chadsansing on A MILL-ion ways to finish this...

5 days ago

I love Mill.

I keep thinking it would be fun to play Laboratory Maniac + Disciple of Bolas in a Phenax deck to draw most, if not all, of your deck and gain a ton of life off of Aberration or Mortivore.

Happy brewing!

chadsansing on Wrexial, Nightmares Bellow

6 days ago

It might be fun to test something like a Laboratory Maniac + Disciple of Bolas combo on your Consuming Aberration.

Spicy tech here. Nice job.

daNoodalz on U/B Cycling

1 week ago

Have you thought about adding Abandoned Sarcophagus? Laboratory Maniac would ensure that you don't deck out. I feel like there are too many creatures present, as cycling decks usually are heavy on instants and sorceries. Maybe remove 1-2 Vile Manifestations? Regal Caracal is a creature that can hold its own, so I would think about adding it. All in all, great deck, definitely worth an upvote!

AHorniNarwhal on Dralnu’s Doomsday Klok

1 week ago

I would add Tunnel Vision + Laboratory Maniac + any scry card as a possible win condition.

Also ditch Consuming abberation and replace it with River Kelpie

I think the ol sensei's divining top would be a prime addition.

I am a big fan of Remand but that is a personal preference.

Thran Dynamo and Clock of Omens may also be worthy adds with all the tappy untappy stuff you have.

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