Lay Bare the Heart


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Pioneer Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Amonkhet (AKH) Uncommon

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Lay Bare the Heart


Target opponent reveals his or her hand. You choose a nonlegendary, nonland card from it. That player discards that card.

Lay Bare the Heart Discussion

Cardshark0000 on Rakdos Discard Control (Pioneer)

1 month ago

@chrclgry: You're right that I initially included Sweltering Suns because it could be cycled, but after playing it a few times I've only cycled the card once. Anger of the Gods is likely the better option.

@the__odysseus: I initially had Collective Brutality in the list, but I found that the card's discard mode was too limited in practice. Somebody else might find that they prefer how it plays over some of the other cards I've included, but my personal preference is to not play it.

Small deck update: I've been playing against a lot of planeswalker-heavy decks recently, so I'm replacing the two copies of Lay Bare the Heart in the main deck with Transgress the Mind . This also helps in matchups against green decks packing Veil of Summer .

Thanks for the feedback!

Cardshark0000 on Rakdos Discard Control (Pioneer)

1 month ago

Wow, I missed the fact that Murderous Rider also hits planeswalkers; that's more than enough to warrant testing it out. Thanks! I think Dreadbore definitely still has a place in the sideboard at the very least, given how well it plays with Chandra, Acolyte of Flame and Goblin Dark-Dwellers , but removal which can be recurred with Kolaghan's Command is never a bad thing.

As for Davriel, I've considered adding him, but I've found the targeted discard provided by Doomfall , Despise , Duress , and Lay Bare the Heart to be more useful than some extra damage throughout most of the game -- Particularly when it can be flashed back with Chandra. I'll still give him a shot though.

bitterblossom125 on

6 months ago

Decided to throw in Selfless Spirit . I do not like cards that are obvious targets for removal and don’t accomplish anything if they get removed, particularly in this deck which runs so few other targets to bait the removal on. However I don’t mind running these types of cards if they do something our deck needs (see Dark Confidant ). In this case selfless spirit is one of very few mana-efficient answers to boardwipes. If I can run Thoughtseize mostly for boardwipes I should run this too.

Cutting Cabal Therapy . It had to go. The token we sacrifice is worth about a mana, so its effectively as mana efficient as Lay Bare the Heart , which sucks.

Considering Mirror Entity more and more. Maybe I am talking myself out of a good card but:

A. he will almost always get removed

B. Not excited about my opponent losing a removal spell that probably wouldn’t affect us anyway.

C. Feels bad to pay 3, do nothing, lose tempo, and go down a card.

C. Winning faster is always nice but winning fast is not something our deck struggles with so is he really worth the downside?

captainamerica on Deckbuilding Challenge - Starcity pricing

10 months ago


My playgroup and I are going to do a $10 deckbuilding challenge and I wanted to get some opinions.

I'm not going to make this a stand-alone list, as 1) the pricing scale is not provided by tappedout and 2) I would like to get a more finalized product if I put it on this site at all

The list is as follows:

4x Gurmag Angler

4x Looter il-Kor

4x Lay Bare the Heart

4x Doom Blade

3x Diabolic Edict

4x Accumulated Knowledge

4x Opt

4x Mana Leak

2x Essence Scatter

1x Negate

2x Bonesplitter


Aaerys on The Mimeoplasm

1 year ago

I reckon you're overlooking quite a powerful piece of your commander. You can exile creatures from ANYONE'S graveyard!

I suggest looking into some sweet black discard for opponents. Something like Lay Bare the Heart so you can pick out something powerful to throw into the graveyard and use it without relying on your own graveyard so much. Use something like Seer's Vision so you know who to target

lagotripha on

1 year ago

Fair enough, I threw it together as the first idea I had that met the requirements and I'd enjoy playing. I'm currently tinkering with an Inverter of Truth/Enduring Renewal list using it because it felt more fun.

Still, am a little weired out by the choice of Lay Bare the Heart over Delirium Skeins or Duress. Reasoning?

Struyk on Harsh Tormenting Punishment

1 year ago

Also made a similar deck and played a few rounds on MTG arena and here is what I noticed:

Primal Amulet  Flip x3 is just too much: You don't want to have 2 in your hand / in the game and it's too slow. I would go with 1x.

Duress and Lay Bare the Heart should be a sideboard only option vs blue decks and creatureless decks as you have no creature and shouldn't worry about control spells ( change for Harsh Scrutiny and Never )

Vraska's Contempt is IMO a direct downgrade from Never so I would remove 2 of those and add 2 more Never, the exile is only useful like one in 20 games...

Fatal Push is an awesome early defence card and I would suggest using 4 of those ( pretty expensive though )

Phyrexian Scriptures is a 4 cost board / graveyard wipe and I would suggest using 4 of those as well, these won me almost every game so far. What's awesome about it is that it has a 1 turn delay which means your opponent can't play any creatures that turn and you can chain them if you draw multiple. Sideboard it for Divest vs artifact decks.

Divest I sideboard vs artifact decks Gonti's Machinations I sideboard vs rush and direct damage decks Cruel Reality I sideboard vs slow decks and this deck

DioxoGM on Pirates' Prophecy

1 year ago

What about Divest I can see why Lay Bare the Heart is good but maybe consider Divest

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