Mind Warp

Mind Warp


Look at target player's hand and choose X cards from it. That player discards them.

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Set Rarity
Classic Sixth Edition (6ED) Uncommon
Fifth Edition (5ED) Uncommon
Ice Age (ICE) Uncommon
Promo set for Gatherer (PSG) Uncommon

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Highlander Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Mind Warp Discussion

SquirrelPenguin on Which is better?

1 month ago

TypicalTimmy, regarding what you said, the question of Noggin Whack or Mind Warp depends on the state of the game. If your opponent only has 2 or 3 cards in hand, then you are spending less mana to look at their entire hand than you would with Mind Warp. And also, if you are referring to Awakening of Vitu-Ghazi, it's too late. I put it into almost every single green deck I make. Just don't use The Wurm. Whatever you do, don't use The Wurm. Also, Thornhide Wolves and Centaur Courser is a no-no.

TypicalTimmy on Which is better?

1 month ago

As for Noggin Whack and Mind Warp, the element of the card you should be focusing on is NOT how many cards you make them discard, rather how many cards you are being shown.

If an opponent has 6 cards in hand, it is far better to know what all six of them are and have them discard none of them than it is to have them select the three weakest cards in their hand and you discard two of them.

Discarding cards is good and all, but it comes at a cost:

  • What if they want some of those cards in their graveyard, such as Anger?
  • What if they reveal cards with Madness costs?
  • What if they have graveyard synergy?
  • What if they reveal cards with Aftermath, which can be cast from the graveyard?
  • What if they already have a ton of mana and they just show you some lands, since they don't need them anyway?

Discarding is a good idea to slow an opponent down, but if at ever possible you should be trying to speed your game up. There is an old adage in Magic that goes:

  • "Making it harder to lose isn't the same as winning."

What this means is, it doesn't matter if your deck is built to get 100 life in a single turn, if you can't close the game out, that 100 life means nothing.

In this case, it doesn't matter if you can discard two cards. What matters is knowing what else your opponent can do. If I had the option of discarding 2 of my opponent's 6 cards, but I only get to see 3 of them in total and they keep 1 and it is all entirely their own choice of what is shown to me... versus seeing all six and knowing EXACTLY what I am up against, I'd rather go for knowing all six.

In Magic, any in all aspects of life really, information is the key to success. Therefore, Mind Warp is strictly better.

  • And just dump = more mana into it for the same amount of discard, but now you see their whole hand and not just three cards.

SquirrelPenguin on Which is better?

1 month ago

goodair, I don't think Storm Crow is better just because you can pitch it to a $110 card. One more thing. Which is better, Noggin Whack or Mind Warp? In other words, Fish Brick or Mind Warp?

By the way, I am kinda disapointed by the return of cycling in Ikoria. I don't know why, but it ruins the "I have big creature, hear me ROAR!" theme that everyone likes.

KayneMarco on

2 years ago

I would suggest adding Mind Twist and Mind Warp for mass discard ability

pesmerga87 on Deathebend

3 years ago

I'm just getting back into magic myself, so I'm not sure of what guidelines Modern decks have to follow. However, here are some nice cards for your strategy that you may want to consider: Distress, Geth's Grimoire, Liliana's Caress, Mind Warp, and Abandon Hope

Also adding the combo of Anvil of Bogardan and Library of Leng is very nice, because it constantly allows you to look at two cards, keep your favorite and put the other back on top of your library. Plus, Anvil of Bogardan forces them to discard every turn.

As far as what I don't like about your deck: Black Vise seems pretty useless since you're trying to make them discard. I don't really see the point of Browbeat or Gitaxian Probe, but perhaps you can explain them to me. Mind Slash also doesn't seem like a great option since you don't have many creatures. Plus the abilities of the creatures you do have are probably worth more than playing Mind Slash... So, a good card, but an easy cut.