Pick the Brain

Legality

Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Standard Legal
Frontier Legal

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Set Rarity
Shadows over Innistrad Uncommon

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Pick the Brain

Sorcery

Target opponent reveals his or her hand. You choose a nonland card from it and exile that card.

Delirium — If there are four or more card types among cards in your graveyard, search that player's graveyard, hand, and library for any number of cards with the same name as the exiled card, exile those cards, then that player shuffles his or her library.

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Pick the Brain Discussion

Zaueski on Gifted in the Dark Arts

5 days ago

I'd switch out Mindwrack Demon for Walking Ballista, odds are just too high that you'll be taking 4 damage off of the demon when its out.

Pretty sure you know my feelings on Pick the Brain, a bad card will always be a bad card...

Needs a couple Ruinous Path in the sideboard or you'll just fold to a resolved Gideon, Ally of Zendikar as your delirium is too inconsistent.

MizzMizz on Am i mad, or am i just weird?

1 week ago

Hmm maybe I take the Pick the Brain out as well as a Collective Brutality and add two Ruinous Path ? And then maybe I switch the mountains out for mountain/swamp duel lands? What are some good red/blue duel lands?

Jwillette72 on Delving with Grixis

1 week ago

What about:

Shock, Unlicensed Disintegration, Harnessed Lightning, Galvanic Bombardment, Essence Extraction and Radiant Flames for dealing damage cheap.

Glimmer of Genius for drawing cards, because you get to scry first and then draw, so you get to customize your draw a little bit. Painful Truths for drawing also. You could draw three and lose three life, which isn't a bad trade.

Harsh Scrutiny is just like Despise just a little bit better I know it gets rid of a planeswalker too, but I still like Harsh Scrutiny for the scry more, and Pick the Brain would also be good for some hand hate.

Just some thoughts!

Didley on Mono Black Discard

4 weeks ago

My buddy and I have been contemplating a deck like this. I think you should drop Lost Legacy because it doesn't hit any exceptional win conditions like it did when Emrakul, the Promised End was legal. Pick the Brain can then be bumped up to a three-of.

Also, if discard is your goal, I think Mind Rot is a solid two or three-of in this deck. Other than that, you may want to consider some card draw engines to be sure you have access to multiple discard spells at all times.

Zaueski on Improvise One's Anguish

1 month ago

Servo Schematic is still a bad card, I strongly recommend putting in Scrap Trawler in its place. The recursion afforded by ST is definitely not to be underestimated.

Pick the Brain is also still a really bad card. If you're worried about combos then Lost Legacy is a far better option, if you want to slow down creatures then you can use more Grasp of Darkness or Harsh Scrutiny. If you just want value discard then you already have Transgress the Mind and you could get Collective Brutality pretty easily. Pick the Brain is not what you want to be playing on turn 3 ever. Against aggro it pretty much confirms your death, against control they'll just Negate it. Against midrange you might hit one useful card but you'll never have Delirium that early and late game everything but control will have a pretty much empty hand, and Control will just counter it. Trust me, Pick the Brain is a bad card.

Contraband Kingpin is really good here, being able to scry your deck basically is insane. It'd take cutting some good cards but this deck really wants it.

So here's what I would cut and then add:

4x Servo Schematics for 3x Scrap Trawlers and 1xContraband Kingpin

4x Pick the Brain for 1x Grasp of Darkness, 2x Collective Defiance, and 1x Tezzeret the Schemer

1x Cathar's Shield and 1x Reverse Engineer for 2x Contraband Kingpins bringing that count up to 3.

Lord.of.Innistrad on "His or her" or "their"? ...

1 month ago

What do you all think the reaction would be, or how would you react, if Wizards of the Coast changed the printing "his or her" (like in Pick the Brain or literally a million other cards) to "their"?

It would save them printing 3 letters, which after hundreds of cards may add up to savings, and also it would be different politically. I think some parties would like it and some parties would not.

What would be your opinion and reaction?

Lord.of.Innistrad on None

1 month ago

What do you all think the reaction would be, or how would you react, if Wizards of the Coast changed the printing "his or her" (like in Pick the Brain or literally a million other cards) to "their"?

It would save them printing 3 letters, which after hundreds of cards may add up to savings, and also it would be different politically. I think some parties would like it and some parties would not.

What would be your opinion and reaction?

Aric_Haldan on Improvise One's Anguish

1 month ago

probably wouldn't play Flaying Tendrils it will hurt your deck more than theirs. To the Slaughter could be good though, Pick the Brain and Lost Legacy as well but against other match-ups than aggro. Of course it will depend on the meta you play in, if you don't encounter aggro decks it will be fine as it is. however if there are decks like mardu vehicles or the more aggressive variants of delirium (t1 Gnarlwood Dryad t2 Grim Flayer kinda thing), I do think some extra cheap removal like Grasp of Darkness or Fatal Push in the sideboard could really come in handy.

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