Psychic Battle

Legality

Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Invasion (INV) Rare

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Psychic Battle

Enchantment

Whenever a player chooses one or more targets, each player reveals the top card of his or her library. The player who reveals the card with the highest converted mana cost may change the target or targets. If two or more cards are tied for highest cost, the target or targets remain unchanged. Changing targets this way doesn't trigger this ability.

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Psychic Battle Discussion

girlyvader on The Roil: Chaos in 5C

1 month ago

MagicalHacker

I've looked at trimming white and/or black multiple times over the year and a half I've spent using and tweaking this deck, but I can't find a way to retain the frankly insane ramp this specific manabase offers. Lack of mana actually isn't an issue I have to deal with often, which is why I've taken to following the IT maxim of "If it works when all the rules you know say it shouldn't, don't touch it" and am rather unwilling to mess with the manabase.

Psychic Battle has been on my 'include this' list for a while and will be slotted in as soon as I actually remember it exists when trading.

Yidris, Maelstrom Wielder is both a creature, which I've themed the deck not to have, and something which, when played, allows the opponents to mentally assign the deck as being a very odd storm deck. It doesn't matter that the assumption is wrong; it allows the more serious players I often face online to form a plan against the deck.

Perplexing Chimera isn't included because it is both a creature and, given what my relevant large spells are, usually more effective against me than the opponents I'm facing.

Endless Whispers was actually in the deck, however it was cut because I play this deck primarily online, which means I have no clue what I'm facing and the decks tend to be more serious/less creature heavy. Order of Succession is perfect for the one thing I actually want it for: messing up the many, many decks who rely almost entirely on their command in the early/mid phases of the match. If I were playing this physically, I'd definitely swap them back.

Witch Hunt is a placeholder for Psychic Battle, though I might try putting Yidris, Maelstrom Wielder into that slot just to see if it's worth dropping the no creatures theme to include it.

MagicalHacker on The Roil: Chaos in 5C

1 month ago

Looking good :D There are definitely a ton of chaos effects, so while I would drop Order of Succession, Mindmoil, Telemin Performance, and Witch Hunt for Endless Whispers, Yidris and Friends, Psychic Battle, and Perplexing Chimera, it really depends on what type(s) of chaos you want to cause, and how much of each type if multiple types. I find using the custom categories to be very helpful in looking at the deck to see what effects I have too much of and what I don't have enough of. For example, you could aim for 10 cards that draw you more, 10 cards that ramp and smooth your mana, 7 chaos cards that switch control of stuff, 7 chaos cards that make people's instant/sorceries target different things than what they want or get copied, 7 aikido cards, 3 board wipes, 4 cards that protect your stuff, 7 cards that change board states drastically, and 7 cards that help you cast more stuff. Those number can be tweaked as the deck is built, but building it that way let's your decision making be easier (it's easier to cut a card from 7 slots than from 62 slots), and ensure that you don't have a hand full of cards that all do the same thing that isn't chaotic enough for a particular board state (diversification is easier when you know what diverse effects you want).

Also, I will say that with only four white cards in the deck, I would be thinking about whether or not I want to change the commander to the aforementioned Yidris, Maelstrom Wielder for chaos in the command zone and a bit of an easier time with mana.

Thoughts?

dooomsdae on Welcome to a World of Chaos!

1 month ago

Great deck, I love chaos +1. I must say, however; I prefer Psychic Battle to Grip of Chaos. It hits spells with multiple targets, reveals a card from the top of everyone's libraries, is one mana cheaper and can be less predictable. It's especially hilarious when there's a chain of spells on Eye of the Storm.

Ziembski on Jhoira EDH

2 months ago

Glad to see another Chaos deck!

With so high average CMC (4,76 is reaaally high), You would definetly make use of Psychic Battle. You are also running Timesifter (I love this card), so Sensei's Divining Top could make this "chaos" more controlable for you. Top lets you sort higher CMC cards to top and make more use of those two cards.

Gather Specimens is GOLD with Thieves' Auction and Warp World. Drop it right after casting one of those and take all creatures. Same goes for Brand, but it also work wonders with Scrambleverse.

You are also using few flip enchantments, where Krark's Thumb is working like Top mentioned above. With Thumb, You can choose in 75% of cases, whenever creatures deals double damage or dont deal it at all with Impulsive Maneuvers. This also works with Tide of War, since it's always You flipping a coin.

I will try and suggest more cards later, but You surely should see my In the Lab of the Mad Scientists deck for more ideas.

Raging_Squiggle on Psychic Battle target change

2 months ago

Yes. A legal target can be anywhere on the stack, even above the counterspell on the stack.

The Psychic Battle will trigger, and during its resolution, you redirect Disallow to said trigger.

The trigger then is removed from the stack after resolving. Disallow then fizzles because its new target is no longer there. Then your spell resolves as normal.

Rashidali on Psychic Battle target change

2 months ago

I have Psychic Battle on the battlefield. I cast an untargetted spell. My opponent casts Disallow targeting that spell. Psychic Battle triggers and I reveal a higher CMC than my opponent. Am I able to change the target of Disallow to the Psychic Battle trigger like I am able to use Deflection to change the target of Counterspell to Deflection?

JustcallmeSoul on Quick...Kill The Hippo!!

2 months ago

Finally, if you want to spice up your games with just a little bit of chaos, Eye of the Storm and Psychic Battle are just the right amount of chaos to make fun games that still fit your group hug theme, so long as the only things you feed into the Eye of the Storm are friendly group hug instants and sorcery spells, and maybe a single copy of a counterspell.

in paper feel free to add a copy of Teferi's Realm or Teferi's Protection I've no experience with the latter on mtgo, but the former is currently bugged and I cannot in good faith recommend you try it if you're an online player.

Ziembski on The Craziest EDH deck

2 months ago

How about Brand and Disrupt Decorum? Brand is crazy with swiching control cards like Thieves' Auction or Scrambleverse. Conjured Currency is much more fun than it seems. Mana Clash and Game of Chaos? If you like to make it less chaotic for you, Krark's Thumb is nice. Also Psychic Battle.

There are so many suggestions I could make that I'm going to link you my Chaos does not choose its enemies. deck.

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