Syphon Mind


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander Anthology 2018 (CM2) Common
Commander 2017 (C17) Common
Commander Anthology (CM1) Common
Commander 2014 (C14) Common
MTG: Commander (CMD) Common
Planechase (HOP) Common
Onslaught (ONS) Common
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Syphon Mind


Each other player discards a card. You draw a card for each card discarded this way.

Syphon Mind Discussion

x12721 on Never Play In Graveyards

3 weeks ago

What Pikobyte said. But for specific suggestions, I'll list them below.

- Brood Monitor isn't super strong in EDH. Not necessarily a must-cut, but one I'd definitly keep in mind. - Izoni, Thousand-Eyed is super powerful, but the mana requirements are pretty tough in a three-color deck. - Nefarox, Overlord of Grixis doesn't do much for your game plan. You have much better ways for forced sacrifice. - Scribe of the Mindful should probably be cut, unless you really want to keep the amount of Instant/Sorcery spells high. - Sphinx of Foresight , while interesting, is just kinda... meh. - Thallid Soothsayer is okay, but there are better sac outlets available to you. - Verdant Force is far too expensive and slow for what it does. - Weaver of Currents doesn't produce colored mana, which is important for a three-color deck.
- Curse of Disturbance isn't great, and not something you want to spend your T3 play on. - Underworld Connections could be cut in favor of better draw spells. Mystic Remora or Rhystic Study would be great here. -I respect the Exquisite Blood / Sanguine Bond combo, but without both cards you're stuck with a 5 CMC enchantment that doesn't do much for you.
- Haunted Fengraf and Rogue's Passage are both underwhelming, I'd look at replacing them with lands that produce colored mana or have stronger utility.
- Cast Down , Doom Blade , Incubation / Incongruity , Price of Fame , and Vona's Hunger are all decent removal, but again, you should prioritize permanents with those effects. - Dismiss and Unwind both seem like they're thrown in here. There's not much use for them. There are even creatures that can counter spells. - Thought Scour is worse than Stitcher's Supplier in this deck.
Nothing specific to replace here, but I would look into better (cheaper CMC) mana rocks and other value engines.

harbingerofduh on Yuriko, the Tiger's Insidious Dreams

1 month ago

Unless you're tuning this deck specifically for one-on-one duels, I would remove the discard spells that only hit a single card out of a single opponent's hand. Stuff like Thought Erasure and Unmask are pretty bad in multiplayer since they don't gain any card advantage and they don't do anything to opponents who aren't targeted by the spell. (They're also pretty questionable from a political point of view; grabbing the best card out of an opponent's hand, especially early in the game, is likely to earn you an enemy without doing much else to benefit you.)

Consider instead cards like Syphon Mind , which provides card advantage, and Unnerve , which scales well for multiplayer.

triproberts12 on Is my Exava Deck decent?

1 month ago

In all honesty, it's not great. But that's okay! The important thing is that you clearly understand how an EDH deck is supposed to work. The right number of lands, mana rocks, interaction, and card advantage are all there. Little things like upgrading Ambition's Cost to Syphon Mind and are pretty easy.

What I recommend you do is check out the EDHREC page for Exava. It looks like you're running a pretty budget build, so you might want to toggle to the budget tab at the top right, as well. I also advise you to check out the page for Rakdos staples in general, as well as this Scryfall search for all cards in your colors that reference +1/+1 counters, ranked by EDHREC popularity.

The other thing you might want to consider is going with Marchesa, the Black Rose , instead, if you're not particularly set on your commander. Part of the reason Exava has so few decks is Marchesa just does counters better than any other non-green commander. You can find her EDHREC page here.

hkhssweiss on

1 month ago

Have you thought about Syphon Mind , it's plus 3 to Haunt as well as card advantage and minor disruption for you opponent.

-Dragona97- on Xantcha, Sleeper Agent

1 month ago

Wow, thanks for that detailed answer, triproberts12!

I already bought the deck meanwhile (just could not resist xD) but since I own a Phyrexian Tower from Ultimate Masters and run it in my Kokusho deck I replaced a swamp with it (just didn't think about it when I made the decklist and remembered it some days ago), I also replaced the Ashnod's Altar with Phyrexian Altar at the same time because they have the same mana cost and it gives me black mana.

I would love to add No Mercy (also to my Kokusho deck and simply ever black deck I own) but I am not at the moment out of money reasons. My Intention with Maddening Imp is to destroy creatures I don't want to see against me with summoning sicknes right away (unlike Nettling Imp Maddening Imp affects them as well). Maybe it will be a bit clunky and I'll replace him but I will have to see how it does in play.

Cover of Darkness seems pretty nice, I really will concider it! Although the Whispersilk Cloak was mainly to be able to hit with Master of Cruelties but maybe I will replace those again if I don't see it working. Shizo, Death's Storehouse looks very nice as well (my playgroup is running a lot of black though) but if it's not too expensive I might add on my next purchase. Especially because it is so much better than Rogue's Passage as you say.

I even got a Blood Crypt from Ravnice Allegiance but I'm not a greatfriend of the shocklands or signets, can't really say why xD

I don't know if Koskun Falls would be so great since I don't run that many creatures. The Haunt of Hightower I added mostly because I got it for free and it fits in a little. Maybe you're right about Words of Waste but I will have to see how it does when beeing played. I still have a couple of ideas on the maybeboard from my earlier versions of the deck. For example Sire Of Insanity would be great but I'm still a little bit too afraid really count it in.

Btw, I even bought the Syphon Mind in foil ;)

Thanks again for the great answer, I really appreciate it, because I rarely get answers on my decks!

Dete on name pending...

2 months ago

i fill like its too expensive for the mana cost, and already got more than enough life drain, maybe changing some of the cards like Syphon Mind or Psychotic Episode for another thing. don't know what tho, ty for the suggestion anyway i will keep it in mind.

triproberts12 on Rakdos Blood Hugs

2 months ago

Oh, also, I think you could use a little more card draw. Syphon Mind is a personal favorite of mine. Sign in Blood , Night's Whisper , and Promise of Power are pretty popular, as well. As for more ramp, you might like Victory Chimes as a political tool, and the Goad mechanic might also suit your needs. Get Disrupt Decorum and Grenzo, Havoc Raiser in there! Same for Goblin Spymaster .

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Syphon Mind occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.03%

Black: 0.28%

Golgari: 0.08%

Rakdos: 0.41%