Syphon Mind

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Format Legality
Vintage Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Legacy Legal
Pauper Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2014 Common
MTG: Commander Common
Planechase Common
Onslaught Common
Promo Set Rare

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Syphon Mind

Sorcery

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

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Syphon Mind Discussion

hwagner on Angels and Demons and Dragons, OH MY!

2 weeks ago

Im a big fan of Baneslayer Angel. Also I've been thinking and Disciple of Bolas seems good. You can play it and sac a 5/5 to draw 5 cards and refuel your hand for further Kaalia triggers. Other card draw options for consideration include Moonlight Bargain, Necrologia, Mind's Eye, Syphon Mind, Night's Whisper, Sign in Blood, and Skeletal Scrying. Hope this helps!

JaysomeDecks on Stax, the magic cure

2 weeks ago

Also, is this a 1v1 or multiplayer deck? You have some underwhelming discard cards that seem geared more towards a 1v1 setting. Syphon Mind is a good draw spell that makes all your opponents discard.

But overall, unless you're playing 1v1, you may be dedicating too many resources to hitting hands.

rhystictutor on Ghave, Guru of Spores

1 month ago

I also noticed you're lacking in card draw which usually wins games in EDH: Phyrexian Arena, Sylvan Library, Ambition's Cost/Ancient Craving, Armorcraft Judge/Inspiring Call, Shamanic Revelation/Collective Unconscious, Elemental Bond, Mentor of the Meek, Syphon Mind, Dark Prophecy, Carnage Altar/Phyrexian Vault, Harvester of Souls, Promise of Power, Decree of Pain (so good), Infernal Offering... this would be a decent pool to pick out of. I personally try to run as much draw as possible. IMO, you'd want to run atleast 6 draw cards on a curve. On top of more draw spells, you could also go the Land Tax + Scroll Rack route. It depends on how much ya have to spend on cards :P

Alkadron on Olivia, Mobilized For Madness

1 month ago

This looks pretty cool!

I don't have much experience with vampire tribal, but I have a lot of experience playing EDH, and I have two suggestions:

1) cards like Cunning Lethemancer, Rummaging Goblin, and Academy Raider will probably disappoint you. They're decent discard outlets, the problem is that you have to wait a turn before you can use them, and EDH is a wasteland of creature boardwipes and creature removal. I would try to focus more on instants, sorceries, and maybe artifacts that allow you to draw and discard. Anvil of Bogardan is pretty solid. Jalum Tome is cheap. Tormenting Voice might be good.

2) My other suggestion is that your deck is pretty streamlined and has lots of discard outlets; it seems like you're going to inevitably run out of gas. So I'd try to fit in more draw cards. Syphon Mind is pretty outstanding, and appropriately vampiric, as are Ancient Craving and Sign in Blood. Decree of Pain is fantastic.

LeaPlath on Nath of the Gilt-Leaf

1 month ago

Heritage Druid, Elvish Archdruid, Birchlore Rangers, Priest of Titania, Joraga Treespeaker let you turn your tokens into mana etc.

Nature's Lore, Assassinate, Bone Splinters, Death Stroke, Despise, Distress, Explore, Gruesome Discovery, Journey of Discovery, Mind Rot, Appetite for the Unnatural, Doom Blade, Druid's Deliverance, Gilt-Leaf Ambush, Naturalize, Seedling Charm, Spring Cleaning, Strength in Numbers, Vitalize, Prowess of the Fair, Wayfarer's Bauble, Deadbridge Shaman, Silhana Starfletcher can all be cut in my opinion. These cards are all low impact or just a bit eh, compared to what you can do.

Unnerve should be Syphon Mind.

Nullmage Shepherd lets to turn a swarm of tokens into repeatable removal.

If you want to go in hard on tokens, you also have Primal Vigor as another token doubler, Second Harvest as a single use doubler, Sylvan Offering as a massive token producer/political card you can take advantage of especially. Voice of the Woods turns tokens into yet more tokens.

Damnable Pact is a good draw x spell, which can be political, or can be used to burn someone to death. Weird Harvest is an interesting political option, that can let you win on the spot with enough ramp.

Springfluter on Queen Liliana's Stax Gambit

1 month ago

Das sind so die Sachen, die mir spontan zu Lili einfallen. Alles sehr discardlastig, bin mir nicht sicher wie viel man ohne Probleme spielen kann. Generell finde ich, dass du wenig draw hast, aber auch das mag funktionieren, kannst dich ja fix in ne Potence tutoren.

An sich gefaellt mir die Geschichte schon sehr gut, ich glaube es sind nur persoenliche Abneigungen die mich manche Karten herausnehmen lassen wuerden.

chris.rodriguez358 on Death is Only the Beginning

2 months ago

At Profet93, I just checked out your deck and it definitely looks really nice!!! I almost went the creature-less route on this one but it would screw with my playgroup's meta a bit too much and would draw a lot more hate. I'll leave some comments on your page.

I have been considering Vesuva and Thespian's Stage and will pick them up eventually.

Diabolic Tutor and Beseech the Queen feel too inefficient for me. I'd rather pick up an Imperial Seal or Grim Tutor if I could fit additional tutors.

Shizo, Death's Storehouse is not needed here because Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed already has horsemanship making him virtually unblockable. I have not come across another horsemanship user and the card would not be useful enough with my other creatures to merit a slot.

One of Ugin, the Spirit Dragon or Karn Liberated will be added once I get my hands on a nice foil. I will probably choose Karn Liberated because of his (-) ability.

I like Overwhelming Forces more than Decree of Pain because of flavor and it being a much more political card. Sometimes you only want to knock down one unruly opponent. Also, it has no effect on your board-state (aside from drawing you extra cards).

Syphon Mind will probably make it's way back in the deck. Phyrexian Arena bounces in and out of the deck a lot because it only nets you one card a round and is a dead draw late game.

Trading Post is a possibility. I'll need to test this out.

Vampire Hexmage and Dark Depths is a fun little combo. I like it.

My grief with Corpse Dance is that I need to keep track of the order of my graveyard. Once people start seeing cards in my graveyard, everyone wants a look and which creature is the "top" creature becomes a blur. I love the card, but the added logistics make it frustrating to use. It might make a return soon and, if so, I'll cut out Necromancy. I'll probably also cut Reanimate in favor of Chainer, Dementia Master.

Snuff Out is there for flavor. I have the version with the Liliana art as well as the Liliana version of Demonic Tutor and SDCC versions of the usable Liliana planeswalkers. I could probably cut it for a foil Karn Liberated, but it has scored me some sweet kills.

Thanks for the advice!! It is definitely greatly appreciated. Always glad to run into another Xiahou Dun user!

Daedalus19876 on 曹操 (Cao Cao, Lord of Wei)

3 months ago

There are a lot of odd card choices here, no offense intended - I assume that's just because this is composed from cards you had laying around? Regardless, I'd eventually end up removing most of the cards unless they 1) aid in making opponents discard, 2) give you enough resources to justify their inclusion, or 3) help you make the opponent dead. I can give a more complete list of cards that I find subpar here if you want :)

Of your maybeboard, I'd add Animate Dead, Beacon of Unrest, Cabal Coffers, Cunning Lethemancer, Demonic Tutor, Expedition Map, Extraplanar Lens, Geth's Grimoire, Hypnotic Specter, Larceny, Memory Jar, Mind Slash, Mind Sludge, Necromancy, Noetic Scales, Stronghold Rats, Syphon Mind, Thousand-Year Elixir (Magewright's Stone works too), and Words of Waste

If you're looking for more discard effects, PartyJ's superb Nath list could be helpful: Nath of the Gilt-Leaf - Multiplayer Stax EDH

If you're looking for more mono-black shenanigans, like Phyrexian Arena or Necropotence, you might check my Yahenni list: The Hungry, Hungry Aetherborn: Yahenni EDH

Hope that helps a bit!

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