Syphon Mind

Syphon Mind

Sorcery

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

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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
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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage 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

Syphon Mind occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.03%

Black: 0.28%

Golgari: 0.08%

Rakdos: 0.41%

Syphon Mind Discussion

king-saproling on [Primer] If It's Not Black, Put It Back

1 day ago

Sure thing ShibaWiz. These would be my cuts:

  • Chainer, Dementia Master (too mana intensive. even with K'rrik, you'd be paying 9 life per creature)
  • Reaper of Sheoldred (costs too much mana, requires a lot of setup to be great)
  • Night's Whisper (low impact. only gives +1 card advantage. compare to Syphon Mind)
  • Hero's Downfall (low impact. in multiplayer, single-target removal puts you at negative card advantage relative to the table overall. better to win faster than play sub-par control IMO)
  • Surestrike Trident (interesting way to dodge blockers for multiple infecters, but this costs a lot of mana to use. compare to Trailblazer's Boots)
  • Hex Parasite (neat with Infernal Darkness or Mikaeus, but not so useful otherwise)

Dapwrd4getr on Edgar v. 2

2 days ago

Boardwipe suggestions: Merciless Eviction, Play of the Game, Life's Finale, Cleansing Nova, Austere Command, Tragic Arrogance, Blasphemous Act

Land/mana ramp: Burnished Hart, Solemn Simulacrum, Mind Stone, Commander's Sphere, Arcane Signet, Fellwar Stone, Myriad Landscape, Wayfarer's Bauble

Card draw: Syphon Mind, Faithless Looting, Mind's Eye, Vanquisher's Banner, Skeletal Scrying

As far as Vampires, you should add more (have around 35ish), but I'm not sure which ones are essential to add. But regardless, here are some suggestions.

triproberts12 on Hogaak Persist Combo

1 week ago

Isn't this backwards of how these leagues normally work? I thought the winner is the only one that doesn't get the budget bump, so the most powerful deck doesn't snowball.

Anyway, Mindwrack Harpy is the most pushed intro deck card I've ever seen. That's my first add.

I also like putting in more creatures with ETB effects. It's kind of awkward that you'll want to tap mana dorks for Hogaak. Glowspore Shaman, Golgari Thug, Crow of Dark Tidings, Gamekeeper, and Mire Triton can all help get Hogaak out by turn 3 if you have a good turn 1 play.

There are a lot of good gold cards in BG graeyard stuff, too: If you have anyone that's relying on indestructibility, Drown in Filth is a good budget option to feed your graveyard. If you're built around Hogaak, I'd think it should regularly be a hard removal spell with upside. Nyx Weaver is just a great card in any graveyard deck, and cheap, too. Jarad's Orders is a good double-tutor. Underrealm Lich is worth the $2, in my opinion. I would also ask yourself whether Eternal Witness is $3.50 better than Acolyte of Affliction/Golgari Findbroker/Treasured Find. Storrev, Devkarin Lich didn't get much fanfare, but the power and price tag are there.

Animist's Awakening is good value at just over $1. World Shaper and Splendid Reclamation are a little more expensive, but higher impact than other $4-5 cards I see in the list. Lower on the ramp ladder, note that Harrow and Springbloom Druid put a land in the yard. Funeral Rites isn't a bad draw spell for this deck. Same for Winding Way, Gather the Pack and Relentless Pursuit. Syphon Mind doesn't have much to do with the theme, but I start with it in most of my black value decks. Dark Deal could be very good, especially if your draw power is maximized and you can use your yard as a second hand. Greenwarden of Murasa is just a powerful card. Same for Phyrexian Delver.

Some other general budget cards for considering: Ransack the Lab, Corpse Churn, Dead Reckoning, Grapple with the Past, Hatchery Spider, Millikin, Mindwrack Demon, Once and Future, Splinterfright, The Mending of Dominaria, Skullwinder, Blood for Bones, and Vigor Mortis.

Profet93 on Into the eternal darkness. (Mono-Black EDH)

2 weeks ago

No problem, I'm glad you liked my suggestions.

You have consume spirit, exsanguinae, profame command and torment of hailfire - not including your commander as X-spells. The weakest of them are consume spirit and profane command. The consume spirit lifegain is nice, only black restriction is sometimes annoying and only hits 1 player. Profane reads 1 player loses life and return 1 creature back. Both are not as good as exsanguiante and torment are the better X-spells. I would cut those 2 and add either some more draw or interaction.

Damnable pact is cool but unless you feel you are lacking draw, I would replace it with something less costly on life. Read the Bones, Sign in Blood, Night's Whisper and Syphon Mind. Read the bones and syphon would be my 2 picks.

If you wanted to add more interaction instead/with draw, then consider Mind Twist, Thought Distortion, Worst Fears and Force of Despair. Mind twist is brutal since the discard is random. Discard is one of black's strongest abilities aside from ramp and tutoring. This also baits counterspells. Speaking of counterspells, thought distortion can put in serious work depending on the meta. Shuts down blue completely, is partial grave hate and best of all can't be countered. Worst fears can just win you the game against another black player using their toxic deluge or necro. Moreover, you get all their information (hand, morphs, etc...) and can use their resources against them all the while depriving them of their turn. Lastly, force of despair allows you to interact while tapped out, very powerful to bluff interaction. I usually use it on opposing commanders or if my opponents get out field of the dead and a bunch of zombies in 1 turn.

Imp's Mischief- You already run this, it's one of my favorite black cards. Just note it changes any target, including but not limited to targeted..... removal, draw, extra turns and more. Moreover, it counters counterspells. You spend 20+ mana on your commander, just for it to get countered sucks. You could always add Cavern of Souls if blue is an issue in the meta (also helps magus) and can even be used on eldrazi for kozilek. But if that's not an option, in response to their counterspell on your commander, you cast imp's mischief changing the target of the counterspell to imp's mischief. Mischief resolves. Counterspell trys to resolve but fails to resolve since the target (imp's mischief) is gone/illegal. Your commander resolves, eating the blue player alive.

I saw you were upvoting my decks, you should check out My Deck as I am a mono black fiend. My deck revolves around interaction and tutoring (with all the good tutors) into coffers and urborg. Then use candelabra and others to untap coffers.

IKavalier on K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth(CEDH)

1 month ago

Profet93

Appreciate the input either way. That is honestly the main reason I started using tappedout. So my decks get some input from other players outside my LGS.

FYI, i live in the East Coast(New York) so it is almost 3:30am here, either way, no problem :D

Cloud Key You haven't been the first to suggest this(one of my friends thinks it should be in(IN ADDITION, to helm of awakening)). I'll play around with it once i pickup one for K'rrik. I see the potential in it. When I first saw K'rrik spoiled, the idea of the deck was much different. It seemed silly since K'rrik pays for Black and I wouldn't want that many artifacts... However, now that the deck/general idea for K'rrik is more colorless than you'd think, I might put in Voltaic Key and other artifacts(maybe Scroll Rack , but honestly didn't test too good since I didn't end of using it too much...that one colorless would always go towards something else.) I honestly am going to give it a shot. I should mention, the above deck isn't my current build. There are a few cards I've been changing in and out to test out.

Mind Twist seems lackluster IMO, if I do run rings, maybe?(even then it seems not needed). Also, making someone discard their hand seems a waste when i'd rather just win the game. If it was Instant speed, i'd maybe consider it. However it is not. I doubt i'd ever run it to be honest.

Syphon Mind Totally get it. I don't even think the cost is that bad. It was a thought... but that was it. After playing the deck for so long, drawing cards usually isn't a big problem...I do have a bunch of card draw already. Such as Greed ( or other examples: Erebos, necropotence, arguel's blood fast etc.) Plus Villis, sensei's and other cards(cantrips(in this deck, Nihil Spellbomb is basically a cantrip/free card but whenever I need it...but usually I save it to stop a combo or to help enable my own combo.

Murderous Rider was a thought aswell. It honestly seems like a slightly worse Vraska's Contempt... Mainly because of the Exile(eldrazi go bye bye!). Hero's Downfall was in the very first draft of this deck. Now Rider is better IMO since it shuffles in/doubles as a creature. It honestly may go in Go for the Throat 's place.

Profet93 on K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth(CEDH)

1 month ago

Cloud Key - 1/4th of your deck is artifacts. I think it costing 1 more and only helping your artifacts is much better in a cEDH meta than helping your opponents. You're helping yourself ramp by 1 but each opponent by 1 (1 to 3). I get it that your commander dies a lot and that sucks. But rather than putting in (IMO) a suboptimal card, why not just add in Command Beacon or Volrath's Stronghold to bypass commander tax?

Vampiric Link - I was unaware of that, didn't realize that. Despite possibly getting 2 for 1ed, your point is 100% true.

Thats true regarding Shred Memory , I just like the versatility but I failed to recognize the cantrip aspect.

Honestly rings alone is pretty powerful given it interacts with 1/5th of your deck, even without basalt monolith. Also you wouldn't need to add torment, just use the infinite mana and top to draw your deck, play aether, storm off with free artifacts and use bontu's monuments ability copied with rings for 20 damage each opponent. Use manifold key to do it again.

Oops, didn't realize read the bones was there. It's midnight here so mistakes are bound to be made.

Lastly, here are 3 suggestions (not entirely sold on all of them but just some ideas)....

  1. Mind Twist - Bait blue or just annihilate someone's hand
  2. Syphon Mind - While expensive, it often reads, Pay 3 colorless, lose 2 life, draw 4 cards, each opponent discards 1.
  3. Murderous Rider - Similar to Vraska's Contempt. Creature could be useful as a blocker given your low creature count.

Profet93 on Marquis De Chainer, Sadism 101

1 month ago

Savaaage

Thank you for getting back to me regarding my comments, it is much appreciated!

There's a reason Imp's Mischief is infamous! :D But I understand where you're coming from. Its just a pet card of mine and I recomend it to every black deck because it just works (at least in my meta). It sucks not being able to cast it at times and people being aware. I have a similar issue in my meta, although not as prevalent, I still love it <3

Interesting points, I never noticed that with Wurmcoil Engine and your argument for breaking parity with Sengir Autocrat makes sense. The question is, how often, how reliablely can you assemble that to the point where you don't pay 4 mana for a measly card that doesn't do much on it's own. If you had more tutors, I could understand it. I personally like Wurmcoil Engine more because the life link and deathtouch but it depends. Wurmcoil is also an artifact which has been relevant (good and bad) at times.

Regarding artifact hate, I completely agree. I just wanted to show you additional options as Karn, the Great Creator has been a thorn in my side recently. All is dust > Sheolded would be a good test swap but as you said, time will tell if thats needed.

For card draw, I'm surprised I missed necro in the deck, oops. Syphon Mind is really powerful, draw 4, each opponent discards a card. I understand you would like to set up more of a boardstate, but I feel with the overall lack of draw, syphon mind should not be overlooked. Getting opponent's expensive cards in the yard is "setting up" in a way. But your point is valid.

Savaaage on Marquis De Chainer, Sadism 101

1 month ago

Profet93

Thanks for checking out the deck and for the comments. I greatly appreciate it! I'll start from the top:

Imp's Mischief - The card is great without question and can be game winning in the right situation, however, I think it's a much better fit in a Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed control deck, which can easily recur it every turn. As I have to rely on XHD being in the 99, the value of Imp's Mischief is lower for Chainer. I'll never tutor for it and end up having to draw into it. I've also had situations where it sat in my hand being unable to cast because people are casting non target sorceries/instants or taking non targetable extra turns XD. Another aspect is that the card became fairly infamous in my meta and people were aware of the tricks I could do with Imp's Mischief or Sudden Spoiling . When I was leaving 2-3 mana open it was fairly telegraphed. Over time I may add it back in as I love the tricky unexpected stuff in black (Imps, Sudden Spoiling, Darkness )

In regards to Grave Titan , the slot was contested by three cards. Originally I was running Sengir Autocrat , which in my opinion is superior to both Grave Titan and Wurmcoil Engine . I figured I needed some additional lifegain as I encountered some life issues in the previous game sessions. Wurmcoil Engine fits the similar niche as Grave Titan and with Nim Deathmantle Zombie clause, allows for Gravecrawler loops. Wurmcoil containing Lifelink was what made me choose it over Grave Titan. With Mikaeus, the Unhallowed and Ashnod's Altar , we could make infinite deathtouch or lifelink tokens + infinite mana. I've spent most of the day today thinking about this slot and ultimately I think I'm going back to Sengir Autocrat . It has better synergy with Skullclamp and Razaketh, the Foulblooded AND most importantly breaks parity on Chainer/Altars/Aristocrats/ETC. We end up netting and 1 life as opposed to Grave Titan or Wurmcoil Engine .

About Artifact/Enchantment hate: I chose Oblivion Stone over Nevinyrral's Disk due to how many mana doubling cards I'm running. This allows me to play and active O-stone on the same turn, which is less telegraphed than NDisk. Also it doesn't suffer requiring to untap+survive a turn on a table to use, which makes it superior in my eyes. If I had to add another card it would be All Is Dust most likely cutting Sheoldred, Whispering One . Time will tell if this is required but at this state I'm unsure yet. In a dreamland we can 'theoretically' deal all perms with Mikaeus, the Unhallowed + Meteor Golem + Ashnod's Altar + Nim Deathmantle .

Necropotence is there :). I do like Syphon Mind but I'm running Night's Whisper + Sign in Blood as they're cheaper to use. I'd rather be developing/Controling board w/ 4cmc cards. Nights Whisper+Sign in Blood could be subbed for something else. I'll test em as is for now.

I'm agreeing with you on Font of Agonies the longer I have it in my deck. Anvil of Bogardan is a great suggestion.

The three lands that I removed could be detrimental but I'm not sure. I'll need to test it live, but I've been goldfishing for hours every day throughout the week. 30 lands seems fine with the recent minor rebuild.

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