Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Hero Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Custom Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Iconic Masters (IMA) Rare
Masterpiece Series: Amonkhet Invocations (AKHMPS) None
Theros (THS) Rare
Lorwyn (LRW) Rare

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Target player reveals his or her hand. You choose a nonland card from it. That player discards that card. You lose 2 life.

Thoughtseize Discussion

YamishiTheWickedOne on WB Vampire Life Drain

1 day ago

Modern huh? Unless you wanna do a sacrifice engine you're better going Rakdos or Mardu.

Vamps also wanna run pretty light on mana in either case. 3 or less cost = good, use 4+ mana cards very sparingly. Like Sanguine/Exquisite are simply too slow to be good imo.

Now, depending on your budget, you could do something like.....

4 Viscera Seer , 4 Bloodghast , 4 Blood Artist or Kalastria Highborn , 4 Cordial Vampire , maybe 4 Vampire Nocturnus or Vampire Lacerator and 2 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet or Captivating Vampire , or maybe even 4 Dusk Legion Zealot or Gatekeeper of Malakir .

Or alternatively, consider that red gives you access to Stromkirk Captain who is hilarious with Vampire Nighthawk , Gifted Aetherborn and the new Vampire of the Dire Moon .

For hate spells, usable ones are things like Fatal Push , Lightning Bolt , Path to Exile , Terminate , Cast Down , Kolaghan's Command , or if you have money, Liliana of the Veil , Liliana, the Last Hope , and also to bring him up on this subject: Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord . Hand disruption is expensive, looking at Thoughtseize , Inquisition of Kozilek , and Collective Brutality . But black has almost a monopoly on that.

3 other cards to bring up: Olivia Voldaren , Stromkirk Noble as he was always good but 5 color humans are a huge deal in the meta now, and Zealous Persecution .

Hope this gave you some insight. Welcome to the dark side.

Yesterday on Why does it still count ...

6 days ago

(For clarity, I meant that Cranial Extraction and Grasping Current only say 'search' because they involve looking through a library, not just any hidden zone. I know that Thoughtseize doesn't say 'search'.)

MoonHollow124 on Ensoul Artifacts

6 days ago

Cards I run in affinity that could help you here:

Master of Etherium : would be a 5/5 then get the +whatever/+whatever, plus pump your team

Karn, Scion of Urza : Can either be card draw or create tokens that when enchanted become at least 6/6's

Springleaf Drum : Especially w/ Memnite , can make insane starts by going Ornithopter , Ornithopter , Memnite , land, Springleaf Drum Springleaf Drum , Signal Pest . Just allows for more explosive nut draws.

Memnite : See above.

Cranial Plating : Easy to make your stuff huge quick.

Thoughtcast : Usually 1 mana for 2 cards. 2/3 of Ancestral Recall .

Inventors' Fair : Keep your life high and be able to tutor for specific artifacts

Spire of Industry : Almost always a 50 cent Mana Confluence

Blinkmoth Nexus : Another artifact land

Cards you should consider cutting:

Skilled Animator : Just a more fragile Ensoul Artifact

Blackmail : This deck is leaning on the faster side and you already have 10 Thoughtseize effects. Blackmail is the worst of them.

Tezzeret the Schemer : Inefficient removal, and the ult will never happen.


This is just my 2 cents, I hope you take these into considerati

PTsmitty on Revelation

1 week ago

I agree with Nic that there are a lot of cards that will be very hard to cast in a Modern tournament. I have been away from Modern for a while, but from what I am understanding is that the format is getting faster. Games usually are over by turns 3-5 depending on what you are playing against. Some decks and get a lot of power on the board too fast for you to handle and others pick apart your hand and you then cannot respond to their one big threat. So your 6+ drops will probably never be played.

Cards I would take out are Blackblade Reforged , Demonlord Belzenlok , Drakuseth, Maw of Flames , and Feather, the Redeemed . Blackblade will be too slow, Bel and Drak are going to be too expensive, and Feather really needs spells that targets her to be effective. You can keep the higher mana cost creatures, but you need to find some way to cheat them onto the battlefield. For example, Goryo's Vengeance , and those decks Griselbrand is usually the best option.

I think you deck may be able to work if you do a bit of a controlling build with hand disruption from Thoughtseize and Inquisition of Kozilek as well as looting a a little graveyard recursion from Faithless Looting and Unearth .

Perhaps something where you focus on Resplendent Angel and Kaalia, Zenith Seeker as your targets for Unearth then have th 2x of Seraph of the Scales and Aurelia, Exemplar of Justice as other side threats. I think Lyra Dawnbringer is a good 2 of in the sideboard for the burn matchup and other aggressive decks. You can try Bishop of Wings for a blocker, but not sure how well it will work in modern. I think x3-4 Thoughtseize and Inquisition of Kozilek would be good along with x4 Faithless Looting and Unearth . I am not sure what that leaves you with after all the subtractions and additions. I do like the Paths, Bolts, and Helix in the deck. You may like having x3 Paths and Bolts while using Helix as a sideboard card for aggressive matchups again. Just a few ideas for you. Not trying to re-create your entire deck as I want you to stick with your angels theme, but trying to make sure you do not get steamrolled by the more powerful decks in the format.

FullmetalWes on Rally Zombies

1 week ago

I looooove this deck. I want to build this. Only thing I would play around with is removal like Fatal Push , Tragic Slip , Path to Exile and hand disruption like Thoughtseize for competitive games. Your mainboard is just awesome. Have you built this and/or played with it yet?

Silverdrake on Hiroshima

2 weeks ago

Hilarious. Just an FYI, when Emrakul hits the graveyard her trigger goes on the stack and you have a chance to respond. Since Goryo's is an instant, you can bring her back with it in response to her trigger. The rest of your yard will get shuffled in but she'll be on the field so she won't.

I'd also recommend cutting the charms you have for either A) hand attack to take out their hand attack (such as Thoughtseize or Inquisition of Kozilek ) or B) more ways to dig for your pieces and/or put them in the graveyard (such as Cathartic Reunion or Compulsive Research .

You could also consider Sundial of the Infinite . If you use Goryo's to bring something back, when you go to end step the delayed trigger goes on the stack and you have to exile it when it resolves. You can respond to that trigger by activating Sundial, and the trigger goes away since the turn just ends. You can abuse the same mechanic if you do decide to put in TTB. As an added bonus, as long as you wait until the trigger goes on the stack before activating sundial, you don't have to do it every turn. Once the trigger goes on the stack, the game considers Goryo's completed, even if said trigger never resolves.

Valengeta on Valengeta

2 weeks ago

Hi there, thanks for taking an interest in my decks. About zombies: It's still hard to have a Tier 1 deck, but you can make something really competitive nonetheless. The thing is, as you know, dropping low-cost and efficient creatures is mandatory for Modern. I'll give you some zombie cards to consider, 3 CMC max:

These are my favorite zombie creatures. There are a few more around but for Modern I think the ones I mentioned are the ones that really shine. But please do search and see if you find any other you prefer

Then you need to worry about interaction. Bet on discard cards like Thoughtseize , Inquisition of Kozilek and even Duress , as they are good control and your only way of getting rid of artifacts and enchantments. Creature killers are a must as well: Fatal Push , Spark Harvest , Go for the Throat , Tragic Slip , Dismember or Defile (when you have many basic lands only). The last three kill indestructible creatures

It's a good idea to have some other spells. Reanimation like Ghoulcaller's Chant and Unearth sits well with what we're trying to do. One or two copies of Sign in Blood might be something to consider as well. Also you can try enchantments that benefit on death like Grave Pact or Open the Graves . Endless Ranks of the Dead and Whip of Erebos are amazing too. If you have planeswalkers, do not be tempted by their abilities while forgetting the mana cost and the turns you need to activate ultimates. Liliana, Dreadhorde General is nice but too expensive and slow. Try Liliana, the Last Hope or Liliana, Untouched By Death instead if you insist on planeswalking. If you're lucky enough to have Liliana of the Veil , then use it

Lastly, Aether Vial does wonders for saving your mana casting creatures, and Surgical Extraction punishes non-basic lands and combos the enemy might throw at you

Hope I helped somehow. If you have questions please ask! Also, if you like Rakdos I invite you to check my deck Hell Awaits. Have fun and good games

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Thoughtseize occurrence in decks from the last year


All decks: 0.69%

Black: 12.87%

Rakdos: 2.91%

Golgari: 3.13%


All decks: 1.7%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%