Brainstealer Dragon

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Alchemy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Arena Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Planechase Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Brainstealer Dragon

Creature — Dragon Horror


At the beginning of your end step, exile the top card of each opponent's library. You may play those cards for as long as they remain exiled. If you cast a spell this way, you may spend mana as though it were mana of any colour to cast it.

Whenever a nonland permanent an opponent owns enters the battlefield under your control, they lose life equal to its converted mana cost/mana value.

Cyb3rguerrill0 on Dude, where are your cards? *WIP*

6 months ago

Looks good! Although I would recommend to try to reduce the CMC a bit an add more lands instead. Mindleech Mass seems too expensive for what it could provide during the late game and still needs the damage enabler. Same goes for Brainstealer Dragon, Arvinox, the Mind Flail or Elder Brain it's very unlikely to ever play these cards during a match with this small manabase AND get 'em alive before any trigger occurs. I would cut out almost everything with a CMC of 6 to gain more speed and focus more on your commanders ability. Just my 2 cents

UltimateRoxas40 on Eldritch Captain of the Deep [Lovecraftian Primer]

7 months ago

Callicon, thanks for taking a look through the deck! I'm intentionally not running Brainstealer Dragon, since it doesn't fit as thematically with the general Lovecraft/cosmic horror theme of the deck. I had actually taken it out to slot in Mind Flayer, the Shadow, as they have similar effects, but I like Mind Flayer, the Shadow better for flavor/thematic wins

Callicon on Eldritch Captain of the Deep [Lovecraftian Primer]

7 months ago

Hey, I really like the deck list you've got here. I did, however, notice that you aren't running Brainstealer Dragon which i think would be really good in this deck. I might even suggest taking out Mind Flayer, the Shadow or Emrakul, the Promised End for it, as in my opinion the dragon is a more efficient option for the same mana cost as Mind Flayer, and is more synergistic than Emrakul.

Gleeock on Creatures that do Damage Over …

8 months ago

ImNora I have a deck that does this, very effectively: Atla with Tobasco Sauce.

Magmatic Force is great if you don't care about pips (since you are either cheatyfacing or polymorphing)

Brainstealer Dragon if you don't need it to be damage specifically.

MattN7498 on Ur-Dragon's Multiverse Onslaught | *PRIMER*

11 months ago

Jator Nope the deck is winding down in the sense that there's already so many good dragon cards to where any replacements would just have to be strictly better versions of current cards which I doubt will be happening that often. I replaced Brainstealer Dragon with Ancient Copper Dragon but if there's a set that comes out that has a lot of dragons for consideration/upgrades, there will be an update.

Acidarc on Filthy wHorrors

1 year ago

Aighty. That's fair. I don't have a play group so I just build decks online and don't really have experience with people hating a deck. Last two suggestions but one could get hate.
Memory Lapse I think it really fits since you can possibly mill it your turn and get it before your opponent can draw it again. This is more stealing tho so yea.

Brainstealer Dragon It's 7 mana and you might have a hard cap at 6. It's flying tho which helps get it's damage thru plus with commander's ability it'll second effect will activate so could just go for extra damage.

Anyways, again great deck and thank you for your thoughts.

DawnsRayofLight on Chainer, Dementia Master

1 year ago

As someone who has played Chainer for close to a decade, I have some suggestions I would like to offer. (though everyone's decks run differently!)

34-35 lands is usually enough. I would recommend 34 with Agadeem's Awakening  Flip that gives you 5 spots:

In those spots:

Mana Crypt

Thought Vessel

Charcoal Diamond

Coldsteel Heart

Jet Medallion

(Or all the expensive artifacts like Grim Monolith or what have you)

In place of:

1x Cast Down--> Lethal Scheme: This card is amazing in any reanimator list

1x Culling the Weak--> Phyrexian Altar: you need more sac outlets with some staying power

1x Dismember--> Soul Transfer: seems janky, but versatile

1x Doom Blade--> Baleful Mastery: you can hit more with it.

1x Go for the Throat--> Infernal Grasp

1x Power Word Kill--> Deadly Rollick/Altar of Dementia: for a better killspell or for a sac outlet

1x Sacrifice--> Ashnod's Altar: need more sac outlets with staying power

1x Terror--> Meteor Golem: This guy helps so much with things Black cannot remove

1x Victim of Night--> Karn Liberated: This guy helps so much with things Black cannot remove

Cruel Tutor--> Mikaeus, the Unhallowed: bonkers for some staying power, also has combo potential

Unmarked Grave--> Putrid Goblin: this or Walking Ballista are good for combos with Mikaeus. Putrid GOblin + Ashnod's Altar/Phyrexian Altar + Mikaeus = infinite mana (or sub ashnod's altar for mill).

Suggested Drops, see next list for suggested replacements

Blood Pet--> sort of an eh card, I might think of something with more oomph

Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip--> I do like her, she just never did anything when I ran her.

Ruthless Technomancer: I have debated a lot adding him, in something like Korvold, he is an all-star, in chainer, he can be good, but I would almost always rather have Disciple of Bolas

Skirge Familiar: I get the reason it is in here, but there are better cards.

Black Market: It's nice, but can be too slow.

Liliana of the Dark Realms: I just have never been a big fan, she feels too lackluster.

Final Parting: good card, but I feel you can part with some tutor because you have MORE than enough

Sidisi, Undead Vizier: good card, but I feel you can part with some tutor because you have MORE than enough

Rune-Scarred Demon: good card, but I feel you can part with some tutor because you have MORE than enough, there also some stronger creatures to fit in the spot.


Archon of Cruelty: expensive mana wise but an all star.

Kokusho, the Evening Star: has been in my deck from the beginning and has flat out won me games.

Brainstealer Dragon: seems janky, but I added to just try it and it has been amazing.

Black Market Connections: You need more draw (also helps with ramp)

Phyrexian Arena: You need more draw

Bolas's Citadel: an amazing card. Wins games all the time.

Disciple of Bolas: card draw and life gain

Fell Stinger: card draw

Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed: Great for recursion

Reanimate, Liliana, Death's Majesty, Living Death. and Animate Dead: it is good to have other means of reanimation if Chainer keeps getting removed (I also suggest sac outlets to help keep your creatures from getting exiled when they spot remove Chainer)

Hope this helps! Here is my list to maybe show you how I run the list: The True Meaning of Death and Taxes

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