Brainstorm

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Custom Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
MTGO 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 2018 (C18) Uncommon
Signature Spellbook: Jace (SS1) Rare
Masters 25 (A25) Common
Eternal Masters (EMA) Uncommon
Commander 2015 (C15) Common
Vintage Masters (VMA) Common
Conspiracy (CNS) Common
Coldsnap Theme Deck (CTD) Common
Duel Decks: Izzet vs. Golgari (DDJ) Common
MTG: Commander (CMD) Common
Masters Edition II (ME2) Common
Coldsnap (CSP) Common
Beatdown Box Set (BTD) Common
Mercadian Masques (MMQ) Common
Fifth Edition (5ED) Common
Ice Age (ICE) Common
Promo Set (000) Common

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Brainstorm

Instant

Draw three cards, then put two cards from your hand on top of your library in any order.

Brainstorm Discussion

enpc on Topdecking in Izzet

6 hours ago

Scroll Rack is probably the best card at doing what you're wanting to do. There's also Jace, the Mind Sculptor who is basically Brainstorm on Isochron Scepter .

TypicalTimmy on Topdecking in Izzet

6 hours ago

I'm looking for cards that allow me to put cards from my hand or my graveyard onto the top of my library, similarly to how Brainstorm works.

The color of the deck is Izzet. I'm looking to abuse Melek, Izzet Paragon .

Does anybody know of good cards that can fit? Yes obviously Scry will definitely help such as with Opt , but what I really need is the ability to put cards back on top of my library so that I can abuse Melek some more.

DoWell on Nicol Bolas Ravages Your Deck

2 days ago

I think some better artifact ramp would do you good. It will speed up your deck significantly. Things like Izzet Signet Dimir Signet Rakdos Signet Chromatic Lantern . You could easily drop to 33 lands with 10 solid mana rocks.

Brainstorm is great! Why not also add a Ponder Preordain Serum Visions for more consistent cheap card draw.

SideBae on A Song of Ice, Fire, and Uglies

3 days ago

In my experience, running 36 lands in an EDH deck is too much. I usually top out around 32 or 33. If you run something like Ancient Tomb , which is at a relatively low price nowadays, you should be able to do more with less. Cutting a few lands would also give you room for the Leyline of Anticipation and Vedalken Orrery .

I see you’re running Ponder and Brainstorm ; have you considered running Preordain ? It’s another turn 1 play that digs for what you need. Also, pairing Brainstorm with shuffle effects makes it around 4x as powerful... ideally, you’d do this with the Onslaught and Zedikar fetches, but these can run a cost about as high as a semi-used kidney. If you want to stay on a reasonable budget, Evolving Wilds and Terramorphic Expanse also work. Slow fetches, like Rocky Tar Pit , are also good.

I’ve had a good deal of success with draw-sevens in EDH, especially in conjunction with Narset, Parter of Veils . Casting Windfall with her out is a good way to build tremendous card advantage; throwing in Wheel of Fortune and Time Spiral may also prove fruitful, if you have $200 lying around.

Gamble is a good card, as is Chain of Vapor . I could count the number of times I’ve seen the latter copied by an opponent on one hand.

If you craft your mana-base carefully, you can run some blue-moon types stax pieces to keep your more color-greedy opponents for slaughtering you while you wait for your guys to come off suspend. Blood Moon and Magus of the Moon both come to mind, though Ruination is another favorite of mine.

Good luck with deck building man... I gotta go to work.

shub on Mad Scientist

6 days ago

It depends on what you're trying to achieve. I've taken most of the tutors out ( Planar Portal and Planar Bridge fit the theme), and am trying to eliminate any infinite combos. Some cards like Lux Cannon are in for flavor, since every mad scientist needs a ray gun...

If you want max power I think you use Mox Opal and Grim Monolith for faster starts as well. Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur fits a purely cutthroat meta (it's too oppressive otherwise).

The five cards in my maybe board will be replacing Brainstorm , Basilisk Collar , Rings of Brighthearth , Clock of Omens , and Unsubstantiate . Endbringer is also too mana intensive and Urza needs a mount, so Nezahal, Primal Tide will replace it. Hope that helps.

Kogarashi on Multiplayer Priority Multiple Items on ...

1 week ago

Player A, for as long as they're the active player, will always receive priority after a spell or ability resolves, per the rule you quoted.

The only time someone other than the active player receives priority is immediately after casting a spell or activating an ability (then the player who cast the spell or activated the ability has priority).

So when Player C casts Brainstorm , they have priority immediately after to be the first to respond to their own spell. Same when Player D casts Lightning Bolt ; D has priority immediately after. Using that priority to add something else to the stack is "holding priority."

Yes, when Player D's Lightning Bolt resolves, Player A is the first to receive priority (if they want to cast/activate something), and they must pass followed by everyone else in turn passing without adding to the stack in order for the Brainstorm to resolve. Then A receives priority first again and everyone must pass for Grizzly Bears to resolve. It's the same in multiplayer as in 1v1, and it doesn't matter if it's team-based or not.

Minathia on Multiplayer Priority Multiple Items on ...

1 week ago

4 Player Commander Pod, Players A(active), B, C, D in game.

Player A casts Grizzly Bears and passes Player B passes Player C casts Brainstorm and passes Player D casts Lightning Bolt targeting player B and passes

Stack in top to bottom looks like this: Lightning Bolt , Brainstorm , Grizzly Bears . All players will pass and Lightning Bolt will resolve.

After Lightning Bolt resolves, who has priority? Is it Player A because they are active, or Player C who controls the spell on top of the stack?

From the Comp Rules: 116.3b The active player receives priority after a spell or ability (other than a mana ability) resolves.

This would mean, assuming everyone will pass from here, With Player C's Lightning Bolt on the top of the stack, Player A passes, then Player B, then Player C passes priority again on his own spell, then Player D, then it resolves.

This seems unintuitive, but I can't find any rule saying that it would function differently in (non-team based) multiplayer.

Funkydiscogod on B&R announcement tomorrow

1 week ago

Faithless Looting won't get banned: it's basically the modern Brainstorm .

I predict there will be no change.

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Brainstorm occurrence in decks from the last year

Legacy:

All decks: 2.76%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.21%

Blue: 1.05%

UB (Dimir): 1.85%

WU (Azorius): 1.83%

UR (Izzet): 1.91%

GU (Simic): 0.99%

WUB (Esper): 1.15%

UBR (Grixis): 1.08%

BUG (Sultai): 0.59%