Brainstorm

Brainstorm

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

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Set Rarity
Mystery Booster: Store Edition (MYSTOR) Common
Mystery Booster: Convention Edition (MYSCON) Common
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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Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Block Constructed 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

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%

Brainstorm Discussion

oeliberti on If I come back as a Zombie I'm eating you first!

12 hours ago

cool and flavourful tribal :) really like it.

i'd only like to see 2 to 3 cantrips like the classic Ponder, Preordain and Brainstorm. In fact, discard draw spells like Careful Study are even better in graveyard-ish decks.

Either way, cool tribal deck!

GoblinElectromancer on Idea for a New Budget ...

3 days ago

Storm would be the only deck in the format with Dark Ritual and Cabal Ritual as commons and Tendrils of Agony as an uncommon. Then there are busted cantrips such as Brainstorm and Ponder that are commons. Good idea but you need a much bigger ban list and allow more points for each deck like 40.

multimedia on Cloud of Faeries

6 days ago

Hey, your deck is missing it's Commander. If Alela is the Commander of this deck then you can make it official by tagging her with CMDR. In the deck editor put the CMDR tag after Alela, Artful Provocateur text.

1x Alela, Artful Provocateur *F* *CMDR*

What this does is it displays the card image of Alela in the deck list making her the official Commander of your deck.


Bident of Thassa is a good repeatable draw source with Faeries. Faeries have flying meaning that more times than not you will do combat damage to your opponents when you attack. For each Faerie who does combat damage to an opponent you draw a card. This can draw you a lot of cards. Consider cutting Festive Funeral for Bident?

Some upgrades within the budget to consider:

Good luck with your deck.

bushido_man96 on Toss A Coin To Your Witcher

1 week ago

I know you've built this for fun, but is there any reason you're choosing to run spells like Brainstorm as opposed to better, more straight-up card draw spells?

hejtmane on Suggestions for cards with bitchin' ...

1 week ago

I started looking at this problem of finding cards with old art; I think what you should look for old cards not used a lot

examples Toshiro Umezawa Chainer, Dementia Master

Then look at cards with lots of reprints example Brainstorm if you go to scryfall they have all the pictures by edition Brainstorm or Brainstorm

Oldschool Counterspell or Counterspell

A lot of staples have different art printing and counterspell has even more than that maybe this will help on that journey

SideBae on Yuirko, the Sadist

2 weeks ago

So I have a few suggestions. Feel free to ignore any/all of them.

  1. I notice Mindlock Orb is in your MB. I think this effect can be powerful in the right meta, but if you do want to run it I think you should run Ashiok, Dream Render first. Being 3 mana rather than 4 is a big deal.

  2. I like that you're running Ponder -- consider running Preordain, too. I realize it's harder to stack your deck for Yuriko triggers with Preordain, but thinking of it as just a 1 mana cantrip should show how good it is. After all, there's a reason it's super-duper banned in modern. Additionally, you can make your Brainstorm a lot better by adding some cheap shuffle effects; currently, if you don't have Yuriko triggers happening, you're likely to get Brainstorm-locked (stuck with two blanks on top of your deck). Traditionally these shuffle effects come from fetchlands like Polluted Delta or Verdant Catacombs, but since these lands are expensive AF, it's worth noting there're other lands that do similar things. Bad River, Flood Plain and Rocky Tar Pit ("Slow Fetches") are good for budget builds, as is Terramorphic Expanse.

  3. If you want to speed up your deck, running as few ETB-tapped lands as possible is pretty much essential. I would cut Submerged Boneyard and Dimir Guildgate for Watery Grave, Drowned Catacomb, Sunken Ruins, Underground River, or even just basics.

  4. Yuriko presents an interesting dilemma as a general: you want your average CMC very high, in order to keep his triggers powerful, but you also want to be able to cast your spells. In general, people use alternate-casting-cost spells to deal with this. Consider running things like Treasure Cruise, Dig Through Time, Temporal Trespass (which makes me giggle when I see it played), The Magic Mirror, Commandeer, etc.

  5. There're other creatures you should consider running, especially if you consider them as recastable after being ninjutsu-ed back to your hand: Baleful Strix, Thalakos Seer, Snapcaster Mage (if you're rich), Cavern Harpy (a personal favorite), Murderous Rider (which strictly better than Murder), Man-o'-War, Rishadan Cutpurse, Spellseeker... Burglar Rat might be funny, though probably not too powerful.

  6. There're some ways to stack your deck not included in your deck. Mystical Tutor and Vampiric Tutor (though vampiric is expensive now) are really, really good. Also note that Counterbalance is another way to exploit topdeck manipulation, especially if you have your Sensei's Divining Top out. Don't forget Mystic Sanctuary.

  7. Don't discount Windfall and Fact or Fiction. They're really good. Windfall also works well with Narset, Parter of Veils or Notion Thief.

  8. Finally, don't forget about artifact ramp. Sol Ring is obviously the all-star here, but I think you should be running 2-mana rocks rather than 3-mana rocks. Consider running Arcane Signet, Talisman of Dominance, Fellwar Stone, Mind Stone, Prismatic Lens, Sky Diamond, Charcoal Diamond or Coldsteel Heart instead of Commander's Sphere, Worn Powerstone and Seer's Lantern.

Right. That's all I got. Good luck!

multimedia on Yennett, Tribal Sovereign

2 weeks ago

Hey, you're welcome, well done.

Consider Mystic Speculation? Three mana to repeatably scry 3 is helpful especially to find lands/mana rocks, not get mana screwed. Helps to setup in the mid game and manipulate the top for Yennett in the late game. With a budget manabase Speculation and Ponder can help more than Brainstorm.

I would play all three Speculation, Ponder and Brainstorm since one mana spells that can help to setup the top of your library for Yennett are valuable. If I had to choose one of the three I would choose Speculation because it can be repeatable. Ponder vs Brainstorm; I would choose Ponder because Ponder is the better overall card for more aspects of game play. Brainstorm is better specifically with Yennett.

You're deck is relying less on Yennett because you have other Sphinxes, but some repeatable protection for her wouldn't hurt. Consider trying to find room for Swiftfoot Boots and Whispersilk Cloak? Unblockable Yennett is nice since then you don't have to worry about her in combat, making it safe to attack and get her trigger. As long as Boots is already on the battlefield before Yennett then you can pay one to protect and get to attack with Yennett the turn you play her.


Helping you on your deck inspired me to make my own version of Yennett, Cryptic Cheating (Budget). I put together a $200 version and played it Saturday evening. I did well, winning two of the four games with Approach on turn 8/10. My version is different than yours; I'm only playing two other Sphinxes, Enimga and Final Word. I'm not playing Sphinx tribal instead other busted odd CMC cards to cheat cast such as Blatant Thievery, Void Winnower and the Primordials.

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