Brainstorm

Brainstorm

Instant

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

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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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Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan 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

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

multimedia on Niv mizzet my problem

11 hours ago

Hey, good budget version of Niv.

Ophidian Eye is another combo enchantment to enchant Niv with. Consider cutting Curse of the Bloody Tome for Eye? With the difficult color casting cost of Niv and the less than ideal color fixing in the manabase consider Chromatic Lantern? To stay within the budget consider cutting That Which Was Taken for Lantern?

To help with color fixing in the manabase there's some budget lands to consider adding. Sulfur Falls, Shivan Reef, Wandering Fumarole, Ash Barrens, Grixis Panorama. These lands can help game play a lot more than $9 Caged Sun can. To stay within budget consider cutting Sun for these lands?

Evolve is not a very good mechanic in Commander because you want to consistently cast an Evolve creature early game to evolve as you cast other creatures. Consistently you're not going to have an Evolve creature to cast early and playing one mid/late game is not doing much. Evolve is a mechanic that benefits much with having 4x of same creatures in a deck which is not Commander. Consider cutting some creatures for a few more draw spells? Brainstorm, Opt, Frantic Search, Faithless Looting are budget good draw spells. Consider cutting Cloudfin Raptor, Simic Fluxmage, Petrahydrox, Ral's Staticaster for these draw spells?

Izzet colors at a budget are at a disadvantage for tutors, but there's some good cards that can copy an opponents tutor when cast letting you also tutor. Expansion / Explosion, Reverberate, Dualcaster Mage. These spells could also copy your own spell when you cast it. Consider cutting Wave of Indifference, Sundering Stroke and Reckless Air Strike for these copy spells? Talisman of Creativity and Izzet Signet are good budget two drop mana rocks. They could replace Heraldic Banner and Spinning Wheel.

In Commander you have access to good budget counterspells that don't have a restriction: Counterspell, Wizard's Retort, Arcane Denial. These counterspells could replace Scatter Arc, No Escape, Mystical Dispute.

I offer more advice. Good luck with your deck.

Last_Laugh on Narset, Enlightened Master

1 day ago

I have a few suggestions for you and I'll try to break it down by category.

Ramp: Drop all 4x rocks that cost but only add 1 mana. Arcane Signet, Pentad Prism, Basalt Monolith, Lotus Petal, and Coalition Relic are your best budget(ish) mana rock options you don't already run. Also consider Generator Servant and Crystal Vein.

Pillow Fort: Smoke is amazing here.

Tutor/Topdeck Manipulation: Long-Term Plans and Brainstorm (Dream Cache is another option to get cards from hand on top of your library for free cast).

Auto Haste: Dragon Breath will automatically enchant Narset every time you recast her.

PW: Ral Zarek is handy for his untap ability (Strionic Resonator is easily my favorite target) and his ult is pretty easy to hit for 2-3 extra turns.

Feel free to check out my list for more ideas, it's one of the top rated Narset lists on this site. It's not budget friendly as a whole but still plenty of options. Upvotes on any of my decks are appreciated. Narset, American Beauty

SideBae on Death by Fish (Callaphe EDH) Help!

2 days ago

I mean, I think the easiest way you could improve the deck is through including more ramp. I've personally always been a fan of Ancient Tomb in mono-colored decks, and it's especially good if you can use it to land a turn one Mind Stone, Sapphire Medallion etc. While those are good two-drops, you might want to consider running other ones in addition to the ones you already have: consider Sky Diamond, Coldsteel Heart, Arcane Signet, Prismatic Lens... Being able to add {u} is generally a big upgrade. Also Sol Ring. Also consider running Castle Vantress to use up the mana you don't need at the end of your OP's turn.

I see you're running Brainstorm and Preordain, which I think are simply absurd cards that should be in any blue deck. I think you should also be running Ponder. Additionally, you should (if you have the budget) consider running land-based shuffle effects to pair with your Brainstorm. Flooded Strand, Misty Rainforest, Prismatic Vista etc. allow you to shuffle away any cards you put on top so you don't have to redraw them. Also, if you choose to include Mystic Sanctuary, you can fetch it out to redraw a Cyclonic Rift or Engulf the Shore when you need to.

Card-draw is good. Consider cards like Windfall, Fact or Fiction, Chart a Course...

Grubbernaut on Exalted Agent

3 days ago

Love the idea. Only thing I'd swap is Opt for Brainstorm, Ponder or Preordain.

Cheers!

Gattison on The Spell-Slinging Slasher

4 days ago

I think you should consider replacing your Divination with either Brainstorm or Ponder as the Signature spell. They can all be cast on T1 (just in case you have the need) and can still be cast again for , but you will have seen more cards to choose from by this time this way.

Also, I think you should add Evolving Wilds, Terramorphic Expanse, Prismatic Vista, Warped Landscape etc. for land-fixing and freshening up the top of your deck. Shuffle effects also combo well with Brainstorm because if you don't currently like/need the two cards you put back, you can shuffle them away before your next draw.

evncrbch on The Heart of the Cards!

5 days ago

DanowarElf - Eyes Everywhere could be handy, I just need to figure out if it's better than another card in the list. The scry only at upkeep means I get to fix my draws, but it doesn't help my bigger aim of trying to keep the top card something I can cast using Elsha of the Infinite. As for Blasphemous Act, it's a great boardwipe in red, but since I am playing white, I opted for Supreme Verdict, which is non-conditional and cannot be countered, and Day of Judgment and Time Wipe which can deal with wide boards from opponents but let me keep a useful creature like Elsha of the Infinite herself or something like Niv-Mizzet, Parun or Monastery Mentor. Also, Cyclonic Rift clears only my opponents things, and gets rid of noncreatures as well, all at instant speed, thus warranting that as worthwhile. Blasphemous Act is a fine include, but I haven't found myself missing it so far, and if I needed another boardwipe I would probably add Wrath of God first.

I generally prefer the talismans over the signets, as the mana is usable on its own. If you cast a talisman and you have no lands untapped, and then the next card on top of your deck is something like Ponder or Sol Ring or Brainstorm, you can cast it too. Not the case with the signets. Also, if you had say two islands and a Talisman of Conviction and needed to play Narset, Parter of Veils, that's no problem. If the talisman was a Boros Signet, however, you couldn't cast the Narset. That may not be the best example, because you can argue the other way too; if you need to cast a spell with RW in its cost and you have two islands and a talisman, no can do. Was just the best example I could think of off the top of my head. The difference between the two is very small though, and the downside of needing to pay 1 life if you need a specific color is irrelevant in 90%+ of cases.

dingusdingo on Yuriko (Slowly making it more competetive)

1 week ago

Its cool you like building decks, but this is not really competitive. Its a good deck, and you've certainly got some of the correct tech in here, but it really is a waste of my time and yours when you mislabel shit. Its cool you're building on a budget, but don't tag it as cEDH. Simple as.

Land base is fine for budget. Obviously it extends with fetches and Underground Sea if no budget. Your mana rock base is pretty unfortunate too, as you don't have any of the good 0 or 1 CMC accelerators.

Running Labman + Pact as your wincon in Yuriko seems strange. Yes you're getting additional draws off Yuriko triggers, but why don't you build a different deck if you're interested in a pact combo? Especially since the partner commanders lend themselves so well to this strategy. You could be running Tymna the Weaver + any blue partner and be getting much better draws with better overall card quality. You're missing the Draco + Emrakul package that makes Yuriko an actual competitive deck, and you're missing all the topdeck manipulation pieces that allow you to wipe the board with Yuriko triggers. Your lack of ninjas also means you're failing to get all the Yuriko triggers you would want anyways, and the triggers you do get aren't going to be very effective.

Your creatures are all over the place. Even if you don't have the full ninja suite (they are really not expensive at all), you still need to prioritize evasive creatures to get Yuriko ninjutsu. Benthic Biomancer is a cut. Foulmire Knight is a cut. Universal Automaton is arguably a cut, but it is a ninja. If you aren't going to slot the ninjas, at least get evasive 1 drop creatures for ninjutsu.

You have almost 0 topdeck manipulation. Tutors that go to top are a must for Yuriko triggers. Personal Tutor Mystical Tutor Vampiric Tutor Imperial Seal . Even cantrips or draws that manipulate topdeck are going to be good here. Brainstorm is an absolute must, and its shocking you don't already run. Other topdeck cantrips like Ponder Preordain or Serum Visions can set up big Yuriko triggers, even if you can't afford the MVP Sensei's Top or Scroll Rack.

You run a lot of dead draws, like Arcane Adaptation and Unnatural Selection . If you just ran a ninja in those spots, you wouldn't need those cards. Even spamming your creatures into ninjas, you aren't going to get very good triggers off Yuriko because you run no high CMC bombs to take advantage of the triggers, and no topdeck manipulation. Its easier to kill off of 3 triggers that do 15 damage than it is off of 15 triggers that do 3 damage. You're far more likely to get 3 triggers in than get 15.

This is not a competitive deck mate. It has a long way to go. Thanks for posting, welcome to tappedout, tag your shit appropriately and we'll both have a more pleasant day.

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