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
Double Masters (2XM) Common
Mystery Booster (MYS1) 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
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Highlander Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Pauper Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
MTGO Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Brainstorm occurrence in decks from the last year

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Brainstorm Discussion

Swim_ish on Yarok ETB

2 hours ago

If you have Risen Reef, Zendikar's Roil is a must include for a potentially infinite and always hilarious combo! Take out Brainstorm, that card is stupidly overrated unless your deck focuses on topdecking, otherwise it practically does nothing. I'd also recommend throwing in some landfall cards with the amount of ways you have to get lands onto the battlefield. Try out Tatyova, Benthic Druid, Ob Nixilis, the Fallen, Avenger of Zendikar, and Roil Elemental. I'd also recommended taking out Ponder based off the same reasoning of brainstorm, Steel Hellkite because it's usually not going to get through is too slow with much better targeted removal available to you, Briarhorn because I have no idea why it is in your deck, AEtherize because it is too dependent on the situation (go for Cyclonic Rift which just got the reprint), Barrin, Tolarian Archmage because the theme of your deck isn't bouncing and there are better removal spells out there, Gitaxian Probe because it just shouldn't be in this deck, Thought Scour due to the same reasoning of brainstorm and ponder, and Gray Merchant of Asphodel because your devotion to black doesn't seem like it would be that high to me. Here is a list of some better removal spells to consider, keeping the double etb triggers in mind: Ravenous Chupacabra, Reclamation Sage, Beast Within, Assassin's Trophy, Shadowborn Demon, Agent of Treachery

Also, I'd highly recommend more ramp in the form of the talismans/signets just so the deck can run more soothly, especially with your higher mana curve.

Some final considerations: Sire of Stagnation, Polluted Bonds, Archaeomancer

RiotRunner789 on My Deck is my Phylactery

1 day ago

Here are my recs.

Sigil of the Empty Throne: You just don't need this. You aren't planning on casting enchantments. You don't need this and luminarch ascension.

Sphere of Safety: This is amazing in enchantment decks. However, you're playing a linear strategy where optimally you can't take damage, so you're opponents shouldn't ever have a need/want to directly attack you. You already have propaganda/ghostly prison which can be fetched by zur.

Mana Leak: You have a few counterspells already. Cut or replace with Swan Song.

Anguished Unmaking: Good card. But, you already are running 3 enchantments that zur can fetch that can exile any permanent. Over redundant.

Worship: You have multiple, 'I can't die effects.' Can't be fecthed by zur and useless in a vacuum.

Narset's Reversal: This isn't as good as it seems. Its best use it on your own instant or sorcery (like time warp), otherwise you just put the problematic card back in your opponents hand. This can be good but best for spell slinger decks.

Enlightened Tutor: Your commander tutors for just about everything you want. Brainstorm would be better because it could put an enchantment you want to play back in your library for zur.

Vampiric Tutor: Doesn't put a card to hand. Your commander should be able to fetch everything.

Luminous Broodmoth: The only creature you want to save is zur and he has flying.

Mesa Enchantress: She draws cards on cast. There is an enchantment creature (forget the name) that draws on entering. It costs 2GG but would be better than this. Though, zur should provide you enough card advantage on his own.

Spirit of the Labyrinth: You have 2 enchantments that do the same exact thing. Keep the enchantment ones and drop the one that dies to wraths.

Dance of the Manse: You don't want your enchantments to become creatures. You have graveyard recover already, though it doesn't interact well with Rest in Peace.

As for All That Glitters, don't add it. Put in Ancestral Mask instead if its a consideration. Mask will boost zur waaay more.

MurderForBrunch on Go with the Flow! Legacy High Tide

4 days ago

Hi 0rc! I think I didn't explained myself good enough. The thing I don't like about Daze, besides the alternate cost, is the fact that reads "Counter unless the opponent pays 1". On the other hand, Flusterstorm reads at the very least "Counter unless the opponents pays 2", usually storm count will be three (you play High Tide, they counter, you counter back). And when you're comboing off, it's very important to resolve a Time Spiral or a Brainstorm to keep going, and Flusterstorm protects your spell with a storm count of 7 or 13 and Daze probably does not. Because it will always read "Counter unless the opponent pays 1", and 1 mana is very easy to pay, specially with one or multiple High Tide resolved.

The fact that Daze is more versatile is not worth the inclusion. Generally speaking you don't care about what your opponent's doing, you don't care about creatures or Planeswalkers even! You're worried about you opponent's interaction when you're going off. I'll give you an example, if my opponent plays Oko, Thief of Crowns on turn 2, that's fine! Oko won't kill me fast enough if I combo on turn 4 or 5! :D However, if I have a Time Spiral on the stack and one card in hand, and 37 blue mana floating, I'd rather that card be Flusterstorm than Daze a million times!

Another reason I like Fluser a lot is because many Miracle and Snowko lists run Flusterstorm, and the only hay to counter a Flusterstorm is with either a lot of mana or your own Flusterstorm. I'm more confortable having both options in my deck :D

I hope this comment clarifies things! By the way, the Kobold list is hilarious! I love it! :D

jaymc1130 on Consult Kess

1 week ago

DeinoStinkus

There's a couple of reasons to always try and include 8-10 fetch lands in competitive lists.

First, it helps decks be as consistent as possible in terms of opening hands and opening turn land drops that are able to provide the required colors of mana for advantageous development play patterns.

Second, it helps thin out the deck. Not a ton of help in this regard in a 100 card singleton format, but every little bit helps.

Third, shuffle effects are huge when it comes to taking advantage of top of library style cards such as Brainstorm, Counterbalance or Sensei's Divining Top.

And fourth, in this particular list there is the niche application of consistently putting Islands into play with a higher number of fetch lands to help empower High Tide lines of play.

Ultimately, decks without access to green miss out on probably the best reason to run a high number of fetches as they won't have access to green mana dorks or the Bloom Combo package (although Crucible of Worlds is still accessible) that really abuses fetch lands with multiple land drops per turn to gain massive developmental advantages that make it exceedingly difficult for non green decks to compete in grindier affairs.

Optimator on Mill 'Em or Kill 'Em

1 week ago

dvdn1997, Evolving Wilds has utility with Brainstorm.

And yeah, Tappedout is slow on Pauper legality updates

SideBae on Oloro

1 week ago

If you wanna be a grade-A dork-a-saurous, I suggest running Zur's Weirding. With your automatic life-gain, you can filter OPs draws so they never draw a relevant card again.

I also suggest reconsidering your artifact mana. Arcane Signet is a wonderful card -- good you're running it! Similar 2-mana mana-rocks exist that I think are way better than Manalith or even Chromatic Lantern. (I've never liked lantern -- if you're running 2-mana-rocks, you don't need its extra fixing, and being 3 instead of 2 mana is an awkward taco...) I suggest running things like Talisman of Progress, Talisman of Dominance, Talisman of Hierarchy, Dimir Signet, Orzhov Signet... In general, landing a 2-mana rock and having 4 mana on turn 3 is better than landing a 3 mana rock and having 5 mana on turn 4. I'm not entirely sure why this is, but it is (almost) infallibly borne out in my play experience.

I think people tend to overlook cantrips in EDH -- I suspect that costing just {u} makes people think they aren't powerful enough. This is unjustified. I recommend running Ponder and Preordain more highly than any other card in this comment -- they're simply too good to leave out. Brainstorm is similar, but unless you're running free shuffle effects (i.e. fetches), it's not going to be better than mediocre. If you don't want to fork over the cash for Flooded Strand and friends, consider running Flood Plain, Bad River, Grasslands and/or Rocky Tar Pit. Evolving Wilds and Terramorphic Expanse are good, too.

The majority of EDH games (and magic games in general) are decided by card advantage. Phyrexian Arena is a good start, but there're other cards to consider. Right off, here're a few: Fact or Fiction, Treasure Cruise, Painful Truths (a personal favorite of mine), Sphinx's Revelation, Mystic Remora etc. You can also attack from the other side, preventing other players from drawing cards, though this is more difficult since there're fewer cards to choose from. The best that comes to mind is Narset, Parter of Veils, followed by Alms Collector. I think Narset is way better tho.

Depending on your meta, you may be able to lay out the monarch mechanic for recurring card-advantage without needing a specific permanent. The best card I can think of that introduces this mechanic is Palace Jailer, which doubles as an Oblivion Ring on a stick!

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

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