Circu, Dimir Lobotomist
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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Vintage Legal

Circu, Dimir Lobotomist

Legendary Creature — Human Wizard

Whenever you cast a blue spell, exile the top card of target player's library.

Whenever you cast a black spell, exile the top card of target player's library.

Your opponents can't cast spells with the same name as a card exiled with Circu, Dimir Lobotomist.

Immortalys on Two-Headed Giant ideas

4 months ago

Hey, couple of simple questions: what kinds of decks do you like to play Two-Headed Giant with? What strategies do you like to use, or do you think would make for a strong team in THG?

I have a Circu, Dimir Lobotomist deck that focusses on selectively exiling cards from opponents libraries, which can pick appart a deck quite good, but is quite fragile, so what kind of deck would you pair this with to make it a viable 2v2 strategy? Stompy? Stax? Counterspells? Copy Spells? Something else entirely?

Immortalys on Cards that exile Libraries in …

4 months ago

For my Circu, Dimir Lobotomist deck I am looking for cards that selectively pick apart my opponents decks. Think of cards Extract, Sadistic Sacrament and Denying Wind. The idea is to make a "mill" deck, but without having to actually mill all the cards, just my opponents wincons, and to have the "milled" cards go to exile to stop those nasty graveyard decks. They can't win with a deck full of lands, ramp and card draw after all, so why put effort into milling/exiling those cards? If there are very few cards like that, I will also accept cards like Life's Finale that don't exile but do search, Umbris, Fear Manifest that don't search but do exile, and/or cards that double up the existing effects like Lithoform Engine.

As a bonus, cards that trigger when an opponent shuffles their library like Psychic Surgery are also very welcome.

TheoryCrafter on Liesa or Ravos?

7 months ago

Ranking your choices:

At #3 Ravos: a reusable Gravedigger with flying. On the upside though, unlike Liesa, your opponents won't get back their creatures if you somehow get control of them. And with that boost and toughness yer better off playing Arvad the Cursed which would at least make your Commander harder to kill

At #2 Vona: While destroying nonland permanents feeds well into your strategy, I'm just not sure paying 7 life is justifiable when half the time firing a Vindicate at the same permanent would do better. Especially when you don't have Font of Agonies in your deck.

At #1 Liesa: A stronger flyer than Ravos but unless you have Leyline of Anticipation you're still in the same boat as you do with Ravos in terms of getting creatures back on the battlefield.

My Suggestions: While Athreos, God of Passage isn't a flyer, its indestructibility makes it a better mainstay and hits at your opponents' life if they refuse to allow you to put your creatures back in your hand.

Another to consider is Circu, Dimir Lobotomist if you can keep him on the battlefield the mill into exile will eventually pay for itself. Granted, his 2nd ability is useless in Commander unless the card says multiple copies are allowed including, but not limited to, Shadowborn Apostle. However of the five listed here this is the closest to what you are doing with your deck.

Thank you for reading me out. I hope this helps. Happy Hunting!

wallisface on Lobotomy

8 months ago

Wabbajacke a typical Lanturn control list would look something like this:

So, if you're wanting to keep to just blue and black, and include Circu, Dimir Lobotomist, then I would suggest a list that looks something like this (you'll note the deck can be a lot more tool-boxy than the above because Whir of Invention lets us search for whatever we want, so for example we only need 2 bridges):

Wabbajacke on Lobotomy

8 months ago

wallisface & Jabberjaw46 thanks for your comments and help! I understand your Points, I think I have a lot to learn when it comes to deckbuilding.

  • In German it is written "Lobotomie", my bad, changed it.

  • It somehow looks like I always get lost somewhere when I build a deck. Most of the time I probably lose the win condition out of sight.

  • Somehow I liked the idea of Bitter Ordeal in this deck, but as you say, that takes other cards to work properly then the cards i used here.

  • I actually got my Lands pretty cheap, with most of them I was just lucky pulling them from Modern Horizons 2 and Khans of Takir. Otherwise I would have had to build around it somehow.

  • And again your right, the only cards it grabs where Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth and Cabal Coffers to get enough mana ready for Increasing Confusion.

  • I think the idea of a lantern control deck is pretty good and also absolutely fits the theme. So to make the deck a lantern-control deck, what would be the best changes? I never played a control Deck like this and I am happy about any help to get this deck running.

I want to stay black and blue if possible.

Jabberjaw46 on Lobotomy

9 months ago

Well, you can sort of transition this deck into one of my favorites: Lantern Control, while keeping the mill (exile) theme as a win con.

Lantern of Insight allows you to see your opponents top card, you can then use cards like Codex Shredder, Circu, Dimir Lobotomist, and Pyxis of Pandemonium to make sure they never draw anything relevant, until you get enough time to mill them out.

Your opponent's only drawing lands? Make sure they never get a spell on top, is he/she mana screwed? good luck finding a land when I control what you draw.

I have played the deck alot in the past, let me know what you think and if you have any questions.

FormOverFunction on Pursuing Perfection, Part 7: Dimir …

10 months ago

I love Circu, Dimir Lobotomist because people dismiss his effect in EDH... until you realize that most of the EDH decks you see have something like a 25% overlap in their deck lists... ;p

shadeslayerx22 on zombie

11 months ago

Circu, Dimir Lobotomist seems a little weak here as the exiled cards couldn't be grabbed with the Scarab God's ability, and its ability is only useful if you hit a card multiple people are playing in different decks, which seems niche. If you're going for mill there are more efficient cards, like Psychic Corrosion. However, I think a zombie theme is a better route to take here.

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