Distended Mindbender

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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
Pioneer Legal
Vintage Legal

Distended Mindbender

Creature — Eldrazi Insect

Emerge 5 (You may cast this spell by sacrificing a creature and paying the emerge cost reduced by that creature's converted mana cost.)

When you cast Distended Mindbender, target opponent reveals his or her hand. You choose from it a nonland card with converted mana cost 3 or less and a card with converted mana cost 4 or greater. That player discards those cards.

Goblin_Guide on Goblin_Guide

1 year ago

Cards with emerge: Abundant Maw, Decimator of the Provinces, Distended Mindbender, Drownyard Behemoth, Elder Deep-Fiend, It of the Horrid Swarm, Lashweed Lurker, Mockery of Nature, Vexing Scuttler, and the best, Wretched Gryff.

Cards to go with emerge: Foul Emissary (expensive but useful for creating blockers), Desperate Sentry (same issues but can be big and also gives a creature when it dies), and all travelers/creatures that create value by dying (Voice of Resurgence anyone?).

NoirSuede on Neoform "reanimator" potential targets

3 years ago

World Breaker and Distended Mindbender doesn't actually work because Neoform doesn't actually cast the thing it's cheating out...

lagotripha on Neoform "reanimator" potential targets

3 years ago

Platinum Angel can work to lock some combos out. Rune-Scarred Demon or for answers can be good. World Breaker sees play in green tron for a reason- a universal exile is pretty decent.

The best in my opinion? Protean Hulk - The combos are all out there and your spells have its sacrifice as a casting cost.

I'd give some thought to Distended Mindbender sideboard- its not perfect but it works wonders against control.

Its also worth looking at Extractor Demon - the ability to cast it from the yard then sac it is pretty decent.

Hayte123 on Yuriko WiP

3 years ago

Thanks for the recommendations multimedia! I haven't gotten a chance to play this yet at my LGS, still waiting on a few cards to arrive, but from the perspective of someone who hasn't quite seen it fully in action yet, cards like Elder Deep-Fiend and Distended Mindbender seem really pricey for what feels like a more aggressive deck archetype. I know that the emerge cost definitely helps, but given that so much of the deck are cards that cost under 3 mana, it feels like they'd either be dead in hand or they'd stop your card draw engine with Yuriko. I'm certainly willing to give it a try (especially since they're pretty cheap) and it honestly might be awesome, but I'm just skeptical about it for now.

Library of Leng is super interesting, thanks for letting me know about it. I've heard that decks like this tend to fill up their hand quickly, so a 3rd Reliquary Tower effect could definitely be useful, but I'm scared that I'll end up drawing Library and having nothing to do with it, to where it just kinda sits there and does nothing. Currently my only way of discarding anything is with Wharf Infiltrator , and even if I do include Copter I end up with only 2/100 cards in the deck that synergize with it. It might be better if I play some of the cards you have in your deck such as Tortured Existence or maybe a way to transmute into it. Then again, it does have a pretty strong payoff if anyone else at the table has discard effects. I love the suggestion for sure!

Lastly, Wingcrafter is phenomenal! I'm 100% going to slot that in over Night's Whisper , which I'm honestly not sure why that's there in the first place. It really has all the synergy you could ask for: evasive 1-drop so you can get your value train rolling on turn 2, gives another creature evasion as long as it stays in play, and even gives you the ability to replace the effect by bouncing it back with all the ninjas. That's a fantastic recommendation, I wish I'd found that earlier.

Thanks a ton for the feedback!

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