Mental Misstep

Mental Misstep

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( can be paid with either or 2 life.)

Counter target spell with converted mana cost 1.

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Unformat Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Custom Legal
Quest Magic Legal

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Mental Misstep Discussion

Raging_Squiggle on Top 5 Counterspells Of All …

2 weeks ago

Basically any free counterspell is the best counterspell in my opinion. So it’d be Force of Will , Force of Negation , Pact of Negation , Misdirection , Fierce Guardianship , Mental Misstep , etc.

After those, the one mana counters.

plakjekaas on Top 5 Counterspells Of All …

2 weeks ago

The best counterspell is the one you can keep in hand because your opponent is trying to play around it.

I feel Mental Misstep needs to be in the discussion somewhere, because it's actually powerful enough to be actually restricted in Vintage, and banned almost everywhere else. So:

1 . Mental Misstep

2 . Force of Will

3 . Mana Drain

4 . Chalice of the Void - debatable to call a counterspell, but it literally counters spells.

5 . Hard to choose between Daze , Pact of Negation , Force of Negation or Fierce Guardianship , so I'll just go with Negate , for its omniprescence and reliability in every format from limited to commander and everything in between.

My wildcard goes to Mana Tithe . Noone expects the Mana Tithe !

SpammyV on Will WotC Use Phyrexian Mana …

1 month ago

You may have a point that with the lessons learned Wizards could print a Modern-legal Phyrexian mana card that is not format warping, but all the same I would prefer that they didn't because there's a high risk of warping the format. Reducing or altering mana costs is dangerous. Dig Through Time and Treasure Cruise are banned for that reason. And more relevantly, Gitaxian Probe and Mental Misstep are more than worth two life.

Force of ___ spells and the new elemental incarnations are balanced in that a card in your hand is worth more than life points. But even then, the quality of cantrips in Legacy means Force of Will costs you less and the format's absolutely defined around the card. Force of Negation started seeing fewer copies played at a time in Modern after Uro was banned and didn't provide an easy way to recoup resources.

Also, now we have had enough time to learn that big mana decks are fine with Dismember, but I'm sure at the time people were upset that Tron could just pay four life and take out a creature. Even the proposed double Phyrexian Blue Negate would be a dangerous card, countering a Blood Moon or Pillage would absolutely be worth four life.

brianizbrewtal on Anowon, the Ruin Guy

1 month ago

Alright, so since we've last chatted about my Anowon deck, I've overhauled it and even won a game with it! If you haven't had too many troubles with land drops then keep it, or else bump it up one or two more. Idk your budget so I'll just mention what I think works well so you can lmk otherwise. I'd switch out Talisman of Dominance for an Underground River . Def take out Mesmeric Orb as you don't want to be feeding your graveyard so your meta doesn't take advantage of that. Skyclave Relic can be replaced with Commander's Sphere . Costs the same, but it'll draw you a card once you're caught up on mana. Sword of Hearth and Home is the new Sword of the Animist and oh man is it good. The blink plus the untapped land, chefs kiss. Even though Anowon helps mill, I think the main focus is not to do so much milling and get your attacks in with the side effect being mill. Ironically enough, I won by decking someone after I used Zareth San, the Trickster to steal some crazy aura that buffed up my faerie rogue up by +20/+20 to KO the person before lol. If you take a look a mine, my theme seems to be "copying". I want to keep copying that next thing that'll push me forward. Does your group have a more cEDH or just high powered vibe? Cause that'll change what I might recommend. Arcane Denial is already better than Counterspell bc counterspell is just a 1 for 1. Replace with Pact of Negation , Fierce Guardianship or if your group plays a lot of 1 drops, then Mental Misstep as that'll bring the salt. Keep a counter in hand just for that Rise of the Dark Realms ! Your removal could also use a boost. I would take out Go for the Throat and Hagra Mauling  Flip and throw in Murderous Rider . You could also see the removal I'm running and possibly switch the mentioned cards for those. You could possibly even add Hero's Downfall but M.Rider is the better version of that card. Board wipes are good, but why crux though? I can understand if that's just what you have, then do it up. If you can, replace with Damnation or just cut it as you already have Toxic Deluge which is pretty much the best board wipe. Kudos! Windfall can take a hike, unless you're going to add Hullbreacher or Narset, Parter of Veils . If you're trying to be oppressive that is LOL. You have decent draw already and you wouldn't want to feed your opponent that Realms! If you need to replace then add Midnight Clock (might get destroyed) or Into the Story .
As far as creatures go, make them unblockable with Whispersilk Cloak like you mentioned a while ago. It works wonders. Look at my list and see what I'm running, bc there are so many options. I highly recommend Dauthi Voidwalker . If you're able to put a void counter on "rise" after milling everyone out a bunch, you can sac DV and use it against the card's owner and make them suffer! Because that's what Commander is all about, right? If you have any more questions feel free to ask! I'm always down to help and welcome all the advice people give me as well. Wreck your playgroup next time you get together!

TriusMalarky on Veyran, Voice of Duality [Centurion]

2 months ago

Gitaxian Probe and Lava Dart will be really good here, Mental Misstep is probably solid too but you lose the targets of Sol Ring, Mystical and Vampiric Tutor, Top, Seal, Entomb and Tide, but there's tons of great 1 drops anyways that I'd still run it. 2 life to counter a mana dork, Brainstorm, Gamble, Wordly or Enlightened Tutor? Seems great.

Also, Storm. Grapeshot after a couple cheap or free spells can not only deal a solid chunk of damage, but it also can give you a lot of Magecraft triggers(and you can kill a commander with it).

Since this is a 1-on-1 format, I'd recommend Daze as well. 0 mana Force Spike is pretty good.

Isochron is best when paired with Dramatic Reversal , and Breach wants something like Brainstorm to combo off with.

You could definitely cut a couple of the higher CMC cards as they'll clog up your gameplan a bit -- run a few more cantrips and interaction such as Preordain , Serum Visions , Faithless Looting , Lightning Bolt , Spell Pierce and Miscast .

Also, a couple rituals -- Rite of Flame is the best one here, but Simian Spirit Guide also works. Pyretic Ritual and Desperate Ritual are also okay, but they don't help you cast Veyran so they're last in line for those slots.

TriusMalarky on What Makes Phyrexian Mana More …

3 months ago

Two-brid mana is inherently balanced. It takes work and building around it to be able to pay instead of , but it also takes work to be able to pay . The two-brid cards available are pretty bad outside of mono color(and even then, it tends to be Spectral Procession in Modern and Beseech the Queen in EDH that are the only ones that see play) for that reason. However, if new cards were printed, there would be no real problem outside of some annoying people complaining about color pie breaks online.

For example, Lightning Bolt but twobrid. Giving ALL colors access to Lightning Strike isn't broken at all. Does it help decks like Tron or Monoblue who typically have problems removing creatures? Yep. But will it break any format? Most definitely not. Well, it will make Modern Burn and Pioneer Red Aggro lists a lot better in this specific case.

Compare this to . You are almost always paying life instead of the mana cost. You will only ever not pay life in very specific situations. In fact, if you pay mana for it when you have enough life, people question you. They wonder what the hell you are doing in your deck. Phyrexian mana is like having a multicolored Simian Spirit Guide in your hand at all times, except it costs 2 life. It's raw, unfettered mana advantage, which quickly and easily turns into advantage in the action economy.

Also, take a look at the banned Phyrexian mana cards. And the playable ones. Gitaxian Probe is Peek , which is basically unplayable. Mental Misstep would be unplayable if it cost instead of . Gut Shot , Postmortem Lunge , Mutagenic Growth , Dismember are all horrible if they didn't have the Phyrexian mana attached. It's the fact that they cost the generic cost only that makes them good. Dismember is a 1-mana spell, that costs a bit more later on if you have mana to spare but not the life. All the 1 mana Phyrexian Mana cards are actually zero mana.

DarkMagician on What Makes Phyrexian Mana More …

3 months ago

It's really simple, you start the game with no lands in play and 20-40 life. Mental Misstep is a perfect example of why it's a broken mechanic. Had it been hybrid mana it would cost one and you'd need to hold up a mana to cast it but instead it's a phyrexian mana making it essentially free. Your life is a resource of which only the last point matters.

abby315 on Breya, Etherium Shaper cEDH combos!

4 months ago

I'm definitely not up to date with the cEDH meta, but I have a few suggestions that I think are just better cards:

If it's just there to tutor a combo piece like Ironworks, I would think you'd want Tinker over Arcum Dagsson , especially because it can grab creature artifacts as well;

Whir of Invention should definitely be in here, maybe over Storm the Vault  Flip which is slow;

You definitely should be running more interaction, especially in these colors. I'd recommend trying to fit in at least some of the following: Swan Song , Force of Negation , Flusterstorm , Mental Misstep , Opposition Agent , Pyroblast , Red Elemental Blast . If I had to make cuts, I'd start with the Mycosynth Lattice / Nevinyrral's Disk combo, which is slow; Open the Vaults and Refurbish since you don't have much self-mill to make these a speedier option for getting a combo out; and either the Time Sieve / Thopter Assembly combo because it's slow or the Felidar Guardian / Saheeli Rai combo because you don't have many ways to find it and neither piece is especially useful on its own.

I hope this helps! In general I think paring down the list to support 1-2 combo lines using Breya, then shoring up the protection for that combo, will serve you well.

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