Whenever an opponent loses life, that player puts that many cards from the top of his or her library into his or her graveyard. (Damage dealt by sources without infect causes loss of life.)

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Iconic Masters (IMA) Uncommon
New Phyrexia (NPH) Uncommon

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Format Legality
Modern Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Unformat Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Casual Legal
Vintage Legal
Highlander Legal

Mindcrank occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%

UB (Dimir): 1.28%

Mindcrank Discussion

RiotRunner789 on Syr Konrad, the Rat Pest

5 days ago

I like it.

You may want to consider Bloodchief Ascension. It works great with mill and it combos with Mindcrank.

You may also want to consider some graveyard hate such as Tormod's Crypt in case you sit across from Muldrotha. Milling can incidentally turn a lot of decks on.

Always a fan of a rat deck, especially ones with not so obvious commanders.

Unlife on Brain Getting Too Big - EDH

1 week ago

I've got some experience with nekusar, generally you don't want to give your opponents options, or only target a single player when you can hit the whole field. I would cut Browbeat, Keranos, God of Storms, Tamiyo, the Moon Sage, Mana Leak, Reminisce

As an alt wincon you can consider Jace, Wielder of Mysteries, Laboratory Maniac and Thassa's Oracle so you can deck youself out safely. Mindcrank also forms an infinite combo with Bloodchief Ascension

You could use a couple more mana rocks, and maybe think about damage doublers or extra life lose like Dictate of the Twin Gods and Wound Reflection

I'm not sure about what your budget is, or the deck you were inspired by, so I hope this helps.

coolguy0723 on Mill it over

1 week ago

I think you should cut Doorkeeper. He's your only defender creature so 3 mana and tap to mill one isn't a good payoff. Phenax, God of Deception will break the wallet a little bit but is a solid and a staple for mill. Extract from Darkness, Glimpse the Unthinkable, Psychic Corrosion, Mindcrank, and Riddlekeeper are some good options. Hope this helps as a fellow mill player!

HydraOoze on Lazav Lord of Manipulation

1 week ago

Thanks for the comments VampDemigod. My primary way to win is to combo off using the Mindcrank + Duskmantle Guildmage combo or the Painter's Servant + Grindstone \ Sphinx's Tutelage combo. Otherwise I can just make lazav copy a fat creature and equip some swords and go for Voltron win.

vennivaraz on Heretic Blood

2 weeks ago

FelixMortem, I am specifically avoiding that combo. I already have an infinite combo in here between Mindcrank and Bloodchief Ascension. I think that's about as far as I want to take it.

StasisAbuser on Nekusar Mill

2 weeks ago

With budget in mind, here are some cards that are in my Phenax mill deck that would suit your deck.

Syr Konrad, the Grim is a must run as it can combo with your Mindcrank and synergizes well with the wheel effects in your deck.

Speaking of wheel effects, I'd throw in Whispering Madness as it can be used multiple times thanks to its cipher ability.

I'd also switch out your Ashiok with the WAR version of her.

Sadistic Sacrament can be real helpful against someone who runs Eldrazi titans.

Lastly, if your budget allows for it, you might want to throw in a Leyline of the Void for good graveyard hate, which you can't have too much of.

There's plenty of other cards I can list but I don't want to deviate too much from what your commander really wants to do, which is punish opponents for drawing cards.

0rc on All Your Deck Is Belong To Sygg

3 weeks ago

Great concept. I’m curious to see the primer. My recommendations: Duskmantle Guildmage combos with Mindcrank for the win. We will want to avoid fueling graveyard decks such as Muldrotha and Gitrog, so Leyline of the Void may be in order. Also, perhaps consider a few blue wheel effects. I’ve always loved Sygg. I run him from time to time in my Legacy Fish deck for consistent card draw.

griffstick on What is your favorite card ...

1 month ago

SynergyBuild, at first I just read the title and replied.

I just read the rest of it and I do have a different card. My card is Vampire Nighthawk.

That card amazed me. I knew very lil about magic at this time. Lifelink and deathtouch were awesome to me and spawned a frenzy in me. Wanting to know all the best creatures with deathtouch and lifelink. This was before I started playing edh. The first edh deck I built was Kalitas, Bloodchief of Ghet. I had built it with vampire tribal in mind (inspired by the vampire nighthawk), it was so much fun. My first combo was Sanguine Bond and Exquisite Blood, and everyone hated it so much. At this time infinite combos in my group were frowned upon very much so. Another cool card I really liked in that deck was Painful Quandary they also really hated this card alot lol. At this time my group was new to cmdr and didn't understand the importance of card draw and removal, including myself. The next combos I assembled in this deck before I took it apart was Bloodchief Ascension and Mindcrank, then Sanguine Bond and Blood Tribute. The deck also contained Rise of the Dark Realms and Army of The Dammed . Again at the time was very reliable win condition cards.

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