Mission Briefing

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Custom Legal
Quest Magic Legal

Mission Briefing


Surveil 2, then choose an instant or sorcery card in your graveyard. You may cast this card this turn. If that card would be put into your graveyard this turn, exile it instead. (To surveil 2, look at the top two cards of your library, then put any number of them into your graveyard and the rest on top of your library in any order.)

Icbrgr on Dragon Control

14 hours ago

Absolutely LOVE it... I have a Jeskai variant and some tools I use that I really like are Mission Briefing to be used as as a Snapcaster Mage value effect and Consider along side it... because im in I use Dragonlord Ojutai for my finisher but I think Iymrith, Desert Doom could be really good to maybe split with your Dragonlord Silumgar.

some juicy Sideboard tech you can consider is Sweltering Suns for a sweeper that cycles if its dead and Narset, Parter of Veils...Alpine Moon/Cleansing Wildfire I guess?

Overall i really love the bones of this build... i wish you success and happy brewing!

wallisface on Modern Mill-Castic

3 weeks ago

Some thoughts:

  • the bare minimum you want a mill-card to mill is 8 cards. Any lower and it starts becoming not-worth the resource (card) loss. I’d suggest ditching all of Mind Funeral, Mind Sculpt, and Tome Scour. There are much better options in Maddening Cacophony, Fractured Sanity, and either Archive Trap, Mesmeric Orb or Tasha's Hideous Laughter.

  • Mill decks typically only want to run Ruin Crab and Hedron Crab as their creatures. Other creatures often slow them down more than help them. I would also suggest investing in some fetchlands to double the crab-triggers.

  • your land count feels really low and i personally think 22 might be a better number.

  • Fraying Sanity is a bit of a trap card, in that the first copy is usually only as-good as drawing a single mill spell, and drawing a second copy is usually disastrous - because they do nothing on their own. I could see justifying running a single copy of this card, but never more than that (and really, i’d suggest ditching it).

  • if you end up using Archive Trap, then you’ll want to run Mission Briefing instead of Snapcaster. I’d also suggest running Field of Ruin to both force a search, and help your crabs.

  • I think you need some more interaction, namely Fatal Push and/or Drown in the Loch to help keep the board safe. A few copies of Crypt Incursion would do wonders also

Icbrgr on Pioneer Phoenix (SCG Tournament Ready)

1 month ago

What are your thoughts on using Mission Briefing?... counts as a spell along with getting value from the graveyard nicely with things like Play with Fire?

legendofa on Mission Briefing

2 months ago

I would say that Mission Briefing can replace Snapcaster Mage given the following (basically summarizing other comments):

  • the deck is nearly or entirely mono-blue, or has an strong mana base

  • you expect to be facing mostly decks at the same budget level

  • the deck takes measures to prevent free attacks

With those in mind, I think this swap could work. If you're looking at this for competitive, then there really isn't room for budget swaps. If you want a solid deck to break out during a lunch break, it should be fine.

GoldenAgeBatman on Mission Briefing

2 months ago

I agree with Balaam__

I use Mission Briefing in my mill deck to cast Archive Trap for 0 CMC after my opponent has searched their deck due to the way the card is worded.

Balaam__ on Mission Briefing

2 months ago

As was pointed out to me on my one mill deck and briefly touched on by SynergyBuild, there are niche scenarios where Mission Briefing may prove to be more useful. But on the whole, Snapcaster Mage is very much the superior card. If budget/availability is a limiting factor, you could reasonably emulate it with Mission Briefing in most instances, but not without being acutely aware of the drawback(s)—particularly the farther up the competitive ladder you’re trying to play. In the end it may boil down to a ’If you’re playing the types of decks Snapcaster Mage would be useful in, it’s probably a good idea to save up and acquire some instead of trying to shoehorn a workaround in’ kind of thing.

Icbrgr on Mission Briefing

2 months ago

So for the sake of conversation... clearly Snapcaster Mage is a superior car in almost all scenarios... but is Mission Briefing a functional substitute for budget/availability reasons? Or does the added utility of snapcaster mage as a whole what makes it used in Modern.... or rather is casting spells from the graveyard simply not enough on its own to be playable?

MagicMarc on Mission Briefing

2 months ago

Like SynergyBuild said; Snapcaster Mage forces 2 for 1 trades unfavorable to your opponent. In any game where tempo wins games, Mission Briefing falls extremely short of replacing the mage.

Then the mana cost does matter. You could lose games with Mission Briefing dead in your had waiting for a 2nd blue. What are the odds of having 2 islands on turn 2 versus having 1 island and any other mana source?

Mission Briefing is both too slow to set up and does not provide a blocker. And it can never pressure the opponent like the mage can if it resolves and sticks around. Though the last point is not as valuable as the speed and tempo facets.

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