Psychic Surgery

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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
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal

Psychic Surgery


Whenever an opponent shuffles his or her library, you may look at the top 2 cards of that library. You may exile one of those cards. Then put the rest on top of that library in any order.

KongMing on How to lose your friends

3 months ago

What about Mindslaver and Strionic Resonator?

Nephalia Smuggler gives you evasion, and what's more, if you use it on creatures you control but someone else owns, they stay on your side when they flicker back in.

Something like Lantern of Insight, Wizened Snitches, Dakra Mystic, Psychic Surgery, and Glasses of Urza are all great ways to get some intelligence on what is in the opponents' hands. The topdeck surveillance combos especially well with Sen, as you already know from Hinder. See something nice on their topdeck? Take control of them, force them to draw, and then play the card before they ever get access to it.

Also, Isperia the Inscrutable seems like it would fit in well...

Wabbajacke on Circu, Dexile Lobotomist

5 months ago

Love it!

What do you think about Scheming Symmetry as a additional tutor? Your opponent will almost never get his card against your Deck and it works very well with Psychic Surgery.

FormOverFunction on Cards that exile Libraries in …

5 months ago

Oof a I was excited to be able to list Psychic Surgery for you, but you already have it lol. Check out my torture deck to see if there’s anything fun in there you might want. Circu is in there, along with things like Thought Prison which could maybe move things along for you.

Immortalys on Cards that exile Libraries in …

5 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.

Hazankob on U/G Anti-spike Commander (EDH)

1 year ago

2021 update:

While thanks to the commander the deck doesn't run out of steam very often, unfortunately on occasion because of the commander, an opponent can have more steam than you are able to keep up with. Due to this I've decided to cut a couple of cards that "do nothing" outside of specific situations.


Psychic Surgery , which is basically a cheaper/weaker mindlock orb.

Leyline of Anticipation , I'm a huge fan of this card so it was a difficult cut, however with Teferi and Alchemist's Refuge in the deck, and also considering the large ratio of instants or cards with flash therein, its not a massive loss.

Archmage's Charm , Not gonna lie, I've never liked this spell, I just wanted to steal someone's Sol Ring with it and since I have a couple of 4 mana counterspells I figured it was a justifiable inclusion. I never did steal a Sol Ring and there even was a time where it was a dead draw because I was stuck on 2 blue.


Decisive Denial , The most obvious inclusion. In general this card just seems powerful. Removal? Check. Counterspell? Check. It also fits on a scepter. Much better than Archmage's Charm.

Fumble , Another scepter target. My dream is to steal an Eldrazi Conscription or a Kaldra with this. Another unseen use of this card is how it interacts with control magic effects. Powerful on paper, lets see how it holds up in practice.

Scroll Rack , This card speaks for itself. I didn't cut Leyline because I dislike leyline, I cut it because I needed to make room for this.

Neotrup on When you have to loot …

1 year ago

In the rule I quoted, 'when' appears after a period and is capitalized. It does look different in reminder text, but reminder text is supposed to remind you generally how a mechanic works, not go into depth on the rules nuances, like how Partner With reminder text doesn't include the word search, but the rules for Partner With do, so it does trigger effects like Psychic Surgery.

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