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For those who don't know, this scene is based off of the very real process of experimental ablation, in which the subject's head is held still in an eerily similar device while a given section of the brain is destroyed- either through literal removal of the tissue, or by causing lesions in the area through chemical or electrical means (Which is what the viscus vitae is for in this example). Through this, mankind has made great strides in the understanding of the human brain and how it functions. This process is normally done on mice in the most humane way possible, but we all know that Innistrad scientists like to crank it up to 11.

The card's effect also reflects the process of experimental ablation. By destroying part of the brain (player sends 2 cards from the library to the graveyard, we learn something new about the brain (draw a card).

Posted By: MyrLurker (2/16/2012 8:02:11 PM)


Is... is that a power drill?
Posted By: WarioMan (1/29/2012 12:50:00 PM)


Between this, Screeching Skaab, Claustrophobia, and Grasp of Phantoms, blue has gotten some top-notch nightmare fuel art this block.
Posted By: Enemy_Tricolor (3/17/2012 10:29:43 PM)


Wait until Tamiyo, the Moon Sage comes out. (This + her ultimate)

Posted By: j_mindfingerpainter (4/12/2012 4:41:34 PM)


Interestingly enough, this works well both in and against Miracle decks.
Posted By: miilkshake (4/30/2012 9:03:38 PM)


Just take a bit off the top.
Posted By: captainsealed (11/10/2012 3:13:14 AM)


I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned a combo with Grim Lavamancer in blue/red burn/control. It supplies the fodder the Lavamancer needs while throwing out cards that you may not have wanted by way of a ponder.
Posted By: Sangre-friodemio666 (3/30/2012 9:58:16 PM)


It's like Mental Note and Ray of Erasure had a baby.
Posted By: Lord_of_the_Real (1/28/2012 12:33:58 AM)


So it's basically an Ancestral Recall in U/G Mill yourself? Very nice!
Posted By: Superllama12 (1/26/2012 3:56:11 PM)


Looks like left over New Phyrexia art. Probably why it's my favorite in the set. So dark. The card itself is pretty good in any kind of mill deck. Little more control then Dream Twist but if you milling your opponent Dream Twist is still better due to the flashback. I'd reserve this for milling yourself although the extra draw does help a lot.
Posted By: NinaNinja (1/27/2012 9:56:35 AM)