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This plus any infinite mana combo equals a dead opponent.
Posted By: Trygon_Predator (4/25/2012 9:11:53 AM)


@ Dragon_Nut

They didn't reprint it because instead, Mind Spring. Because apparently 'target player' is too much to ask for.

No, they didn't reprint it because it's on the Reserved List and thus CAN'T be reprinted. Mind Spring (a similar but slightly different card) was a way to get around that in the same way that Reverberate got around Fork being on the Reserved List.

Considering this card was once considered so broken it was banned and restricted, it's interesting to look back at it in today's world and see just how "meh" it seems now. Pretty much any deck that might consider running this would rather play Stroke of Genius or Blue Sun's Zenith because you can fetch them out with Cunning Wish or Merchant Scroll, which isn't possible with this due to it being a sorcery.
Posted By: Lord_Seth_02 (9/16/2012 9:27:34 PM)


I consider this to be the blue fireball, mostly in flavor but also in function. It's a mana-dump sorcery that defines the color, takes plenty of mana to make it useful, and has many applications.
Posted By: Jerec_Onyx (11/21/2012 3:07:07 PM)


As far as I'm concerned, this card is awesome compared to 99% of the stuff that gets printed today in terms of design in general.

1) Its a sorcery, with an X. While that makes it a bit weaker than new cards (in that respect), it means that you've got to think more when playing it. As opposed to activating it in the end phase, just burning up any more mana you've got left over.

2) Its more powerful in other respects. 1 less mana cost = 1 more draw, if you use it right.

3) Its a *** braingeyser. It turns your brain. Into a geyser. Nothing much more to say.

So yea, its on the reserved list, so it can't come back. But its still epic, and epic cards on the reserved list are just as cool as epic cards in standard, IMO ^.^
Posted By: bolttotheface (12/6/2012 9:56:41 PM)


3 mana: Worse than divination (1 less card and double blue)
4 mana: Worse than inspiration (not instant and double blue)
5 mana: Same as Jace's ingenuity
6+ mana: EDH shenanigans

That's all assuming you target yourself, if you end up with a ton of mana this can mill a LOT. I've watched some legacy games at my local game store end with this card.
Posted By: shotoku64 (12/23/2012 12:47:39 PM)


I think the main reason that Mind Spring was printed instead of this card being reprinted, is that this card can easily double as a win con in combo/infinite mana decks. And R&D doesn't want too many of those kinds of decks floating around Modern, understandably.

Of course, then they went and printed Blue Sun's Zenith.
Posted By: BongRipper420 (2/24/2013 10:11:19 AM)


Why they don't reprint this? As long they can print cards like Blue Sun's Zenith, I thin that Braingeyser is perfectly resonable...

A classic!

@ bolttotheface:
can't agree more...

@everybody complaining the "errata": It's not quite an errata. Or better, the "errata" was made at the Revised, the last real set in which this card was reprinted. Nowadays, Wizards doesn't makes errata like this anymore, but a lot of time ago they did. Nowadays, if they want to reprint an old card, they always keeps the last print wording.
Posted By: leomistico (5/21/2013 5:50:00 AM)


Couple of options to get infinite mana that I've used before:

Training Grounds + March of the Machines or Karn, Silver Golem to create an infinite mana loop with Basalt Monolith (I've also used the more convoluted Voltaic Construct + Sol Ring or Mana Vault instead of Basalt Monolith).


Faerie Conclave + Freed from the Real + Caged Sun

Build up as much mana as you need to cast Braingeyser on your opponent and mill them out.

I've won many, many games this way :) The best was in a 60-life, 300-card game that I won on like turn 5 or 6 I think it was. Playing in Magic Online, it took me about 20 minutes to perform enough clicks to get the combo off. I was surprised the guy waited around for it, haha.
Posted By: Callahan09 (7/15/2013 7:06:05 AM)


@Eved: functional errata is an important part of the game. Wizards tries hard to make as few functional changes as possible, but sometimes it's necessary. A good example is Void Maw. As worded when it was original printed, it didn't work as it was intended by the designers (read: at all). Would you prefer they left the card un-errata'd and nonfunctional forever? I dunno about you, but I'd rather play a game that functions as close as possible to how it was intended by the designers.

I'm willing to bet that this was intended to target any of the players in the game, it's just that Garfield didn't really imagine a game ever having more than 2 players.

Of course, sometimes they just start changing things randomly, like with Kormus Bell. What the ***, Wizards?
Posted By: The_Murderauder (7/18/2013 5:01:06 AM)


grixis deck with this, spellbook, smelt, liliana's caress, and a donate. The combo is donate the spellbook to your opponent, play liliana's caress, wait untill you get a ton of mana, then play this making your opponent draw a bunch of cards without milling him and smelt the spellbook. He discards all the cards and liliana's caress makes him lose tons of life, effectively killing him. so, what do you think?
Posted By: Lord_of_phyrexia (11/4/2013 3:45:40 PM)


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