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Nekusar, the Mindrazer
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Nekusaur The Mindrazer
- Commander 2013

Reviewed January 10, 2014

Commander: 3.70
Casual: 3.40
Multiplayer: 3.60

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Nekusar the Mindrazer

Everybody gets two cards a turn! Also everybody but you takes 2 damage per turn. Possibly more, if they've got card draw spells. This is a great example of a commander who helps keep you from becoming a target. Nobody wants to kill the guy giving them extra cards! An extra card is worth taking 1 damage for it, right? That's why Phyrexian Arena is good! Nobody really pays attention to the fact that you're getting extra cards without paying life for them. And they won't, until you drop Megrim and Underworld Dreams and start casting Skyscribing and Mind Shatter, with all that mana you built up while nobody was targeting you. MWAHAHAHAHA!

Commander- 4
Casual- 3.5
Multiplayer- 4.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Nekusar the Mindrazer
Sometimes design is really transparent. Like when there's an archetype in Commander in blue/black/red decks based around forcing opponents to draw cards and then punishing them for drawing lots of cards, but you can only have one copy each of Underworld Dreams and Spiteful Visions, so wouldn't it be cool if there was a commander who does that stuff in his rules text? Fortunately, sometimes the obvious design makes for a good card. Nekusar is probably clearly the optimal commander for that Underworld Dreams/Spiteful Visions deck, but I'm not sure you would want him in a deck in his colors that had a different theme, both because he'd pull focus and because he'd make you a target.
Commander: 4/5
Casual: 3/5
Multiplayer: 4/5


Welcome back readers todays card of the day is the powerful wizard Nekusaur. This creature has also caused quite a splash in commander with its printing, allowing Grixis colored decks to have a general who really embodies the bear hug strategy. Each opponent is going to get some extra card advantage but the price isn’t cheap. Nekusaur not only facilitates faster gameplay from its draw ability but puts each opponent on a clock. Combined with effects such as Forced Fruition and Wheel of Fortune and Underworld Dreams this creatures becomes one of the most scary strategies. The only downside is no immediate impact and opponents have access to the extra cards first and Nekusaur has a somewhat fragile body. This card in casual and multiplayer fits nicely into decks already based on this concept of punishing opponents and also has highly relevant creature types. Overall Nekusaur has made quite a splash in commander and has already proven to be a popular general and a supporter of a major strategy.
Commander: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Multiplayer: 5.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Nekusar, the Mindrazer which is a five mana Blue, Black, and Red 2/4 legendary that has every player draw an extra card at the beginning of their draw them and whenever an opponent draws a card it deals one damage to that player.  Once the effect gets rolling it only takes a little support to do notable damage, particularly if the entire deck is built around card draw. Opponents will be in the difficult position of not wanting to attack you to maintain card advantage, but if they hold back too long they can get killed by the effect.  There are many cards that work with this and an entire Commander theme is both possible and viable. Overall this is a strong threat when supported, that brings a different style for the format and the same design can be modified for Casual and Multiplayer.
Commander: 4.0
Casual: 3.5
Multiplayer: 3.5

Skid Rambo

Nekusar the Mindrazer is a rotting Zombie Wizard. This guy is an angry Howling Mine that burns your opponents, but  gives them extra cards.
You get to draw an extra card as well, if Nekusar survives to see your next up keep. The appealing thing about this Mindrazer is all of the cards that can complement him.  Phyrexian Tyranny is the first card that comes to mind when I look at Nekusar’s mana cost. This zombie wizard may not be the best choice for a commander but it can be a great compliment to a better card. If you are playing casually with some friends, then this zombie can do some serious damage because you can run more than one copy in your deck. Overall, Nekusar doesn’t reek of dominace but this zombie has the ability to kill multiple people at once.
Commander: 3
Casual: 3.5 
Multiplayer: 4

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