Opt Vs. Brainstorm
A debate as old as
Look at the top card of your
You may put that card on the bottom of your
Draw a card.
Draw three cards.
Put two cards from your hand back on top of your
library in any order.
So which is better?
Like any other thing in magic it all depends on
the deck you run.
For MOST decks Opt is the better choice of the
two. It is an invasion card, and thus has not seen as much play as Brainstorm.
Opt lets you draw one card for one mana. On top of that it lets you decide to
NOT draw a certain card if you do so choose. It gives more flexibility than
Brainstorm. Opt is great because there are many times where you don't want to
draw a land for a couple turns, or you really need land NOW! It lets you put
aside the cards that will come in least handy this game. Opt is simple and
efficient, but it is also a one trick pony.
Brainstorm is better than Opt in decks that
often shuffle themselves. See, if you brainstorm, YES you will draw three cards,
but technically you have only drawn one.That is nothing to sneeze at. Still, you
must draw the two cards you put on the top of your library. That means
Brainstorm can stick you in bad spots Opt wouldn't. Brainstorm CAN be better if
used correctly. Certain decks shuffle themselves often. These are the ones
brainstorm shines in. Then, Brainstorm is an Opt that goes three cards deep! Not
only that, but you can keep all three cards for two less effective cards in your
hand. If you don't want anymore lands this game and play a Brainstorm; normally
you would be stuck still having to draw any lands you put back into the library.
If you shuffle, on the other hand, you can basically get rid of those pesky
lands for now.
Brainstorm can also do a trick. It can save your
counterspells from being hit by Duress! Just play Brainstorm in reaction to
Duress, and put your counterspells (or whatever you are protecting) on top of
Does this justify putting Brainstorm in your
Not really, unless you have a huge discard
metagame. Really, this is just a nice trick for decks that Brainstorm already
I hoped I helped clear up the controversy over
these two great commons. If you feel like E-mailing me you can.
Thanks for reading this far,