Let's say I have a Brisela, Voice of Nightmares and my opponent tries to cast Voldaren Pariah for its madness cost of BBB.

Would the rule in Brisela, "Your opponents can't cast spells with converted mana cost 3 or less" stop my opponent from doing that?

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No, Brisela will not prevent your opponent from casting Volarden Pariah for its madness cost.

"Mana cost", and by extension "converted mana cost" specifically refers to the cost printed at the top of the card. The relevant rules are here:

  • 202.1. A card’s mana cost is indicated by mana symbols near the top of the card. (See rule 107.4.) [...]

  • 202.3. The converted mana cost of an object is a number equal to the total amount of mana in its mana cost, regardless of color.

So, Volarden Pariah always has a mana cost of {3}{B}{B}, and a converted mana cost of 5.

  • 1
    Note that this also means your opponent can't cast a madness card with CMC 3, even if the madness cost is different.
    – Samthere
    Sep 1, 2016 at 10:54
  • @Samthere Does madness ever cost more than the CMC though?
    – GendoIkari
    Sep 1, 2016 at 14:35
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    Yes, sometimes. Broken Concentration is a good example.
    – murgatroid99
    Sep 1, 2016 at 15:08

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