Academy Rector


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Urza's Destiny (UDS) Rare

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Academy Rector

Creature — Human Cleric

When Academy Rector is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, you may exile it. If you do, search your library for an enchantment card, put that card onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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Academy Rector Discussion

ThaneGarrus on Necronomicon | Teysa Karlov | Speculation Primer

12 hours ago

You have quite a few important enchantments how about adding Academy Rector as a rattlesnake against early aggression and an efficient tutor especially with a sac outlet to improve consistency?

I like the idea of having Wound Reflection to lower the treshold needed for a torment or blood artist kill (fetchable with rector). Revival / Revenge can improve the deck's resilience while giving another wincon with wound reflection.

I am also curious to your thoughts on if Debt to the Deathless be a better Exsanguinate type effect than Torment of Hailfire ?

SynergyBuild on Commanders by Power Level [EDH Tier List]

2 days ago

NoOneOfConsequence I actually did playtest your deck once (I know, it isn't a great sample size by any means), yet many cards are an issue. I apologize, I really want to like a deck you post, just to not make this a dramafest, but I can't say a bad deck is good. Damnation and Wrath don't need to be put into the deck at all.

Here is a full list of cards that are particularly overpriced, and where each card I think is bad or could be better fits, if you truely believe that I can't evaluate it fairly:

Call to the Grave A slow, grindy, 5 mana variant of Porphyry Nodes .

Erebos, God of the Dead - A card that is indestructible, yet a worse Greed , a card that is too slow for even grindy stax lists in cEDH most of the time. Tutor for Greed is better than this.

Doomwake Giant - Interesting repeatable board wipe, a meta-dependent inclusion though, not good for the average cEDH meta, but does have a place in some lists. I'd drop, but could imagine many arguments for it's inclusion.

Ghostly Prison - anti-attacks, which just rarely comes into play outside of kiki-lines and the sort, a strange meta-dependent inclusion, but I coudl much less justify this one.

Karmic Justice - Cool card, but often enchantment removal comes in the form of bounce or exile, and so this effect feels very off.

Kismet - again kiki-hate, so I wonder if you go against that often. It is a relatively bad card in Stasis lists, which this is not, easy drop

Vindicate - 3 mana remove 1 thing is a lot of wasted mana, easy drop.

No Mercy - Really a lot of attack-hate, strange for a stax list with a commander that generates blockers. Easy drop at a 4 mana do nothing enchantment.

Knowledge Pool - I get the Eidolon of Rhetoric / Rule of Law combo with it, but many decks have better value engines than Daxos, or can respond by killing one of the pieces, or can kill Daxos. These make this combo rarely an easy way to finish the game, requiring a ton of setup/backup that survives the lock. I think better options exist.

Sigil of the Empty Throne - A slow, 5 mana do nothing enchantment, it takes forever to get this going, easy drop.

Sphere of Safety - This much creature-attack hate? How much do you need? 1 card is often too much with Daxos in the CZ, but you run... including sweepers... like 11? Wow. Your meta must be all Edric and Blood Pod, maybe 1 Kess Twin, nah, just all Edric decks.

Damnation / Wrath of God - Too expensive for a Sweeper, honestly Toxic was all you needed with Humility as well.

Pestilence - 5 mana to get a worse Electrickery , 6 mana to get a worse Pyroclasm , Sweltering Suns without cycling for 7 mana. Just really slow and weak, easy drop.

Black Market - maybe in a meta with 50 Edric decks. Outside of that, easy drop.

Coalition Relic / Worn Powerstone - just slow ramp spells, not bad cards, but Fellwar Stone / Everflowing Chalice comes first.

Infernal Tribute - Cool jank, not useful next to cards like Dark Confidant that is excluded.

Academy Rector - Just no great targets like Pattern of Rebirth in color, great card, just not here.

Grim Tutor / Idyllic Tutor - Just a bit too slow at 3 mana for a tutor. Love them, just gotta leave them. Hard drop.

Land Tax - should run the Geddon/Ravages package or leave this out.

Replenish / Open the Vaults - This deck doesn't run enough ways to sacrifice/ Entomb enchantments to make me want to include the cards.

Mesa Enchantress - Slow card draw on a weak creature is just removal bait, this deck has better cards for the slot. Harder drop.

Phyrexian Arena - A lot of math goes into why this card is generally pretty bad. Inefficient and weak in most circumstances, and needs almost 5 unimpeded turns to get enough value to be okay. Better cards for the slot.

Cabal Coffers - big mana, not worth it outside of ANS.

Vesuva - copying a land to enter tapped leaves you in a lack of mana. Weak card.

Command Beacon - easy drop, weak card.

Deserted Temple - Easy drop, weak card.

Strip Mine - Good card, not here.

Wasteland - Same as Strip Mine but worse.

Temple of Silence - scry is weak when you lose due to not having mana, easy drop

Kor Haven - Easy Drop, never gonna use that ability

Plains x4 - Not great at Fixing

Swamp x6 - Same as Plains

New inclusions (Total drops are at 42)

Base inclusions: Fellwar Stone , Prismatic Lens , Thought Vessel , Everflowing Chalice , Caves of Koilos , Command Tower , City of Brass , Mana Confluence , Exotic Orchard , Cavern of Souls , Gemstone Caverns , Gemstone Mine , and Tarnished Citadel

Total real cards left to put in: 29

Thorn of Amethyst , Thalia, Guardian of Thraben , Trinisphere , Tangle Wire , Sphere of Safety , Damping Sphere , Fragmentize , Aura of Silence , Dismember , Lotus Petal , Dark Ritual , Kataki, War's Wage , Crucible of Worlds , Bottomless Pit , Oppression , Liliana of the Veil , Static Orb , Linvala, Keeper of Silence , Ethersworn Canonist , Aven Mindcensor , Torpor Orb , Planar Void , Grafdigger's Cage , Ensnaring Bridge (just for your meta), Dark Confidant , Containment Priest , Chalice of the Void , Sanctum Prelate , Alms Collector

That would be the deck.

hkhssweiss on The Original G

6 days ago


If you are going for a standard Stax route uyou can use a Teferi, Temporal Archmage and use it in conjunction with Stasis. Another way since your winning with Approach is also to use a Flash + Academy Rector to go into Omniscience/Enter the Infinite.

Back up condition can also be with Nexus of Fate once you get there. Some additional stax pieces that can help would be Aven Mindcensor, Land Equilibrium, Mystic Remora, Grafdigger's Cage, Mana Web, and Winter Orb.

I would also recommend more mana rocks to have an earlier Arbiter on the battlefield. Hope that helps!

hkhssweiss on Tenebu's Gravedigging Tendencies | Primer

6 days ago


I used to run Eldritch Evolution, but after several test runs with it, it was deemed too slow for me. The only actual win con is with Teneb, my 1 CMC to 3 CMC was mostly to grab Grand Abolisher, or Renegade Rallier to ramp more. Very rarely do I get my 2 CMC to Academy Rector. It was cut out and I haven't missed it since, although I do like it a lot.

ThaneGarrus on Queen Marchesa: Politics, Aikido, and Control

6 days ago

I don’t like Captive Audience in this deck, let me explain

  1. In my experience the games I usually win are the ones where I am politically policing the strongest decks at the table then turn the tide on an opponent going off, that means I already barely have the chance to cast cards like Stolen Strategy in most cases because I’m holding mana up for a counter play

(yes Academy Rector can cheat it into play)

  1. Captive Audience will likely draw on the full hate of the one player you select (if they can’t remove it, they will try to remove you) which means your resources will be heavily taxed (split between surviving and trying to win)

I can’t wait for Smothering Tithe to come out because I would really like to play both the proactive and reactive parts of the deck! This is by far my favourite deck to play

hkhssweiss on Tenebu's Gravedigging Tendencies | Primer

1 week ago

Mhm that's correct, hence why I run a lot of cards like Phyrexian Tower, High Market, Culling the Weak (I been winning a lot of games with this, since I added it in and easily became part of my core build for any reanimator decks), and Cabal Therapy.

If I went with the Reyhan pod line, I would have to use Academy Rector, sac it to grab Pattern of Rebirth than sac it once more time with an additional creature on the board due to Pattern needing to target a creature, than I would have to sac it one more time which isn't efficient. Also if I were to change the deck to a different line to include Felidar Guardian I would be running a different package. It doesn't seem too great with my current meta as there is plenty of interaction, removal, and grave hate.

Thank you very much, I appreciate the compliment! This deck was built over four years ago and went through sooo many changes and testing to the current form it has today. Only recently this past year and a half I made the changes to go into cEDH and never regret anything! ^^

hkhssweiss on Tenebu's Gravedigging Tendencies | Primer

1 week ago

Well the actual point for me is that I just want to make the best Teneb deck and refine him to the highest point. My actual cEDH deck is my Kess deck, I don't like Ravos due to my meta being extremely in graveyard hate. Our grave yard doesn't survive more than 2 turns at most if there is something important dropped in there. Not to mention our meta is also tech fairly well in Faerie Macabre.

Reyhan into pod can go to Academy Rector yes, but that requires a constant sac outlet, if I don't I need to sac two times. Whereas if I pod Teneb into Hulk I can use hulk to grab a sac outlet and requires me only to sac one time before I can go infinite.

Currently also in my meta, my Teneb is notorious. My match ups with this current build has won me 7/10 games every time I play him and I'm very proud of how Teneb formed and came to this point, hence why I decided to foil him out.

SynergyBuild on Tenebu's Gravedigging Tendencies | Primer

1 week ago

I guess... why not Ravos, Soultender? Ravos probably isn't part of your meta, with Sidar or any green partner it could work, and it recurs creatures from the yard very efficiently, while being a good card against blood pod, and having good synergy with pod, albeit different synergy.

Instead of Sidar you could go Reyhan, Last of the Abzan and have a pod line with Felidar Guardian into Karmic Guide into recur the cat into some Boonweaver Giant combo or something, IDK, it can even just pod into Academy Rector for a win.

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