Ancestral Recall


Format Legality
Vintage Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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Set Rarity
Vintage Masters Rare
Unlimited Edition Rare
Collector's Edition Rare
International Collector's Edition Rare
Limited Edition Beta Rare
Limited Edition Alpha Rare

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Ancestral Recall


Target player draws three cards.

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Ancestral Recall Discussion

LVL_666 on Biv-Nizzet

2 weeks ago

LOL at suggesting Ancestral Recall. I don't think Cptk has unlimited funds. I think you meant to suggest Ancestral Vision. Still a pricey card, but not ludicrously priced. As for the deck, I have two "general" suggestions for you:

  1. Expand on your deck description. Think of that space as a place to "sell" your deck to yourself. Why are you playing the deck? How does it work? What makes it appealing? What cards form your combos and synergies? The more your put into your deck description, the better comments and critique you can receive from other tapped out members.

  2. Add more hubs to your deck. This would help your deck get more attention/traffic because players who have interests or play styles that are built into your deck will be more likely to come across it and give suggestions. At the very least you can put in U/R - Izzet.

As for card suggestions, you should consider Baral, Chief of Compliance. He has great synergy with the counterspells in your deck. Now, I have no idea what your budget is, but there are other counterspells you could consider - Force of Will is popular, and has gone down in price after all it's reprints. Again, it's pricey but very good. If you want to get on the ludicrous level, you could go after a Mana Drain...but it's incredibly expensive.

Tays234 on Biv-Nizzet

2 weeks ago

Ancestral Recall Standstill Curiosity

those are three of my favorite draw cards that you may like as well

MagicalHacker on In light of the recent ...

3 weeks ago

In light of the recent MTGO Commander Banlist announcement, I thought to ask everyone what the banlist would look like if they made it.

The following proposed banlist is my opinion of what the banlist should look like. You will see 3 criteria for what makes a card unfit for the format, and a list of what cards could be banned based on them:

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sylvannos on They actually did it (Top ...

1 month ago

Ehhhh I kinda wish Sensei's Divining Top stayed in the format, but the ban isn't really surprising. It's kinda the same feeling I had when Birthing Pod was banned in Modern. I like the card and wish there was another way, but I completely understand why the ban. This is especially considering the shitty slow play used to go 1-0-1 every round.

My main concern is Miracles was basically the last truly competitive control deck left in the format. Legacy has really shifted to having a large saturation of midrange. I dunno, we'll see if something else steps in. U/W Control has basically been a thing before Counterbalance was even printed. It's probably the oldest archetype in the format (going all the way back to Weissman's "The Deck").

On another note, I'm really surprised Gitaxian Probe got restricted in Vintage. Gush was a long time coming because of how well Monastery Mentor was positioned in the format. Gush has repeatedly been problematic every time it gets unrestricted. Hopefully, we see more variety between Thirst for Knowledge, Gifts Ungiven, and other blue draw engines. Gush really pushed those out of the format to where everyone has been playing UWxcontrol-midrangegoodstuff.dec because of how much value you get out of it.

But Gitaxian Probe? I guess they're really trying to nerf the shit out of Monastery Mentor and Delver of Secrets  Flip. I'm not really sure that's necessary considering how diverse the format is. Swedish Nationals just ended with 5 compeltely different archetypes in the top 8. The 3 decks that were the same were Monastery Mentor lists, and only 2 of them shared colors.

For those unfamiliar with what the difference is, Esper Mentor gives you Cabal Therapy (double prowess triggers for daaaaaaaaaaaaays!), along with the option of playing Demonic Tutor and Yawgmoth's Will. This means Esper allows for more combo finishes where you make a bunch of tokens and get tons of prowess triggers.

Jeskai, on the other hand, gives you far more control options. The main cards are Dack Fayden (who steals Tinker targets) and Pyroblast (which stops Time Walk and Ancestral Recall, while also blowing up Jace, the Mind Sculptor).

I'm not sure what restricting Gitaxian Probe accomplishes, despite the DCI's reasoning. Gush is the main culprit in Mentor, besides Monastery Mentor itself. I feel like this just hurts Delver and Noble Fish strategies. If they're so concerned over Monastery Mentor, I don't see why they don't just restrict the damn thing.

tristanishappy on Magic? I'll just play Checkers...

1 month ago

You can't use multiple Ancestral Recalls or Time Walks because you can only use each card once according to Richard Garfield, Ph.D.'s text ("You can't choose the same card twice.") Also Mana cost includes color, so no Vampire Hexmage. Other than that I like the deck and I hope your friends let you play with it! :D

SuperBacon12 on Jace, the Traitor mind

1 month ago

This looks like a really good deck! My first thought is that you should take out one Lotus Petal for a Black Lotus. It is extremely expensive, but will work great if you aren't on a specific budget. My second thought is that you should be running 4 copies of Descendants' Path, not just 2. I also think that you should probably take out one copy of Contingency Plan for an Ancestral Recall. Also, your mana base would be much stronger if you run Eye of Ugin, making it much easier for you to cast expensive eldrazi spells. Other that that, this deck looks great! Awesome job!

StopShot on Size doesn't matter, it's how you abuse it~ Alesha

1 month ago

My first best draw engine in my Alesha deck is Skullclamp paired with Bloodghast and Bitterblossom. Since recursion and production is free I end up drawing for Skullclamp's equip cost.

My second best draw engine is Land Tax and Scroll Rack. Land Tax puts three basic's in my hand and Scroll Rack replaces them along with excess lands for more cards drawn. Then on my next turn Land Tax shuffles my deck, so I don't redraw the lands I tucked on top of my deck. Basically let's you Ancestral Recall every turn.

My third best engine is simply Mask of Memory, which draws two with a cheap casting and equip cost and let's you put something really good into your graveyard to reanimate for next turn, so it's almost like a bonus.

Rolska on Dragon budget deck need help

1 month ago

Mirrorwing Dragon If you're wanting to play pump spells or draw spells. Turns an Expedite into a Ancestral Recall if not better.

If you want to play something besides modern or standard, I love Kilnmouth Dragon and Mana-Charged Dragon.

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