Ancient Excavation

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Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Pauper Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Commander 2016 (C16) Uncommon

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Ancient Excavation

Instant

Draw cards equal to the number of cards in your hand, then discard a card for each card drawn this way.

Basic landcycling (, Discard this card: Search your library for a basic land card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.)

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Ancient Excavation Discussion

JHowlett on Nekusaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrr

11 hours ago

Nin, the Pain Artist is a fave creature of mine because you get to dump extra mana into it! Ancient Excavation is useful for yourself if you need some card advantage, too.

If you can spring for it, replacing tri slow lands for the lands that etb and you pay 2 life like Sacred Foundry will work better for your check lands like Dragonskull Summit and really great for Choked Estuary. Cycle lands are just okay. Try to get the ones that cycle for 1 colored mana.

Nivlek_sti on Tasigur's Self Milk

6 days ago

JHowlett Thanks for the suggestions! Oh and your comments are there.

I'm liking Dakmor Salvage over Barren Moor, I think it's an easy switch (instead of a swamp so I keep my tapped lands as low as possible).

Svogthos, the Restless Tomb is looking to be a beastly man-land for this type of deck, good call. I haven't really looked into good utility lands for this deck.

For the one mana difference I think I'm going to use Ancient Excavation over Flux even though Ancient Excavation is a turn slower, I think helping control and combo decks is probably not in my favor. Especially since they are probably my worst/hardest matchups.

JHowlett on Tasigur's Self Milk

6 days ago

Not sure where my comment went, but check out

Dakmor SalvageFluxAncient ExcavationSvogthos, the Restless Tomb

I think they may be hella :)

JHowlett on Tasigur's Self Milk

6 days ago

LOL I love that you enjoyed the name.

Otherwise, deck looks dope. Dakmor Salvage is hella if you get dunked on with land destruction or a wipe. Its nice too if you pair it with a way to sac your own permanents.

Svogthos, the Restless Tomb is a hidden finisher that's hella dope too. You mill for a ton and all of a sudden youve gor a 10/10 starring you down.

Flux and cards like Ancient Excavation let you selectively pitch and deserve a hella spot in the self mill category. Flux because its cheaper, but ancient because its only you and you draw THEN pitch.

Agent_Fire on Smash Up Battlebox - Silas Artifacts

1 month ago

I would say Ancient Excavation and that you should also add Contraband Kingpin to replace Aether Spellbomb

Approximos on Big 'ol Flappy Lizards

1 month ago

Always love dragons.

For some win-cons I would try Kindred Summons and Genesis Wave.

For stuff like this where everything is huge (both mana and toughness) I like Heartless Summoning as well as Mirari's Wake and Zendikar Resurgent. That last one will also help with some draw.

I also like running some good ol' necromancy tricks with some hand cycle. I'd consider running Scion of the Ur-Dragon instead, so you can tutor out and load up your graveyard, then drop some stuff like Patriarch's Bidding, Twilight's Call, Rise of the Dark Realms, and a favorite Living Death.

If you like the last idea, run some Ancient Excavation, Jace's Archivist, Collective Defiance, Windfall, Dragon Mage, Incendiary Command, Tolarian Winds, Magus of the Wheel, and Wheel of Fate to fuel that graveyard. And if you are feeling cheeky Traumatize yourself and confuse everybody.

Also, try out some cluestones, keyrunes, obelisks and such to help with that mana ramp. I'd recommend around 8 or so to balance out the pace, unless you wanna fork out for Azusa, Lost but Seeking or Oracle of Mul Daya

ThatGuy4242 on Gisa and Geralf - Zombie Tribal Prototype EDH

2 months ago

First I recommend taking out: Havengul Runebinder, Cemetery Recruitment, Undead Alchemist, Nantuko Husk, Geralf's Masterpiece, Geralf's Mindcrusher, Ashes of the Fallen, Perpetual Timepiece, Secrets of the Dead, Ancient Excavation, Murder, Compelling Deterrence, Liliana's Mastery, Obelisk of Urd, Graf Harvest, and Zombie Infestation, Ghoulcaller's Chant,

Cards that you should put in: Gravecrawler, Gravespawn Sovereign, Gray Merchant of Asphodel, Grave Pact, Unholy Grotto, Sidisi, Undead Vizier, Living Death, Cryptbreaker, Death Baron, Phyrexian Reclamation, High Market, Corpse Harvester, Balthor the Defiled, Reassembling Skeleton, Skullclamp, Grave Defiler, Graveborn Muse, Zombie Apocalypse, Crypt of Agadeem, Geier Reach Sanitarium, Reliquary Tower, Bojuka Bog, Diabolic Intent, Patriarch's Bidding, and Demonic Tutor.

Alternate commanders or cards to include in the deck could be: The Scarab God and Grimgrin, Corpse-Born

If you are really trying to stay Timmy with the deck, then I won't recommend Phyrexian Altar because it goes infinite with Gravecrawler and any kind of death/ETB trigger, but then again, it does it with Rooftop Storm and a sac outlet too.

Other cards that can be really good in zombies include: Sheoldred, Whispering One, Corpse Connoisseur, Zombie Trailblazer, Twilight's Call, Geth, Lord of the Vault, Demonic Collusion, Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, Scourge of Nel Toth, River Kelpie, Phyrexian Arena, Attrition, Kokusho, the Evening Star, Burnished Hart, Disciple of Bolas, Harvester of Souls, Damnation, Rune-Scarred Demon, Phenax, God of Deception, Beacon of Unrest, Corpse Augur, Palace Siege, Infernal Caretaker, Contamination, Plague Belcher, Vengeful Dead, Dread Wanderer, Boneknitter, Grimoire of the Dead, Pontiff of Blight, Custodi Lich

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